I'm 5 years old

28 November 2008


A Blue Perspective: I'm 5 years old

It looked okay in Mozilla Firebird, but I carefully checked it in Internet Explorer 5 again. All of the floats seemed to be shepherding their content perfectly, so I uploaded the final version of my CSS file.

That was five years ago. Or, if you want to relive the times, fives years ago. (Yeah, I know, the only difference is that visitors to v1 were more prone to cut themselves on the sharp corners.)

I can't decide whether five years is a long time or a fleeting moment. But i do know that a whole lot's happened to me in that period. Sometimes it's hard to say exactly how you ended up at the present – so many opportunities, so many choices that can divert the flow of life – but sometimes there's genuinely life-changing moments, and I consider this website to be one of them.

It opened up a whole new world to me and introduced me to friends that I now count amongst my dearest. It also to some extent gave me the professional success which I now enjoy. But really, most of that has been because of the people I've met along the way. People who selflessly serve the community that we're a part of. People that are always there to help you out with patience, knowledge, and understanding.

These are those people: (in a particular order that no one else will get)

Michael Koukoullis, Doug Bowman, Andy Budd, Andy Clarke, Johan Edlund, Andrew Fernandez, David McDonald, Woric Faithfull, Russ Weakley, Peter Firminger, John Allsopp, Lachlan Hardy, Des Hardy, Olly Betts, Matt Magain, Cam Pegg, Nigel McFarlane, D. Keith Robinson, Dave Shea, Joe Clark, Dean Jackson, Priscilla Weller, Gian Sampson-Wild, Amit Karmakar, Dan Webb, Simon Mackie, Kevin Yank, Mick Chmielewski, Andrew Green, John Oxton, Maxine Sherrin, Tim Lucas, Andrew Krespanis, Lucas Chan, Pete Ottery, Eric Meyer, Molly Holzschlag, Lisa Herrod, Lindsay Evans, Lisa Miller, Cheryl Lead/GledHill, Scott Gledhill, Dan Boud, Dustin Diaz, Jeremy Keith, Richard Rutter, Jon Hicks, Ian Lloyd, Jan Brasna, Cindy Li, Mike Davidson, Aaron Gustafson, Jeffrey Zeldman, Anson Parker, Patrick Griffiths, PPK, Stuart Langridge, Simon Willison, Mark Norman Francis, Christian Heilmann, Andrew Edwards, Dmitry Baranovskiy, Craig Sharkie, Derek Featherstone, Miles Burke, Myles Eftos, Kay Smoljak, Megyn Carpenter, Simon Wright, Lachlan Hunt, Mike Brown, Natasha Hall, Jina Bolton, Jonathan Snook, Sally Carson, Chris Mills, Rob Weychert, Jeff Croft Carl Camera, Carla Hackett, Diana Mounter, Jason Crane, Ben Askins, Earle Castledine. And, of course, my family.

Thank you all for helping me understand that the most powerful thing in life is passion.


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    Simon Jessey commented on 4 December 2008 @ 05:54

    I think 5 years is a long time when it comes to the web, and the fact that this design still looks vibrant and relevant (despite being relatively unchanged) is a testament to the quality of the product.

    I've been reading The Man in Blue since day 1 (well, it might have been day 3 or 4ish), and I hope to still be reading it in another 5 years.

  2. 2/18

    Jonathan Snook commented on 4 December 2008 @ 06:13

    Congrats on 5 years! You've been a teacher and an inspiration to many, including myself. To another 5 years!

  3. 3/18

    Jeff Croft commented on 4 December 2008 @ 08:24

    Congrats on five years, Cam. You are an inspiration to us all, and a hella nice guy, to boot. Keep up the great work, man. :)

  4. 4/18

    Mike D. commented on 4 December 2008 @ 09:20

    Happy fifth Cameron!!!

  5. 5/18

    Scott G commented on 4 December 2008 @ 09:23

    5 years is ages! Been one of my ports of call as long as I can remember (still have a soft spot for that forms demo page).

    What are you and your site doing for your anniversary? :-)

  6. 6/18

    The Man in Blue commented on 4 December 2008 @ 10:31

    We're having a romantic candle lit dinner at an Internet cafe.

  7. 7/18

    Andrew Krespanis commented on 4 December 2008 @ 12:24


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    Dmitry Baranovskiy commented on 4 December 2008 @ 13:08

    Congratulations, Cam. You have an awesome site, that still is an inspiration for me. I remember I was reading it in the beginning of my journey. Feel proud to be in the list. :)

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    art commented on 4 December 2008 @ 13:35

    congratulations! this site always helps me and I wish it will go on

  10. 10/18

    Pete Ottery commented on 4 December 2008 @ 15:56

    love yr work. yr talent makes me sick in the nicest possible way :)

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    Miles Burke commented on 4 December 2008 @ 15:59

    Congrats, Cameron. Five years in internet time is about 80 years in regular time, no?

  12. 12/18

    The Man in Blue commented on 4 December 2008 @ 16:09

    One Internet year == 7 dog years

  13. 13/18

    Maxine Sherrin commented on 4 December 2008 @ 16:31

    You are the wind beneath my wings .... as sung by Krusty the Clown :)

  14. 14/18

    The Man in Blue commented on 4 December 2008 @ 19:31

    I was thinking "Send in the Clowns" as sung by Krusty and Sideshow Mel ... similar sentiment ;)

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    Cheryl Gledhill commented on 5 December 2008 @ 08:53

    "(in a particular order that no one else will get) "

    Is it in order of sexiness? That Mike Koukoullis is mighty fine...

    Congrats on 5 years. I feel like we should bake you a cake.

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    Aaron Gustafson commented on 5 December 2008 @ 11:57

    I was reflecting the other day that I've been doing this for about a dozen years, which seems insane. I have to agree with you though: the people are what has made it so enjoyable and you're certainly on my list ;-)

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    Joel commented on 5 December 2008 @ 19:20

    Congrats from a local Sydney-sider + long time reader. The alter ego of Cameron has been a significant part of my reading for some time now!

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    Wesley commented on 5 December 2008 @ 23:11

    Congratulations , its very nice site for me ;-)

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