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The end of the line

Well, we’ve seen it happen across the blogosphere, and now it’s happening here: after six years online, this blog has finally run out of steam. It’s time to stop.

This decision has been a long time coming and has certainly not been easy. I’ve put a lot into this little project, and over these past six years it has been a significant part of my life. It has put me into contact with some amazing people. It has also opened various doors, and for that I am enormously grateful.

Yet there have also been many disappointments, many false starts and difficulties – things that go on behind the scenes that regular readers don’t get to see. Running a project like this is very time consuming and can be enormously taxing – especially given the complicated subject matter that has been the main focus of this site over the last couple of years, and the heaps of shit that have been directed at the Icelanders during that time. And while I have enjoyed my interactions with the overwhelming majority of the people who visit this site, there are some people I would give a very wide berth in real life – but who, in my role as site moderator, I have nonetheless been forced to deal with.

Anyway, I have written plenty about my reasons before; no need to re-hash them. The bottom line is that this blog has in most respects been a wonderful experience and I have enjoyed sharing even if just a fraction of what is going on here in Iceland [I do think it is important that the ‘outside world’ has some insight into what goes on here, and I have found it intensely frustrating not to be able to do more] … however, I now need to turn my attention to things that are more rewarding for me – personally, professionally and financially.

I will still keep writing – in fact I have another e-book almost ready to launch, this one about the quirks and foibles of the Icelanders, and what it is like to live in their midst. Depending on how that works out, I’ve also got another about the socio-cultural aspects of the Icelandic language in the works. And who knows – I may even do something else web-related down the line.

So while this is “the last proper blog post” on this site, the site itself will stay up and I will use it to post any new announcements, such as e-book launches and whatever else may see the light of day. I will also continue posting on Facebook and Twitter [though I confess that I am crap at Twittering]. The forums will also stay up for the foreseeable future, so feel free to use them.

If you want to be absolutely sure you don’t miss anything new and would like to be added to a mailing list, please feel free to email me and I will be happy to add you to a list. However, please understand that I can’t get into discussions about my reasons for ending this blog via email.

Finally, my deep gratitude goes out to all of you who have supported The Iceland Weather Report, in words and in deeds, throughout the years. You know who you are.

Thanks for reading.

Alda

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  • Peter Pitt November 1, 2010, 10:19 am

    Hi Alda
    I’m very sorry to hear that you’ve decided to close down the IWR.
    I really enjoyed reading your interesting, incisive comments on Iceland and the crazy events of the last few years.
    Good luck with your future endeavours.
    Best wishes
    Peter

  • kevin oconnor,waterford,ireland November 1, 2010, 12:08 pm

    Withdrawal symptoms already how will I cope 🙂

  • Lukas November 1, 2010, 12:56 pm

    Hey Alda!

    Its a pitty to hear that you gonna close your blog down. It was a extremely valuable source of information for iceland-affine people like me, especially during- and after the crisis – and I highly appreciated the easy way you presented this sometimes abstruse content to non-icelanders!
    So, THANK YOU! And all the best for your future!
    Lukas

  • MarcVdB November 1, 2010, 1:32 pm

    I will miss this. You are the only one who I can credit with putting some real-life perspective on what life in the nation of 21st century economical vikings is really like, and how these viking did not only plunder foreign shores, but most of all the riches of their fellow citizens. And how difficult it is to come to terms with that reality.

    Thanks.

  • Karyn November 1, 2010, 3:51 pm

    Aw, I’m so disappointed. I loved being able to read what was going on in Iceland in English. I loved that you wrote clearly and, in my opinion, unbiased.

    Any recommendations for other blogs about Icelandic affairs that are also in English?

  • Rod November 1, 2010, 3:52 pm

    As one of the silent majority, I feel compelled to speak now and thank you for your hard work and dedication. I learned a lot about your country through your voice and the voice of others. I have no other words to add but to say thank you.

  • Col Matheson November 1, 2010, 4:20 pm

    Been half expecting this for some weeks, and you are right, it is time to move on, but I will still miss your reports immensely. Since I came across your site by chance about five years ago, I have learned a lot about Iceland and it people.
    Thank you for so honestly sharing your life, family, and lesser known aspects of Icelandic life (good and bad) with us. In a small country like Iceland , that took a big heart!
    Thanks also for your very kind words on a comment I made on your West Fjord trip, where I used to work, that was unexpected, as was the strange sound experience at the seabird colony you once reported brilliantly, I once heard the same but never said…that is the IWR for you, full of surprises!
    I look forward to your books and interestingly, your next ventures, mmm..I think Iceland is about to be more aware of Alda Sigmundsdottir…now how does this facebook work ..

