My first blog entry… EVER!

So I’m a blogger now I guess. Although I suppose that having a blog does not make one a blogger. It is the act of blogging on a blog that makes one a blogger.

I’ve never done a blog before and, to be honest, am not sure about how it all works. I found my way to Vox after seeing Anil Dash of Six Apart on episode 36 of Cranky Geeks. It seems to have a nice interface with a similar feel to Backpack, which I love and is the only Web 2.0 service to which I have a paid subscription. (I do pay the $2 donation to Leo Laporte each month).

On the subject of Leo Laporte, I discovered podcasting about a year ago and it’s annoying that I don’t recall exactly how it came to my attention. I think that the first podcast I listened to was Steve Gibson’s Security Now podcast, co-hosted by Leo. It wasn’t long until I discovered TWiT and all the other TWiTcasts. The first TWiT I listened to was episode 24 (26 September 2005).

I guess I really discovered Vox on Inside the Net when Mena Trott of Six Apart was on there (episode 28), but I’m a bit slow to catch up with blogs and things.

Podcast Cover Art

I actually have my own podcast, called Wood & Steel and hosted at Big in Japan (which I also learned about on Inside the Net). I’ve only done three podcasts thus far, but plans are in the works. It’s going to be interviews of acoustic guitar players and builders. It’s available for subscription through iTunes and it should get off the ground in the new year when I finish translating the book I’m working on on Russian archaeology (currently 80% done of the first draft with 15000 words left to do by 15 December – yikes!)

I think it will be a lot of fun to keep this blog going and it will be useful for me to refer back to things. I’ll see how it goes.


  1. Welcome to blogging.  I’m sure you’ll enjoy it.

  2. Thanks for the friendly welcome. I think I’ve succesfully put you in my neighborhood. I’m not sure how it all works, but it seems straight forward enough to figure it out.

  3. I love backpack! I’m new to Vox too (been moving a lot…..) but I’d like to stay here, it seems to be a cool place.. Love the interface!

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  5. Yeah, Backpack rocks. I used it to keep research notes on a project I was working on and then drafted the actual project paper on Backpack. It was kind of cool as the project was tech related and the power of hyperlinking and embedded images and video made the paper much more content rich. As I said, the interface here on Vox reminds me a lot of Backpack – I guess it’s all just part of the Web 2.0 world.

  6. Thanks!

  7. I’m just new to Vox myself, so it seems odd to say “welcome” to a place where I am still new myself  … still … I enjoyed your first post. I look forward to your podcasts – I play acoustic guitar (passably) and love the music. You should let your ‘hood know when you have added new ones. Thanks also for the intro to Backpack. Interesting …

    I’ve been blogging for a year and just switched to Vox from Livejournal. Also found this post interesting, on the parallel topic of friendship and blogging. This poster pinpoints the exact moment that her husband referred to her as a blogger … I wonder at what point a person feels the need to identify as a blogger? Number of posts? Emotional investment?

    Anyway – er – welcome! 🙂

  8. Yeah…..thanks to web 2.0 life sure is easier……..

  9. Thanks Venus. That was an interesting post you linked to there. I’ve got a lot to learn about blogging, but feel right at home pretty much straight away. As I was out this morning I thought of several topics for a blog entry – scary! One thing I have learned already though it the time consumption thing. Time just disappears when one is in the blogosphere – I feel a song coming on!