Strawberry Hills Pub « Floating Life I have blogged with Blog This on Firefox/Windows Live Writer for no reason other than this is the point I have now reached in the archives as I go back editing and checking and occasionally deleting as I Sitemeter the individual posts. I have to confess this activity is giving a spurious boost to my Sitemeter stats too, but perhaps not more than the losses caused by unsitemetered posts not being registered over the past week.
The post also tugs at the heart a little, and 2006 — 2006! — seems distant indeed.
However, let me explain the archive here, as it is rather odd, being a blend of posts from several sources: two ventures on Blogspot — one of which is still there though on hold.
1. This blog began in December 2007
Here is the first post, as at first it was intended to be just a Christmas blog! Why, as some will remember, it even had a Christmas template, and then snow! You did notice the address is ninglundecember, didn’t you?
2. Then it changed!
I decided to close down my then main blog in December 2007; it is now just an archive: Lines from a Floating Life: Apr 06 to Nov 07. However, I then decided to import entries from two Blogspot blogs, both no longer around: Ninglun on Blogspot (Mark I) and Ninglun’s Books and Ideas. These entries form the archive from May 2005 to October 2006. If you look at the drop-down by month menu on the Home Page here you will see there is a considerable gap from April 2006 to one entry in October 2006, with the sequence resuming in September 2007.
That is where it gets complicated.
The first wave of entries to be sent over here came not from Blogspot but from the WordPress blog which has ninglunbooks in its address: that is now Ninglun’s Specials, but originally was Ninglun’s Politics, though it was first designed as a possible equivalent to the old Blogspot Books and Ideas. As the 2007 election hotted up it became Ninglun’s Politics, so there are a lot of entries from that phase between September 2007 and November 2007.
Meanwhile I resurrected Blogspot as a site for education posts: Occasional Ramblings of a Retired Teacher, or some similar title. In due course the entries from that came here; they run from September 2007, beginning with We need to get back to thoughts like these (September 23, 2007) and continuing for around three months, My English Teachers 5: Bill Maidment (revisited) (November 16, 2007) coming towards the end of that series. They are still also on Blogspot, and some are on English/ESL!
The next thing to happen was another resurrection of Ninglun on Blogspot (Mark II) — the one that still exists — which was to focus on religion and spirituality mainly. That ran until the end of March 2008. Its posts have also been sucked into the archive here, but blend with the original content so smoothly it is hard to pick.
So there you have it. Now you know why a blog that started on 1 December 2007 has an archive going back to 2005! Or hadn’t you noticed?