So here I am. Blogging. I must admit it all feels very modern and high-tech. And hugely exciting too. It’s not the first time i’ve delved into the blogosphere, mind. Not longer than a month ago I was happily rambling on about my 4-week trip along the Adriatic coast, albeit with a different name and a different platform. A platform, I might add, which eventually had to be abandoned due to ever-increasing unreliability. I won’t say which platform I am referring to, but I will say that it starts with a B and rhymes with ‘jogger’. Too much? Ah well. Screw em. If they didn’t want to answer my question about why all my fonts, colours and line spacing were coming out irrecoverably different to what they were supposed to be, then that’s their problem. I can just fix it myself. Move on. Get onto WordPress. Ever since I set up the previous blog people only ever said “Yeah great blog man, but why aren’t you on WordPress?” anyway, so I figured why not?
Ten minutes into my latest venture, and I’m astounded at how limited my previous blog had been in comparison to what was now only a few clicks away. At first, it’s a lot to take in; a good half an hour spent scouring WordPress’s ‘Freshly Pressed’ section results in some serious blog envy (some of my favourites include The Vibes, Temporarily Lost and The Life and Times of Nathan Bradley and while eye-opening in terms of discovering the potential my blog could have, this process ultimately throws me into a mini state of fretfulness and uncertainty. What should I call it? Which (of the 211 available) theme should I use? And most importantly, who are my audience and how do I reach them? All these questions buzz about in my head for another, very indecisive thirty minutes. Eventually, I have my name (you can be the judge of whether it is a good pun or not) and plumping for a theme with a Spanish title only seems appropriate. I expect that my audience will come, over time. Just need some content first.
So why then, am I doing this? Well, in essence I suppose it’s because I love where I live and I want to share my experiences with anyone who’s prepared to read about them. I also love writing, and hope that someday I can call it work. So this, by default, seems to be the most sensible way of practising my craft. I only hope that I don’t come across as too self-indulgent in the process. That could be quite hard though.