You will tell me if I become a boring blogger won’t you? It’s something that’s been on my mind today. I have just been back and read my very first virgin blog post because it touched on the potential entertainment value of a personal diary versus a public blog. Way back then, last October in fact, I was making the decision to blog rather than simply keeping a private log of our days on the road. The latter is useful and interesting only to those on the actual journey and maybe one or two close friends and family members. The public blog on the other hand has to be so much more than a daily, blow by blow record of weather, distance, gradients and time keeping. You know what I mean; “We woke to blue/grey/black skies and were packed and away by 8/9/10am. The road was surprisingly easy/difficult/steep/flat” …….. and so on, and so on until, “we pitched the tent at 4/5/6pm ………” Nobody wants to read that kind of thing but I am a little worried that I might drift into it once we are on the road.
It was definitely a wise choice to start the blog so long before our departure because it has enabled me to practice writing and, more importantly, forced me to write about subjects other than the preparations for the trip. After all, there is only so much entertainment to be squeezed out of packing lists and self storage units. And it’s been a tough squeeze at times I can tell you. I do worry though, that having had so much time to contemplate the meaning of life, once on the road my writing will become consumed by daily routines to the exclusion of the magic that comes from cycle touring and travelling in general. Which is why I am genuinely asking you to tell me if that starts happening. There is no necessity for you to be excessively rude or mean. Just a gentle reminder that I made a promise to try to be interesting. Something along the lines of, “that last post was a bit boring” will do fine thank you.
On a lighter note, I had an interesting interview with a careers advisor yesterday. It was very productive and has given me something to think about in terms of work in the future. If, in the unlikely event that the blog isn’t serialised by Radio 4 before being turned into a Hollywood Blockbuster starring Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt cycling around Britain, at least I’ll have something to fall back on.