Sunday, 7 January 2018

Six Years of Blogging

Six years ago today I started blogging

I can't believe it's been that long. It seems to have gone by so quick in some respects, less so in others. A lot of things have happened in those six years, both to me and to the world at large. 

As I look back at those early posts I'm struck by how much I'm keen to make a record of something of my life. I'd definitely reached a point where I felt the need to do something else with my online life and I was clearly missing the days of Myspace. Those early posts are a hotchpotch of a diary-like account of what was going on in my life and a statement of the things I liked and enjoyed at that time. There's also a near adolescent obsession with picspamming; I think I'd seen tumblr and loved the idea of posting photos that struck me as beautiful, and especially photos of girls who struck me as beautiful. Quite why I didn't just started a tumblr I do not know!

In more recent times the blog has become much more streamlined to focus specifically on film reviews, music (Out On Blue Six is the only surviving theme I've really carried across in the whole six years) and politics. I like that blogging allows you the opportunity to give voice to something you want people to hear, whether that's a film or song you love and want to be better known, or the policies of Jeremy Corbyn's Labour in contrast to the horrible Tory regime we're currently enduring. I may not be posting so much about my daily life these days but what I am posting remains personal to me. 

It's not always been easy to continue with the blog and I think this past twelve months has been the closest I've come to knocking it on the head. It's hard sometimes just to find the opportunity to sit down and write something and even when you do sometimes the muse has left you. The fact that film reviews have become such a strong component of the blog, and that these reviews already exist on my Letterboxd page has sometimes led me to question whether I ought to continue. But I was forgetting the sheer enjoyment and solidarity of the blogging community and its the comments so many of you leave on what I write, and the posts some of you compose yourselves on vastly superior blogs that keeps me here.

So thank you and and here's to another year of blogging.



  1. Well done Mark. You write with conviction, and you write about what you know. I can't think of a better combination. And you've certainly pointed me in the direction of films/TV shows/box sets that may otherwise have passed me by.
    All that remains for me to say is 'keep on keeping on!'

    All the best

    1. Aw thanks John, that's really very kind of you to say. Thank you

  2. Well, I hope you don't pack it in. We've lost too many great bloggers in recent years.

    Happy 6th.