Born and raised in Quebec, Canada, I am a woman of many hats:

  • mother
  • wife
  • teacher
  • customer service professional
  • web developer
  • wannabe graphic designer
  • occasional writer…
  • Independent Business Owner

… the name of this blog

The will to build a blog begins with a vision for it’s direction: where will it go, what will it explore, how will it make the reader feel? That vision should first be captured by a meaningful title. Thus, I chose the name “Brown Study”, a play on the phrase “to be in a brown study” (meaning, lossely: “deep in thought, and more often than not, deep in unhappy or depressing thoughts; daydreaming”, a state I am quite familiar with ((Reference: The Phrase Finder))), while also attempting to imply this is a place of reflection, repose, and even intimate conversation, as in “retiring to the study”.

… the “Brown Sudy”

The Brown Study was born in 2004, when I decided if I was going to teach my girls how to function in a modern, computer-driven world, I needed to get a feel for some of the tools people commonly used. Blogging was becoming so hot, even the media was starting to pay attention: big news agencies like CNN had reporter blogs, for instace.  Web 2.0 was in full swing.

I created the Study as a way express my thoughts on everything and nothing, to document elements of my life that family and friends might like to hear about, and a place to rave or rant.  Simple concept, but I haven’t kept up with it as much as I should have.  Perhaps that will change.

… the software

WordPress Fluid IconOriginally, the “Study” was hosted on my own server through Google’s blogger interface.  However, in November 2008, as part of my work with Moondance, I began some research into the various blogging software available, with an eye towards installing something for Moondance‘s use.  I already knew about WordPress, of course, as by now it had become the preeminent, most popular blogging tool out there.  Moreover, it enjoys some serious support from it’s own development community, with thousands of plugins, literally, helping the end user customize the software to his or her needs.

In short, I fell in love and decided to transfer all my blogs to WordPress.

Sorry, Blogger, it’s been fun, but it was time to move on.