I am no longer actively blogging on this website.

And So It Begins

and so it begins

I’ve decided to start a blogging again!  It’s been on the cards for a while, I bought the domain for this site some time ago with the intention of starting a blog but I convinced myself there were more important things I should be doing with my time.  But it’s getting late, I’ve had some wine and I’m in the mood to write (evidently there aren’t more important things for me to be doing :-)!)

I run a range of websites both personally and professionally. Here are a few examples:

This is the main website for my business, ReAgent. It’s the largest of all the sites I am involved with. It lists over thousand chemical products which can be purchased online.  If you ever want to buy any inorganic chemicals, this is the site to go to.

The Chemical Blog
This is a blog I started earlier this year about chemistry, chemicals and science in general. I’ve been working on this site most over the past month or two.  I have high hopes with this and have a number of great people working behind the scenes making it happen.

Deeside Wakeboard and Waterski Club
Over the years I’ve run a number of different websites for sports clubs I am associated with.  Earlier in the year I joined the committee for Deeside Wakeboard and Waterski Club, so I built them a new website with the help of a very generous friend, colleague, graphic designer and all round good egg Rob Walker – you can find more of Rob’s work at www.madebybob.co.uk.

There are many more sites than this – I’ve purchased hundreds of domain names – but the list above is a reflection of the sort of things I do online.  Naturally, it would be impossible for one person to operate all of the websites I am connected with; this is why I always say I ‘run’ these sites. Although I am ultimately responsible for them, in reality I am orchestrating a number of parties behind the scenes including copywriters, designers, coders and so on.

Anyway, the common trait shared between all my sites is that they are intended to generate visitors and get those visitors to do something.  What the visitors do when they’re on the sites may vary; I might want them to buy something, click on an advert, join a sports club, but they all serve a practical purpose of some sort.  The difference with this site is that I’ll be writing purely for the enjoyment of writing and nothing more (well, not now at least).

I actually started a personal blog way back in 2004 after I graduated.  I’ve just had a look at some old files on my PC and I’ve unearthed some files from my original blog:

Back then I had very little experience  building websites.  I remember cobbling together HTML using Microsoft FrontPage – what I would have given for WordPress!

So, I intend to pick up where I left off all those years ago. I don’t know what the future has in store but I do have lots of ideas.  In fact, if I’m only going to be writing for shits and giggles, my brain is overflowing with things to write.

But that’s for the future; it can wait until the next time I’m in the mood to write something.

And that is why I have started this blog :-)