5 Jun 2007 5 pm eastern

Daily Reports from 1997 on

Our “Twelve Years of Web 1.0 Goodness” theme continues with a mini-retrospective of Daily Reports from 1997 on. (Earlier Reports are lost due to over-writing.) You don’t need the WayBack machine to go way back in zeldman.com history. Enjoy these representative Daily Report pages from …

Damn, that’s good eatin’. There are thousands of entries; these are just some I found while clicking idly along. As I look at them, I mostly focus on column width, font, text size, and color. I can’t bring myself to read them (although I’m sure some are okay). What is the value, anyway, of an old blog entry? Compared to an old song, an old valentine, not much. What an odd activity for so much human energy to have been channeled into.

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17 Responses to “Daily Reports from 1997 on”

  1. Deaf Musician said on

    My god you’ve written a lot. Do you regret anything you have written in the past?

  2. Erik Hanson said on

    What an awesome trip down memory lane. I actually remember reading some of those in 2000. I can’t remember my cell phone number, but I remember your writing (and that damn Wendy Pepper).

    Anyway, I’ve said it before, thanks for everything. You’ve shaped mine and countless other minds on the web and the surrounding design space. My hat tips to you brother.

  3. Dante said on

    Man, you’re like the Franz Haydn of web writing.

  4. Jonathan Dobres said on

    It’s hard for me to believe that the old teal design was only on the site for the last couple of months of 2002. I liked it a lot, remember it very clearly, and it feels like it was around much longer.

    Looking at the designs makes me pretty sure that I’ve been a regular reader of yours since early 2002. Wow. Time flies.

  5. Jonathan Dobres said on

    D’oh. Clearly I need more sleep. That teal design I liked so much was obviously around roughly twice as long as I originally thought (or typed). Makes sense. I seem to recall you doing a weird take on the Happycog logo, followed by an entertaining commentary on Bush’s run-up to the Best War Ever.

  6. alan said on

    Something that has always irritated/annoyed/saddened me about bloggers/magazines/websites and their resurrected archives is the loss of original visual context. Cramming old “content” into a new design means mentions of a new sidebar that’s long gone, or apologizing for the teal that’s morphed into a blazing deep green.

    I get why A List Apart did this for their archives, but loosing the visual history and evolution of that site through the years is, while not quite up there with the sack of Alexandria, an incredible loss for web designers and developers interested in where the medium came from and how it got here.

    All of which is a bloated prelude to this. Thanks for presenting your past self as it was; Warts, beauty marks, chickens and all.

  7. Ben Ryan said on

    “What an odd activity for so much human energy to have been channeled into.”

    …I think Anne Frank would disagree. A journal is never a waste of energy, regardless of the form it takes, unless it is done for insincere reasons. I’ve never had that impression about your blog, Jeffrey.

  8. Tim Murtaugh said on

    Um, excuse me? Where is the astronaut?

  9. Ray said on

    Aaagh Dude, I hate to break this to you but we’ve been going through the archives and old posts for like…. e-ver.

    “(featuring the HTML Fist)” I got a t-shirt of that only mines better. Mine has an X.

  10. Michel said on

    12 years… Who would think…

    One of my favorites from your old archives is this one (later I discovered also this one)… I am impressed:)

    (And the first article I mentioned, I discovered it while reading your book – there was a screenshot, and I started reading, and then got interested so much that I stood up, went to the computer, and searched he article at zeldman.com – luckily you didn’t change any URLs since;-)

    — — —

    @Alan:

    I agree with you! What impressed me a lot was when I discovered some time ago that Doug Bowman over at StopDesign does *keep* his old versions online!

    Check it out – instead of http://www.stopdesign.com try http://v1.stopdesign.com/ or http://v2.stopdesign.com/ etc.! Amazing! :-)

    Doug even wrote an article on that, I just don’t remember the URL but you can easily find it:)

    Cheers!

  11. Craig Grannell said on

    Man, I’m really jealous of this—although Snub Communications as an entity isn’t as old as your site, I’ve had a site online since about the same time you started yours, but I didn’t think to back the things up at the time. Instead, each site was torn down and replaced by the next one. *sob*

    Still, congrats on your 12 years, and thanks for the memories—for some reason, the August ’02 and April ’03 designs are the ones that still make my mind go ‘Ah—Zeldman!’. Must be all that orangey goodness.

  12. Blake said on

    Man, twelve years old. Your web site’s gonna be staying out late with friends, terrorizing the neighborhood. Damn kids.

    Congrats Jeffrey… and to think eight years ago I visited your site every day, wanting badly to do “design stuff” the way you did. Here’s to that, and here’s to you.

    ps – love that icon. always thought that kid was pinching a loaf, but maybe it’s just me.

  13. kavak yelleri said on

    “Still, congrats on your 12 years, and thanks for the memories—for some reason, the August ‘02 and April ‘03 designs are the ones that still make my mind go ‘Ah—Zeldman!’. Must be all that orangey goodness.”

  14. Josh Stodola said on

    Well, you’ve came quite a ways! I mean, just look at those table layouts with the markup in all caps! Ahhh, ’twas the nineties.

  15. Tom said on

    Looking at the designs makes me pretty sure that I’ve been a regular reader of yours since early 2002. Wow. Time flies.

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