A long time ago (2005, I think), on an internet far, far away, I had this idea to start a space blog. I loved spaceflight, and I had opinions on what directions and destinations we should move toward. I bought a domain name (orbital-maneuvers.com, defunct) and started writing. I quickly discovered, however, that a lot of what there was to discuss involved politics, and I quickly got bored by that. Never have liked politics.
After closing that blog in 2006, I had two other ideas: to focus more on spaceflight as it influences our culture, and to focus more on spaceflight opportunities for the “common man”. At this point, I had walked away from a career track that I hoped would lead to astronaut candidacy; I had a lot of personal interest in the average Joe going to space. Those ideas became two blogs: Common Space (private citizen spaceflight), and Common Themes (cultural influences), both at common-space.net (defunct), both launching July 2006.
Originally, I intended to write articles on spaceflight and culture, but found I was far more inclined to post pictures, not text: terrific space images, retro/quirky objects, and artwork. I posted whatever delighted me, be that a Hubble image, salt shakers, album covers, or Apollo Program stamps from some tiny country I’d never heard of. The Common Space blog didn’t last as long (bogged down by various things), but Common Themes persisted.
I rebranded it as Silver Rockets in October 2009, and moved to this domain. The change to Silver Rockets refocused the blog in just the right way. I have an eclectic passion for space, both real and fictional, and the concept of “silver rockets” sums up my tastes pretty well. (I like my rockets shiny, balanced on impossibly pointy fins. Deal with it.)
I got a Twitter account to go along with the blog (@silverrockets.) I was introduced to the Space Tweep Society, and met the first of many spacetweep friends. In 2010, I was thrilled to be chosen to attend the STS-133 NASA Tweetup, made more friends, and gained more readers. Instead of posting other people’s pictures of spaceflight happenings, I posted my own. And I had someone walk up to me, one night at the tweetup, and say something I never thought I’d hear: “I love your blog.” Brian, thank you for saying that. It really meant a lot to me, and still does!
Well, anyway. That sums up my adventures in space blogging. This is attempt #4 (arguably, the only successful one.)
And this is no longer 2010. (What, no monolith eating Jupiter?? DANGIT.) Life goes on. New passions eclipse old ones. The Space Shuttle retired, and I’m still in mourning. And it’s gotten harder and harder to post here.
I still love space, but I have to admit, I’ve moved on from Silver Rockets. I’ve found my true calling: not in spaceflight, but in gemstones and jewelry. For the past two years, I’ve been working towards my Graduate Gemologist diploma, and learning more about jewelry-making. I can talk at length on those two subjects, which is what I intend to do, more often, over here. I’m also starting a blog and visual archive focusing on old jewelry — ancient through antique — called Topazius (it’s not really done yet.)
This will be my last post here at Silver Rockets (#990!) Thank you for reading this blog, and I hope to see you again at my other blogs! You’re welcome to follow me on Twitter at @manyfaceted. (I’m consolidating accounts; @silverrockets will be mothballed in the near future.)