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26 Years Ago…

On this day in 1998, 26 freaking years ago, I started writing this blog. I’ve talked at you a lot about the site recently, so I’ll be brief. Last year on this anniversary, I wrote:

My love for the web has ebbed and flowed in the years since, but mainly it’s persisted β€” so much so that as of today, I’ve been writing for 25 years. A little context for just how long that is: is older than Google. 25 years is more than half of my life, spanning four decades (the 90s, 00s, 10s, and 20s) and around 40,000 posts β€” almost cartoonishly long for a medium optimized for impermanence.

And still having fun. Perhaps more fun than ever. Thanks to all of you for being a part of it.

P.S. I hope you’ll forgive me taking advantage of any 26-years!-I-love-this-place! feelings you might have today to ask that if you find value in what I do here, I’d appreciate if you’d support the site by purchasing a membership. And to everyone who has supported the site over the years, thank you so much!

Discussion  25 comments

Sterling Anderson

I think one of the reasons I like this site so much is because I registered my own domain and have had a website just about as long. If only I had the passion to make it in to something like!



Bison Bison

Love this place. Congrats and thanks!

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CW Moss

Congratulations on 26 years, Jason.

A joyous day for a joyous thing.

Tim Erskine

Congratulations! Here's to 26 more!

PDX Phil

Congratulations, Jason! I've been here since around 2000 and it's truly a pleasure. My membership is well worth it and shall not lapse!

Ginger Riker

Congratulations! This is one corner of the web that has stayed the same, in the best way possible. I've been reading for 23 of those 25 years. Thank you for bringing new, creative ideas and things to my attention all of these years.

Daniel O

A loyal reader for most of those 26 years. It's really wonderful to recognize all the enjoyment you've brought to us. It's special to feel your renewed vigor for the site (while I never felt it flagging)

Bill Amstutz

Congrats, Jason. This is my favorite place on the web.
You have turned me on to countless things. For that I am grateful.

Dave W

Congrats, Jason! You're still around not just because you're damn good at what you do, but because you never "enshittified" this place. You continue to do what you've always done: share interesting, fun, thought-provoking things. Thank you for maintaining this one sacred corner of the internet for so long.

Mac Brown

I've been looking back through the site, trying to figure out when I started reading. Sometime in the early 2000's at least, that's for sure. Thanks for everything Jason!

Caroline G.



Thank you, Jason. How much joy you have brought into my life *revolving hearts emoji*

James Risley

i feel like i'm still new here, but i realize now that i became a just-about-daily visitor starting 11 years ago! so happy blogday to both of us! (ok you're far more impressive)

Brandon Leigh Blattner

Still the best website in the world - bravo

Robert Dodson

Thanks for making every day a little bit happier for us.

Steve West

On that exact same day I met my wife in person for the first time. Happy 26th anniversary to all three of us! (Which sounds weirder than it’s meant to be)

Craig Mod

Really incredible. And I love that it'a a .org. Did you ever waffle and almost .com it? (I sort of wish I was a .org more than a .com … it's interesting that DF is a .net! Look at us dorks!)

Jason KottkeMOD

.com wasn't available so I got the .org. Simple as that.

Craig Mod

damn, the kottkes of the world were quick online movers (.org is cooler anyway.)

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Jay Rendon

Aged like a fine wine!

Jai Prabhu

Congrats! Keep doing what you are doing. I love being here because its one of the few truly genuine places on the web. I at least will always keep coming back till you keep doing this. Subscription renewed.


Congrats and happy anniversary Jason !

Dominik Unger

Congratulations, Jason! And thank you for all these years of ❀️. Was the beginning on pi day a coincidence?

Colter Mccorkindale

Recently I've realized the outsized impact of this site on my life - it was through that I discovered and, two sadly defunct photoblogs that were hugely influential on my decisions to start photoblogging and move to NYC.

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