Monday, July 22nd 2019
Update, August 26th 2019
Since closing this blog, I have decided to start a new one. You will find it at this URL: https://silvercat.home.blog.
I will run this new blog almost entirely from my iPhone, using photos taken with the iPhone, and some supplied by Tigger (my mentor in iPhone photography 🙂 ). By blogging “on the hoof”, I hope to be able to keep up to date and avoid creating a backlog. The first post on the new blog, Introduction, explains all this in more detail.
A number of people have left comments or sent me emails thanking me for my posts here over the years. I am very grateful for these kind messages and hope that I can thank you all in a small way by publishing the new blog.
End of Update
Following on from my previous post, I am writing, with a certain degree of sadness, to say that I have decided that the time has come to discontinue this blog. The labour of catching up with the backlog while reporting on new outings has come to exceed the time and energy at my disposal and to be a source of anxiety.
When I started the blog in Septmber 2006, it was an experiment to see what this activity called ‘blogging’ was all about. I could not have guessed then that I would still be maitaining it in 2019. It became a hobby and something more than that.
I am grateful to those who have left comments over the years expressing their writers’ appreciation of my photos and accounts of the places visited. These comments were read with pleasure and gave me encouragement to continue.
I maintained the blog for the pleasure that it gave me but recently it has more and more become a chore rather than a pleasure and that, it seems to me, indicates that it is time to withdraw gracefully.
So many of the blogs I have followed in the past simply fell silent or disappeared, leaving their readers puzzled as to their fate and that of their authors. I have preferred to avoid ‘dead blog syndrome’ by explicitly announcing closure. I will leave the blog visible for a while and will probably shut it down after an interval to be decided.
In the meantime, anyone who wishes to contact me may do so by leaving a comment or using the contact form or email address reached by the link Contact me here in the sidebar.