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On the 16th July my moblog turned five years old, a fact I find simply amazing. A few of the other old-timers on here have passed the half-decennium mark in the last few months and some have posted a quick moblog birthday picture to bring attention to the occasion. Me, I took a few minutes to celebrate with a cup of coffee and a mini-retrospective of my first few moblog pages, but I wanted to create a post that offered a proper tip of my hat.

I'm sitting here trying to encapsulate just how long five years is in moblog terms but it isn't easy. I've witnessed plenty: The famous crash of '04; sitting in on heated debates of 9/11 "truths" and hot lesbian action; 7/7 and WNA; dailyme; drive-blogging; memorable movie moments; 256 kilobyte file sizes; SPIED!; hook-ups; break-ups; jump club; peripheral voyeurs and sceptics turning into valued members; Shoot London...oh and how could I forget all the new babies around here? Still the list goes on and on...

Personally, five years has been long enough for me to move house three times; lose friends; win friends; change career direction; shave my head several times and watch it grow back. Long enough that when I started doing it, posting camera phone pictures to the internet was received with suspicion by most everyone I told. "Fucking weird" an ex-colleague of mine said. Very succinct. These days he uploads his entire drunken weekend to facebook without a batting an eyelid. Not so weird any more. Things have certainly changed.

It used-to niggle me that I couldn't convince my real-world friends to buy into moblog. They just didn't stick around long enough to see how fantastic the people are and what a wonderful platform it is for self-expression. I say used-to because it doesn't bother me any more. Over the last five years, so many of the virtual moblog pals I've made have turned into genuine real-world friends, and what used to be very disparate aspects of my real-life and moblog-life have gradually merged into a single narrative. No more is this evident to me than in my job; if it wasn't for the support and encouragement of the moblog community, it's doubtful I'd have been inspired to forge a career-change into wedding photography. Not only that, but I've been booked for almost thirty weddings this year, and a third of those engagements came through referrals from moblog people. That is truly amazing. I owe an awful lot to this community.

This fifth birthday is important to me, so it's equally important that I say "thanks" to everyone for these last few years. That i've been allowed an opportunity to delve into so many lives and share in your joys, upsets and moments, well, that's a true privilege. When I think about all I have seen in these pages - the collective history - I find it hard not to get sentimental. I've learned so much in being part of this community, perhaps no more so than the power of the image in connecting people. Sharing. I can honestly say that moblog helped me find myself, and for that I could never be grateful enough.

Recently i've been thinking about all the fun I had (and have) through the likes of jump club, dailyme and interview52. I hope others do too. I'm not about to join several of the mobloggers here in having babies anytime soon, so for now my newborn will have to be a new moblog group project called Mixed Phedia. That's my baby, and hopefully a small way of saying thanks to everyone. Do have a look and join the group if you're interested. Even if you're not, you might as well join anyway, because if you don't i'll be niggling you to do so. More to be announced in the next few days... ; )

People come and go, and perhaps moblog isn't currently as busy as it used to be, but it's still my hub. I'm still in love. Thank you.


26th Jul 2009, 19:34   | tags:,,,

Twiglet says:

Love ya too nige xxxxx

26th Jul 2009, 21:17

Joe says:

Woo!, congratumalations. this place wouldn't be the same without you dude.

26th Jul 2009, 21:19

JokerXL says:

Thank you too, your Nigeness.

(I could do some cutting & pasting here but that'd be sooo 2004)

;-)

26th Jul 2009, 21:32

beth says:

happy birthday laddy! x

26th Jul 2009, 21:32

Wendle says:

Aww. That was so lovely.

I'm rather jealous i didn't arrive at this party earlier... i missed all the fun of jump club and daily me and the like.

Here's to your next 5 years! :)

26th Jul 2009, 21:39

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All the best,Nige! : )

26th Jul 2009, 21:47

taniwha says:

Thanks for writing this Nige. It's fun having you around and the place would be poorer without you. Like you, I've got some fond memories and also make Moblog in my first thing log-ins on any day. Oh, and you've made me think ... perhaps, I should shave my head before I head off for the summer.

26th Jul 2009, 21:49

nige says:

Thanks you lot!

Joker, do it! I want to see...

Wendle, plenty more to come, that's for sure ; )

shitake, i like it!

t, I dare you. Shave that head. You've no idea how liberating it is.

26th Jul 2009, 21:57

cariadus says:

Wow, 5 years - I haven't even been here 5 months yet. Looks like I missed a whole lot (hot lesbian action??).
Anyway, happy blogversary!

26th Jul 2009, 22:01

shitake says:

: )

26th Jul 2009, 22:36

Sprocket says:

Happy Birthday :-)

26th Jul 2009, 22:37

Factotum says:

High Five, Nige!

27th Jul 2009, 03:47

minushabens says:

thanks, nige! and happy Five (and six, and seven...)

27th Jul 2009, 05:10

Spike says:

This is great man, not long till my 5th either.. although of late i have been very absent!

heres to another 5 dude

27th Jul 2009, 08:53

Dhamaka says:

5 years, it has certainly been an experience

27th Jul 2009, 09:44

paintist says:

it certainly has been a journey......hahaha the things you have made us do !! :-) looking forward to more of the same

27th Jul 2009, 10:34

Viv says:

five years and you are a cornerstone of this place Nige - bless you

Oh so pleased about 30 weddings that is brill!

27th Jul 2009, 10:42

Jane Doe says:

Moblog is so much richer for having you around

27th Jul 2009, 10:53

seaneeboy says:

You are the very embodiment of what Moblog is about. Congrats on the 5 years, here's to many more :)

27th Jul 2009, 11:19

nige says:

Thanks ; ) I'm very humbled.

cariadus, you don't want to know, believe me... ; )

boet, facto, mh - :D

Spike, another 5, absolutely!

