I’ve been so busy trying to get Western DS106 set up, making up personas, doing videos, I have not done a lick of work from Blog Riding Camp.

People of the west don’t have much use for excuses.


So I am done. So I am shooting some blog bullets as an intro.

  • Despite my online names, domains, tatoo, icons I have no dog. There is a reason. And it might change this year.
  • I refuse to take myself seriously. If I cut myself down first, it saves you the trouble.

As for the cowboy / western stuff… thats another post. This is the howdy one.


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An early 90s builder of web stuff and blogging Alan Levine barks at CogDogBlog.com on web storytelling (#ds106 #4life), photography, bending WordPress, and serendipity in the infinite internet river. He thinks it's weird to write about himself in the third person. And he is 100% into the Fediverse (or tells himself so) Tooting as @cogdog@cosocial.ca


  1. I’ve often dreamed of living out West, but perhaps not as remote as you are. That doesn’t mean I wouldn’t envy the chance to come visit 🙂

    Really looking forward to hearing the story about the dog…I feel as though I only came to know you (digitally at least) during a period of time when the whole “cog” and “dog” part of your digital persona was something that was recently fading into memories, not quite at the forefront of who you are now. Then again, I’ve always been terribly bad at reading people, and trying to piece together what I know of them from fragments scattered across the web.

    1. Thanks Ben. It’s pretty simple- the kind of work I have been doing has been too much trouble for a single guy to leave a dog with someone else; in 2015 I was gone more then 2/3 of the year. I have a long term project starting in March where I will work from home, and that might leave an opening to bring the dog back into the CogDog.

  2. I only disagree with you on one statement, “I refuse to take myself seriously. If I cut myself down first, it saves you the trouble.” While self-effacement has its own charm, I read you as a person both humorous and depthful. Cutting oneself or others down is really no fun, so I’m not joining you at that particular rodeo.
    You have proven to me the worthiness of consistency of work and consistency of spirit; I learn from you constantly.

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