“Accordion Guy’s” Tenth Anniversary

by Joey deVilla on November 28, 2011

still blogging ten years later

Life (along with those rat bastards at Bell Canada, who’ve bunged up the internet connection at my place until Thursday) has conspired to keep me from blogging here on Accordion Guy for the past little while, which is a real shame for a couple of reasons. For starters, there’s been a lot of interesting stuff going on, and I’m going to get around to posting the bloggable stuff soon. For the unbloggable stuff, you’re going to have to catch up with me in person for a drink.

joey 10 years ago

The other reasons that it’s a shame that I’ve been kept away from blogging is that an important anniversary passed only a couple of weeks ago: the tenth anniversary of The Adventures of Accordion Guy in the 21st Century. This blog’s first post was made on November 10th, 2001, and between it and the accordion, life hasn’t been the same since.

a fine moment from 2003

This blog started as a response to a rapidly devolving situation at OpenCola, the startup I where I worked during the bubble. With the new CTO – a Gollum-like manager who was more wiener than man – reducing my responsibilities on the project down to the about box, I had about 7 hours and 58 minutes each day of nothing to do. So I did some programming on the side and took up blogging to fill the rest of my day. I couldn’t think up a decent name for the blog, so I went with a stupid throw-away name – The Adventures of AccordionGuy in the 21st Century – with plans to change it once I came up with something better.

(The original host for this blog, Blogger, had a limit on the number of characters a blog’s title could have, so I had to compress “Accordion Guy” into “AccordionGuy” in the title. That got fixed once I moved to Blogware, the second platform on which this blog lived.)

Since that start, all sorts of stuff, good and bad has happened, and much of it has been chronicled here, and it’s paid off in ways that I never expected. I’m glad I started blogging and am still at it a decade later.

one crazy year

This particular past year has been rather life-changing, what with getting separated, getting as close to expiring as I want to get for a good long while (“dying of a broken heart” is no longer an abstract concept to me), the largely-unpublicized reason I left Microsoft (I wrote the official reason here), the non-date gone terribly wrong followed by another gone terribly right, switching jobs, kicking loose women out of my quonset hut at SxSW, moving to Ottawa, girl trouble in varying degrees, flying all over the place (20 flights by the end of the year) and all sorts of other stuff that will eventually find its way into these pages. It hasn’t always been beer and skittles this year, but it’s been an adventure, and that’s the sort of life I’d signed up for.

Whether you’ve stumbled across this blog only recently or have been a long-time reader, thanks for coming along for the ride. There’s still a lot of road left up ahead, and I promise the view will be scenic.

{ 10 comments… read them below or add one }

Chris Downey November 28, 2011 at 9:40 pm

Congratulations on 10 years man. I think I ‘ve been reading the site for almost that whole time, and it’s always an interesting read.

Rahul November 28, 2011 at 10:38 pm

Congrats Joey. A decade well shared.

Kim November 29, 2011 at 1:01 am

Here’s to another decade!

Dan M November 29, 2011 at 1:02 am

Congratulations! Ten years is quite a milestone.

Amanda F November 29, 2011 at 3:05 am

Ah, the birthday mobile hot tub! Good times, Mr. deVilla, good times. Here’s to another decade. If one of those plane trips comes to the UK, let’s catch up with a drink or two.

Ryan K November 29, 2011 at 8:53 am

The fine moment in 2003… you should do that more often now that you hit the milestone

😉

Neil in Ottawa November 29, 2011 at 11:30 am

Another long-time reader here. Thanks for all the interesting, thoughtful, entertaining blogging.

Tetsuro November 29, 2011 at 3:55 pm

Congrats, Joey! Keep it up! 🙂

Mark Hayes November 29, 2011 at 3:56 pm

CONGRATULATIONS JOEY!

I think you should dedicate an entire post to “those rat bastards at Bell Canada.”

Johnny Lee December 2, 2011 at 3:04 am

Congrats Joey! So glad that you’ve kept your blogging up for a full decade. Funnily, I started my own blog on Blogware because of you 🙂 Thanks again and keep trucking!

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