It was the summer of 1996 when I first decided to work on documenting the Kankonian language.
Although I had been doing this Kankonia thing since 1993, it wasn't until 1996 when I decided I wanted to document the language of the planet, out of all things. My decision probably came from looking at conlang directories like Richard Kennaway's around that time in my life. It was then that I learned the word "conlang". Prodigy being a thing then, I got a Prodigy page and went to work writing about Kankonian on the Internet.
Before I knew it, I had 5,000 words. I also had a grammar of a mere 7 pages, with a few typos thrown in. I put it up on the Net and submitted it to Internet conlang directories. I updated the Kankonian dictionary and Kankonian history in 1998.
From 1998 to 2002, I put Kankonia and Kankonian aside. Then, at the end of 2002, I downloaded the pages from the now-defunct Prodigy after having deleted them from my own computer, and got to work expanding it.
Kankonian's lexicon reached 10,000 words after two more years.
And as for its grammar, even though I had ingenuously thought 7 pages was all the grammar I would need back in 1996, I worked on things like "Stealing the money was wrong" and "I consider him stupid" and appositives and how yes and no work and the difference in relative conjunctions between "the girl who loves me" and "the girl (whom) I love", and I was up to the double digits in no time.
Before long, I found such fora as Jaaaaaa's (?) forum, where I met Sonib, and later the ZBB. I lasted for a few years on the ZBB before I quit because of the pruning, and got flamed by the Swarm for announcing I was leaving.
Shortly thereafter, I found the CBB. This was back in 2006, and I've been a member ever since. I moved over to the new board, of course, when the CBB moved in 2010. That was almost 6 years to the day.
Through thick and thin, through dry spells and floody spells, I kept at it, knowing that if I scrapped Kankonian, my poor Kankonians would be left without a language to speak. My lexicon size soon became famous on the CBB. On November 5, 2015, my lexicon reached 50,000 words and there was much cake in the Lexicon Milestones thread. Sometimes sidetracked mentions of the lexicon size of Kankonian have gotten threads off topic from other things I wanted to discuss, such as weird coincidences in one's conlanging stint.
As of now, Kankonian stands at 51,701 words. Word #51,701 was tektyuphis, a noun meaning "pyrophobe". It comes from tek, the ancient Ciladian word for fire, tyuph, the ancient Ciladian word for fear, and -is, a Kankonian suffix for a person.
My Kankonian grammar now stands at 129 pages as a Corel WordPerfect document, a long shot from the days when I only had 7 pages. The grammar details how to say such things as:
So happy twentieth birthday to Kankonian. If you want to learn more, you can check it out at http://khemehekis.angelfire.com/basic.htm . Here's to hoping for another 20 years!