This page is intended to give you an overview about the author of this blog as well as some quick background about the blog itself.
About the Author, Armin Grewe
I’m Armin Grewe, the blogger writing this blog. I was born and grew up in Germany before moving to the UK in 1995, where apart from a short interruption from 1998-2000 I’ve lived ever since. I work in the IT industry, probably part of the reason I got involved in the web, building website and ultimately blogging. For the time being I live in southern England, currently in Aldermaston Wharf in West Berkshire.
In late July 1998 I booked a holiday for a week in Scotland. I can’t remember exactly why and how I picked Islay as one of the places to visit, it might have been a report in The Independent and an awakening interest in Single Malt Whisky. Whatever the reason was, on a rainy morning in August 1998 I arrived on Islay for the first time.
I have returned to Islay again and again ever since.
At least once a year, the last few years two or even three times a year, I’ve returned to Islay for yet another visit. Discovering new places, meeting new people, revisiting well-known places, meeting old friends, making new experiences, deepening my knowledge, you name it.
In 1999 I started my first website under www.armin-grewe.com (which is still going strong), information about Islay and travelogues from my visits to Scotland including to Islay are a large part of its content. In 2006 I added a blog about Islay to my collection, not surprisingly it could first be found at www.islayblog.com and now new.islayblog.com. December 2008 saw the addition of a daily Islay Pictures photoblog.
About the blog, IslayBlog.com
As it says in the sidebar, this is a blog about the Isle of Islay, an island in the Inner Hebrides off the west coast of Scotland. That’s probably pretty obvious by now.
I will blog about anything Islay related I can think of: pictures, news, links, whisky, bird watching, wildlife, you name it. My goal is to entertain and inform my readers, give them something to enjoy about Islay every day. It’s not necessarily always up to date, it’s not a news channel, but I will try give quick updates or at least links about big events.
A large part of the content I find or even create myself, but at the same time I’m grateful about contributions from all kinds of other people. Some send me information, pictures or links, some post them online themselves and I just link to it.
One point I feel important to point out is that it is a personal blog. I don’t speak for Islay (not that anyone could anyway, there are many different opinions), the opinions expressed here are unless otherwise indicated my own. I wouldn’t want to create the impression this is an official blog for Islay (There isn’t one).
An important part of blogs are the comments, there is a section for readers comments under each entry. I hope that my readers will contribute their views and updates if they feel it is appropriate. In particular if I’m wrong and provide incorrect information I appreciate if anyone with better/correct information lets me and the other readers know about it.