Since when: shop local.

Yesterday I was struggling with my broadband speed. I emailed my provider, expecting nothing until today, and they sent out a van and drove up the field behind my house and re- aligned stuff and did other strange magic and left me with an upload speed of 9847 mgps and an up loads speed almost the same.

I get my broadband from TFL ( from Milford Haven, established in 1983) If ever there is a problem, which is rare, they come and fix it.

Today my website went down, don’t know why. So I drove to Croesgoch and panicked a bit. Tim sent an email to the people with the servers and they trotted off ( somewhere in New York, not so local, and last time the server went off it was because of the awful weather there, and even then they had it back up and running in hours) and turned the machine on and off, or whatever technical thing they do, and back it all came. And while this was happening we talked a bit.

I had my first website in 1997. I had already been working in publishing for 13 years or so and had a couple of books to my name. I think I was working on The Snow Whale. At this time it was still unusual to have a computer at home and it was hosted on claranet. Tim said that at the time he uploaded FTP commands to somewhere, wasn’t quite understanding all the upload/download stuff, but had already got the idea that it might be useful. By the end of 1993, there were 623 websites. In mid-1994 there were 2738 websites, according to Gray’s statistics; by the end of the year, more than 10,000.

I still remember my very first website and i think that tangled up somewhere in my old website there are still some pages that are almost that old. I think that makes it antique. And I know that I should tidy it up, but if you can still find your way there, some of it is quite interesting., like the blogging I did when few people were blogging and iI had a ‘journal’ on my website.

My very first blog post

When I became more serious, the cats’ decided that they might join me in blogging.

Resources for teacher to work with Can You See a Little Bear, hidden in the depths of the darkest website corners.

My second blog, on blogger.

The oldest bit I could find that is still live: Lord of the Forest.

And what my books pages look like now ( working slowly on refreshing the whole site, but part of me just loves the fact that my website is like the inside of my head, a mess of tangled threads, dark alleys that lead nowhere  and the occasional bright spark)

And so today I have been time traveling in between drawing. Firstly through my own archives, then learning a little of what I take so for granted, the web, but then into something stunningly beautiful for a time so long ago that art hadn’t really been invented, into the ancient.

So, thanks to TFL for getting my broadband speed up so that I could download software, learn and blog, and thanks to Tim for getting my website back up and working, and for the coffee.

About Jackie

I am an artist and writer. I live in a small house by the sea in Wales where I write, paint, walk and watch and dream of bears and whales. I love to read, have a wish for wings and prefer the company of animals to that of humans, though at times I can be quite friendly. I am learning how to work with wood engraving tools and hoping to show that you can teach an old dog new tricks.
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