Welcome to the new me

As some of you know, this blog has been howling on Google’s Blogger host since late 2008. In the past two months, all the blog posts from 2016 and 2015 (and a few from 2017) have been removed by forces unknown from that Blogger site.

That represents well over 1,000 blog posts–nearly half a million words and at least a couple of thousand photos, conservatively. It also counts as many hours of writing, photographing, research and deep learning. It’s gone now and I am truly sad. My guess is that every year of those posts will eventually be removed by those unknown forces and so I have had to take action, this action. The blog is now hosted by WordPress and is part of my own website,

The look is standard and not yet customized, as it will be in the near future. I will work on that a little at a time, trying to give it the same bright and attractive appearance the Blogger site had. It took quite a while and a lot of failed attempts to develop that look and it will require some time here, as well. What we have, though, is a basic, readable site that will accommodate photos easily and wrap type around them when I need to. I must learn many of the attributes of this site, but right now, I know how to write it and put up photos. That’ll have to do for a while.

I hope you will subscribe and especially comment, something that should be considerably easier here than it was on Blogger. And I hope you enjoy reading this blog. A lot of me goes into it and I can’t tell you how much I enjoy writing and photographing for this record of the places and people in Western Virginia.

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Dan Smith is an award-winning journalist in Roanoke, Va., and a member of the Virginia Communications Hall of Fame. He is an author, photographer, essayist, father and grandfather. Co-founder of Valley Business FRONT magazine and founder of the Roanoke Regional Writers Conference. On Advisory Board of New River Voice.

4 replies on “Welcome to the new me”

Nice to see the new site, Dan–long may it prosper> And never may it undergo the reduction you experienced on Blogger.

Looking forward to seeing the ongoing customization and “sprucing up.”

Looking forward even more, as I have for so many years, to your next post.

And the one(s) after that!

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