Adland is ten years old.

Oh man, soon it'll be a teenager!

Last year I posted on the official birthday Adland's Birthday - Nine years old today!, April 1.
This year I thought I'd avoid the jokester date in case y'all might think I was kidding. Adland really is ten years old.
It all started in this house up on the twin peaks in San Francisco ten years ago. A dorky geocities homepage saw the light of day.... Within a week I was already hosting in some kids webserver in Utah so I could run my own cgi-bin scripts.

One of the early rants has been saved here "Separated at birth? Three drinks do the same thing", as twin ads was the main gripe back then. Some other early rants are still in the adrant section, some have gone all over the web and been translated to Spanish, others made it to print in various advertising business journals.

The waybackmachine saved a few incarnations of adland's front page, like this one from 1998.

So from that wee page with a couple of badland cases, a few adrants, excerpts from adbooks and loads of adlinks, and in 1999 a 950 ad strong commercial collection - we now have 32403 commercials, 2984 news postings, 194 badland cases, 655 ad links, 73066 registered adgrunts and the front page has been viewed by a whopping 43265833 visitors since we started counting back in 2000. (*public stats page removed 2007)

So happy birthday to Adland!

(I tried to find any images of yours truly and a computer from wayback then, but all I could dig up was this:
Åsk San Francisco - aaaw, I'm just a baby!)

about the author

Dabitch Creative Director, CEO, hell-raising sweetheart and editor of Adland. Globetrotting Swede who has lived and worked in New York, London, San Francisco, Amsterdam, Copenhagen and Stockholm.

Comments (8)

  • Andreas-Udd's picture

    Congrats! I'll have a screwdriver.
    Nice view you had there in Frisco!

    Apr 04, 2006
  • Dabitch's picture

    Thanks guys. :) Make mine a black velvet please.
    Oh yes, it was a niice view up there on the hill but my apartment had no view at all. On the other hand, it was dead cool to have to run through clouds to catch the bus some mornings.

    Apr 04, 2006
  • Allan1's picture

    Congratulations Åsk. Happy Anniversary/Birthday!!!!!

    I'll join everyone in a toast to the quintessential ad blog - and one hell of a reference site!

    As to that picture of you - doesn't that car behind you have some sort of computer in it? Hmm? :-)

    Allan E.

    P.S. Which house was yours? The one with the car in front (based on the photo) of it?

    Apr 05, 2006
  • Dabitch's picture

    hehe, you're probably right Allan1 - also, check out all them telephone wires all over the sky. Modems youknow.
    And yeah, my house is the one with the car, the white one. I even had a wee balcony on the other side. With no view. ;)

    Apr 05, 2006
  • LPikon's picture

    A very, very happy birthday Dabitch.
    Just think, the difficult years are still to come. Your 'Adland child' is just about to enter puberty, and you know how difficult kids can be when the hormones start jumping! ;)

    Apr 06, 2006
  • aiiobo's picture

    Three cheers for Adland!! And thanks for upgrading me despite my terrible score at the Quiz. You are a generous human being for sharing all your ad knowledge and building this place for us, already so long ago. You deserve a lot more recognition for it.
    Oh, and make mine a fuzzy navel please.

    Apr 06, 2006

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