New Year’s Day 2014

After a couple of years keeping the blog just ticking over I plan to do more with it this year (which will be it’s 11th year on the go). Really grateful for all the people I’ve met over the years through the blog, particularly while working on the PhD.

I’ll probably spend the next month or so working out quite what to do with it, but hope to be back blogging regularly by the end of January.

End of Days

Last day at the University of Auckland School of Theology today – now on leave until January. Odd kind of day – pretty much no one in the building at all after 1pm when our departmental coordinator left, so when I left at 4pm I locked everything up and turned the lights out. A lot of water under the bridge since I started here six years ago and I’ll miss my colleagues.

Photos below (including Helen’s name on my door now for 2014).









Happy 10 year blogoversary

10 years ago when was a year into my PhD in Theology I started this blog as a way to help me organize links and other material that I came across in my research. 10 years on the blog is still going – albeit in less intense kind of way. I’ve moved through Blogger, Movable Type, and WordPress – each of which had their own advantages. I’ve made some good friends and acquaintances along the way, and learnt a lot from other bloggers – many of whom I try to follow if they’re active. I’m often surprised to come across people at conferences who have seen something on it from time to time.

I’m not sure if this blog will be there in another 10 years time, but I hope so. Interesting to see the original blog roll – something that seems to have slipped off many blogs now.

Some changes in the look of the blog over time:

  • 2003 –
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  • 2007 –
  • 2011 –
  • 2013 –

New Year

A week or so ago I renewed the domain name for the tenth time. Originally I acquired the domain name and web hosting to experiment with a web site for keeping track of various interesting web links and to have my own email address (pre-gMail).

I started using phpWebsite, before starting a blog to keep track of my PhD research project and to connect with other bloggers. That started out in August 2003 using Blogger to FTP the blog onto this site. Later on I moved to MovableType before finally settling on WordPress.

Since finishing the PhD and starting a full-time academic role the frequency of blog posts declined (esp. with Facebook becoming more useful to connect to people) and last year I really didn’t blog much at all as work, health and family kept me very, very busy.

This year I’m planning on getting back into blogging. Facebook doesn’t really work for organising things I want to keep track of, and I enjoy other people’s blogs – even though it might be considered blasé in some circles.

With the old iPad I’ve inherited and a mobile connection, I’m thinking the commute on the train might be a good time to do that.

Anyway, the new year is well underway now so it’s time to get back into it. Hope your new year has started well. All the best for 2013.


Links from the great Marmite crisis!

And the pretenders