Despite being in my late fifties I only got my first computer last December and even then only because I had been forced to do so by the actions of the Socialist Party and PCS General Secretary Mark Serwotka who had been running a vicious campaign to censor or end my controversial e-mails sent out inside the PCS union. Setting up a blog was actually an after-thought when I discovered the facilities that were on offer from using a Google Chrome Book.
My e-mail list is still going, but having a blog allows me to write about far more than just the union and related issues. Whilst it hasn't changed my political views as such I have found blogging has allowed me to develop my thoughts and support various campaigns that I feel are important.
Over the past year watching and writing about the crisis in the SWP has led me to look much more closely at women's rights, the actions and activities of the Islamists and their appeasers has bought my long standing atheism to the fore and the need to support the secularist movement both here and abroad.
The world of blogging is very competitive and although I knew the Internet was big (very big indeed), there are more blogs than it is possible to follow so for that reason I am humbled by the number of visitors that have come to Howie's Corner over the last 12 months.
So a big thank you to all my regular and occasional readers. I hope you will continue to pop in from time to time!
I would also like to express my thanks to David T, Sarah AB, Michael Ezra, Gene and the rest of the team at Harry's Place for all their advice, support and constructive criticism.
Thanks also go to Eric Lee of LabourStart a campaigning organisation for trade union rights which everyone should support.
Others that I would like to thank include Willie Samuel and Andy Magee (PCS), Anne Marie Waters (National Secular Society) and Phil BC of A very public sociologist.
Fianlly let's celebrate with a song from 1981 by Altered Images with lead singer the ever wonderful Clare Grogan!