The day was July 23, 2003. That's a day I'll remember. It was when I launched the Blog Oklahoma web ring for Oklahoma bloggers. You see back in the day there wasn't a webring just for Oklahoma bloggers, so I started one.
I'm sorry what was that? What's a web ring? It was a way to connect websites together in a circular fashion by using these things called links. Now please save your questions for later and let me finish this story or we're going to be here all night.
Now, where was I? Oh yeah. I started Blog Oklahoma.
It wasn't long until the web ring grew into a remarkably interesting and diverse community of Oklahoma bloggers.
A few years later, on May 19, 2005, I started a new website called Exploring Oklahoma History. It was dedicated to traveling Oklahoma and visit all the historic places we could find, catalog them, and possibly learn something about Oklahoma's fascinating history.
As the years passed both websites grew in their popularity. So, I thought hey why not expand things with this new thing called podcasting. I recorded and published the very first episode of the Blog Oklahoma Podcast on May 30, 2008, to share news and updates from and for this ever-growing Blog Oklahoma community.
Those early episodes were recorded with a borrowed USB headset microphone. If you ever go back into the archives to listen to them, they are very cringe worthy. Enjoy.
In 2009 the Blog Oklahoma Podcast was honored with the prestigious Okie Blog Award for Best Podcast. The Okie Blog Awards were established by, and decided by and for, Oklahoma bloggers exclusively. They are intended for our blogging peers to recognize and honor the excellence of diversity by bloggers within the state through popular nominating and voting.
On September 24, 2014, I moved the podcast from Blog Oklahoma into its own website to keep things better organized and managed.
After 103 episodes it was time for a change. After a short hiatus, on June 01, 2015, I rebooted the podcast with a new format and reset the episode number to 1. I moved all the previous episodes (2008-2015) into an archive where you can still listen to them today.
As a side note. Many years later I realized renumbering the podcasts was a mistake. At the time it made sense, now not so much, but what is, is. And we continue.
What started out to update everyone on Blog Oklahoma, changed into something to encourage Oklahomans to write about Oklahoma life, and now its evolved into being an open topic podcast about whatever Oklahoma and life has to bring.
So, what's next for the Blog Oklahoma Podcast you ask?
Roll for initiative and let's find out.
And as always, thank you for listening to the Blog Oklahoma Podcast. – K. Latham
Small Update: On February 1, 2021, the Blog Oklahoma Web Ring was offically sunset. You can read about the details here.
Winner Okie Blog Awards 2006 Okie Blog Award Winner Best Culture Blog and 2009 Okie Blog Award Winner Best Podcast
The Okie Blog Awards were established by, and decided by and for, Oklahoma bloggers exclusively. They are intended for our blogging peers to recognize and honor the excellence of diversity by bloggers within the state through popular nominating and voting.
Blog Oklahoma Podcast
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