As a teenager on being asked this question as I skulked out of the front door ‘where was I going?’, I would give the standard teenage answer of ‘out‘. In a way the same applies here on being asked why the Blog? …..the answer is ‘because I want to’.
There are however lots of reasons that don’t apply. It’s not to be an Amazon top ten author producing a series of novels with apparent ease..got one of these in the family already; nor to be a highly followed you tuber – ditto for that as well. It’s really just to have somewhere to put this stuff. In the same way that every house has a drawer full of miscellany…this is that drawer. A literary alternative to short pieces of string, a key for a missing padlock, an incomplete set of playing cards, some rubber bands and some saved tissue gift wrap that may be useful one day. So why not just say the stuff? Context, relevance and tolerance all play a part here. Sharing my thoughts today on our current political pantomime might amuse me but not have the same wow factor for the rest of the household avidly ensconced in watching the Andy Murray tennis comeback, or the latest happening in Coronation Street. I know my abilities and I cannot compete with Murray or the Rovers Return pub. Finally and most importantly it’s about doing something new and different even at a later stage of life. A literary mid life crisis? Possibly but it doesn’t involve the purchase of a bright red sports car, or the company of a floozy! So no people, animals or bank accounts were harmed in the making of this blog.