Back in 2001 I worked for a “New Media” agency, who offered all employees a free domain and hosting as a staff benefit. I thought long and hard about what I could do with it. I had a few ideas of domains – all had gone, then I came up with Dragondrop. The phrase Drag And Drop was at the time rooting itself into household computing phraseology. At the time we’d just moved into an area of Harrogate where an Avenue, Road and Parade all had the suffix ‘Dragon’ so with the above in mind, and the notion for a dot org – a not for profit organization, I plumped for DragonDrop.org and the rest – voila.
The holding page from summer 2001 – still available for your perusal at archive.org boasted an offering of bog reads and anti boredom leads. I still quite like that.
Dragondrop.org’s first regular content was provided by the watchcam stuff – I was obsessed with my Casio WQV-3 and later the colour WQV-10 which later spawned the worlds leading watchcam forum also hosted on DragonDrop.org.
In 2002 I’d seen a few blogs – so – I decided to start one of my own just before a big trip to Australia and the blog has been the main stalwart of the domain since.
More recently, the shirts came along – an idea inspired by an outward bound type shop who had photos of their bags from all over the world – I did the same thing with T-Shirts – if ANYONE I KNOW is going somewhere cool, I’ll give them a shirt and say – get yourself photographed somewhere wearing this and I’ll stick you in the gallery.
The forum (now dead, RIP) morphed into a rather popular social network covering a vast range topics and conversations. FIRE (party) was largely spawned and informed from the ‘DragonDrop community’.
The big project with DragonDrop.org this year is to do a blog a day for the whole year.
Blogger then wordpress drive the back end. Flickr hosts the photo cloud. Various cameras, phones, computers, connections and box fuls of assorted gadgets and toys. One of the most significant gadgets would be the WQV-10 which spawned the watchcam adventures. (Now RIP.. some of it is still kicking around)
Matt : eCommerce User Experience Archetecht who has trouble spelling architect.
– Husband of Eirene, Father of Felix, Jaygo, Sophie & Annie.
Eirene day job – looking after a battalion of boys (Matt, Felix and Jaygo) and a glitter of girls,
– Story teller and author of children’s novels, short stories and poems.
“20th Century Boy” : Felix is son No1 of Matt & Eirene, born in 1998
“21st Century Boy” : Jaygo is son No2 of Matt & Eirene, born 2001
“21st Century Girl” : Sophie is daughter No1 of Matt & Eirene, born 2006
“St Paddy’s day Girl”: Annie is daughter No2 of Matt & Eirene, born 17th March, 2013
DragonDrop is also frequented by a a lovely group of friends.
. . . the pets
1 cat – Jasper the black moggy.
1 dog – Elsie the Springador / Labradinger (springer x labrador).
Well done for reading all of this. Have a lollipop.