    Kindest regards to you and all your family
    Col

    PS. Please add me to your mailing list.

  • PeterRRRRR November 1, 2010, 6:35 pm

    Congratulations on running a successful, fun, informative, well-received blog for six years. And also for having the courage to turn the page, move on to the next chapter of your life. I will certainly look forward to reading your future work.

    And, of course, now there will be more time for “Sex in Icelandic Hot Pools” (Sorry, just couldn’t resist one last chance … 🙂

  • The Fred from the forums November 1, 2010, 7:02 pm

    In Japan, at the end of a workday, a boss will say to the employees “otsukare samadeshita”, which translates literally as something like “you have become honorably tired”. It seems appropriate here.

  • Adam Gilinsky November 1, 2010, 9:10 pm

    Sad news – thank you for your hard work. I realise that an appreciative audience is not enough to sustain an interest in times of adversity but your thoughtful and perceptive news from the land of fire and ice were timely and interesting. I hope one day to return to visit Iceland again, if only to go again to Santa’s Seat or swim in the Blue Lagoon – or better yet, to buy you a drink. May you have many pleasant days and much success!

  • idunn November 1, 2010, 9:50 pm

    I for one will most certainly miss ‘The Iceland Weather Report,’ and would see it continue. Although understanding how in various ways surely taxing to yourself, more so than many of we readers may suspect. But from this vantage, and I am sure many others, you have provided an invaluable resource for Iceland, and those so interested, both within and without.

    Very pleased you intend to retain this site, even if largely static. If I might suggest, perhaps you would consider articles to appear here, from those you’ve vetted and trust, so that the discussion might continue? Not only would it allow for a continuing exploration and understanding of Iceland, but some life here when on occasion you might wish to return and interject.

    In any event, thank you very much for all your many efforts and dedication, and for all we’ve learned in consequence of Iceland. May your future endeavors be as worthwhile, if possible even more pleasant and all the more remunerative.

    All the best.

  • joeinvegas November 1, 2010, 11:01 pm

    Sorry to see you go – though I wasn’t involved it was interesting reading. Hope your other activities prove to be enjoyable.

  • Knute Rife November 1, 2010, 11:30 pm

    …flights of angels….

  • Ian November 1, 2010, 11:44 pm

    I have never commented before on your site, but I have been following your fantastic blog for awhile now. As a foreigner living in Iceland, I have found it really informative. Thanks so much! Good luck with your future endeavors.

  • Michael Gordon November 2, 2010, 1:24 am

    This website has kept me connected to Island in a marvelous way.

    Bless bless.

  • Michael Gordon November 2, 2010, 1:46 am

    One thinks he has forever to do this and that, but today I realized this saga, which someday will be even more valued than now, might not be forever available. So with some trepidation I purchased my first ever e-book and the experience was relatively painless.

    As with anything ephemeral, make sure to make yourself a backup copy so when (not IF) your computer goes “poof” there goes all your ebooks (and photographs and everything else). This book is an exceptional bit of first-person history of an economic disaster that could come to a state near you.

    It is a 97 page PDF in a fairly tall narrow format probably ideal for Kindle or other e-book readers; as well very easy on a computer screen. There is nothing tricky about the file; it loads in Linux just fine which means it ought to load in anything.

  • Val November 2, 2010, 1:49 am

    Sitting here, being sad, thinking another link connecting me to Island is gone. Thank you for keeping me connected for the last two years… I must get back to Island soon… The best to you and family…. Thanks again … Val in Oklahoma

  • Gordon Frederickson November 2, 2010, 1:49 am

    So sad to read about the end of this blog. Your blog had such flair and kept my heart in your country 5000 kilometers away. I’ll surely miss it.

  • Julian November 2, 2010, 10:32 am

    Sad news! Reading this blog was part of my daily routine. Thanks Alda for a work well done, and good luck with your new projects!
    All the best…

  • Johan November 2, 2010, 12:47 pm

    Many thanks and good luck!

  • Rik Hardy November 2, 2010, 5:04 pm

    come back, Alda…………………come back, Alda…………………………
    ……………………come back, Alda…………………………………….

  • gloria November 3, 2010, 1:55 am

    miss you and your blog . . . miss Iceland . . . .

  • John November 3, 2010, 1:02 pm

    Thank u for a good blog

  • lisa knauf November 3, 2010, 6:44 pm

    Bummer! I loved your blog. You are seriously harshing my mellow.

