Once upon a time I wrote a daily diary (I had just turned 13); I kept that up for the best part of twenty years. Then after a ten year gap the internet came along and from September 1999 I kept a blog. All of this merged into this student diary for a period. Surely not in September 2001 when I started my OU MA? It was another ten years before I got properly stuck into this, completed the MA ODE, and a few extra modules, then onwards in, around, 'online learning', which of course isn't really defined as anything separate from learning itself - materials online in their various guises, are as common place, indeed have even replaced books. And maybe pen and ink have gone too?