Yes, that’s right, I started blogging ten years ago today, as I set out on my epic journey through Southeast Asia. It’s been a pretty wild ride – everything from eating scorpions in Thailand to weaving in Ghana – and I’ve thoroughly enjoyed every minute of it. I hope you have too!
Curiously, it’s also been exactly three years since I launched my new website, moving everything from static pages to WordPress. According to the little ticker in the bottom right of my website, I’ve had over 150,000 visitors in those three years. (Google Analytics puts the figure slightly lower, at 140,000.) And I’m closing in on half a million page views for the new site! I’m pleased the site has become so popular.
Meanwhile, I had a nice relaxing weekend. I wrote five more book blog posts, wound the replacement warp for the Phoenix Rising samples, and took lots of naps. As soon as I finish the examples for the book blog, I’ll be about three weeks ahead, which is a nice comfortable margin.
It’s been interesting working out the examples and exercises for the book blog. I’ve used all these techniques before, but writing down instructions has really forced me to think about the processes I use. I’ve also had to modify some of my design examples to be less image-heavy, because I need to stick to photos where I either own or can purchase rights. This means that some of my examples are modified from the original. (I’m using Phoenix Rising for most of these, because it’s still in the design phase.) Still, it’s working well, and I’m getting a deeper understanding through writing it all down.