According to my archive, this blog will be celebrating its fifth year today.1 It began life because of some discussions with a couple of colleagues (two of whom still follow the blog) about the 2005 German Bundestag election which was followed immediately by the Danish local elections in November. As it is, five years is an eternity on the Web: Facebook was launched in February 2004 and YouTube in February 2005. In November 2005, the launch of Twitter was still half a year away.
So as you can see, we didn’t have too many ways of procrastinating back in the dark ages.
OK, actually another reason for setting up the blog was that I wanted to have an archive of things I would discuss in mails and as I have actually changed my personal mail address and work address since 2005, this has been a reasonable strategy.
Blogging frequency has gone up and down – during 2010 mostly down. There are a number of reasons for this: First, since November 2007 I have done some (paid) work for the Economist Intelligence Unit and this limits my blogging about Danish politics; second, I have deadlines for three major manuscripts in the coming months which obviously diverts my attention and third, there is Twitter which is a wonderful
source of profound discussions time sink.
The blog doesn’t get too many comments – but behind the scenes some posts have sparked great discussions. My two regular readers are shy people on the internet even if one of them does in fact have a website of his own, whose address I – for a substantial amount of drinks at his local pub – will not be revealing.
But finally: Should you set up your own website with a personal domain? After all, don’t we have Twitter and Facebook – and LinkedIn for the serious people – these days?
Well, yes and no. First of all, I wouldn’t delude myself into thinking that everything I might say, do or in particular write is endlessly relevant for the internet, but if you are a professional person, then having some kind online resumé and presence which is independent on the whims of whichever service is the craze of the day and the space assigned by your present employer (and remember that you may be changing jobs someday) is in all likelihood a good idea. A personal domain isn’t too expensive (and yes: jacobchristensen.dk was taken so I had to settle for an alternative) and setting up a website reasonably easy.
And no: I cannot and do not give any advice on how to marry a German. Even if this is the most popular search on this site.