In early January I began to concentrate more on blogging. There was no new year’s resolution involved, just a desire to actually find something productive to do with my spare time, something I tend to have a fair amount of over Xmas. I got this website up-and-running, created a couple of new blogs and, for reasons I haven’t yet actually been able to fathom, got on with it.
This hasn’t been my first foray into the blogging world (some call it the ‘Blogosphere’, but that is one of my least favourite words, along with ‘lush’ in its current slang state). I began my first blog last May, the Long Dark Teatime of the Soul. Unfortunately due to a lack of drive and a lack of focus, I never really kept it up-to-date, and it had less than a dozen posts from its birth to the end of last year.
In January, however, I sat down and registered this domain. I would’ve preferred robhoward.co.uk or some such thing but all the good ones were taken. Annoyingly, although taken, most of them weren’t actually in use, but hey ho.
Whilst in the process of setting up this blog, I came up with the idea of Creative Splurges. This put me, for a little while, in a bit of a quandary – I’d registered rob-howard.com but had a new blog idea that I didn’t want to waste, or put on a URL that didn’t match. So, I registered Creative Splurges at WordPress.com.
Shortly thereafter, it hit me – my old blog failed in part due to a lack of focus. So, I should set up a handful of more specialised blogs, so that I wasn’t left with a single blog that had a random assortment of posts. To that end, I also set up Outdated by Lunchtime to cover my slight fascination with new tech. The Whimpering Pen has actually been registered since last August but I’ve still not actually got it going. One day, people. One day.
So, there it was; I had my creative outlet, my tech geek outlet, and my press rant outlet, and rob-howard.com to pull them all together and provide a spot for the posts that weren’t related to the other blogs. Not wanting to waste the work I had previously spent on my old blog, I took all of its old posts and shared them out between this blog and Outdated by Lunchtime depending on their content (which is why this blog has posts on it dating back to last May).
And that was it: my own bogging network set up. Now all I had to do was write stuff.
It started slowly. I managed a total of seven posts in January; three here and four over at Creative Splurges. The three on this blog were pretty much warmups whilst I got my oar in – if there was anyone checking this site back then they’d have seen the appearance of this place change almost daily for a while as I tried to settle on a design I liked.
In February, however, things took off. I started posting on Outdated by Lunchtime on the first day of the month, and managed to make quite a few posts here and at Creative Splurges. All told, there were 37 posts across the three blogs. And that’s with a blackout mid-month.
So far, March has seen eight posts, not including this one. Not bad for only the twelfth day of the month. That said, Outdated by Lunchtime seems to have been singularly devoted to the iPad 2 this month, and that is probably likely to continue because, truth be told, I’m a little obsessed with it.
I still can’t actually work out why I’ve been able to keep this up when all previous attempts at this sort of thing have failed. In mid February I announced this blog to my Facebook fraternity and declared that most future correspondence would be coming through here, rather than in the form of Status Updates. In many ways a bold move and one that no doubt has helped me keep writing – I actually have an audience now, albeit one consisting of my small group of Facebook friends. I don’t think that’s it though; I seem to have managed a shift in attitude that encourages me to turn random thoughts into blog posts. Having a WordPress app on my iPhone has helped immensely too; being able to grab my phone and quickly write down stuff whilst being nowhere near a computer (more often than not on a train) makes this sort of thing quite a bit easier.
Hopefully I can keep this up. Admittedly things seem to be slowing down a little this month. Don’t worry, I have excuses prepared. Firstly, I have written a few drafts, but they are proving to be a little difficult to wrap up and present nicely and so are, for now, staying as drafts. I guess my standards are raising. Secondly, I have had a few off-putting experiences which have managed to knock a bit of wind out of my sails; the iPhone app I was praising only in the last paragraph managed to get itself in a tizzy and destroy one of my more delicately crafted drafts, which now needs to be restarted from scratch, and I’ve also encountered a few issues with the hosting of this blog, namely Server Errors which I still haven’t gotten to the bottom of and which have also occasionally destroyed work (and if you’ve experienced them too, then I apologise).
Still, I’m moving onwards and trying to not let those pesky little issues hold me back. March is already approaching its halfway point, let’s see if I can average a post a day again.
I wouldn’t hold your breath though.