Five years ago today: "We just launched a cool new tool at Pyra. It's called Blogger. It's an automated weblog publishing tool."

I wish I'd have said something more visionary, like, "It's going to be huge, I tell's ya! In five years, Google's* going to own it! And even the president will have a 'blog.'"

* You know, Google, the up-and-coming search engine without the portal. Yeah, they're going to be huge, too!

Here's what it looked like back then. Pretty, huh? It was literally running on a desktop machine, under my desk.

That means I've been working on Blogger for over 15% of my life. And my teachers said I had a short attention span. Pshaw! (They didn't really say that.) It feels like more, given how much as happened. For doing the "same thing" for five years, it's amazing how drastically my life has changed.

(Thanks to Nikolai for the image—four years ago.)