So yes, I am back to blogging in English after having had a successful Swedish blog for almost 10 years now, and yes I will be keeping both blogs alive. What most people do not know, however, is that I started out blogging in English as early as 1997 (on this domain! — axbom.com). The sites are on a hard drive backup somewhere but thanks to The Wayback Machine I was able to get this incredibly nostalgic screenshot:
Mobile first 13 years ago
What is really cool about this particular screenshot is the footer. I was desigining this site for fast loads (if memory serves this was the second or third redesign of my site) as I had just won a Palm III at the builder.com conference in New Orleans. So in essence I was doing mobile first 13 years ago! I was also a big fan of XML apparently.
Pretty comfortable in English
Yes I am Swedish but I also grew up in Yekepa, Liberia; Riyadh, Saudi Arabia and Dar es Salaam, Tanzania attending English international schools. So I have been longing to get back to writing more in this language as well on a regular basis, also of course because it will allow me to connect with a much larger audience and give me a platform to network with peers I meet at industry conferences.
Fresh content vs pulling from the archives
I have written some English texts over the years, I just have to find them, but I will in fact be focusing on writing new fresh posts for this blog and doing interviews with smart people. Also, make sure you check out the UX Podcast I am already doing with James Royal-Lawson (@beantin).
Work in progress
Most of this new English site of mine will be a work in progress, at least until end of year. But do stop by and give me feedback. It’s what us bloggers feed on.