We’re in the first week of 2012 and while thinking about what I might try to do to kick this year off (yes I know we’re already at the end of the first week and I’m a little behind with New Years resolutions), considering half of those who were sad enough to follow the traditional of resolutions decided theirs at about 2am on the 1st of January while drunk… or while pondering what to do with themselves while off work on the week between Xmas and New Years… and they’ve already fallen back into bad habits, of smoking, drinking too much, eating too much or continuing their OCD habit of 2011.
Well… I did have this “good idea at the time” idea about starting this blog in the 2nd half of last year and it got off rather too well with a couple of longish blogs about topical subjects, then kinda fell on it’s face. Like I harp on about in my first blog, about blogging, and the fact that I am quite opinionated (you only need to see my twitter feed) but actually sitting down and writing something of more than 500 words that I thought was worth reading always seemed a bit of a chore and the sort of thing “I’d get to later”, like the washing-up.
I did start with the idea of having a notepad in my bag for jotting down ideas of things I’d seen or heard, to refer to later when I actually wanted to blog, but that turned more into something I either doodled in, tore out pages from because I have no post-its on my desk or just got forgotten about like the 2012 diary you were given as a xmas present from a relative you hardly ever see, but they feel obliged to buy something and you always get that thing you never really needed or wanted. In this digital age we just use Google calendar or the one attached to Outlook on your work computer and the best I can hope for in a paper calendar is a bearable photo frame for the kitchen that changes once a month.
So, yes getting back into the blogging idea was my 2012 thing to let off some steam, air my views, actually make use of this little area I signed up for and brought the domain name for… though even without the blog I do like having my own domain name and makes me a feel a little smug when you’re in a shop and they tediously try and sign you up to a subscription list for a discount, which you know will save you a couple of quid on your shop and you might benefit from offers, but you don’t want the spam! and they ask for your name… and I say 50 Percent (and they say O…K), then they ask for your email and I can say firstname.lastname@example.org (as yes that mail address does exist, I dare you try it! I just use it when required and when I actually remember it, though to be honest it shouldn’t be difficult to forget)
So, this time round I think I might go with the more reactive approach of while mooching on with day-2-day stuff and where I might normally take the odd pic and/or write the 140 character tweet, that I actually take that 10mins extra and blog a bit more about it.
When trying to think in which tone to write a blog, it’s interesting how you watch some comedians make the most mundane things seem funny (well funny enough for someone else to laugh at anyway) there’s Comedians who I think are funny, those who I think are both funny and clever then the rest who are just down-right annoying and I change the channel the minute they come on, which is probably the same for a lot of people in the public eye, depending on your taste and tolerance. But alot of people that are interesting, skilled & talentless, have made money from publishing their life online. A number of YouTube bloggers make alot of money offering their opinions on subjects & news and attract a million or so followers, others who write in Newspaper columns or those that star in the reality TV fad of 2011, the Essex / Chelsea crap which I have only stumbled across while channel hopping and immediately change, because the cast are both talentless, pretentious, often quite thick and how they enhance anyone’s life is beyond me, I can only imagine you can watch it and think “thank f*ck that isn’t me…” though I’d happily take the cash.
So, this is 2012, we’re the first week in. I haven’t done a great deal to shout about, but work has been busy, I’ve managed a decent night out in Reading, I’ve contemplated visiting the cinema (which I haven’t done in ages, but just looking at the price shocked me! £9 a standard ticket! but that might be for another blog). I changed the format of the blog from an Orange thing to a Black thing. What I need to work out is how I get tabs on the main page and then how to manage the tabs so I can run different pages and if I need to somehow run 2 blogs… so if anyone has any tips or advice, please comment, tweet or email me. I do like my tech and gadgets, but I’m not that in tune with writing code, I prefer to scour around and find someone else who has done it, then where required adapt it for my own… (cheeky I know, but then that’s what Apple did when they built their IOS off a Linux Kernel! lol)
Signing off for this blog, if you know an easy way to run multiple tabbed pages drop me a line, or if you have anything you want my opinion on or ideas future blog topics about then let me know.