Sunny evening, 6 June 2018

Sunday, 28 September 2014

10 years blogging

On 28 September 2004, I opened my first blog on AOL Journals and named it Northern Trip. For the next four years, virtually to the day, I made up to a dozen entries each day about my days in Scotland, what caught my eye about the Highlands and islands and the world.

In the autumn of 2005, I came across the on-line community of J-land. A collection of individuals in the USA and Great Britain, writing about their daily lives, trials, triumphs and tribulations. Leaving comments on their blogs, and getting comments from them. I became fully involved at Easter 2006, when one fellow blogger, Pamela Hilger, passed away following a 9 month battle with breast cancer.

Then, on 30 September 2008, AOL, in their definitely finite wisdom, decided to discontinue their blogging service. We scattered to the four winds, some regrouping here on Blogger, but it never got back to the way it was. Facebook became the choice medium for J-land, and many blogs now lie unused since that time, or were closed down.

At the moment, I copy Facebook posts on here (shame) and a selection of pictures for each day, basically reverting back to the way I used to post on Northern Trip during that first year. Every now and again, I'll make a special post (like this one) if I feel I need to write more extensively than Facebook invites you to.

I have enjoyed blogging immensely, particularly in those early years. It is slowly going out of fashion, which is a pity. But that's the way of things.

I have been promised a special graphic tag by J-land's tag artist Donna, which I shall post in the next day or so.


  1. Congratulations on your tenth anniversary.

  2. I can only join and say congratulations.
    I always like to read/hear something about the Outer Hebrides.

  3. Congratulations on your 10th blogging anniversary, adb.Alas, I find this post painful. I so miss our community, and writing-- and, no -- its just not the same to me on FB. You encourage me to get back to daily blogging again. You are doing more than others. I wanted to see who was still blogging so I came by to check you out and to my delight saw a daily entry. God bless you for that! I will get back!! You have encouraged me. I also was one of the original bloggers and posted faithfully for years. I started in May 2004. Those were the days! May they continue on, and when I get my computer fixed (I'm doing this via my cell) may theyI continue blogging on! God bless you for your faithful example.