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  1. I've never owned (if that's the word) a blog before, and I wasn't really planning to own this one. It sort of came about by accident. I've been working on setting up this web site for the past few days and generally getting on rather well, if I do say so myself! This is my second attempt at web site creation. The first time (a few weeks ago) I tried using the WebEden system, and things didn't go at all smoothly. I couldn't get it to do what I wanted,  and I couldn't get it to look like I wanted it to look. I went off the whole idea for a while. Maybe I should pay someone to set one up for me? No - I decided it was worth having one more go, perhaps using a different system. I chose doyourownsite.co.uk from the search results (more or less at random, it has to be said) and soon started making progress.

    This doesn't necessarily mean that the DoYourOwnSite system (known as Create) is vastly superior to the WebEden system, of course. Some of the difference could be down to me. My subconscious mind may have been grappling with the problems of web-site creation, all the time my conscious mind was off doing other things. This seems to be the way problem solving and invention work - you fill your conscious mind with all the details, then go off and play a round of golf or something, and let your subconscious get on with it. I remember one of my schoolteachers had a favourite saying which neatly summed up this phenomenon: You learn to skate in the summer.

    And I wouldn't say the DoYourOwnSite software is perfect, by any means. It's actually a bit rough round the edges in places but, by and large, it works more-or-less the same way my mind works and when I decide I need to do something, I soon find a way to do it. There has only been one exception. On my new Home Page there's this little box which says "Blog Posts". Now, I decided early on that I was not going to have a blog, so this little box was clearly surplus to requirements, but try as I might, I couldn't find a way to get rid of it. I managed to chase it all the way from the left hand side of the screen to the right, but never succeeded in striking the fatal blow which would kill it off completely. Finally, close to despair, I realised that there was only one solution to my problem. I would just have to write the flaming blog after all!

    So this is it. This is my blog and I'm stuck with it! But maybe it's no bad thing. I do rather enjoy writing, if the truth be told, and it will give me an opportunity to express my innermost thoughts from time to time, mostly (but not always) on organ-related matters. I hope you don't find it too tedious, but you can at least take comfort from knowing you don't have to read it.

    To my great annoyance, there's a second little box on my Home Page which also refuses to go quietly. I haven't got a clue what I'm going to do with that one. Maybe I could fill it with water and keep fish in it  ... ? No, I'm just being silly now.