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Well, that was a long time

Sorry. It’s all I can say, really. Sorry. Sorry it’s been over a year since the last entry. Sorry I fell out of love with my blog. Sorry.

With the grovelling apologies out of the way, why am I even bothering to post anything?

The original idea for the blog was about my adventures in photography, particularly taking pictures of scale model things. That’s all sort of fallen by the wayside. I began to ramble on about other things I found interesting, then I began ranting about the state of the world. It made me feel better, for a bit. Eventually, though, I decided to scrap all the angry stuff.

The WordPress installation is still cranky, but mostly works without me poking it too much. The issues I encountered revolved around one of the plug-ins I used. The site would break completely when the plug-in was active, so it had to be deactivated—which meant posts here weren’t automatically propagated to my social media, and readers dropped off. I disabled comments because all the spam filters caught was endless p0rn. It was all a bit dispiriting.

So, with no real direction to my ramblings or interests, plus personal medical and mental issues, Snaptophobic got shunted into a siding and stayed there.

By the way, remember our Billy-puss? He’s just celebrated his 10th birthday and his sixth year of living here. He says “Hi!”.

2022 is the first year I’ve really felt able to work at full capacity on the modelmaking. Several commission builds that had been limping along for too many years have been completed and cleared off the bench to their proper owners. New models have taken over. I’ve also continued my obsession interest with things aeronautical and 1940. In fact, let’s think about that for a while.

I can’t really convert this blog entirely to my 1940 interest. The domain name is all wrong, for a start. I’ve given it a menu heading, which helps, but reviewing the content I find it is all a bit, well, random. There is no structure. What to do?

My main idea is to create a whole old school static web site which will concentrate on the aircraft modelling and my 1940 interests. I thought that perhaps I could post model building stuff here, but I really don’t think it is appropriate.

Snaptophobic, then, really needs to be reborn to talk about photography, interests in history, and a bit about my professional modelmaking. The 1940 stuff can go somewhere else. To that end, I’ll start to clean up past posts, and have a bit of a rearrangement of things generally. I might even experiment with different themes (creating my own theme is still utterly beyond my ken, sadly).

Anyway, as nobody will be reading this, save me in a couple of years when I remember I have a blog, I don’t know why I’m even writing this!

Well, what’s new?

Hello there. It’s been far too long since I posted anything worthwhile here. I’ve been over the reasons in previous posts, so I won’t go over them again. So, what’s new?

I have spent an afternoon patiently going through my entire blog deleting all the rants and random news stuff. Enough negativity from me! I have edited posts referencing my now long-defunct Facebook page. Change is afoot.

My plan is to continue posting updates on life, the universe and everything. I want to continue sharing my photography—when I get back to it!—as well as linking to the photography of others. Long-time readers will note a few model aircraft have appeared over the years, and I intend to expand on that. Let me explain.

2020 is the 80th anniversary of the Battle of Britain, the epic aerial battle that took place in the skies over southern England during the summer of 1940. The Battle, and how events from the 1920s transpired to reach that tipping point, is something I’ve been fascinated by for over 40 years. Starting out with an ambition to build models of the main aircraft flown by Britain and Germany during the Battle, things have since got slightly out of hand—I now plan to build examples of every plane that was operating during the whole of 1940, from all the countries involved at the time!

What I hope to do is post something about an aircraft, or a series of aircraft, with some explanatory text and images of the models. I have reached the conclusion that 1940 was a pivotal year in the Second World War, a year where many things were still in a state of flux, and the stage was being set for the rest of the conflict. The scope of my interests covers the Battle of Norway in the early spring, through the so-called Phoney War in France, through the invasions of Holland, Belgium and France, the Battle of France through to the armistice, the evacuation of the British Expeditionary Force from Dunkirk, the Battle of Britain, and into the day and night Blitz over the British mainland.

Not being content with that, I hope to then cover the Mediterranean and North Africa theatre. So, I have my work cut out, and all the while I am still supposed to be building railway models for clients!

There remains unresolved the technical issues I have experienced with this site. I am unsure as to how to fix them, but I will soldier on with things for now. I will generally not be allowing comments on posts, so apologies for that if you like to express opinions. You can find me in other places to do that!

Thank you for you patience, and I hope to be back to blogging about life at Snaptophobic Towers soon.