Getting Back On The Bike

by Simon Johnson on September 24, 2010

Back in 2007 I stopped blogging and removed my personal blog from the Internet. In fact I went as far as requesting that Google to remove it from its search index. The funny thing is, elements of it still remain.

This got me thinking about how much of my life is still on the Internet, so I had a quick look around. What I found was pretty funny. It’s the same feeling you get when you see old photos and think “OMG I can’t believe I wore that in the 1970’s”.

What I did I find about my old digital life? Here is a site that I created more than 14 years ago! It has been archived by the Wayback Machine.

Spinning graphics were cool in 1996

From an Internet Marketing perspective it had:

  • Title tags
  • Meta descriptions and keywords
  • Web analytics
  • An email list !

I ended up giving the site to a UFO Researcher who turned it into The Australian UFO Research Network, which is still operating today (nice to see my name in the credits).

Here is a post I made on a usenet newsgroup 16 years ago! I can’t believe this thing is still archived.

In 1994, newsgroups were like website forums.

So – it seems that there is nothing you can really do to eliminate all the traces of your digital life.

This time around I’m going to be a bit more mindful of what I write and how often I write. It’s going to be quality, more so than quantity (which appears to be the complete opposite of many bloggers).

It is this very issue that major newspapers are currently facing. How does quality journalism compete with the flow of free information? It’s going to be an interesting journey.

{ 5 comments… read them below or add one }

Mike Law October 5, 2010 at 12:24 pm

Good luck Simon. I have enjoyed your blog and work at domainerincome and look forward to more from your personal blog here.



Joe Honan October 5, 2010 at 5:07 pm

Good move Simon
Can you please update this blog daily?


Simon Johnson October 5, 2010 at 5:18 pm

Mike: Thanks for your support.

Joe: Thanks Joe, I’ll see what I can do. Seriously though, if you want something that will *really* help you, check out Kikabink News


Luc October 6, 2010 at 2:21 am


Congrats and good luck.

I’ve been patiently waiting for the next domainerincome.TV episode, when is that coming out?

Take care!
Luc L>


Kerry Finch October 6, 2010 at 5:51 am

I hope you’ll include more of this historical information in your new blog – it is an excellent way to demonstrate that while this online environment is dynamic, what you add to it can be on record forever.

(And without using that familial “G” word when describing you relationship with the Australian internet, you, more than most, are in a position to share a 20 year journey.)

A great reminder us all of the importance of attaching quality content to your name.


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