An odd anniversary quietly snuck by the other day. As of March 2016, Chicago Rants has been the voice of a twenty-something’s adventures around Chicagoland area for 5 years. A half-decade is quite a lifespan for a personal blog, and I wanted to make a post to mention a mile-mark that few sites ever hit. Starting a blog is easy, keeping it going is the hard part. But it hasn’t been a very expensive endeavor, and that is part of why I keep it around. Overall, I’ve paid maybe ~$300 to keep Chicago Rants up and running for 5 years, averaging out to $5 per month in domain and hosting fees. A small investment on a project I’m entertained enough with to maintain.
My sporadic posts started shortly after I turned 21, in March 2011, with Rants about new CTA cars and a review of the defunct Chicago-based TV show Chicago Code. I’ve since gone on to post about my random mini-adventures of things I like around Chicago, bookstores, Lake Michigan, the weather, fishing, to my adding of the Illinois State Fossil to my collection, and anything else that interests me enough to put into text and post online.
There has been no real pattern or goal for the blog. I suppose it is here to exercise the remnants of my writing muscle established during my time studying journalism in University. It’s an acquired skill I turned into a side hobby as I pursue a more fulfilling (and better-paying) full-time career.
I don’t mean to imply that much I write is of journalistic quality, or that I secretly still aspire to be a hard-hitting field reporter, but over the years, I have put some thought and effort into the site and plan to keep it going.
For real news, my favorites to follow have been Ben Joravsky’s political columns in the Chicago Reader, DNAinfo.com has great local news, and Edgeville Buzz for headlines around my neighborhood. Chicago Rants covers everything that’s left, from the perspective of a 20-something North-sider.
In 2016 and beyond, I’m going to continue to be the one-man blog and chronicler of the city, with more frequent posts of my urban adventures.