Way back in the earlier days of blogging, I read something that said you should never blog about blogging. It was one of those ‘golden rules’, and for some reason it has always stuck with me. This is me breaking that rule (that was nonsense then and is nonsense now).
I have been blogging for years. I probably first had a ‘blog’ of sorts back in around 2005/6, when I started putting boring thoughts on my MSN Space (remember those? They were actually a pre-cursor to Myspace, and didn’t last long). Then I transitioned to Myspace when I realised that everyone was on there, and nobody was on MSN Spaces. In much the same way, this wasn’t blogging as it eventually became, or is now. It was me talking about what I’d been doing that week, or how I was enjoying a television series like CSI. It was all very wholesome, and probably quite boring.
It was around 2009 that I started realising that there was such a thing as the blogging world, and that there were thousands of people writing about all sorts of different things. I never really felt as though I properly fitted in with that community, but I realised that in blogging, I was part of it. And then things just sort of grew from there. After I finished university in 2010, I didn’t have a full-time job for a few years, for a variety of reasons, so it was easy to commit real time to blogging, but I don’t look back and feel especially proud of anything I created. It was just something to do.
When I did start full-time work, blogging suddenly became something that I didn’t really have time for. I still enjoyed doing it, and once I realised that I could review books, I definitely found a focus, but in the last five years or so I’ve really been so sporadic in my posting. This hobby costs me money in website hosting and various other peripheral costs, and I make no money from it whatsoever, but as I just see it as a hobby, that’s more or less fine by me (given the choice, I’d like to make a little bit of pocket money from it, but in all honesty the paperwork puts me off).
If you’re wondering why I’ve turned into Michael Aspel with a big red book (topical reference there – no way you get it if you’re under 32) – it’s just a way to kick off my Blog Every Day in May project. I almost certainly will not stick to it, but I’m going to give it a jolly good go.