Start at the Beginning

Ok, I've been screwing around with trying to set up this blog for a couple of weeks now, so I guess it's time to get started with posting entries instead of trying to figure out PHP. Since I have zilch experience with PHP, I have no idea how I managed to get this page to look even remotely correct. I expect there will be plenty of errors that crop up, and I'll probably crash this blog now and then. Please bear with me when this happens.

So why am I jumping on the blog bandwagon? Simple I guess. I've been pondering updating my website for a long time, and just can't figure out where or how to start, so I reasoned that starting a blog would be an easy way around the issue (it's called procrastination). Actually, I can't avoid updating my website sooner or later, but at least this way, I get a chance to upload photos and stories while I'm on the road.

What really helped convince me was my "discovery" of [tag]Flickr[/tag]. Actually, I've known about Flickr for a long time, but it wasn't until I was thinking about this blog that I realised what a powerful tool it is. The sets and tagging functionality make it a perfect way to keep images organised and to use as a makeshift stock library.

So what I'm going to try to do from now on is upload photos to Flickr when I'm on the road (nearly always), and post my ramblings on this blog...which means I can jot down notes immediately and not have to worry about being as organised as when I'm writing full-blown magazine or newspaper articles.

There's also a built-in RSS feed for Flickr, which means that if you subscribe to my Flickr feed, you'll always know when I've uploaded new photos. For the time being, I'm trying to upload old photos from recent trips — sort of retroactive Flickr-ing. Click on any of the images in the right-most column of this page and you'll see one of my Flickr gallery sets.

And of course there's an RSS feed for this blog too. Just click on the Subcribe via RSS text in the left of the two sidebar columns to subscribe.

If you don't know what RSS means, here's a good explanation from the BBC. RSS is one of the best things to happen since the internet.


And to mark the inauguration of this blog, I'm going to post a picture of my dog, who just celebrated her 11th birthday. As you can see, she may be getting older, but she's completely capable of making a total and utter mess. Gee, just like me.