Well, it's not really 5000 words but it is about Urban Yukon. Dave Rogers asked me for a few words about UY the other day so I wrote down a few things for him for an article. Thought I'd share it:
I'm very much a part-time blogger. Even though my main audience amounts to about one person I still find enjoyment in the process and for about five years I hosted my own server from my own house and blogged mainly for my own Mom. I found Urban Yukon quite by accident back when Geof Harries was running it and one day I noticed a traffic spike in my log files; my little wordpress blog was listed on some site called Urban Yukon! At the time I wasn't prepared to go public so I asked to have my name stricken from that honour roll, although I was intrigued by the thought of a community of Yukon blogs and kept it in the back of my mind. I found myself going back to UY to check up on some of the folks and got to know a few of the names. It struck me that despite the wide geographical dispersal, differences in work and lifestyle, we all have the Yukon in common. We all feel the cold, we all see the change in the seasons, and we all appreciate the vastness and openness of the Yukon landscape.
Not long ago I down-sized my server farm at home (only three machines now) and took the opportunity to jump from a self-hosted wordpress blog running on an old pentium 450 over to Blogger. I then contacted Dave Rogers and he created me a wonderful work of art as a welcome and signed me on. Now I'm part of the Urban Yukon community as well and rather enjoy it. Many of us in the Yukon are from somewhere else yet most of us who migrate here end up being as Yukon as the folk born here. I've always felt a sense of belonging in the North since my arrival here and now I've found the same in the "blogosphere" through Urban Yukon.