This blog has been built and maintained using applications and help from all over the world, most of which are free. We would like to thank the people involved in followtheboat and provide a link to their website to show our gratitude for their hard work.

The most important thanks have to go to Tim of RhymeOnYouCrazyDiamond who not only set up the original blog whilst I was travelling back in 2003, but came up with the name followtheboat and even named our boat, Esper.

The website has been built using WordPress, a free web authoring tool used by millions of bloggers. It is the brainchild of Matt Mullenweg, who’s like a cooler version of Mark Zuckerberg, though not quite as wealthy ;)

As a Linux user I subscribe to the most excellent OMGUbuntu news updates, and was impressed with their theme. It was created by Gunjam and is available for download here. I customised it for followtheboat but if you like the design of this site, he’s the man to thank.

WordPress allows for tools and plugins that help make it function. Most of these are provided for free, allowing us to provide our blog for free, which is the way it should be ;).  Because we don’t work we are not able to pay or donate for all these plugins so the least we can do it to offer a list of thanks and links and, if you like our website, encourage you to donate to them on our behalf:

Justin Adie, a part-time programmer and music lawyer who took the time out to create some custom plugins for followtheboat; Michael Torbert’s All In One SEO pack; whoo’s Chunk URLs; fiyaga li’s Fix RSS Feeds; Justin Tadlock’s Get The Image; Arne Brachhol’s Google XML Sitemaps; Lim Dul’s Hotlink Protection; Alex Rabe’s NextGEN Gallery; Rob Marsh has been busy with a number of plugins, including Post Plugin Library, Recent Comments, Recent Posts and Similar Posts; Scott Reilly’s Preserve Code Formatting; Keith Murray’s Random Image Selector; Matthew Robinson’s Subscribe2; Mark Jaquith’s Subscribe To Comments; Radu Capan’s Thumbnails For Excerpts; Andrew Ozz’s TinyMCE Advanced; Kirill Novitchenko’s Tweet Blender; Steve Atty’s Wordbooker; Austin Matzko’s WordPress Database Backup; Callum Macdonald’s WP-Mail_SMTP; Donncha O Caoimh’s WP Super Cache; Patrick Matusz’s XML Google Maps.