Tempus fugit! I realised the other day that, after a lengthy gestation period, www.bitaboutbritain.com officially came into the world three years ago this week. The project was born of an enthusiastic, but occasionally irascible, dad, and a blogspot mother. Old articles from the original bitaboutbritain blog still sometimes provide quickly prepared suppers when dad’s busy, or feeling lazy.
I’m chuffed and flattered that people read, and even follow, A Bit About Britain. Thank you so very much if you do; if you enjoy it, find it interesting, entertaining, useful – or any combination of the above – thank you even more. And in that case, please don’t be shy about suggesting that your friends should take a look at it. If they are vaguely interested in Britain, its heritage and things to see, you can let them know that A Bit About Britain currently offers almost 400 pages and featured articles, an attraction directory that (so far) randomly lists 650 places of interest, with the whole lot illustrated by over 4,000 images, most of them original.
The articles cover Britain’s regions, history and background, as well as providing first-hand accounts of abandoned abbeys, bloody battlefields, charming churches, crenellated castles, historic houses, gorgeous gardens, moody memorials, peaceful parishes, romantic ruins and wild walks. Each directory listing provides a snippet of basic information if you’re looking for places to visit, including an address and links to websites with more details. There are timelines for every period of British history from prehistoric to the present, a summary of every king and queen from 843AD to the present, a calendar of Britain’s year – and even a list of British Prime Ministers, bless their cotton socks.
The easiest – and arguably best – way of keeping up with A Bit About Britain is by email. Your friends can sign up painlessly from this page and will then receive an email every time a new article is posted, so they’ll never miss a thing. If they don’t want to read the article, they can save it for later – or delete it (if they must). Or of course, multiple sites, including A Bit About Britain, can be kept tabs on via a variety of feeder services, such as WordPress Reader, Feedly and Bloglovin’.
Please follow A Bit About Britain on Facebook, Twitter or Pinterest (links below) – though its activity on those sites is somewhat haphazard and, obviously, you still need to visit the website to access much content beyond photographs. Social media is not designed for in-depth experiences (discuss).
Explore A Bit About Britain’s menu, categories and tags. If you haven’t visited A Bit About Britain before, take a look at first time here.
Dad has ambitions for his toddler (so watch this space) and A Bit About Britain will by its nature grow. The attraction directory has been neglected lately and needs more entries. There is an enormous backlog of articles to be written. But don’t let that stop you offering suggestions for things or places you’d like to see on A Bit About Britain. Leave a comment below if your idea is intended for the public domain, or drop a line via the contact page if it isn’t.