I’m not sure which is more surprising, the fact that I have managed to come up with 200 posts, or the fact that people are still reading them. Let’s be honest, I think I came across as a little too earnest in my early posts and looking back on them, it does make me cringe a little. Thankfully (or hopefully) I’ve hit my stride and am now using my blog not only to chart my journey as a writer, but also to chart my journey as a person.
Anyone who has read my blog on a regular basis will know that the last couple of years have seen some major changes in my life. I went from living at home to living on my own, I’ve had job promotions, tried internet dating, and I am now studying and practicing to become a teacher/trainer in social care. More often than not, I’ve blogged about all of these things.
To celebrate my 200th post, I thought it would be fun to see just what I have been blogging about in the last 18 months. The vast majority of my posts can be attributed to my Thoughts for Friday series, a long-running series of posts that are….um….posted on a Friday and consist of my…..er…thoughts. These posts started out quite earnest in their style and sometimes a little twee. I hope that the last few months has seen the series being given a new lease of life as I now write the posts with less of an eye to writing and with more emphasis on the weird and wonderful place that my life has become.
I also took part in Thain in Vain’s FFC52 challenge in 2014. Although I didn’t submit an offering for every week, I did manage, more often than not, to post something pretty much every other week. Although my initial efforts were a little lame to say the least, I would like to think that I wrote one or two passable flash fiction stories during that time. I would like to write more short stories, but time has not been much a friend in that regard lately.
I’ve also posted a number of essays, originally on writing and what it might take to break into publishing and then, as time wore on, essays on such things as balls, rods, miscommunications and language differences. I’ve also written a number of guest post for my dear friend Kate Loveton, who has been kind enough to feature me on her wonderful blog a number of times over the last few years.
When time has allowed, I have also turned my hand to writing book reviews. I have been lucky enough to have been able to read all of Shannon A Thompson’s fantastic YA novels and have reviewed each of them on my blog. I would like to read and review more books, but once again, lack of time is a significant issue for me at the moment.
I’m aware that I am not posting as regularly as I used to and this is something that I hope to address in the coming months as my work schedule slows down a little (hopefully!) For those of you who are interested, I spent most of last week in Luton and then Southampton. This week sees me closer to home and commuting to work each day, while the following week I will be away for three or four nights in Haywards Heath. Hopefully, something wild/wacky/crazy/frightening/hilarious might happen and will provide me with some good blogging material that I can then use as the basis of a witty post. Failing that, I shall just have to make something up…