Organising unconferences as birthday parties carry the risk of reciprocal visits. So now that our friend Peter is organising an unconference called Crafting {:} a Life, to celebrate the 20th anniversary of his company in mid June, we will be visiting Prince Edward Island by way of Montreal. Looking forward to it! I’m very pleased that our unconferences can be the seed for similar activities by others, that the little stone we throw in the water now and then keeps creating ripples. Since our first event, Bev Trayner and Etienne Wenger have been organising yearly similar events, called BEtreats, in both California and Portugal. And now Peter brings the ripples to Canada.

Happy Bloggiversary Oliver! A decade is a long time and much has changed, as you say, even if other things stay the same. A few months before you started blogging when you were 8, we visited your home, in August 2008, where you ran out to greet us in Dutch saying ‘hoi!’. We had a fun dinner with you, your parents and Rob and Robin. You and your parents made us feel right at home, half way around the world. Since then you have visited us twice. Once in 2014 in Enschede. The second time was last August here in Amersfoort, a decade after we first met, when you gave a presentation at our unconference for Elmine’s birthday.

I look forward to your next ten years of blogging, Oliver. Where might the next decade take us?

Oliver coming out saying 'hoi' to us
You came out to greet us when we visited PEI

Robin, Oliver, Catherine Peter, Oliver and Rob
You, with Robin and your mother, and with Rob and your father, when we first met in 2008

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I can't believe it's 10 years since I started My Blog. A lot of things have changed with my blog and with myself.

Our friend Peter Rukavina has a printing press (since 2011) and every now and then we get a printed surprise in the mail. Today we received our christmas card.

It says God Jul, Danish for merry christmas, fitting as we originally met in Copenhagen, 12.5 years ago.

It is printed on a square piece of paper he bought in Tokyo in 2013, named ‘Grobei’, as he recently blogged. Grobei means one side sleek and one side rough, which is what it indeed is. A sneak peek at the work involved was posted a few weeks ago.

Thank you Peter, God Jul to you too!