Posts Tagged ‘years’

I’ve been thinking about time a lot lately, what with having a fair bit on my hands for most of the next week.

But since I have been thinking about time, I wondered about this blog, and past blogs, and…

…what I’d have been writing about on this day had I been blogging for the past fifteen years.

On some of them I was blogging, of course, because they took place during one of the countdowns I’ve done, or for other reasons. On some 19ths of July, I wasn’t blogging, but odds are I’d have been tweeting.

Slices of time. I’ve no idea why I’m writing this other than that it amuses me, and I’ve genuinely no idea what I was thinking about a year ago, or the year before that, or in 2009, say.

And that’s a good enough reason for me to want to find out.

So let’s take a look at what I was blogging about or tweeting about on this day back through the years.

(Note, if I didn’t actually tweet on the day, I’ll take the closest day I can find, ok? OK.)


19th July 2006:

Well, I was still on my former blog back then. And, I was on the second run of fast fiction challenges. My heavens, the second run, that takes me back. It was a story entitled I Have Air Conditioning, and it’s a weird little tale but one I quite like still.

Due to my ‘fiction from the vaults’ posts on Tuesdays, I’ve read a few of the old tales and it’s striking – to me, anyway – how brutal some of the language I used was. Looks like I went through a phase where I used adverbs very sparingly, and adjectives to quickly convey a tone as well as a description. I’m not sure whether I’d write the stories the same way again, but even if they might be a tad more polished now, I do like the rawness of them as originally written.


19th July 2007:

Ah, lurkers. Remember them? Livejournal was a great blogging platform, and this was in the days when people did, sometimes, reply to blogs, where there was a genuine interaction on occasion between those writing blogs and those reading them. And lurkers were A Thing, people who you knew read the blog but never ever commented. Which, as I say, occasionally irked. So, yes, this post – Lurkers… Delurk! – was designed, hopefully, to get lurkers to say ‘hello’, to introduce themselves and maybe, just maybe, get them commenting more often.

Sidebar: oops

I hit the wrong link while doing this and came across something I think it’s; worth mentioning.

I was hoping, when I started this, that one of the things this post would reveal to me, and possibly others, was the differences between a) blogging then and blogging now, and b) the different platforms. And this post from August 2007 – Quick favour needed… graphics – is firmly in the first of those. Because it’s a general ‘help?’ post, asking for advice on how to achieve a specific thing I wanted to do graphically.

We used to use blogs (and message boards) for things like this. I can’t imagine using the blog for it it now; I’d ask on Twitter instead. This is one of those things that I tcan honk is very definitely better now than then. On Twitter, you get quick responses, or one at all. And you end up with far more links to step-by-step instructions now as well.

(Looking at the post, and when it was written, just after I’d got my first iPhone, Looks like i was hoping to use the Gibbons designed hypotheticals logo as my iPhone 3G wallpaper. I must have taken the advice, and liked it, because I’m still using the logo as my iPhone 12 Pro wallpaper.)

Looking later, I find the perfect complement to the post immediately above. Remember I said we sometimes used blogs to ask for help? This post from August – Smarter… Better… Gooder… – was a follow up, thanking people for the advice for which I’d asked in an earlier post, this time about a new FTP application to use.

Remember that as well? Thanking people for their advice? Happens less on Twitter, and Twitter is the worse for it.

OK, back to This Day In History

19th July 2008:

This comes up every so often, and it’s worth sticking it in here since it was on the day itself. Worth a mention and then moving on… 13 years ago, I was writing about my fucked-up-foot.


19th July 2009:

Around this time, my lad had busted his hand, pretty badly. His tendon had snapped and he required a couple of major operations. Some wonderful artists sent him some wonderful artwork, with characters’s arms in casts or slings, to help him feel a little better. This was one of the posts containing one of the pieces of the art.


19th July 2010:

Another fast fiction, since I was then doing a 150 day run of them, this story entitled Sometimes We All Implode, a fun title to play with; a rather less fun story resulted.


19th July 2011:

I took a break from blogging during the first three-quarters of 2011; I really wasn’t in a fit state to blog. I was… ill, and a couple of stays in hospitals, including one for mental health. I really wasn’t well at all.

However, in July I was tweeting.

And I tweeted this.

And I was referring of course to this


19th July 2012:

So I kicked off this place on 1st October 2011, but I didn’t blog in July 2012, so instead…

Ah, the missions.

I used to hand out missions on Twitter before I went to bed.

I should get back to that at some point, I guess.


19th July 2013:

Ah, how nice. A blog post that I not only recognise but one i refer to on a semi-regular basis even to this day.

