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According to a website found via a quick Google search, blogging was invented in 1994 (the year I was born). It wasn’t until 1997 that the horrible word “weblog” was coined—thankfully it was condensed to “blog” in 1999 by a dude named Peter Merholz. A genius, that guy.

Although early blogging was complicated and inefficient (anyone who remembers the pioneer days of the Internet can attest to that), Blogging became incredibly popular in the early 2000s and the rest is sorta history. To secure the idea in your head, according to this very insightful article, in 1999 there were only 23 blogs on the internet (hard to imagine), and by 2006 there were 50 million! Wow!

So, given that there were 50 million blogs in 2006, and we are now going on 12 years from 2006, I am incredibly late to the blogging game. What can I possibly offer to the world of weblogs that hadn’t already been done? My anecdotal rants about modern-day society? A fashion blog that covers the six wardrobe items I rotate through? Socially controversial topics that every Twitter user has already covered? I’m like the guy who bought a VHS player right in 2000 (or, actually I’m the guy who bought a Wii U right before Nintendo announced the Switch).

I’m late to the game. I’ve fallen far, far behind. Could’ve gotten on this as a newborn in 1994 and DOMINATED the internet.

But, alas, even though I am one of the 440 million blogs on the internet, this is the only blog that features Landen. Me. How self-obsessive.

I’m not yet too sure what shape this blog will take, but given that it’s connected to my website, I’ll allow the conversation between my readers and me to determine that. There’s really nothing that excites me more than the idea of being able to write blog posts on topics readers suggest, or about a particular theme or question a reader has in regards to my novel, “Some Place Better Than Here.”

If my voice is one that you feel like mirrors your own, a voice that can contextualize the thoughts or opinions you may share, then please subscribe via e-mail to landenwakil.com and stay updated on the conversation I hope never ends between you and me.


Thanks for reading, and stay on the lookout for more to come.

Always giving his Best,

Landen Wakil


(Or should I come up with some goofy early-internet name ripped off from the Matrix, like Neo, Omega, UserX, Titan, Xero? Taking suggestions!)