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I am a full-time mama with a passion for writing and talking to fascinating people. I live in a one horse town with a Cowboy and my son. Thank Lord for cyberspace! I lived a colourful life in Sydney for a number of years. Working in advertising and journalism for FPC and the Sydney Morning Herald. During my time in Sydney I competed in a Dragon Boat race, choreographed a dragshow, used the Share Accomodation advertisements as a way to meet men and was told by Noiseworks frontrunner Jon Stevens that I was a bitch! Then came the decision to move back to country for 3 months to help out my Father with newspaper business while he was having treatment. Convinced I was a city girl I was caught by surprise when I fell in love with a farmer (and no, he didn't want a wife... still doesn't it seems!) convinced him that we needed to see the world, popped off to Vietnam to teach english in Saigon - before realising that the "food" in Nam didn't agree with me... turned out to be Monte - my son who is now with the Cowboy and I back in country NSW! I am in a wonderful stage of my life where I am focusing on the things that really make me tick. Including writing these chronicles.

Friday, February 12, 2010

I believe my readers are (in) the Future

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Yesterday I received a request from the National Library of Australia to archive my website.

"PANDORA, Australia’s Web Archive, was set up by the Library in 1996 to enable the archiving and provision of long-term access to online Australian publications.   

Since then we have been identifying online publications and archiving those that we consider have national significance. "

Although I have already made that point boldly, I now intend to rewrite it in capslock (after this stint in italics of course)


Chronicles of Sharnia - nationally significant eh? 

Who'd have thunk it?! 

Tell me, did any other Australian blogs receive this honour?

Or am I really that special?

Hope it is because I am special.

They then go on to tell me of the benefits:

 "If you grant us a copyright licence, the Library will take the necessary preservation action to keep your publication accessible as hardware and software changes over time.  
The Library will catalogue your publication and add the record to the National Bibliographic Database (a database of catalogue records shared by over 5,200 Australian libraries), as well as to our own online catalogue.  
This will increase awareness of your publication among researchers using libraries. "

The preservation part got me thinking.

Wow - how cool - maybe in 100 plus years  when I have kicked the bucket as Sharni - my great, great  grandchildren may discover The Chronicles of Sharnia as part of a school assignment or something.

Just thinking about this spun me out!

I am imagining these future children discovering these here Chronicles (chronicles does make it sound like something the future kids would dig up too!)  and reading through them, bamboozled by their crazy, great great grandmother (aunt/ cousin / whatever)  and what she got up to.

This has inspired me to write to these future people, if they are discovering my blog in its preserved high tech format in the future.... I want you to know that I have forseen you doing so - and I'd like to say .... umm... Hi

Sorry I can't be with you, but maybe you could catch me via a seance?

Ok, no that was silly.

I hope you are reading this and that it provides you a glimpse into your ancestory! 

For the record, I am having an incredible life.

 I am just about to turn 31 when you are reading this. The Vancouver Winter Olympics have started today and ACDC are currently touring Australia.... 

Not really sure what else to say to you in the future, but I guess just the thought that you could be here is really cool to me, so I hope you will take the time to get to know me and other people from your family tree that I talk about! 

Hope the future (your present) is good and that you haven't trashed the planet anymore than we did.

Lots of Love

Sharni xxxx 


  1. sorry about font inconsistencies something amiss. you will have to deal with it today I'm afraid

  2. Hi Sharni,

    I know Consumption Rebellion has had a request too.

    Congratulations on your inclusion.

    Kind Regards

  3. Wow, congratulations. That is an awesome achievement and very well deserved!

  4. Thanks Belinda - yes Consumption Rebellion was too. I love Eilleen's blog

  5. Wow. This is amazing. What a tremendous feeling, knowing that you will be archived and have continued readership in the future. That is really really cool. Congratulations Sharni. You have earned this with all your hard work!

  6. That is sooooo rad! Big congrats... it's a big deal.

  7. thanks Karls and Kelly lots of letters & laura! still not convinced it is a big deal but I'll run with it haha

  8. Wow shaz. Thats like getting a book deal!

  9. Yayyyy!

    Well deserved Sharni, on yaaaa :)

  10. Oh wow! Go Sharni Go! CONGRATS!!!!

  11. Well done Sharni, you deserve it!! :)

  12. No, I'm not nationally significant it would seem! Ha ha!
    Congratulations! May the future generations be with you!
    BTW - I thought this post was going to be about Whitney Houston, I was only a touch disappointed :P!

  13. well done Sharni you deserve it :)

  14. Congrats- that's awesome!!! Go Sharni! and to think I knew you before you were famous :)


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