I’m going to stop blogging for a short while, although no guarantees. This is not only to recharge my batteries after a busy few months starting out in journalism, but also to ensure that I’m approaching politics in the right way. I’m going to read up on some of the ideas shaping current affairs, I’ve been a little remiss on pursuing this over the last few months. If you have any suggestions (books, op-eds or magazine pieces), please pop them in the comments section.
I’ll leave you for now with something I scribbled down last month, trying to explain why I write a blog:
In explaining why I write this, there is no mutually exclusive reason or purpose. There is no absolute ideology behind this blog, no great idea that I want to persuade each and every person of its merit. I have quite a simple aim: to discuss politics and to make others want to also.
I am aware that there are hundreds of blogs and that some have perhaps ten times the amount of readers that I have. It has never been my aim to beat them in the number of readers nor in the variety of my postings. I write what comes to mind, when I have the time. Sometimes, I have the time to think more about a topic, and sometimes I have more time in which to write. This is reflected in the frequency and quality of my postings.
It’s easy for a blog to become white noise or an irritating drone on the outskirts of the internet. I would rather not blog than fill space. Sometimes, however, I do, but mostly I promise not to.
Nonetheless, it’s been a good year for the blog. People read it and I’m quite proud of it. I always want my postings to have a point – as all writing should. That may be an argument, an idea, or an interesting snippet of information that may otherwise be missed.
So when you cast around the site, click on the links. I try to make them link to the most informative update or an illuminating article I have found. Do write in the comments because I read them and sometimes like to respond. And click on the blog roll, because this blog doesn’t quite fit into the neatly categorized blogosphere and you may have found yourself here by mistake. Never fear, there’s a variety of sites on the right of the page that may make you feel more comfortable again.
Have a merry Christmas,
Ps. My new year’s resolution is to write five good quality posts a week, see you in January.