An Internet game based on the Tour de France last summer led me to write to a daily email review of results and standings. The means I chose to publish those emails to the web to have an archive readable online by all participants was the blogging platform WordPress. Soon the Tour was over, but I decided to keep going – I was enjoying the regular writing – and I launched this blog. 84 posts and 248 comments later, including a change in template and in hosting, it’s now 2006 and time to look back over some of those posts which you may have missed.
The first non-cycling post was about the “war on terror” – or rather the risk to personal privacy – and followed the bombings in London. Indeed I’ve been political on occasion, talking about America’s rising debt or the decision to put a man on the moon again by 2018. Closer to where I am, I commented on the urban violence in France during October and November.
Living in France, I occasionally come up with some insight into French office culture compared to the UK, and about linguistic experimentation (or rather, silliness) in the office. Sometimes I got technical, for example in my post about the new digital cinema standard – an article I hoped might raise more interest, but I just couldn’t get it “out there” anywhere. I read through a whole technical specification to come up with that content, but it’s really a niche interest thing. Closer to the interest of some readers, I’ve also been techy with HTML and CSS regarding a suggestion for improvement to the look of “When Tara Met Blog”. That led to a review which unfortunately was done when techy content was filling most of my homepage… but it was fair criticism and started me thinking a bit harder about what to write about.
The main event of my year and obviously a recurrent theme is the birth of my son Nathan. Back in July, I wrote about a scare we had when Yasmina went into hospital. It was a difficult pregnancy, but finally on October 14th Nathan was born and the post announcing the birth was the most commented on in 2005.
New Year’s day is a time to remember the good and the bad, and look forward with hope for a great year ahead. In 2005, I occasionally posted about anniversaries : the 60th anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima, the 4th anniversary of the attacks on NYC, and more recently the 25th anniversary of the assassination of John Lennon. In 2006, I will be posting about some more personal anniversaries. Nathan’s first birthday, and our 5th wedding anniversary are up for celebration this year. So much to look forward to with a son developing and doing new things every day.
I wish you all a great 2006, and hope you will click on a link or two to look back over the year with me. After a slow start to this blogging project, I am pleased to note there are some regular readers. It’s great to see you here, for you bring so much to the blog. Without you, I’m just talking to myself…