Since I am once again having problems with the links to older posts on the bottom of the page (and personally going back month by month using the calendar would turn me the rest of the way grey) , I decided to look back the easy way. http://www.proseknitic.de/2007/03/ which also gives you the basic format for finding previous months and years.
The actual date of interest is 11 March 2007. Prior to that, “all” I managed was a static website, several of them as a matter of fact. The kids did almost nothing with theirs originally and have done nothing since as far as I can tell. Just about the time that any of the younger ones might have developed an interest first MySpace, then Facebook came along with LiveJournal as an intermediate journaling option.
As you can probably believe, I have stayed away from all of the above preferring to more directly own and manage my own content. Having had the experience of T-Online completely trashing my email account to included deleting all my archives not once, but twice and the Baltimore based guys at Min.net who I had used for over 10 years pulling the plug on their operation you might see where I have a few control issues.
Anyway – I have been at this particular version of insanity for almost five years with the occasional comment here and there. Early on the blog and mailing list were two separate entities only becoming consistently combined Aug 2010 when I started the prep for deploying to Afghanistan. Since then the posts are normally the same, but not always. More on the blog than gets delivered by email: length, photos and more entries.
My focus has also changed somewhat over the last five years. The first few years were mostly about knitting, spinning and the occasional foray into whining about the cold in the UK. Then I started including more on vacations including pictures which meant that I mentioned various family members more often. This in turn meant that more distant relations might be interest.
Then we have Afghanistan (and I am very glad that I am not there right now) followed by the fun and challenges of trying to get retired from the military. After that, a lot of this past year has really turned into a travelogue. Since there are plenty of people writing interesting blogs about various spinning, knitting, sewing, quilting, whatever techniques and projects I am comfortable with the current direction.
As I travel I have also had the chance to meet more and more people who are reading this taking the proportion (compared to 1998 and the Balkans or 2003 and Kuwait) who I actually know in person up to about 80%. It has also turned into a journal of where I have been and perhaps who I am becoming.
As a side effect, who knows? Perhaps it can also serve as an electronic alibi since I am documenting where I am which gives you where I am not by process of elimination? No bad deeds on the horizon but the year is young yet!