Return with us to the thrilling days of yesteryear, i.e. 2004 as Tim O’Neil recounts the history of his blog, the Hurting, and by extension the entire, glorious panoply of the Comics Blog-0-sphere.

The Hurting began in January of 2004, during what had been the coldest New England winter in many years. The site’s owner and sole proprietor had launched the site as something of a lark, in response to the success of other previously established comics weblogs such as Dirk Deppey’s Journalista!, and an earnest desire to join the nascent intellectual community established by the likes of Deppey, Sean Collins, Alan David Doane and other like-minded individuals.

Yes, those were the days. After a lot of thoughtful writing in reverse type which we find hard to read, O’Neil writes…well, that would be telling. Click on the link.