2020 doesn’t count any more.
It hasn’t really done so since March or April of this year, so it’s ok to feel like it’s 2005 all over again.
To roll the clock back fifteen years means to roll the clock back to the heady days of Ireland’s blossoming blogging and podcasting scene. New media, before it was social media. Everything was new.
We were running podcamps, barcamps, bizcamps and all the rest. And I LOVED blogging.
I was writing about technology, sport, mobile trends. It felt like I was publishing every day. Learning about WordPress with each incremental update, running a design and development studio in Kilkenny, it was all fun and games.
In the intervening years, I’ve found myself writing topic-specific content that followed a similar pattern.
- Think of a name for a blog
- Register the domain and all the socials
- Write content – it might work, it might not
- Imagine that it’s going to be a giant brand killer and work up notebooks full of ideas
- Manage to get a handful of posts out
- Think of something else, rinse, repeat
So, if I wanted to write about food, I’d do something like build Any Given Food, eventually becoming Ken On Food. If I wanted to write about sport, it was the sports blog, theatre on the theatre blog, music on the music blog.
But what about all the other bits and pieces? What about the pieces that satisfy my need to write, my desire to improve my game, and open the door on topics that are new to me or close to my heart, but don’t need a full court press when it comes to design and branding?
I look at domains that I’ve picked up and I’m trying to service. kenmcguire.ie, I’ve shifted towards my podcast and radio content, or at least I’m continuing to work on it. kenmc.com – my original tech blog but largely ignored from 2013 onwards – ties into online gamer tags, so I’m using it to write strictly about gaming.
Devious Theatre focuses on theatre, No Time For Pop is anything but pop (but including pop, and not really launching until November), so on and so forth.
But for the desire to write again on a personal level, I snagged mcguire.ie. It’s the first time in a long time I’ve seen it available with references under archive.org going back to 2007 but I think the surname makes for a grand, personal, informal approach when it comes to a blog.
And so that’s where I am.
The looming Level 5 lockdown has got to be good for something. Developing skills, sharing stories, accountability.
Or kicking back into a bit of personal blogging, wherever the road takes me.