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10,000,000th Blogger post

posted by Jason Kottke   Feb 22, 2002

At some point today, someone posted the 10,000,000th post to a Blogger-powered weblog. Who was it? Were you close?

Reader comments

jkottkeFeb 22, 2002 at 7:55PM

Here’s the closest I could find after a short search: 10003621.

davidmscFeb 22, 2002 at 9:44PM

J: How did you know that someone posted the 10,000,000th post? And if so — how come you don’t know which one it is? Just curious…thanks.

daveFeb 22, 2002 at 11:12PM

I remember looking at my posts yesterday and thinking that it would hit that mark. I could be wrong but I think all of the blogger events hit the same database, so the 10,000,000th post could in fact be someone’s weblog. At any rate, I still don’t know where it is (I was off by about sixteen thousand).

PittsburghianFeb 23, 2002 at 12:19AM

Don’t worry about that 10^7 post. You have more important concerns. When are you going to update that biography of yours?

mathowieFeb 23, 2002 at 3:52AM

this post is within about 1200 posts shy of the mark.

can you grab posts from the xml-rpc framework via postID?

aaronFeb 23, 2002 at 3:58AM

I had an entry that was 2431 posts away. How exciting!

mathowieFeb 23, 2002 at 4:03AM

Luke was only 1700 away. It looks like it happened around 6am Pacific time, on friday. Maybe a few minutes shy of 6.

tomcosgraveFeb 23, 2002 at 8:46AM

The last post I made to my weblog was number 9980975 - 19,025 short of the mark.

Meg PFeb 23, 2002 at 9:21AM

I managed to hit 10000271 (and also 9999542)

RikardFeb 23, 2002 at 9:47AM

Indeed how do you find out the number of a post? Tried to look in the archives but couldn’t tell anything from them. Is it something you need to setup in the template?

kofiFeb 23, 2002 at 10:31AM

Not that far off with 100000218. But no cigar.

DaveFeb 23, 2002 at 11:15AM

Closer still: 9999957. Maybe an eighth of a cigar?

Adam KalseyFeb 23, 2002 at 11:42AM

Okay, I’ll help those confused souls that don’t understand how people know what post number they were.

Blogger assigns a unique number to each post. If you mouse over the edit link in the Blogger editor, the number after id= is the post number.

You can also add the <$BlogItemNumber$> tag to your template and that will be replaced with the post id.

That is also how Blogger users create permanant links to their posts. They add something like this to their Blogger template:

<a name=”<$BlogItemNumber$>”></a>
<a href=”<$BlogItemArchiveFileName$>#<$BlogItemNumber$>”>link</a>

Adam KalseyFeb 23, 2002 at 11:46AM

I just emailed Ev and asked if he’d post and entry on Blogger to tell who did it.

carolineFeb 24, 2002 at 3:56AM

My friend Hydragenic was very close: 9999923.

anilFeb 24, 2002 at 10:36PM

I had thought a few months ago about figuring out the timing frequency of milestone post numbers, and using that to try to hit close to 10 million or so, but the posting rates changed dramatically after september, and it would’ve been too hard to guess.

This is my elaborate way of confessing my sour grapes. The thing I lament is that now remembering post IDs is harder for doing comments and stuff, because the 7-digit numbers read like North American phone numbers.

Martin ConaghanFeb 25, 2002 at 4:14AM

The part I’m concerned about, is that the more people Blog, the more these numbers are going to increase.

I’m not sure I like the idea of an archive page on my site with a link like:


Why can’t it just assign a number based a the user’s Blogger ID combined with the date (or time) the entry was posted?

So, for example, if I posted at 10am on 25/2/2002, my link could be something like:


Hossein SharifiFeb 25, 2002 at 4:49AM

Out of curiosity, I queried the YACCS database to see if there was a comment on post #10M. Here are the 4 closest IDs I found: 9999983, 9999986, 10000009 ! (no permalink), and 10000014.

jkottkeFeb 25, 2002 at 11:53AM

The part I’m concerned about, is that the more people Blog, the more these numbers are going to increase.

Sure, but as the # of posts increases exponentially, the # of digits in the post id only increases linearly. 10,000,000 is 10 times 1,000,000, but only one digit longer.

EvFeb 25, 2002 at 2:38PM

And the winner is: http://www.blogger.com/news_archive.pyra?which=2002_02_01_news_archive.xml#10112810

malFeb 25, 2002 at 5:52PM

If anyone’s interested, I’m pretty sure those Yellow Pages ads were nicked from Viz Comic’s site, viz.co.uk. Warning - if you’re not familiar with Viz’s output, expect some strong language (albeit in comic form). Also, if you want some background on Viz, a search on the BBC news site is always a good bet.

SaimaFeb 26, 2002 at 8:46AM

See I thought I was being clever by typing in #10000000 at Blogdex but it seems I’m not because I didn’t read the previous couple of posts. Ah well.

Agent VulgaFeb 26, 2002 at 9:17AM

I’m afraid it was me… And I did indeed nick the Yellow Pages ad thingy… Sorry!

Could have been a bit more exciting I know, but I didn’t know I was doing it until it was done (does that make any sense?)
Well, thanx for looking! My website isn’t really ready at all, and probably won’t be until about April / May (too much to do at work!) but if you’re interested, it at http://www.vulga.co.uk. And I’m trying to get some webspace sorted out, so I have somewhere to put it, and get rid of the annoying banners!


Agent Vulga

Agent VulgaFeb 28, 2002 at 2:13PM

I’m only accidentally sad, I didn’t ask for this!

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