Today is a milestone as it is the 400th entry of my blog!
It’s hard to believe I’ve written so many posts considering my first entry was entitled ‘Hello World‘ and I tentatively wrote ‘This is my first blog…I’m not sure what I’m going to write here but let’s see here it goes’!
There have been highs and lows during the seven years since it started such as the article I wrote on reaching my 75th donation entitled Diamond Blood to the sad pieces I wrote about the loss of a dear friend Rebecca Allington and Tina’s Auntie Dinkle. I have covered the exploits of being a father of a footballing son in Champions at Last and the point at which I retired as Secretary of the Thrapston Town Juniors FC in 2009, writing at being ‘Football Free‘.
I have also used the blog as a sort of online diary capturing holidays abroad such as New York in ‘It’s like London but on speed‘, our trip to Egypt, the Florida trip to see the space shuttle launch and the road trip to California and Nevada in 2011. I have also detailed the progress of DIY and building works such as the kitchen install last year, giving a daily insight into how things were going.
The blog has been used to mention some of the family events in my life, notable when Tina got a speeding ticket :), ‘Grown Up Girl‘ when Abby started University and ‘Following in the footsteps…‘ when Matt was told he’d been accepted by Virgin Media to become an Apprentice. I also covered the period where I started to get regular colds, ‘Being ill‘, going through to being diagnosed with Coeliacs disease and the trials of sticking to a gluten-free diet. I detailed my experience of going to have laser eye treatment…or not in my case.
I have followed the exploits of Watford FC at various times, which over recent years have been mostly highs. I have extensively covered becoming an Apple fan; firstly getting an iPhone, followed by an iPad then iMac. Then another iPad, another iPhone, a MacBook Air and finally an iPad mini (that lot has certainly given me plenty to talk about). I also told the world about my entry into writing a book in the blog ‘Taking the publishing world by storm‘.
And finally to the challenge of writing a post a day during the four February blogathon’s which I have participated in since 2009; skeptical at first as to whether I was capable of meeting such a endurance I think I have managed to achieve something of worthiness, although I think at times it’s been close to fail.
I, of course, probably would have given up with this blog years ago if it wasn’t for my two regular contributors, Paul and Masher but they’re support and often witty comments have helped compliment my thoughts and shown that at least some people are a little interested in what I’ve got to say.
And so back to the start of this piece and question as to what I was going to write about in this blog all those years ago?
Well I guess I haven’t done too bad when all things are considered…
Time to think of the next blog subject now!