The oldest “blog” entry in the system is actually from this site’s predecessor imported into greyduck.net shortly after its inception. As I have no older content saved from the old “Zero” site, that makes 26 June 2001 the earliest date at which I can say I’ve been posting journal entries since.
Mind you, it’s a particularly gloomy entry.
WordPress just celebrated ten years of existence so yes, there was another system before WP came along. (And I didn’t switch to WP right away.) I also used to tinker a whole lot more with the underlying code. Now I’m happy that plugin authors provide what I need so I don’t have to.
At any rate, here’s to twelve years of occasional collections of words into a website posting.