About Me

Funny Little Man

Hi, my name is Andy B* & I am the Funny Little Man behind this Harrogate Blog, Ijo Pona. I am a web designer, artist, podcaster and musician. I also find time to be a husband and blogger. I have been part of the B* Marriage Experiment since 2011 – things are good on that front. We live in a small flat in Harrogate near the town centre, just off East Parade.

But, most of what you need from me can be found at www.linktr.ee/Backhouse_WTF

Welcome to my Blog…

History Of The Site

I have been blogging since 2012 – so, at the time of writing that is just over ten years. It is based in WordPress although has a history of being run on other platforms.

I started out in WordPress and started messing around with Blot.im. There were blogs, sub-blogs and notes – all being edited and referencing each other; it was a bit of a mess.

However, I have no closed down that Blot.im instance and changed ecosystems. There was a time when the site was a blog hosted on the note taking app, Notion – a lot has fallen by the wayside since then.

I condensed 10 years of blogging in to the posts you see here, on Ijo Pona. The main drawback of hosting the site being on Notion was the commenting system and SEO; folks need a free Notion account to chip in. But, I was having zero interaction on the WordPress site so thought it won’t be missed…. I was wrong and I have come back to WordPress.

About The Name Of The Blog

“What does ‘Ijo Pona’ Mean?”

The words “Ijo Pona” is a phrase from the constructed language of Toki Pona.

“Ijo” is the noun, it means “Thing.” “Pona” is the adjective that describes this as “Good/Simple.”

Toki Pona made an appearance on the web in 2001. It is not intended to replace any existing language but it is intended to shape the thinking process of its user – much like the Saphir-Warf Hypothesis.

Comprising of only 120 words – Toki Pona is intended to have maximum expression with minimum input. Much like this Blog.