The case of the missing weather report

I started this blog on a whim in October 2005, which just happened to be a particularly slow time in the freelance copy editing and translating business. When it came to naming this little project I was a little stuck, but after a brief saunter down memory lane I decided on a name and a concept. In short, the Iceland Weather Report harks back to a little column I used to write for the Iceland Review publishing house. You can read a bit more about the origins of the name here.

For several years, every post on this blog ended with a short written weather report, which also gave sunrise and sunset times. Over time, though, I started to lose my enthusiasm for the weather reports. I ran out of ways to describe the weather with any sort of originality and the whole process was a bit laborious, requiring logging on to various websites and clicking on links to check the current temperatures, convert them into Farenheit and so on and so forth. And one day I woke up to the realization that the little weather report bit at the end – popular as it was with some readers – was really dampening my enthusiasm for writing posts.

In short, I wanted a bit of a change. I wanted to be able to provide shorter, more frequent updates, without the “chore” of providing the weather report at the end. For a while I toyed with the idea of launching another blog entirely, but as a project that seemed a bit too ambitious.

In the end I decided to keep the Iceland Weather Report name, and just use an automated weather report. It is kindly provided by the Icelandic Meterological Office,  is located here, and even though it does not provide sunrise and sunset times, it is far more accurate and up-to-date than I could ever be. Honest.

Bill January 3, 2010 at 2:18 pm

Totally understandable, especially to anyone who’s ever tried to maintain a blog over time. I actually like the name in a strictly metaphorical sense.

Marc January 28, 2010 at 8:27 pm

I keep returning to your site. It is by far the best independent news source (though publically biased) on Iceland I know of. And you don’t use your site for ego-boosting. Just plain & simple the facts as you perceive them. It’s refreshing.

alda January 29, 2010 at 12:44 pm

Thank you very much, Marc! 🙂

Chris February 26, 2010 at 11:50 am

I missed that change – but I can well understand it. And I completely agree to Marc.
BTW: Is there a way to send you some money without using Paypal using my icelandic bank account? I don’t see the point spending their fees in this case.

Pieter van Pelt March 17, 2010 at 9:37 pm

Oh, but Alda, for your foreign readers the weather report of Iceland is less important then the other stuff you report about. I for one love to follow the antics of your politicians and oligarchs who do amazing tricks with large sums of money, and the oddly slow actions of your government and authorities in anticipating and reacting on these tricks. Thanks for your blog!

alda June 6, 2010 at 10:41 pm

Thank you all! 🙂