Four and a half years ago (give or take a few days), I started blogging on what was then known as MSN Spaces. My first post—just a few sentences about Wi-Fi issues I had with my Pocket PC—went up on March 27, 2006.
Since then I’ve gone from writing a few dozen words to writing a few hundred words (and occasionally a few thousand) and transitioned to two different platforms. I moved from Spaces to Blogger on October 10, 2006 because Spaces was far too clunky. Blogger served me well until I migrated to WordPress between late October 2009 and mid-January 2010.
I kept a curious eye on Spaces, observing the transition from MSN Spaces to Windows Live Spaces in 2005–2006 with amusement; I never understood Microsoft’s need to rebrand. Mostly, I was watching for a critical feature: redirection. Leaving Spaces and taking search engine placement along to the new site was impossible in either incarnation, so I had to be content with a prominent link to the new site at the top of the home page.
Spaces never really developed into anything I’d want to go back to using. Apparently it was neglected at Microsoft, because just the other day I saw announcements trumpeted around the blogosphere that Windows Live Spaces and WordPress.com had teamed up. All Spaces should be turned into WordPress.com blogs by Spring 2011.
This is a bittersweet moment for me. Having gotten my blogging start on Spaces, it’s a little sad having one of my first Internet homes put on a trailer and hauled cross-country (to use a slightly strange metaphor). But it’s also gratifying to see that even if I hadn’t gone through the process of migrating to Blogger and then to my self-hosted WordPress site, I would still be using WordPress today (or in the near future).
I jumped on the migration bandwagon and set up a new WordPress.com site with an import of my Spaces content. It looks alright, even if it does lack that shiny Spaces look. 😛 I don’t know yet what I’ll do with that site.
But while I try to decide, I’ll be thinking also of the days when I used to use Internet Explorer 6 to access My MSN (my homepage at the time) and blog on MSN Spaces, and how far I’ve come in four and a half years.
As for the next four and a half years… Who knows what changes await me?