I started a blog called El Viajero (The Traveler) at http://blog.jklmelton.net on February 4th, 2005. I was nowhere near an early blogger; many I have read were started in the mid-1990's (an early memorable one I often read was by a staffer at David Letterman's Late Show; it was the only way I could get info on my favorite show). There were ups and downs, just like with any part of life. I blogged when I could and didn't when I couldn't (or wouldn't). I had varying goals: stuff about what I was doing and observations on the world around me; tidbits in culture, food, and life for my students; my struggles with and the inevitable failure that was my PhD; research in language, technology, and their confluence; and just about anything else I found interesting.
The research posts got in the way of the other, so I started http://scholar.jklmelton.net on February 24, 2008. I meticulously copied all the academic posts over to the research blog and did my best to keep up with both.
The last post I wrote at El Viajero is dated October 6th, 2011 when I said farewell to Steve Jobs. Sometime after that post, the wordpress installation used to maintain the blog at my hosted site was hacked. There were images, a YouTube link, music and even names and email addresses from some group proclaiming war on the West. I took it all down and used a clean version of the wordpress database to restore the blog, but it was hacked again by a different group. I guess the URL made the hackers' mailing list. I decided at that point to take a break and regroup.
This post is a sort of restart of my blog. I reinstalled wordpress to try to extract the posts from the old blog but had no luck. I was able to make screenshots of the titles and dates of the 155 posts I wrote. If I can figure out a clean way, I might bring back some of the old posts, at least in spirit. Otherwise, here's to the new.