  • Michael Ridpath November 4, 2010, 10:29 am

    Alda,

    Thank you for such an informative and enjoyable blog. You clearly put such a tremendous amount of work, effort and worry into it, which is why it was so good. You have made a real and lasting contribution to the understanding of Iceland throughout the world. I look forward to the next e-book.

  • lili November 5, 2010, 9:44 pm

    The words, the photos, the stories, the humor — thank you!

  • Strategist November 6, 2010, 1:04 am

    Alda, on behalf of the rest of Planet Earth beyond Iceland, allow us to thank you for all the work you have put in on a great, great blog.

  • tom joseph aka tj3 November 6, 2010, 8:47 am

    I gained a great deal from this blog, thanks Alda and all.

    What did I gain? General knowledge about the dynamics of Iceland and how it applies to other places like the United States where I live.

    There is an awesome similarity in the modern situation across the planet. Some of it is literally connected by people and trade and politics and stuff -official like that. But more important to me is the less formal less obvious plain sameness. This is what THE ICELAND WEATHER REPORT gave to me in wonderful detail. I will miss it .

    It was just about the only blog I would send a comment to also. The blog commenters here have been great also. By sending in relevant polite intelligent comments the ICELAND WEATHER REPORT readers made it something quite different than most other blogs. It was a lively and light emitting discussion. Now that will be more than missed.

    Good luck to Alda in whatever she does. But also good luck to us all who read this over the years. I guess, I am afraid a bit, that the light is going to go out everywhere, as the forces of darkness and chaos gain further sway over so much of the world.

    I assume this will be my last comment as well, for this blog, but it may be among my last for any other also. So allow me to be boring and tedious one last time…

    The United States of America is sliding down a path to collapse. The recent elections here (Nov. 2010) were a sad affair. The conditions here in the USA are alarming and growing even more so.

    Around Orlando Florida USA 8000 people are living in the forest and in cars as the place becomes undone as a modern functioning nation. Iceland has its problems but not like that. Iceland’s problems are worse in many ways, but not like that.

    I assure the Icelandic people that they have behaved in an wonderful manner in comparison to the USA. The worst characters in the Icelandic saga are not nearly as dangerous as our here in Amerika.

    Why? The USA in all its stupidity may well yet wreck the entire world with its gigantic gravity imploding like a black hole of finance and politics and ignorance.

    Iceland being small and manageable even in collapse, could not destroy the world, not if it wanted to.

    I am sorry more American people did not read the ICELAND WEATHER REPORT to gain some knowledge of the stakes involved by allowing financial collapse to occur for no damn good reason save greed and arrogance.

    Icelanders beware if the USA goes down, as it appears to be doing, it will suck down the EU and all else. It may be time to return to the old ways to simply survive. Iceland could be 350,000 people living in the metaphorical forest. This does not have to be bad ….the forest is a nice place if not there out of despair.

    You can make a life for Iceland while it may be far more difficult for the Amerikaners to do. I am not trying to be alarmist. Iceland sent up the alarm flare and one of its sparks was the bright ICELAND WEATHER REPORT!

  • SILVIO PRIMO November 6, 2010, 5:52 pm

    I waited 2 years
    the garbage ended up in landfill .
    CHAMPAGNE …….. YUPPIIIIIIIIIIIII …. end…
    e-n-dddd….d-d-ddd…..biii-iiiip !
    end!
    and as we say in France …..say hello to your sorrell ….
    AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA
    p.s. ngulammamtstronza is : untranslatable , tanto quanto il tuo fottutissimo islandese di merda comprensibile a te ed a quei 4 squattrinati che hanno pensato di fottere il resto del mondo fottendosene del fatto che prima o poi qualcuno che gli chiedesse il conto arrivasse , cosa c’è: l’italiano è incomprensibile ? idiota ! la colpa non è mia se tu sei inguaribilmente ignorante …
    YUPPPIIIIIII CHAMPAGNE ……EVVVIVAAAAAAA

  • Chris November 6, 2010, 10:12 pm

    One more, after I thought about it for a while.
    I will miss IWR for sure.
    You presented a lot of insights into Iceland and the icelandic society from a very different point of view. It helped me understanding some of the things going on, gave me background for discussions and some pretty nice views on the country.
    I am also looking forward for your book and the other things that might come. And at some point I hope you will get back to your blog some day. Probably in a different way, probably with different topics.
    Thanks for the time.

