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This is where Rob Jenson writes. I am retired. I worked as a computer systems administrator and an archivist with some other adventures mixed in. These days I spend most of my time involved in beekeeping, with a few side interests.

Why Do I Write?

I don’t know … I like to hear myself type?

“It depends” … you will hear that a lot. I write about beekeeping for my protegés and my “bee buddies.” They are always asking “What Would Rob Do? (WWRD). Probably the wrong thing … but you can learn from my mistakes! I write about genealogy primarily to make contact with family members hitherto unknown.

This will sound ridiculous to Mr. Douglas, but I write on a blog for efficiency. People with whom I correspond by email or text often ask me the same question, and I end up typing out the same long boring thing for each one. Like when your Yahoo! email gets hacked. If I write it out once, I can just send you a link.

I seldom go to Facebook, I don’t use Twitter any more … I don’t even understand the point of Instagram. I learn best by reading words, and I express myself best by writing them. When I have ideas and the time to put fingers to keyboard, I will do so. I don’t care if nobody reads me.

Navigating This Site

This front page is static. If you want to see the latest posts, look to your right. All posts in reverse chronological order are here.  I try to organize and compartmentalize things so that people who are interested in beekeeping don’t have to wade through pages about genealogy.

The navigation bar at the top should get you to what you want. That is a good place to start because there is content in static pages as well as blog posts. The column to your right includes a list of categories, a list of tags and a calendar. Those all get you to posts. There is also a search box that will do an “OK” job of searching the text of the web site.

If you are wondering what the difference is between a Category and a Tag, well, so was I. Sometimes the flexibility of WordPress is more frustrating than liberating. I generally use a Category as the broadest subject classification for my posts, and I assign a post to exactly one category. There is a hierarchy to categories. Tags are more like semantic topics that are addressed within the post. So, it is possible that an article could be tagged with philately and beekeeping if I was talking about how honey bees like to collect stamps … but I would probably put that under beekeeping.

Private Pages

There are private pages here that are intended only for access by family, friends or project collaborators. Those pages will require a username and password to access. A form with information about how to get an account for to access private pages is available here. You will be prompted to log in if you attempt to access a protected page. There is also a link to log in  at the lower right of each page.

Comments are Welcome … Usually

I am happy to hear from people reading these pages. You have the option of commenting publicly, by adding a comment to any page or post that accepts them. You may also contact me privately.

All page comments require that you identify yourself, and all will be reviewed before they are released to public visibility.  I reserve the right to not post any comments for any reason whatsoever. Rants, politics, religion, advertising or attempts to manipulate these pages or their readers are quite unwelcome.

About the Title

I came up with it when I was working as the archivist at the Montgomery County (MD) Historical Society.  I was thinking about all the complications and workarounds that I had to deal with while working as a “lone arranger” in two small local archives. Velcro® proved to be extremely useful in many circumstances. I am not sure that it is archivally safe material, especially the adhesive. However, I never seemed to have enough on hand when I needed it. I thought that it would be a good title for a book about being a solo archivist and coping with the pressures of small archival institutions. I never wrote the book. One of my colleagues wrote a good book about being a lone arranger, but I still like the title.

Feeds and Permalinks

Like all WordPress sites, you can subscribe to changes to be pushed to you in your feed reader, or whatever.  Just append /feed to the URL of any page that you want to get automatically updated in whatever you use to follow feeds. You will have to configure it in your feed aggregator. If you don’t know what this means … don’t worry about it.

Most pages have a permanent URL that will work as long as I am alive and the site continues to function.