Another "meme" has popped up amongst bloggers. This one is "Who's Your Blog Daddy", a project launched by The Politburo Diktat. The intent is to build a family tree - to map the genesis/inspiration from which most of the best-read blogs sprang.
I doubt anyone shares my "daddy" blog because it was so obscure. So excuse the following moment of introspection while I pay respects.
While I had started a blog back on my old tsmi.org portal at the end of '02, I gave up on it relatively quickly since I couldn't add the tools I wanted to my CRM backend.
Then, when I went over to Sofia, Bulgaria in early '03, my laptop became pretty much my only outlet. I found a local blog called "Sofia Sideshow" which was authored by an LA-bred movie producer who was living in Sofia and shooting a lot of "B" movies (you know, the ones starring Bruce Campbell). To keep sane, I started my own blog, called Xiled in Sofia: Please Send Mexican Food on the old Radio platform. It was part travelogue, part show industry related, part political. The latter was hard to avoid since this was during the buildup to the current Iraq war. It got me through the tail end of a bleak Sofia winter and introduced me to a decent number of early bloggers. When I moved back to the States, it didn't make sense to keep that blog up, so I started this one.
Unfortunately - and still inexplicable to me - my old Radio address had been given over to a technical education blog from the UK. So there's no evidence it ever existed, except for a few broken links from other sites. Wish I'd saved it... that's still a regret.
We eventually met over beers at JJ Murphy's on Karnigradska St. (best bar in Sofia for watching Premiership matches - highly recommend the Irish breakfast) and stayed in touch for a little while thereafter.
Anyway, inspired by the family tree project, I went back to my "daddy's" blog today and noticed that Jeff has apparently signed off as of last June. Which I suppose now makes me an orphan.
Jeff, wherever you are, just wanted to thank you for the inspiration. I'm raising a Guinness in memory of the first international blogging conference in a post-Soviet bloc country.