Friday, May 24, 2013

Almost Three Years?

I'm baaaack.

I'm quite ashamed, looking at the date of the last post to this blog, that it's come to a little less than three years since I last updated this ongoing journal.

It is what it is.

And I'm blaming Facebook.

Just as Video Killed the Radio Star, so too, I get the feeling, has Facebook Killed Blogspot. Or at least fired a big nasty-ass shot across its bow. It's far easier to post photos, write, and troll for responses through Facebook than it is to do it on this blog of fairly limited readership. And looking through the blogs I once followed, I see that I'm not alone in thinking this way.

But so much has happened in the past three years in my life--my family's life--that really lends itself more to reflective posts rather than the hit-quick-and-frequently nature of Facebook. And while Facebook certainly has its pluses, it has its distractions and detractions as well.

So, I'm thinking, I'll give this Blogspot thing another try. I'll be a bit more free-wheeling and open with subject material. My interests and how I spend my time have changed somewhat over the past few years--there's less involvement in the Model Railroad side of my life (which has been covered on the North Of Narrabri blog) and less in the railroad/railfan sphere as well. My sons have aged three years as well since I've last posted--Eliot is six months from becoming a Teenager (and already has a jump on the moody/sullen/sassy/nonresponsive part of the deal), and Ian is almost nine. My father, who was in the early stages of Alzheimers/Dementia when I last updated, had withered away and finally succumbed to the disease last week. And my long-simmering interest in modern (that is, early 50s onward) architecture and design has boiled over to become one of my primary hobbies of interest as Mary and I finally start paying some attention to our homespace and give thought to what kind of home/neighborhood/etc. do we want to live in going forward in our lives.

There was another trip to Australia, and my slide scanning has notched up a bit (and no doubt there's several themes to cover with my old Kodachromes).  And the Texas Rangers went to two consecutive World Series' and were bumped out of a playoff run at the end of last season. And, oh my, I missed snarky comments from the entire last election cycle on here as well!

So, there's a lot to cover. And a lot I could cover. And, assuming I can maintain momentum and interest, much more for me to write about.

So, let's see how this goes.

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Mike Nichols said...

Glad to see you back Blair. Condolences on the loss of your father. I look forward to your updates in the blog.

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Nick Fotis said...

Hey, it has been a LONG time since I have seen a post here (and I had been on-off busy). Now recovering from a broken hand (at shoulder height), so lots of free time to waste online (and being laid off the latest job adds to the free time pool).

I know, it's late, but please accept my condolences for your father.

In the meantime, I am still trying to start-up a company in Greece, but the financial situation hasn't improved one iota. And banks have stopped inserting any money into the economy.

And no, I am not using Facebook (LinkedIn is the only social network I use). I prefer to spend time on Web forums, because these give a more structured and useful discussion (and I still use the ancient USENET newsgroups - I suppose that I am a computer dinosaur).

Bought an Android tablet a month ago, very nice tool. Unfortunately, my youngest nephew 'confiscated' it, so I ordered a larger one for me - I hope it will stay near me... :)

Cheers,
N.F.