  • David Goehrig November 7, 2010, 5:14 pm

    Thanks for providing so much information and entertainment on your
    blog. I will miss it, but I certainly understand your giving it up.
    Best wishes in whatever you persue in the future.

    David in the US

  • american girl November 7, 2010, 6:54 pm

    Thanks so much for providing news, thoughtful commentary, and humor over the years. Looking forward to seeing what comes next for you. Best wishes!

  • Jeremy Davidson November 8, 2010, 10:53 am

    Thank you for the superb blog – my mornings are now a little less bright. Keep the e-books coming and I will still have something to look forward to. Good luck.

  • kevin oconnor,waterford,ireland November 8, 2010, 5:11 pm

    Can still comment even though there is nothing to comment on.!
    Starts chanting…. ALDA….ALDA…ALDA……. 🙂

  • Nancy USA November 8, 2010, 5:59 pm

    Thanks for the wonderful blog and I wish you all the best in your future endeavors. You’re a very talented writer and I’m sure you will do well. Peace.

  • sylvia hikins November 9, 2010, 8:57 am

    Alda. A major decision but nothing can go on forever and it is important to keep creative and develop new things. I’m late responding to this as I am away on a break at the moment and have only just been able to get on-line. Can you give us some other blogs that are available in English so that we can keep up to date on Iceland?Your blog has been a joy to read and you are not only an amazing writing talent but are so open about you feelings and beliefs. Thank you.I wish you all the best and would hope anyway to keep in touch.
    sylvia from viking wirral

  • Mike November 10, 2010, 4:24 pm

    Alda – I’ve followed your blog since you started it (I used to follow the Alda Kalda blog prior to this) and this must be the end of an era. I repeat the other comments – your blog has been a joy and has been very informative about the financial fun. I wish you all the best in whatever you decide to do.

  • James McNally November 11, 2010, 10:06 pm

    Alda, it was great getting to know you and Iceland through your blog, and I count it as a privilege that we were able to meet in person that horrible September in 2008 when the poop had just begun to hit the fan. I hope to return to Iceland again and hope that we will have the opportunity to meet again, in happier circumstances. Best of luck with whatever is next for you!

  • torsten November 11, 2010, 11:07 pm

    for sure Alda’s blog is irreplacable but maybe people could post here one or two of their favourite blogs that tell about Iceland in english?

    For a start: http://icelandchronicles.com/ , http://icelandeyes.blogspot.com/
    and my alltimefavourite of course: http://icelandweatherreport.com/ 😉

    Did I spoil the funeral?

  • SOe November 19, 2010, 9:50 am

    I will miss your blog very much!
    Thank you for all the work you put into it. I enjoyed it very much!
    Good luck and best wishes for you and your family!

  • Pieter van Pelt November 20, 2010, 11:02 am

    Thank you, Alda, for your blog. It has been very informative and at times hilarious to read about things going on in Iceland. I will miss you.

    All the best, from Holland.

  • Kate November 22, 2010, 5:30 pm

    Alda, I have not been very attentive to this blog and Iceland issues for the past year due to my very own circumstanes, however I tend to pop in very now and then to catch up and I would like you to know that this blog has been very fulfiling source of information on my favourite country and your writing is very eloquent and pleasant to read (since English is not my first language I appreciate it even more !). I’m sorry to hear you plan to suspend your blogging activities but I hope this is just good for you and I want to thank you for providing us with such a good piece of writing and giving us more insight is Icelandic affairs.
    I hope that this blog would resume again in some shape eventaully and nevertheless I am happy that you would find fulfillment elsewhere.
    Thanks! Good luck 🙂

  • ella November 26, 2010, 2:44 pm

    It has been a real pleasure and inspiration reading your blogs. As a Icelander living abroad I have been reading your blog posts to keep me updated on Icelandic news and society. Your witty style and humour have made quite a depressing subject matter worth following. I wish you all the best with future projects and looking forward to hear more of them. All the best from London, ella

  • baa November 30, 2010, 6:55 pm

    Thank you so much Alda, for writing

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    I really enjoy professionals who write blogs, it is very hard to obtain all particular awareness just about every other way. High quality work.

  • tom joseph aka tj3 February 27, 2011, 3:26 am

    It has been awhile since this blog closed down now. I have tried to create a tiny reflection of this in my own blog thing.

    But the thing I see now is that most blogs out there are too busy and too many comments to be of any use there is little chance of productive conversation on the BBC blog or on the US Huffington Post.

    I miss the Iceland Weather Report just for the sake of its rational scale and writing from Alda and the decency of its commets from the public.