I started blogging way back in August 2007, would you believe. That’s nearly 6 years. There have been times when I’ve blogged more, times when I’ve blogged less, but by and large I’ve stuck to 1-3 posts a week, every week. That’s a lot of posts. Early in your blogging career you’ve a lot to talk about. You find all sorts of things to be outraged by, to excuse yourself for, to shoot your mouth off over. But time wears down those rough edges, and wears away the topics to discuss. There are work-related announcements, of course, and this TV show I’ve watched or that video game I’ve played, and Whisky Deathmatch of course, but I must admit that, on occasion, I find myself racking my brains for something to talk about.
This morning I got an email from someone asking me a question. It was quite an interesting question that I immediately started spinning a long and involved answer to, but I thought to myself, is it really worth all this effort to reply to one person’s email? Then I thought, wait a moment, I’ll write a blog post answering the question, email her the link, and then all you lucky folks can benefit from the answer, and I won’t have to think of something to write a blog post about! Genius! And then it hit me, as if – in the words of my personal role model Colonel Kurtz – I was shot with a diamond … a diamond bullet right through my forehead – Instead of endlessly racking my brains to think of things people might want to read about, I could simply ask them what they’d like to know.
So ask. It can be about anything. What I’ve written and why. How I wrote it and why. The publishing industry more generally. Or video games, or TV, or swearing, or whisky, or Danish furniture, or whatever you like, practical or abstract. Pick my brains, such as they are. Provoke, stimulate and challenge me. The floor is yours.
Now and again, I might pick out a question to answer. My response may be elaborate, self-indulgent and rambling. It may be simple, self-indulgent and pithy. We’ll see how it goes…