Following a post from Jon, over at 'Overbombing', I thought today I'd give you a little more of an insight into my world. A question was also raised by Clair on anonymous blogs, (of which this is one if you hadn't noticed) that I'd like to address. I'll also talk about the viewing of an anonymous blog by a spouse. Then it'll be lunch. Any questions? No? Good. The fire exits are over there by the link to Five Centres blog. There's no planned fire drill today, so if you hear an alarm, it's real. Right. Where was I?
- Why did you start blogging and why do you continue?
I started blogging following my discovery of Andrew Collin's radio show on 6Music. I found his blog on their website and followed it 0ver to blogspot when it moved. I started blogging because I felt a bit selfish about leaving comments and not giving anything of myself. I chose an anonymous blog because I have a slightly sensitive job, and didn't want anything I said coming back to haunt me. I then made a decision not to ever blog about work, or to say anything controversial. I hold no aspirations to be a writer. I chose the name, as I've said before, because of conversation I had aged seventeen, about good names for Goth bands, and because the blog was born on Valentine's Day. Suicide may be in my name, but it is not in my nature.
I have no idea why I continue. I Sometimes I wonder whether to. Given the self-imposed limitations, it's amazing I find anything to write about.
My spouse knows about this page, but doesn't bother with it. "...it's just one of those things he gets into, like canoeing, online gaming and international diamond smuggling".
- How do you decide what to blog about?
I'm not sure. Like everyone else I suppose something just catches your attention at the right time. I'm not very good at the 'comment' stuff that Five-Centres and The Urban Woo do so well. I can't express my rants in the enjoyably focused way that the Bright Ambassador does. I'm even worse at the minutiae or observational material that ishouldbewalking excels at. I'm generally aiming at 'mildly amusing' and missing.
I have some specific 'darkness' going on in my life at the moment. I'm not going to peddle that on these fluffy pages but it's why I've been so lackadaisical recently.
- Do you write straight out or pre-plan what you’re going to write?
Straight out. As it's mostly hastily cobbled together and recently just plain lazy. I generally have a couple of posts on the go to get my thoughts straight. I rarely publish these.
- Do you censor yourself?