In 2004 I took away most of the reviewing, punditry and metablogging at Speedysnail, leaving only the travel tales and the occasional bit of ephemera—but among those posts are some of my favourites. Once my resolve cracked I slowly brought back the reviewing, then finished it off in a mad rush towards the end of the year. New sections of the site included In Theory and the Limericks, to replace a range of old sections that went into retirement: Dr Komputor, Grinding Noises, Past, Textuary, The Twisted Bell and Walking West. Found joined them for most of the year, but returned when I realised that I couldn’t break the habit. (For the sake of tedious completeness—and because I like their background images—I’ve also archived this year’s Contact, Search Results and 404 pages.)