I think it’s a very important question, to be painfully honest.
No one reads blogs any more, and not many write them – barring of course those very famous and popular blogs that feature clickbait titles, or useful information for the teen or new parent. So why am I, a relatively sane (or not, but we may one day cover that) bloke thinking that now would be the best time to write one?
Is it because I believe I have important things to say? In the blog description I say that I’ll be talking politics and sport, with everything in between. but I highly doubt that what I do have to say on these topics won’t be revolutionary, new, or particularly insightful. I used to be someone who people would listen to and pay attention to, but that was because I was the precocious 14 year old in the room and thought I could be right just by being a tosser. Things have changed now. I know that I’m not remarkable, and that what I say and think isn’t world changing. So I’m not writing my blog because I want the world to hear my thoughts.
Well, maybe I’ll be deeply personal and share on my blog all of my deepest desires and secrets? No. For two main reasons. Firstly, my fiance follows this blog and that would no doubt end badly if I were to post a blog titled “The Top 14 things your Fiance does to piss you off!”, and secondly, who in their right mind would post their secrets to the internet, more specifically to a publicly accessible blog? Yes, I do know that there are bloggers and vloggers who do do this, I was one when I engaged in my project of filming myself every day for a year during my first year of university and that saw me go from thin drunk to chubby drunk crying on camera, but this is not a platform for those sorts of revelations.
The answer to why I’m writing a blog, and more importantly why now at 23, is very simple: I want to.
There has genuinely come a point in my life where I need a place to vent, jot ideas down, talk through issues and problems, and generally be dumb, somewhere far away from the gaze of work colleagues and most social acquaintances, but still somewhere I know there is a public audience reading and responding. So you won’t be getting deep philosophical discussion on the global need for a modernised work force, nor will I be telling you about what turns me on. You’ll be getting me, more often than not being silly, telling you stories, asking for advice, giving it out where I can, trying my hand at writing again, and on the whole enjoying myself.
Because after all, that’s all I want to do.