Budgie’s Law of Popular Television, y = x + 2

It’s my law and I still think it applies. Of course a law only really counts when other people quote it, and I was wholly and unreservedly delighted last year to see it in the wild.


19th July 2014:

No blog entry on the 19th in 2014, but a post on the 10th that’s worth highlighting. At the time, the government was saying that trades unions, when consulting their members on possible strike action, should have a minimum turn out for a strike ballot to be valid.

Not only was it incredibly stupid, and self-defeating, it was also woefully hypocritical.

And I said so, and showed why, in this post: Turnout fine again…


19th July 2015:

OK, now we’re getting a bit closer to ‘now’. 2015.

In July 2015, the Labour Party were in the middle of a leadership contest in which Jeremy Corbyn was the front runner. Hmm.

I’d already written earlier in July a post expressing my… disquiet on that, and how I was hoping in vain, it turned out – that the winner would be ABC: Anyone but Corbyn.

But the closest to the 19th? That’d be on the 15th, when I wrote about my despair at Labour generally and how it would be nice to actually have an opposition at the time. Opposition? What Opposition?


19th July 2016:

We’re back to Twitter for a bit, I’m afraid I didn’t blog in July 2016, and then took 2017, 2018 off before returning in June 2019 for the ’55 minus’ run which ran through the whole of 2019.

You get two tweets because I genuinely couldn’t decide which I liked more.


19th July 2017:

How some things never change. I still wonder.


19th July 2018:

How some things sadly never, sadly, change.


19th July 2019:

A blog entry! We have a blog entry!

I returned to blogging in 2019, with a countdown blog to my 55th birthday. I was about a month through it…

And on 19th July, I wrote one in a series of what later became the Ten Things series. 55 minus 29: One-offs, part 3… pilots Reading it now, it’s a fun piece, I think, and while I’m not sure if I’d include some newer shows now, but yeah, it’s nice that I still agree with myself from two years ago.


19th July 2020:

I was really not in the state of mind to write a blog this time last year. I had nothing to write that people weren’t already writing.

But I was tweeting about Wacky Races, apparently.


19th July 2021:

Well, there’s this blog entry…

See you tomorrow, with… something else.



Fifty-seven days. Fifty-seven posts. One fifty-seventh birthday.

I’m trying something new with this run. I’ve signed up to, so if you fancy throwing me a couple of dollars every so often, to keep me in a caffeine-fuelled typing mood, feel free. I’m on

This post is part of a series of blog entries, counting down to my fifty-seventh birthday on 17th August 2021. You can see the other posts in the run by clicking here.

55 plus 39: Slices of time

Posted: 25 September 2019 in 55 plus
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I’ve been thinking about time a lot lately, What with the week long run of Doctor Who related posts, and then a couple of ‘stories from the vaults’ yesterday specifically on the subject of ‘time’.

And I may complete this week’s posts with another couple of posts about ‘time’ or Doctor Who and then put the subject to bed for a bit.

But since I have been thinking about time, I also wondered what I’d have been writing about had I been blogging for the past ten years on this day.

Well, I wasn’t blogging on this day each of the past ten years, but I was probably on twitter.

So let’s take a look at what I was blogging about or tweeting about on this day back through the years.

(Note, if I didn’t actually tweet on the day, I’ll take the closest day I can find, ok? OK.)


…25th September 2009:

Well, the 26th to be precise. I chose this one because it’s a never ending ‘huh, I wonder…’ for me. Back then, I was on LiveJournal, running a thing I called budgie’s squawks, and I had something like 300 people following the blog; ‘friends’ in the terminology LiveJournal used. And, like many, most of them didn’t comment on the blog posts. OK, far more commented than comment here – not complaining, but it’s rare if I get any comments, let alone from multiple commenters.

But I’d often get comments on Livejournal… from the same couple of dozen people, so I asked, in that entry:

This is for people who don’t or at least only rarely comment in reply to entries.

Who are you…?

I’m curious.

(Also wondering who’s actually reading this blog, as opposed to who can read it.)

And I got responses; some folks were ‘hey, you remember me?’ and some were ‘I’m reading, but I never comment’.

It did the trick; people commented more often afterwards.

Ah, how times change.

25th September 2010:

I was in the middle of a long fast fiction challenge run: 150 stories in 150 days, one per day. no matter what, I would write one a day. Whether that story was written at 8 in the morning or half-eleven at night. One a day.

