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2999 - looking back
This is the first of a series of articles that reviews where Well House Consultants has been - and where we're going - after 6 years of blogging and some 3000 articles. - "towards the next 3000"
I'm headed towards article number 3000 - this is blog article 2999. I started writing back in the summer of 2004, over two thousand two hundred days ago, and I didn't expect that I would be writing almost every day, year in, and year out.
So much has changed in six years. I've progressed from being "just" a disinterested member of the local community who trusted that government and authority always knew what people wanted and did their best to provide it to someone with a far more active role in cases where the powers that be didn't / don't know what people want(ed), or know perfectly well but have other priorities, sometimes less laudable ones. As a company, we've moved from being just a training provider to being a training provider with a wider portfolio, and to a company that provides hotel accommodation with the courses and indeed for other visitors to Melksham. And our web site has grown by leaps and bounds, with our logs increasing 20-fold in 5 years, with many of our niche resources downloaded hundreds of times a day. And that's not counting some of the spin offs with hundreds of members, thousands of threads, and tens of thousands of messages.
I look back at achievements I feel proud of, good friends and acquaintances made and retained, places I have visited and enjoyed, and indeed work - and writing - that I have enjoyed doing too. Of course, there have been downs as well as ups, but the ups have outweighed the downs and will be the abiding memory.
Article 3000 should not look back - so this is article 2999. Article 3000 will look forward. But - looking back and
forward - it couldn't have been done and wouldn't have been done - and nor would all the personal stuff that I don't blog about be done, or fun, without Lisa ... who through her own modesty gets far too few mentions here. Lisa - THANK YOU - for everything. Love you ;-)
Links to other articles in the series
A brief look back
Looking forward in overview - the next 3000
How will course presentation change in coming years?
Course subjects - what does the future hold?
Well House Manor - the next six years
Personal stuff - back and forward six years.
(written 2010-10-15, updated 2010-11-08)
Associated topics are indexed as below, or enter http://melksh.am/nnnn for individual articlesG210 - Well House Consultants - History 
Historic Drawings from near Melksham - (2012-02-28) 
Historic documents for Wiltshire - (2012-02-16) 
The skull above the door in Melksham Town Hall - (2011-11-06) 
Looking back at www.wellho.net - (2011-01-28) 
Well House Consultants - a potted history - (2010-09-23) 
10 years and counting - (2005-02-23) 
Well House Consultants - review of 2004 - (2004-12-31) 
An update for old friends - (2004-09-03)
Some other Articles
What will we be teaching in six years?A list of special method and attribute names in PythonHow will we present courses over the coming years?Looking forward - the next 30002999 - looking backUsing an exception to initialise a static variable in a Python function / method3D graphics - web site usage - simple matplotlib and python exampleCopying - duplicating data, or just adding a name? Perl and Python comparedA river in Melksham is not just for boaters.Python - some common questions answered in code examples
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