One of the useful things WordPress does is to tell you about anniversaries, and this morning a little anvil-shaped icon appeared in the corner of my screen. At least, I think it was anvil-shaped, but as Mark has conclusively proved, I am rubbish at recognising icons.* Anyway, it turned out to be an anniversary message so who knows – maybe it was meant to be a cake or a candle or a card or something. I don’t know. But it did shock me slightly to discover that it was seven years ago this very day that I started this blog.
Seven years! Seven years is a significant period of time; in fact many people think our lives can be understood in periods of seven: infancy, childhood, adolescence/young adulthood, marriage and parenthood, settling down, finding your way/becoming responsible, middle age (around this time you tend to get a mid-life crisis) and so on. As a rough guide it sort of works – which reminds me, I wonder if they’re still doing the ‘7-up’ series? According to wikipedia they are: the last one came out in 2012. Interesting. I remember seeing it when I was teacher-training; since that was in 1980 I guess they would have been – hang on! – if they were seven in 1964 they’ll be the same age as me!!! How come I never realised that?
Maybe I did realise it, and forgot. I’m at that sort of age…
Anyway, back to the blog. As I’ve told you before (you’re probably sick of hearing about it) Hanif Kureishi was the father of this blog, since it was he who suggested to me that I should start one. I met him in Leicester library and instantly took his advice. Initially I didn’t blog every day, but I soon got into the habit and now I blog around five times a week on average.
Over those seven years I’ve covered more topics than I can remember. It started out being a blog about writing; but it soon occurred to me that as well as writing about writing I could practise my writing by writing about – well, anything that took my fancy. So from home brewing to politics, from film reviews to gardening, from prose to poetry and from poetry to drama – and not forgetting the very pertinent category relating to my dear OH – I’ve covered quite a range.
And I’ve never regretted starting it. Having a blog has enabled me to interact with other bloggers, to get comments on my stories and poems, and to get a residency on Mslexia’s very own blog! Not too bad!
So a happy seven-year anniversary to all my readers and followers and a special thanks to those who’ve been with me since the beginning. Why not drop me a line today?
Off now to see to the garden.
*I think it’s supposed to be a cup or chalice of some kind. I’m still not sure