D, I know exactly what you mean.

p, I do believe there's more to come...

Viv, Jane, I don't know about cornerstones and richness, but I love to take part ; ) Thank you.

seanee, wow, thanks man.

27th Jul 2009, 11:24

Puddlepuff says:

Happy B- Day darling!

Not only that, but I've been booked for almost thirty weddings this year, and a third of those engagements came through referrals from moblog people. That is truly amazing. I owe an awful lot to this community.

No where is our cut?!?!?

27th Jul 2009, 11:37

javaboy says:

Nice one. Wow 5 years! Here's to the next 5...
I must admit I have come and gone. 2 years between my 2nd and 3rd post. And come back again.
Loving it.

27th Jul 2009, 12:17

Lyzardly NLI says:

Happy 5th! I've taken many a Moblog hiatus and after one I came back to find your presence was everywhere. I remember thinking, "Damn, I've missed the boat on getting to know this fellow." While I've not been around enough to know you as well as others, I am very glad that ship had not sailed as I had believed.

Looking forward to many more Moblog Birthdays ahead!

P.S. I agree with the shaved head liberation. I did it years ago and loved it!

27th Jul 2009, 12:23

PrincessJun says:

Happy 5th birthday! Looking forward to your next 5 years!

27th Jul 2009, 12:41

DocD says:

Well written bro. Man it's four years for me in Septemeber and you've captured everything about what being on here means to me. FB takes up a bit more time nowaday but I like the sense of narrative you get with Moblog. Through it I have really got into citizen journalisim and having a presence online. Had some random guy recognise me from FB recently and back in 2006 my blog here was spotted by Gold Command Thames Valley Police looking for angles on the Wycombe 'terror' raids. The journey has been crazy!

Happy 5th and we will meet up one time. Respect.

27th Jul 2009, 13:11

swamprose says:

just got to this, you big goof. well said. here's to the next five.

27th Jul 2009, 13:30

kel says:

cool! happy moblog-birthday.

27th Jul 2009, 14:34

nige says:

Puff, shhhhhh!

AF, how could I not notice? You are sunshine incarnate :D

Javaboy, 2 years, really? Haha. Wow, that's some hiatus.

Lyz, we have time now (until your next moblog holiday!). Perhaps we can get together and shave our heads soon :)

'Jun, absolutely!

Thanks Doc. Glad you feel the same way. Strange what moblog has brought out in us? We must meet soon, absolutely, that would be great.

swamprose, that's succinct too. You're about the only person who can get away with calling me a goof... ; )

cheers kel!

27th Jul 2009, 14:38

mara says:

I can't imagine Moblog without you Nige!
Happy Mobirthday and thank you : )

27th Jul 2009, 15:00

nige says:

Ciao mara, grazie!

27th Jul 2009, 16:40

JokerXL says:

Goof.

Hey, if AF is Sunshine Incarnate, can I be "Lunchtime Incarnate"?
:-)

27th Jul 2009, 17:08

MaggieD says:

Hey, 5 years .... well, you have been my muse for at least 3 of those .... the luminous lime green gentle giant :)

27th Jul 2009, 19:41

Dhamaka says:

:)
I doubt it,
let's see what you come up with in the future

27th Jul 2009, 19:52

nige says:

Joker, i do believe you can. You are the moblog resident chef, after all.

Thanks Maggie. I've loved every minute of playing muse too. I'm always chuffed to be featured in whatever you do :)

Dhamaka, my point exactly.

27th Jul 2009, 21:25

Happy Moblogday Nige! I hit my 5th birthday in a few months too.

One of these days I'll have to organize a trip back to the UK at the same time as a shoot London thingamebob or some other mobloggy event.

28th Jul 2009, 00:54

silar31 says:

Happy Moblogday Nige.

<3

:)

28th Jul 2009, 03:38

540air says:

A slightly late Happy Moblogiversary dude!! Mine's coming up soon too, but 5 years rolls past so quickly doesn't it?

To echo everyone else, it's a huge pile of fun to have you around with all the mentalist ideas you have and a blast to have met you outside of here too!! :)

28th Jul 2009, 15:39

nige says:

RAB, that would be really great. Would love to meet up.

Fanks Silar ; )

540, you're not wrong man. It has passed quickly. Been so great to meet you too, and here's to many more hookups in the future :D

28th Jul 2009, 16:32

kyoob says:

nicely put :)

29th Jul 2009, 09:23

nige says:

Thanks man ; )

29th Jul 2009, 11:10

Puddikat says:

I'm a bit late so happy belated mobirthday. Always love your photos and comments and the fact that you make an effort with so many : )

30th Jul 2009, 09:29

nige says:

Thanks puddkat, that's really nice to hear on this Thursday morning.

30th Jul 2009, 09:37

Puddikat says:

I'm glad, have a lovely day : )

30th Jul 2009, 09:44

Caine says:

Happy 5th, Nige! I'm sorry I missed the actual day, Bruce and my non-functioning net connection conspired against me.

Thanks so much for taking the time to write; moblog certainly wouldn't be the same without you. I've only been here 3 years, but already have so many great memories, and you are in more than a few.

Note for Cariadus: I well remember being the cause of a hot lesbian fuss; it's what brought me to moblog and caused me to get my first camera. Well, the fuss was over a highlight, actually. :D

Back to you, Nige. You've been a consistent source of inspiration to me, and I could never thank you enough for all you've taught me, even if you never meant to teach anything at all. I'm glad I know you.

1st Aug 2009, 00:35

queserasara says:

Happy 5th nigel - Just catching up at the moment so sorry I'm late. Qssx

1st Aug 2009, 06:40