Ten Years And Counting

August this year mark a landmark for me. A decade in blogging. I posted my very first blog on August 16th 2004. I was married at the time, and my friend Andrew mentioned he had a blog, so I thought I would give it a go.

Over the next ten years, I changed from the original blog I had on Blogger, to AOL’s home pages, and then when I left them, I changed to my first WordPress blog six years ago, and then changed to this blog in 2010 which was called “Kattermonran’s Blog” and then changed to “Alastair’s Blog” before changing late 2012 / early 2013 to A Mixed Bag which it has been ever since. As a way of celebration, I will be changing my layout in the next week, but not the title. I am hoping to have photos at the top in a banner.

I want to thank the 1,800 people who now follow my blog, and of those I want to thank the 100 or so regular readers. I am grateful to each and every one of you for taking the time to come and visit me.

Ten years is a long time, but it also doesn’t seem that long.

My first post: August 16th 2004

First Blog

 Well, this is my first blog. I was introduced to this from Andrew. Andrew and Richard were down for this weekend as they normally do once a year. Andrew arrived at around 4:30 on Friday, and Richard arrived a couple of hours later. The weekend was the usual of shopping in Folkestone, watching films or something, talking about music, computer games and the like. 
Sunday was when Richard went back, although we thought he was going to have a problem as his car wouldn’t start at first. After a jump from Andrew though, he left at about 8:30 and arrived home about 9:45. Andrew left this morning (Monday), at about 10ish.
Well, that’s it for my first blog. I have a meeting this evening for the Father’s Club, which is a club for Fathers and Grandfathers only who have children or grandchildren with Autistic Spectrum Disorders.
Alley Katt
My first post on this incarnation was made February 19th 2010
This is my new blog page because of
a particular **** that has been
causing me problems.
The old page won’t be being updated anymore.
I look forward to the next ten years. Thank you all for joining me on this journey.

104 thoughts on “Ten Years And Counting

  1. Congratulations dear Al, This is amazing in blogging world! I love this photograph, you are both seem so beautiful 🙂 Thank you and Blessing and Happiness for next ten years 🙂 Love, nia

  2. Happy Anniversary my friend….wow! 10 years is a long time to be writing a blog. I’m impressed. Where did you come up with the name Ally Katt? Is there some inside joke? 🙂

    • Thanks Courtney 🙂 I’m not telling where that name came from. Never, never, never. Not ever. And you can’t make me.

      Because my name is Alastair, I have been called Al, Ali, and (by my sister when we were kids) Algae. Because of the name Ali, there is the alley cats. So I changed the last bit to Alley Katt. Then I was playing an online game and someone asked me if I was male or female because of my moniker. So i changed it to Mondrak. Hence the original name of this blog and the address.

      Alley Katt
      Catamaran becomes:

    • Thanks John. It has been constant. There were months when I didn’t post anything, and maybe even close on a year at one point.

  3. Happy 10th Anniversary Al. Congratulations, that is an amazing result. 1800 bloggers are out of this world. I am just over 400, in 4 years this November. I didn’t get my first Like until almost a year later.

  4. Well this is more than an accomplishment Al! Well done and Bravo!

    I’m so glad that I tripped upon your space — can’t remember how exactly, but it was via someone’s blog, which is the wonder of it all.

    May you continue to entertain, inform and share your wonders and all that inspires you for many more years to come. One thing is for sure, your gift of sharing so generously certainly touches many of us, myself included — and so, a million “thank you(s)” Al — for you make this blogging world and the real world so much brighter.



    • Thanks very much Pat. I was sure I was following your blog. For some reason I am not. I will fix that now.Done.

      Thank you for your generous praise 🙂

      • Thanks for the follow Al — yes, WP has been doing all kinds of strange things with follows/readers etc. Of course, since I have several blogs, it does get confusing, even to me.At any rate, thanks again —– and the best news —- we get to celebrate with you! You really are a sweetie —- and so much fun. 🙂

        • Thank you Pat. I do appreciate your visits. I have three blogs. Well, in essence I have seven, but that’s besides the point. I have three that I use regularly. Although one hasn’t been used in a while but it will be soon. I have this one, my Sunday Photo Fiction and my Haibun thinking which will be making a return very soon.

  5. Ten years! That’s amazing, Al, congratulations! I don’t manage to visit as often as I would like but am always pleased when I do. I love your photos and your philosophy. Glad to hear that you are aiming for another ten! 🙂

  6. A decade…that is beyond impressive!! Happy Blogiversary sweet sweet friend!! I’m so happy we’ve virtually met and shared the last two years of this WP journey together. You’ve been such an incredible support, encourager, inspiration and well…the bestest friend a girl could wish for!! Sending huge hugs and wishes for another decade times 4.458-ish 😉

    • Thank you Christina. I appreciate your coming to visit my blog two years ago. This last ten years have been a real rollercoaster ride, and I imagine the next ten will be as well. I am not expecting it to be easy, things never are.

      Thank you also for your words of support, and your support. You are awesome with the things you say. Thank you

  7. Happy Tenth Blogging Anniversary, Alastair! That’s quite a milestone. There are cell phones and computers that don’t last an entire decade. We in the blogging community are certainly glad you’re still around. I really like the photos and stories you put up, so please keep it going! I think you’re doing something right.

    • Thanks for visiting Alejandro. I have enjoyed coming to your blog, and I am grateful you come to mine. Thanks again. I don’t think even some cars last that long.

  8. Wow, a decade of blogging, that’s awesome, Al! Congrats! I thought 3 years was a long time. Haha! Anyway, I’m glad we’ve met and I’ve enjoyed your amazing photos. Keep up the great photography and blogging! 🙂

    • Thank you Lauren. I have enjoyed most of the time blogging. The last few years have been the best though, meeting the people I have, visiting blogs like yours. It’s been fantastic.

  9. Wow Alastair!
    Congrats on 10 years! 🙂
    Must be something to see how things have evolved. I notice that with my blog & it’s just over two years old.
    THANKS for stopping by my blog once upon a time. I’m glad that you did. And – I am glad that I stopped by too. I HEART your blog. It’s so full of your wonderful & caring spirit.

    • Thank you so much Rosy. I am so glad you did. I have loved watching your blog change over the years. It’s been great. Thank you

  10. Congratulations!! That is quite an accomplishment ….and commitment! 10 YEARS, wow. Happy to be included among your 100 regulars. I look forward to ‘visiting’ with you every day. 🙂

  11. Congrats Al! That’s one great commitment. Happy anniversary old friend, you’ll still be blogging ten years from now!! Much love and blessings to you! 🙂 🙂

      • Hey, learn something new everyday!

        (when you get a minute, please report in on xbox game suggestions on my post…gracias)

            • I just gave a (small) list. I did have over 130 games but I traded all of them in which is why I got an XBOX One for the equivalent of $13

              That including 5 games, 2 years warranty, extra controller, 3 pre-orders and other bits 🙂

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