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Introducing our shiny new online forums!!

I am so thrilled to present The Iceland Weather Report Online Forums!!

I can’t tell you how delighted I am to finally be able to do this. It’s been in the pipelines for a while, and we’ve been working fairly intensively on it behind the scenes for about two weeks.

As far as I can ascertain this is the very first English-language online forum about Iceland, so not only is this fun and exciting, it’s also a remarkable historical event!

I hope you will all pitch in to make the forum a success – there are categories for discussing topical events, tourism-related stuff, Iceland’s history and culture, and more. Ask anything ye wish to know and don’t forget to share your Iceland stories and experiences.

Before I go any further, I must give extra, extra special thanks to Grif, who has been an indefatigable source of help and without whom this would not have been possible. Seriously – he did all the work and I basically just inserted the text. He thought of every last detail and was an absolute pleasure to work with, plus he has offered to help administrate the forum. So big round of applause for him.

Big thanks also to REC, for help and advice in the initial stages.

Just a couple of technical points: You will have to register, and confirm your registration by clicking on an email link that will be sent to you. Registration is free, quick and easy. We’ve still got a few minor tweaks to make to the forum, but they’re merely cosmetic and won’t affect the functioning at all [we hope]. Any problems, just contact us.

Also, please take the time to read the posting guidelines – they’re not very long, but they are important.

I’ve started off each forum with a post, just to take the edge off anybody’s shyness. I plan to read and take part in discussions as much as I am able. I’ll also be inserting a widget into the sidebar of this blog that will feed the latest forum topics, so we can all keep track of what everyone is saying in the forums.

Okay then! Let’s get to it …

UPDATE: I’ve installed the feed widget in the sidebar to the right. If you hover over the linked topics you can see the content in those forums. Such a cool little gadget!

IT’S A MISERABLE DAY
There’s a storm on, with gale-force winds. Ugh. I went out earlier for some fresh air and very nearly got blown off my feet out by the golf course. I expect our politicians are enjoying this respite – it has certainly put a damper on the protests. Oh, and BTW I realize I alluded to a few things in the last post that I will get to posting, but I really wanted to make this announcement first [especially since the request for a forum came up in the comments to the last post – Stan, thanks for the prompt!]. Currently a very cold 3°C [windchill, donchaknow], the sun came up at 10:36 am and went down at 4:43 pm.

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  • James January 22, 2009, 6:41 pm

    Just had a quick browse. It looks good – very shiny! Hopefully you’ll add a Forums tab to the IWR home page so I can find it again in future 🙂

  • Daniel Hardarson January 22, 2009, 7:30 pm

    This is great.
    I am half Icelandic, half Australian and living in Iceland (though I can’t speak much Icelandic yet), this will come in really helpful (as has your blog).
    thanks for all your hard work
    have a nice day
    -Dan
    ps. If you could slip in a sentence or two about Geirs response to all the recent goings on that would be great, i tried watching his interviews but my icelandic is nowhere near good enough to pick out anything useful.

  • Mondrian January 22, 2009, 8:51 pm

    Cool news! Looking forward to reading it all. Stay warm everyone!

  • pierre l January 22, 2009, 10:52 pm

    Off topic, but I have done my civic duty, i.e. I have voted. Congratulations on your nomination.

  • Dean January 23, 2009, 5:47 am

    Hi Alda,

    I’m a reader from Waterloo, Ontario, Canada, and have been fascinated by this series of events in Iceland.

    Here’s a CBC radio broadcast from yesterday (January 22), which features an interview by Robert Wade. His views are actually quite striking regarding the situation on the ground.

    http://www.cbc.ca/asithappens/latestshow.html

  • Voyager January 23, 2009, 6:19 am

    Forums! Wow.
    Alda do you ever listen to CBC’s radio program “As It Happens?” They have been talking about Icelend alot. Including tonight (Jan 22). You can listen to it as a podcast from the CBC web site.
    V.

  • Ljósmynd DE January 23, 2009, 7:28 am

    Congratulations on this new forum and on your nomination as finalist for the Best European Weblog at the Bloggies 2009. It seems to be time for voting once again.

    I hope you will also get a chance to vote in Iceland soon.

  • Dave Hambidge January 23, 2009, 9:14 am

    1) The UK based Telegraph newspaper says that your government has agreed to early elections?

    2) The forums look swell, well done.

    3) Bloggies voting time everyone, nudge, nudge!

    dave

  • alda January 23, 2009, 9:58 am

    Thanks everyone!

    V. and Dean – thanks for the heads-up on the podcast.

    Pierre,LDE and Dave – thanks for the headsup on the Bloggies. 🙂