I was broken by the end of the run; hell, I was probably broken two-thirds of the way through it. But it remains one of the best writing things I’ve ever done. And I’m very proud of most of the stories in the run. This one? Well, I don’t know. Reading it now, it works as a story, and it’s a nice dark twist at the end, but I think I’d write it differently now, with less telegraphing – to me, anyway – of the eventual ending, in every sense of the word.

25th September 2011:

I’d finished the LiveJournal blog a month earlier; it wasn’t doing what I wanted any more, wasn’t giving me what I wanted any more, and a few things inside LiveJournal were beginning to concern me. I wasn’t so much taking a long break from blogging for a while – I’d done that earlier in the year, and it was the first seriously long break I’d taken from blogging since 2003 – but a new start was much needed, in tone, and in content.

So I kicked off this place on 1st October 2011.

And I said Hello, did a brief introduction, and moved on…

25th September 2012:

Took a much required break from social media and blogging from late August until mid October. (Main reason, though not the sole one, was because I was in the middle of a pretty comprehensive breakdown, was in hospital, and then back at the flat but still very, very not… right.)

So you get this, the last post I wrote before I took the break.

It was something I used to do on LiveJournal and tried a few times here but it never quite worked here; I think it needed the ‘community’ LiveJournal encouraged and wordpress never quite did in the same way. It was a ‘teach me something’.

To be more precise, it was me saying, and I’m going to reproduce the post because I really wish it had worked on the couple of times I tried it here:

Some years ago, there was a series of guide books to software entitled Tips, Tricks and Traps. Written distinctly with tongue firmly in cheek, the books purported to be merely a guide to the very important, nay vital things you needed to know in order to use a specific piece of software. Of course, the books were nothing of the sort – they covered everything from the very basic to the quite advanced.

They all ended up with three ‘lists of ten things’, which were essential reading. The first was “Ten Things you really do need to know”; the second was “Ten Things that it’s very helpful to be able to do”. The last was the genius bit: “Ten Things you’ll need beer for,” the idea being that with these things, it took too much time to learn how to do them, so it would be much easier to go to someone who really knew the software and say to them: “if I buy you beer, will you please do this for me?”

Now, I have no beer, but I sometimes get incredibly envious of the skills possessed by other people.

Time to address that envy, I think.

Teach me one thing about your job, or a skill you possess, something that the odds are that I don’t know. (Note, I’m not asking what skills you possess – I’m requesting that you teach me something about that skill…)

You want examples? OK, well, say you spend your professional life writing. Then tell me how you get over ‘writer’s block’. Or if you can touch type, what’s the hardest word to type, and how do you remember it? You’re a whiz at teaching others mnemonics? Then teach me some. Or if you write gags, how do you know what’s funny and what’s not? Or if you write web pages, did I know that by sticking <b> and </b> around a word, I’ll make it appear emboldened? (Well, “yes“, is the obvious answer to that one…)

Other examples people have taught me over the years include:
– how to feed a cat a tablet
– a sommelier explaining how he decides the description of a wine
– the key to cleaning up images for icons
– how to breed fruit flies
– the best way to corner at speed
– a teacher taking me step by step through the process of the “you’re about to be in trouble” stare
– how to design a room
– the placement of word balloons
– how to learn a really difficult piece of music
– to create a genuinely blind hem on a satin bridal gown or other formal outfit
– how to calculate the flow of bubble bath when you bathe
– how a cover teacher knows your name in class (when you don’t think they do)

Go on then – teach me something about your job, or a skill you possess.

But as I say, it never quite worked in the same way.

Ah well, moving on, and closer…

25th September 2013:

Have a tweet.

Ah, the missions.

I used to hand out missions on Twitter before I went to bed.

I should get back to that at some point, I guess.

25th September 2014:

Have another tweet:

No comment on that, other than that I still have them around in Dropbox, filed somewhere or other.

Anyway, moving on…

25th September 2015:

Hmm. congratulations, mr corbyn… and goodbye . No surprise that my twitter account and, occasionally, the blog became substantially more political and angry from this point on. I’ve written here and elsewhere what changed. No need to go into it in this entry. But yeah, things took a darker, and certainly less pleasant, tone.

25th September 2016:

We’re back to Twitter for the rest, I’m afraid and I didn’t blog in September 2016, and then took 2017, 2018 and most of 2019 off from blogging before returning in June 2019 for the ’55 minus’ run which extended into the ’55 plus’ run you’re now reading.

Erm, see what I meant earlier?

Let’s skip forward a year.

25th September 2017:

Oh, come on…

Maybe last year?

25th September 2018:

OK, yeah, that’s more like the me everyone knows, at least.

And now we’re at 25th September 2019:

Well, there’s this blog entry
Something else tomorrow…