Tuesday, October 06, 2015

mikemcguff blog hits 10 years! Let the party begin!

After 10 years has mikemcguff.com earned respectability or just sold out?

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This blog has come a long way in a decade. That's right, mikemcguff.com has been around 10 years now!

If you need proof on how far it has come, take a look at this first post! You can tell that was before the days of social media. Now you can easily share links via Twitter or Facebook.

Here is what the blog used to look like back in the dark ages. It was a spartan black background with white text and some orange highlights. That's it. Czar of Talk Radio Michael Berry was the one to help me realize that look was a little hard to read.

Back then, I wrote about all kinds of things, but the one thing that always won you over was media coverage.

Lots has changed in the Houston and Texas media world in a decade. First, there would hardly be new reporter departure/arrival posts. Back then, media folks tended to stay put for long periods of time. YouTube was still very new so there were hardly any Houston media videos to show off.

Things have changed for me personally too. When the blog was born, my wife and I were living it up in Midtown sans kids (both of which have changed too) and I was still a special projects producer at KTRK abc13 (ditto).

I will never forget how excited I was about blogging. Before the blog, mikemcguff.com was actually a website I coded in Dreamweaver, that was pretty much a resume type site. And coming from TV, it was so freeing to be able to easily post whatever I wanted to a blog. It was much simpler task than using the web content management systems I had been using up to that point professionally.

Enough nostalgia, because if I go any further, I might spouting off warm thoughts about RSS feeds, and you don't want to read about stuff like that.

All this week, I'm taking a look back at the old blog. Tomorrow, I'm revealing the top 10 posts of all time on mikemcguff.com. You might want to sit down with a bowl of curry while perusing the list {hint, hint}.


6 comments:

  1. McGuff, did you know that Sonia Azad is now working for WFAA-TV ABC 8 Dallas-Fort Worth ?

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    1. Hadn't heard that one. When is she on?

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    2. I read it according to her own personal website!

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  2. Always enjoy reading your blog and coverage. Congratulations!

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  3. Congratulations on 10 years! As a news junkie, I always enjoy reading your posts and hearing about the latest in the local media. Wishing you many more successful blogging years!

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  4. With the new set frenzy we've been seeing lately with many US local TV stations, including a couple of Texas stations, ABC 13 donated the anchor desk off its old set to the Dr. Kirk Lewis Career & Technical High School... story: http://abc13.com/education/high-schoolers-priceless-reaction-to-old-abc13-set-donation/1026523/. NewscastStudio also picked up the story.

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