Friday 10 October will be the second anniversary of this blog. But things will be rather busy around then (I’m having my floors replaced on the 8th, which means concentrating on the housework in the meantime, and there’s the Skeptics’ Convention to go to on the 11th and 12th) so it seems more sensible to write the anniversarial post now rather than try to do everything at once.
So let’s reminisce a while.
Here are some of the themes I wrote about when this blog was new:
- Games. One of the very first things I wrote about was the playtesting of Peaks and Pits, a domino game I invented. Soon after I wrote about card games that I’ve played with family but didn’t invent, including Ups and Downs, Donkey, and others.
- Photographs. I posted a couple of photographs from my family’s 2000 holiday in Europe, including one from the Forth and Clyde Canal in Scotland, and one from Austria, showing how different a location used in The Sound of Music looks in the winter. From closer to home, I posted a photograph of the sun setting over Wedge Island.
- Biographical details. Because the blog was new, there was nothing more fitting than to write about myself. I sketched a brief biographical outline, followed that up with an overview of all the places I’ve visited, dedicated a couple of posts to my parents’ farm where I spent most of my school years (the sequel is here), and wrote what I know about the day I was born.
- Memories. I wrote a lot about childhood memories, largely because a drawer full of memorabilia is a very rich source of blogging ideas. Examples include posts about starting school in Scotland, games my sister and I played together, and very earliest memories. I also described memories about stories I wrote when I was much younger (and a follow-up to that, here).
If you started reading this blog at some point after its beginning, I encourage you to visit the above links and see how it all started. I also encourage you to leave a comment on one of those early posts. For example, if you try one of the games I described, you might post a comment summarising how it went. Or if you have a memory that comes to mind when you read one of my own, you might share that. Of course, you may share something I haven’t even thought of, and that’s welcome too.