Why am I doing this? Do I really need another place to waffle online? Let’s see I already have:
- A personal Twitter feed, (@alanjporter)
- A consulting Twitter feed. (@4jsgroup)
- A FaceBook page, (for friends, family & colleagues only)
- A Google+ Account
- A Tumblr page for Motorsports,
- A Tumblr page for Comics Encounters,
Not to mention various blogs:
And then there’s the writing projects: two active book contracts, with another one to follow. Several in-development comics pitches, at least three publishers waiting on sample chapters for book proposals, two novels in various stages of work; oh yeah and some consulting work too. And then there’s the day job….
Why on earth do I need to be starting a new blog? And why now?
A few month’s ago I decided it was time to close down my old LiveJournal account. I haven’t updated it on a regular basis for months, and the future of LJ is looking more and more shaky. In anticipation of what I see as the eventual collapse of this one time on-line mainstay I’ve started to archive off my old posts dating back to 2002. Of course I couldn’t help stopping to read the odd one or two. And every time I do it reminded me of how much I enjoyed keeping a narrative journal.
I even thought about starting again with the existing LJ account; but to be honest the place had lost its sense of community to the rise of Social Networks. But the idea has kept niggling away at the back of my mind (as things tend to do.)
Then last week I found myself hanging out at BookPeople with an hour to kill and picked up a copy of Michael Palin’s Diaries 1969-1979: The Python Years. I soon found myself drawn into his notes and accounts of the early days of Monty Python. It also gave me the impetuous to decide that I wanted to get back to keeping an actual journal. Twitter and FaceBook are OK for the occasional observation and comment; but they don’t lend themselves to much else beyond that.
So the start of a new month, seemed like a good place as any to have another go at keeping an online journal. My last one lasted about 8 years. I’ve no idea if this one will even last a month.