If I was looking for a message from above that I should persist with the blog, maybe the sight of the stunning purple sky at North Sheen station this morning (my first ever morning of blogging) is just what I need.
Well my basic attempt to keep my blog secret failed desperately last night, as I cannot sit silently tapping (editing) on my laptop without my inquisitive wife ‘needing’ to know why. The problem is my wife actually is a journalist, a very good journalist, whose very nature is to both enquire and critique. But perhaps this is not such a bad thing, as not only have I acquired my first reader, I have also employed a trained editor (or perhaps I should say critic).
But she wasn’t too harsh, she actually seemed quite impressed. However she did make some valid ‘suggestions’:
1) I need to read more blogs. I need to understand what people write and more importantly why people read.
2) I must not try too hard. People who try to hard to be witty, interesting or intelligent all completely fail.
3) An honest, irrelevant blog could be readable, but don’t expect immediate success.
All very helpful, thank you sweetheart.
So thanks to my editor I feel like I have a little more direction. Perhaps I was too quick to dismiss my new father position and my stimulating career yesterday – both will naturally form part of my day-to-day observations. In fact this blog should be something like a twice daily diary, a vehicle to document what actually is an exciting, happy and interesting time of my life.
I could try and be clever, delete this blog and start again, writing in the first person as my little boy or as an anonymous controversial sports commentator. But I won’t, I will stick with this honest (if a little pointless) commuter blog. If nothing else it has certainly achieved the desired effect, my commute this morning has flown past, despite not managing to grab that illusive seat.
And I have achieved at least one other major goal today, I now know how to both take a picture and upload it using my iPad….I am a blogger in training.