Happy Fifth Blogaversary – I brought the noise!

Joy Of Tech - Stop Googling YourselfYesterday the 15th of February 2009, marked the fifth year of me being a blogger. Technically I’ve had an Internet presence since 1999, but it’s the moment when I started using the service “blogger”, I count as the beginning of my “career” as a blogger.

My first real blogpost was a short “review” of the KRAFTWERK! concert in K.B. Hallen in 2004, which was fantastic:

Mass for the deities of techno

KRAFTWERK! – much better than expected – revelation that they’re such a live act – the bass made the doors flap. Bow to the funky devils aus Deutschland. Seems that I miss my techno

I think I was quite uncertain as to what to write in that entry, I knew I had no readers, and it is documented in the later entries that I had some doubts as to how wise it was to engage in publishing to the Internet.

Even though I started blogging in 2004, it wasn’t until autumn 2005 I really started blogging under the http://www.kimbach.org handle. With real blogging, I’m referring to fact that I transcended the diary format.

Looking back I’m pretty satisfied with my blog, and it’s great to have this assisted memory, it’s like a locker of fragments.

One sobering fact is that the biggest drivers of traffic to my blog remains the article about the 5002 error in iTunes and the article that contains a photo of chalk art by Julian Beever, which is heavily copied and hotlinked.

I’m most proud of some of my articles about technology where I’m blasting the monopolies, especially this one:

Net Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi

I’m also very satisfied with the concert reviews I’ve published, especially these:

Review: Woman power – Beyoncé gave the “Green Light” and other “coincidences”
Review: Natacha Atlas Acoustic Ensemle – The “real” Madonna was in Copenhagen

My blogpost about the Ungdomshus summed up my feelings about it:

Automonotoni – ‘Ungeren’ er en idé

911 is another important topic, and I feel like that event really has been the inspiration behind much of the activities I’m engaged in today. My favourite article concerning 911 is this one:

The Church doesn’t have Wi-Fi

Originally the topic of my blog was technology, but I can see from the tag-cloud, that the technology tag is shrinking, and the “kim bach” tag is growing, kimbach.org is increasingly about me, which is the way I want it to be.

In the colophon I’ve also summarised my personal goals:

Become:

Better at writing – so I can write a novel or maybe become a journalist

Better at reading – so I can have the patience to read Kierkegaard

Better at photography – so I dare to publish a photography book

Better at teaching – so I can help the kids in Mjølnerparken and elsewhere even more

To sum up: I work towards being able to make a living doing some, or all, of these things.

Since 2004 I’ve actually worked professionally as a teacher, and the only field I haven’t made progress in, is reading, so that will be a focus point in the future. I think some of my articles shows some journalistic merit, but I doubt that I’ll ever be able to make a living from it. I think I’ve become a better photographer, again I’m probably not going to be able to make a living from photography.

Stop googling yourself…

If you googled “kim bach” in june 2005, you had to browse to page 25, now I’m a bit easier to locate due to all the noise I’ve been making over the past five years. The result is that I’ve made lots of new friends in real life, had tremendous fun, organised events, been an activist. All in all: being active in the blog-community has changed my life, and helped me reach my personal goals so:

Thank you all, and sorry to disappoint you, but I’m not done making noise!

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7 Responses to “Happy Fifth Blogaversary – I brought the noise!”

  1. Henriette Weber Says:

    a big congratulations from here =) – let’s do another 5 shall we ?

  2. Laura Says:

    Happy B-day (hehe) Kim!
    And thanks for summing up 5 years of blogpost, it makes for an interesting read!
    😉 Keep up the good “work”!

  3. Kim Says:

    Thank you Laura and Henriette, my dear muses. You’re both helping bringing meaning into my life by being so inspirational, creative and just plain wonderful – you make my “job” as a creative individual easy and delightful – I can’t thank you enough! The first 5 years was just the beginning.

  4. Kim Bach Says:

    Hey again. Well, I wonder how many persons with the name “Kim Bach” there is, at least in Denmark. Last I heard it was like 7 persons with the name, but I am not sure about now.

    Thanks for the comments at my site btw.

  5. Kim Says:

    You’re welcome.

    I’ve met the “real” Kim Bach – the author/journalist/venture capitalist – and we – increasingly – tend to do the same things – like attending the same conferences, adding to the confusion.

    Then there’s Kim Bach The Banker from Vejle, who has amazing Google PageRank based on just a businesscard site.

    There’s no doubt that I’m the noisiest of the bunch – at least online 🙂

    I wish you the best of luck battling the weight, you seem to be on track!

  6. Jens Rost Says:

    You will always be the REAL Kim back to me! =D

    (btw. I’m not the real Jens Rost, that’s the other guy)

  7. Kim Says:

    *g* Jens, I KNEW you had a stunt double 🙂 and thank you!

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