It was 20 years ago today…

Twenty years ago today, I quietly launched this little humor blog called Davezilla. It’s now one of the longest running humor blogs on Earth (if not the longest).

One thing I am incredibly proud of is the amazing folks I have met through this site. Heroes (to me) like Jeffrey Zeldman, Heather Champ, Jesse James Garrett, Chris Brogan, Sara Evans, Alexis Ohanian, Matt Mullenweg, and too many more to mention. You know who you are.

This blog has been featured in Wired multiple times, a book by Yahoo! called Five Years that Influenced the Web, and American Greetings even made a desk calendar of my Manly Tips for Bachelor Living section.

The anagrams were my real start. In 1999, I started making anagrams of celebrities, accompanied by cartoons. Encouraged by Heather Champ to continue doing them, I began seeing my anagrams appearing on university sites, in books, and circulated through emails.

I figured I had a popular blog when a few things happened.

1999: My mother forwarded me an email that had two dozen forwards already called, “Ways to annoy waitstaff” and said I’d probably like it. I replied, “Yes I do. I wrote it.”

2000: I got my first hate mail (2000). Definitely a good sign.

2001: I got a cease and desist letter from billion dollar company in Japan. Toho, to be precise. Owners of all things Godzilla. Their law firm was sending out random C&Ds to any site with “zilla” in the name.

I laughed about the C&D. Then freaked out. Then calmed down as I recalled that a new browser called Mozilla wasn’t being sued. Neither was a popular new show called Bridezillas.

Instead, I asked several (150) blogger buds to repost my C&D. I got free legal help from all over the world. I also got a TON of free publicity. My site went from 200 visitors a day to 60,000 a minute (thanks to Slashdot, Wired, and Metafilter).

I got interviewed 116 times over the C&D. I got on TV. Harvard Law School wrote about it.

My web host was not amused by the spike and called me at home. Le sigh.

Today, blogging doesn’t seem to have the camaraderie that it had back then. My audience has moved (mostly) to Facebook. I got married to an amazing woman, and we have two adorable, precocious girls. My blogging time became limited.

But this year will change that. Times are getting weird again, and it’s time to anagram. Here’s looking at 20 more years of Davezilla.

I finally refreshed the look a bit. Yes, it’s the default Twenty Thirteen theme (with an original photo for the header), but the site needed a kick in the butt. I plan on updating the color scheme when I get time. Next month.

Attention New Readers

If you’re new to Davezilla, and tried to sign up today but couldn’t, it’s not you. It’s me. Really. I had a spate of Russian spammers signing up all day with fake names and emails. I have no patience for the Russians. Blackhats, the lot of them. Anyway, if you are a real live legitimate person and want to sign up to comment, pop me an email and proof that you’re a human (send me a pic or a link to your Facebook profile for example) so I can add you manually.

Sorry. If you’re a real reader from Russia (say that five times fast), you may be SOL for a while. Your countrymen have spoiled things for the ret of you.

Davezilla has moved! is back

Back in 1994 I started this site as a place to store cartoons and anagrams I did of celebrities. I miss doing that. I had a very small, but dedicated audience. I’ve gotten away from that, more to photos, links and videos. My audience is much bigger as a result. I want to go back to my roots, but not lose you, dear readers.

So I have a solution.

I started posting Davezilla comedy on my new Tumblr blog. You can find me there, several times a day now. Meanwhile, this site will be redesigned as an anagram site once more. Please follow me on Tumblr now, but I hope you like both sites.

UPDATE! Comments are now enabled (using DISCUS) on the new site, so you can begin your filthiness once more!

The address is Please follow! I’ve posted 12 times in the first two days.