I started my first ever blog post with the title “Welcome to ma website Yo!!” It seems fitting to mark the tenth anniversary of my blogging life.
While most of the older posts make me want to shove my fist in my mouth as I appreciate how much of a dork I used to be. All the past relationships, the manic rants, the forlorn prose all point towards the simple success of this blog and what I started it for.
This blog was never going to be something I wanted to be successful in the sense of numbers of visits (although secretly I celebrated every hit with triumphant bliss). The main function was to (b)log my life so that I would be able to look back and see where/how-far I’ve come.
It does that pretty well and I enjoy being able to look back.
Seeing as this is the tenth year I thought I’d go with the cliché of listing a ten:
Ten most popular posts (it depresses me that a Facebook related post is at the top):
And here be some basic stats about the site:
- has had over 67k views
- has had 1890+ posts
- has had 1800+ images uploaded
- has had 350+ comments
Bracing myself for tomorrow’s shoot in the Harrogate conference centre furnace aka my studio for the day.
Two years ago we had a more complex set up with 4 redheads that made the room even hotter. This year the setup is MUCH simpler.
Should be good!
We’ve been living in our first floor flat for over a year now and we still had the issue of two bikes at the top of the stairs in the hallway which have always required some negotiating to get around them.
I’ve been trying to find a solution for this and had settled upon trying to get a bike hoist like the following image but the space we have for it would be too tight a squeeze for two hoists side by side not to mention the fact that it’s not a flat roof that we’ll need to mount from.
This weekend I had the great idea of hanging one of the bikes from the banister which actually works really well. All the weight of the bike is sitting on the pedal which rests on the base of the stairway and I’m using a short bungee cord to hold the handlebar and other wheel in place. This arrangement means there is no unnecessary strain on the banister and there is no risk of the bike falling off. I also made sure to slide an old jiffy bag over the pedal to make sure the pedal pins don’t scratch up the wood.
The result is brilliant as we’ve cleared one of the bikes from the hallway and we’ll be able to use a hoist mechanism for the other one without it being as much of a squeeze.
Was out prwyer walking with the mighty Steven Visser and the sun broke through the clouds in this glorious fashion.
We both just stopped and stared for a few moments.
It was stunning and the image does it no justice.