About Me – A Harrogate Blogger


A Harrogate Blogger ~ All About Ijo Pona :: Hi, my name is Andy & I have a finger in a great many pies; I am a Harrogate Blogger but my work is as a freelancer – my trade is as a freelance web designer. I have been conducting the Backhouse/Morgan marriage experiment since 2011. My wife, Kathryn, is a Dog Walker and Pet Sitter with her own business, Wag Walk Woof. We both live locally to our families.


That Backhouse has his head in the clouds!

– Mr. Thurlow, my GCSE Woodwork Teacher


The domain name – www.ijopona.org – is from the language of Toki Pona. A couple of weeks ago (December 2017) I bulk transferred the posts to this current domain from www.andybackhouse.blog. This current site is the fourth incarnation of my blog – starting off with www.awbackhouse.com way back when and then to-ing and froing between domains.

The language the title of this Blog is taken from, Toki Pona, is a constructed language first published online in mid-2001. It was designed by translator and linguist Sonja Lang (formerly Sonja Elen Kisa) of Toronto. Toki Pona is a minimal language. Like a pidgin, it focuses on simple concepts and elements that are relatively universal among cultures. Lang designed Toki Pona to express maximal meaning with minimal complexity. The language has 14 phonemes and 120 root words. It is not designed as an international auxiliary language but is instead inspired by Taoist philosophy, among other things. The language is designed to shape the thought processes of its users, in the style of the Sapir–Whorf hypothesis in a Zen-like fashion.

‘Ijo’ translates as “Thing/Being”, ‘Pona’ translates as “Good/Simple”. So my domain is “www [dot] something good [dot] org”.



A Harrogate Blogger ::

Backend: the site is run on WordPress with a customised theme. For me, this is the interesting part. The theme looks ace and I have gone overboard with the aesthetics of the site – it used to be a big floury jam tart of a thing – but, I figure I do not get the chance to go full-retard with all the other sites I manage so figure this site is built for purpose: blogging. The design of the site is to facilitate easy reading on mobile and laptop, with a mobile re-direct to AMP set up incase you are browsing on a hand-held device. However, tech willing, it is not always so – sometimes only the posts are AMP Certified.


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About 5 days ago

I have been screened for Dyslexia, whilst at uni. I came back with results showing that, yes, I qualify for extra help. However, I what happens to me is that I get carried away with an idea and type/write in appalling grammar, punctuation and spelling. It is not Dyslexia, it is a thought disorder. However, I would like to enable as many people as possible to read my site and Dyslexia can affect 30% of the population in parts of the world. With this in mind, the main body font is clear and crisp – indeed, there is the option to default to “Reader View” on iPhones when you are looking at www.ijopona.org on your Apple Device.

Well, what do I do? There is a whole Blog lying just a click away explaining my meanderings through Bat-Country. If you do not want to leave a comment on the posts within this Blog – fill in the contact form below … It would be nice to hear from readers from around the world.

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