A Specific Kind of Serendipity

Serendipity35  is where I started blogging in 2006 and it still gets the highest number of readers every month and has over 100 million visits since it began. It is a niche blog that I still try to post on at least weekly with my thoughts about learning and technology and the places where they intersect.

Why serendipity? Etymology: from the Persian fairy tale “The Three Princes of Serendip.” Meaning the phenomenon of finding valuable or agreeable things not sought for. But it also is the name of the blog system Tim Kellers and I implemented with PHP to create this blog.

And why Serendipity35? For something supposedly serendipitous, why have a specific number? I like that little irony, but it was also the number of our budgetary division at the New Jersey Institute of Technology which at the time of our creation was where Tim and I worked at the time.

Not surprisingly, the most visited articles on this blog are all older postings. A simple post of links titled “MOOC Basics” has had 2,272,259 visits. A 2013 post “In 4 Years Your Phone Will Be Smarter Than You (and the rise of cognizant computing)” has 969,024 visits and I guess your phone is already “smarter” than you by now.

I still haven’t gotten my jetpack or flying car, but I might get some cousin of The Jetsons‘ Rosie that can slip into my pocket – and into my life – quite easily.

Some Blogging History

This website is in part a blog. I blog on a number of other sites too. I started blogging in 2006 but the first blogging sites were emerging at the end of the 1990s.

Here is a brief chronology of some of those early sites that promoted blogging and its evolution and blending with social media.

Open Diary was launched in October 1998
LiveJournal in April 1999
Friendster in March 2003
LinkedIn in May 2003
MySpace in August 2003
Google’s Orkut in January 2004
Facebook in February 2004
YouTube in February 2005
Yahoo! 360° in March 2005
Bebo in July 2005
Twitter, in which posts (tweets) were limited to 140 characters, started a brevity trend in July 2006
Tumblr in February 2007
Instagram in July 2010
Google+ in July 2011