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Travelog entries on Andalucia

I spent a good portion of the weekend updating my Travelog with entries related to our recent trip to Spain, including some of the stuff from the trip four years ago. If anyone is interested, the good starting point for new entries would be here. The pictures are coming in…

Welcome to the new blog home!

Surprise! I spent a little bit of time and moved the main blog to the WordPress platform. Initial reasons for doing that were outlined here, and I have gotten more and more convinced of the overall superiority of WordPress as I kept playing with it. I might write more on…

Becky has a blog!

I am happy to announce that my elder child now has a soapbox of her own within confines of this website. The link is now prominently featured on the navigation bar. Warning by the newly-minted authoress: You are not really advised to visit if you were born before the 90’s.…

First verbal sparring on burlaki.com

The excellent spring weather – what actually qualifies as summer in London; the next stop is dreary autumn – has seemingly spread across the Channel, and we are finally wearing short sleeves, having dinners on the deck in the garden, and deceiving ourselves with “British climate is not so bad”…

Spammers get creative

I get my share of spam comment and trackback attempts, which are not at all visible to my faithful reader. Of the number of ways to prevent spam content from appearing on the website, I use “moderation”, which, for non-initiated, simply means that every comment submission goes through my explicit…

Looking for blog changes

  There are many indications that I suck at blogging. Among the most obvious are: The inordinate amount of time that it takes me to compose a worthwhile post (I first alluded to this problem all the way back in my very first – dare I say inaugural? – entry),…

Twelve months, one sentence at a time

A meme that I picked up via my favorite bloggers Brian Greenberg and Jason Bennion asks the author to re-post the first sentence of the first blog entry in each of the previous year’s 12 months. Similar to Brian’s and Jason’s compilations, mine ended up somewhere between esoteric and nonsensical.…

Ways to increase blog traffic

Natasha posted my Bath travelog entry on Fodors and the traffic to my website immediately shot up. A little marketing never hurt anybody, I guess. What’s rather weird, though, is that the most frequent internet search that led people to my website in the past month has been one for…

Happy Birthday, blog!

Exactly one year ago, I wrote my very first post in this space. In certain sense, I am amazed that I lasted this long. But I did, and it is time to raise a pint to being a seasoned writer. Or, at least, to being stubborn and dedicated, even if…

Pardon the Interruption

My British colleagues are happily exclaiming that the summer is finally here. From my perspective, the weather is a lot more like spring than summer, but with no rain, and it certainly makes it feel considerably more cheerful. Too bad we won’t be around for a while. Let’s feel the…

Of singing and blogging

Of all her various endeavors, Becky lately has been concentrating on singing a bit more. She lacks a strong voice, but she definitely has a musical ear and she loves to sing. It helps the matters that at her school, every Year 7 student has to participate in the choir.…

A wary blogger

Four days without a post is hardly a way to keep the audience engaged. An article in Economist recently was talking about people who make blogging their main occupation and actually build huge followings by writing about their everyday life. How exactly do they do that? I struggle to find…

Welcome

I guess for the very first post of mine I should warmly welcome all readers and wax eloquent on the subject of how this blog might change the world… Nah!!! If all goes as planned, this first post will be buried under a ton of others. Or not, and this…