CAD Panacea is 10 years old

We want to say THANK YOU to all the readers of CAD Panacea which turns 10 years old this week.  We’ve been through 2 hosting vendors and 3 blogging platforms and plan to keep writing for you for years to come.  Our first post was on March 28, 2005 and we had a whole 43 posts the rest of that year, or a tad more than one a week.  The various vendors and platforms have made getting accurate counts of posts, visitors, comments, etc. difficult, but it’s safe to say we’ve had 1.5 million page views from about one million visitors during the period for which we have solid stats.

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Primary inspiration for CAD Panacea came from Shaan Hurley’s Between the Lines blog, which was about a year and a half old in March of 2005.  Who else was blogging then and still going today? Lynn Allen has been busy doing this since November of 2004 ,  Lee Ambrosius since March 2004, Mark Kiker since December 2004, Melanie Perry started just about the same time as us in April of 2005,  Ralph Grabowski has been going since December of 2003, and Jimmy Berkmark at JTB World since November of 2004. I’m sure I’ve left out a few other pioneers, be sure to leave a comment if you know of some.

EDIT: I missed an obvious one: RobiNZ CAD Blog started off in March of 2004. Sorry about the initial omission Robin!

Thanks again and looking forward to 2025.


  1. Kimberly Fuhrman

    Congratulations!! Keep up the great work! 🙂

  2. Edwin Prakoso

    Congratulations RK!
    My blog would be 8 in a couple of months. Not many bloggers last to 10 years!

  3. ralphg

    The real tip of the hat should be to you and the other bloggers who were able to keep persistently writing for a decade or more. Blogging becomes a self-consuming hobby, where the blog demands that you write; otherwise the blog withers.

    Lots of people started blogs, and many of them died out. We see this especially on the Solidworks side of things. A passion for writing is needed to sustain the beast.

    Congrats to you and Lynn, Lee, Mark, Melanie, Jimmy, and all the other independent bloggers.

  4. Shaan Hurley

    Congratulations and Thank You for all you have done and will do between now and 2025!

  5. Thomas Rambach

    Not quite as 1st generation as you, but was born on Aug 1, 2008.

    1. rkmcswain (Post author)

      Very nice. Thanks for the note.

  6. Owen Wengerd

    Congrats on the 1-decade milestone! It’s odd now to think that barely more than 10 years ago, the word blog didn’t even exist. Long before it was called “blogging” I did the equivalent on static web pages (see for a trip down AU memory lane), but I spent entire days preparing a single “post” back then.

  7. rkmcswain (Post author)

    Thanks everyone. We’re still fighting with the recent switch from Drupal to WordPress, but we’ll make it through. Yeah, I forgot about you Owen. I knew I was going to leave some important people out.

  8. Mark Kiker


    Congrats on ten years… Please do not kick this habit.

  9. Robin Capper

    Congratulations, awesome effort and great to meet you in person thanks to blogging!

  10. John Mayo

    I can’t believe I missed the party. 😮

    Keep up the great work and thanks for all of the work to help us all stay informed.

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