I must have had 5 or 6 blogs over the years, none of them ever really becoming my main place to write on the web. For the longest time, Twitter satisfied the urge (at the expense of actually, you know, writing more than 140 (then subsequently 280) characters), but since the ever-growing enshitification of Twitter I've mostly stopped posting more than the occasional reply there. Mastodon has filled the need of a 'keep up with friends' thing, but the desire to get back to publishing more than a paragraph at a time has been growing for a long time now.

As it seems is rather typical for developery-types, can't start blogging until I've developed a blog engine! But then I had a sudden realisation that I already had the start of a blog using blogstatic.io, a very pleasant and no-fuss blogging tool by Val Sopi, a friend from the MegaMaker community

So, inspired and encouraged by the lovely and always-a-joy-to-read Derek, I decided to re-boot the blog and write something. There's been a million times over the past few years when I've thought "I want to write about this, if only I had an active blog...". As the famous saying goes "The best time to reboot your blog was 20 years ago. The second best time is now." (that's how it goes, right?)

My thinking being - if I remember the blog is there, there's a higher chance I'll actually blog. So this is me reminding myself that my blog is here. This is me stating my public intention to blog more. And to not get caught up in overthinking it.

Wow, that's a whole lot of nothing & excuses, eh? 

So to leave you with a few actually interesting things:


About a month ago, we welcomed a new addition to our family - a Maltipoo named Cookie.

As is to be expected for a puppy, she is a handful. But she's an adorable handful, so that kinda makes it ok. When I remember, I try to post photos on my abandoned Instagram, but here's an exclusive bonus Cookie-pic for you:


What I really want to talk about is the latest side-project that I've been working on for a few weeks and how it's helped me get out of a mental-rut. But that's going to be a long and rambling post, so that is going to be the topic of the next post. 

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