About this blog

As the site name suggests, this is an eclectic mix of postings intended to bring some light into the mind of the reader.

Running a blog is a bit like keeping an open-hearth fire going. You start with kindling, and work hard to get it going in the first instance. It requires a lot of attention then, until the fire reaches the steady heat of maturity. I think that we are starting to reach that maturity at last, but will continue to devote attention lest the flames flicker out.

In addition to articles about matters that interest me, and hopefully you too, I also aim to post timely items about important updates and related issues. Although this is not an update aggregator, these are news items that most Mac owners should know about fairly swiftly, and I will try to ensure that you know here.

You can follow news about this blog on Twitter @howardnoakley, via RSS news feed, or of course by dropping by whenever you have a moment.

My first post here was on 17 January 2015. By the end of that month, I had posted 39 pages, rising to 72 on 16 February when the blog was just a month old. After just three months there were 226 articles and 3 contents pages, and at six months 559 articles and 4 pages in all. During that six month period the site had over 22,700 ‘hits’ from more than 6,400 visitors.

Over the last year or so, visits and visitors have been booming. As the blog approaches its third birthday, there are almost 3,000 articles available and more than a dozen free apps for the Mac, and more than 600,000 visitors have viewed over 1.2 million pages. This blog has been visited by people from almost every country in the world, and I welcome you all.

A lot of advice about blogs is not to spread across too many topics. I am afraid that is the way that I am: criticise me for being a dilettante, or praise me for being a polymath, as you wish. I hope that you too will enjoy its diversity, as much as I enjoy writing about diverse topics.

To help you navigate this eclecticism, there are two different tools in the menus:

  • The main menu items take you to articles in that particular category, such as Macs or Painting;
  • There are six contents pages in which I maintain listings of articles by topic; these cover Mac problem-solving, Painting topics, Downloads, the paintings of Hieronymus Bosch, Extended Attributes (xattrs), and English language topics.

There are also the usual tag lists, and a search facility. If you would like additional help with navigation, please let me know.

Please respect intellectual property rights, and the rules of the WordPress host. I will try to give the most accurate attributions for material that I quote or use here; for most paintings which are out of copyright, these are obtained from Wikimedia Commons, to whom I extend my thanks and appreciation for the effort involved in developing such a superb resource. My own paintings and writing remain © EHN & DIJ Oakley. If you wish to use any beyond ‘fair use’, please contact me so that we can agree how it is best used. I do appreciate being properly credited.

If you see anything here, words or images, which you do not think is properly attributed and credited, please let me know as soon as possible so that I can correct that.

This site is not sponsored, nor does it force you to suffer advertising or commercial overhead. I do not seek donations, but welcome your spreading ‘likes’ and appreciation. Where you think that I am wrong, or wish to discuss any points, please feel free. But always remain as polite with me (and others) as I am with you, and please do not try to subvert this blog as a platform for bigotry. We are all humans, friends and colleagues in lives which are quite stressful and challenging enough without making it any more unpleasant.

I always welcome commissions and invitations to write, paint, or contribute: just email me at h [dot] oakley [at] btconnect [dot] com.

Thank you for viewing.

Howard Oakley.