John Lennon once sang “Life is what happens when you’re busy making other plans”, and to a certain extent that is surely true. It really doesn’t seem that long ago when I was living in the blissfully ignorant bubble of school, convinced that one day I was going to change the world, or at least make the world think ‘oh yeah…that guy’. In reality, life is most likely what happens when you’re busy wondering what the hell you’re going to do with your life. I don’t think I know anybody who is doing what they wanted to do their whole life.
That’s basically what’s happened with this here website. When I started it I convinced myself it was going to be somewhere I can write lots of interesting and funny stuff that will having people coming back every day wishing they could be me. Except. Except..I realised that pretty much the last thing I want to be doing after sitting in front of a computer all day at work, is do more of the same at home. It’s not as if my social calendar is particularly hectic, or that I have anything hugely more exciting to do of an evening (it’s not, and I don’t), it’s just that because I commute close to 4 hours every day, I don’t feel as if I have the energy to write anything.
(Mind you, if you write something and there’s nobody there to read it, did you actually write it at all?)
I have plenty of bloggy ideas in my head, of course – I think anybody who would like to think of themselves as ‘somebody who writes’ has a multitude of unfinished – and unstarted – pieces floating about. But, as I said, life tends to rather get in the way. Regardless, I really would like to have more stuff here. When I look through the archives of the first blog I had (it was on Xanga, which rather shows you how long ago it was) I apparently had plenty of time and inclination to blog about nothing. Maybe as I’ve got older writing a blog post about what I did that day is less appealing – and of course, if/when I want to be inane..well, that’s basically what Twitter is for.
Even with this post, it’s strange. I looked at the site this afternoon and though “ooh, that needs updating”, so I changed a couple of things (got rid of that god-awful ‘logo’ I’d done that a 6 year old using MS Paint could improve upon, for one) but when I came to actually add some content…this is basically all I could come up with, despite having in my aforementioned noggin a list of ‘articles’ that I’d like to write. (featuring such interesting and diverse topics as: the continued uselessness of Torquay United; the impact that the concept of a multiverse has on the idea of time travel; a rant about how my cat can completely ignore me all day and suddenly demand attention when I’m trying to e.g. write something on my computer, and insists upon climbing onto my shoulder; and finally – the continued awesomeness of Jennifer Lawrence and Anna Kendrick)
Really the main reason for this was that it would make me think that the $15 I spent on renewing the domain name in November wasn’t completely wasted. I’m still not convinced, it must be said. It seems that a ‘blog’ about a particular person has become unfashionable; now a blog has to be about something in particular, like football, or fashion, or statistics. Whatever, I’ll just continue my twice-yearly updates that nobody ever reads, and maybe, just maybe (probably by accident) I’ll manage to produce something that somebody actually wants to read.