Blogging a dead cause

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.

Boring

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.

8 thoughts on “Blogging a dead cause

  1. Brilliant Tony, I can see the likeness of Angelina and Brad in you two! Please add some fab pics of your adventure in your blog. So excited for you both πŸ™‚ x

  2. Thanks Joanne. There will be plenty of pictures don’t worry. Can’t guarantee works of art but we will try and capture the best bits.

  3. Hi Tony! make sure you schedule a visit to Highlander International Recycling for your personal tour of the world of re-cycling paper! as a break from your kind of cycling! when you reach bonnie Scotland. A spare room, shower & then a meal in Glasgow await you- I’ll spare you my cooking! πŸ™‚

    • Blimey John, coastal erosion must be pretty bad up there if you are on the coast now! We’ll see what we can do though. Would be great to see you.

  4. Hi Tony πŸ™‚ In my limited experience, the best way to ensure readers remain captivated by your posts is to always include feelings as well as facts. There may well be many readers who don’t have a clue about bikes/equipment/wind speeds, but the one thing every person can understand and relate to is human emotion. As long as you do that, I’m sure it’ll remain great πŸ™‚

  5. Thanks Gem and yes I’m sure you are absolutely right. I just need to be careful not to do too much moaning when things aren’t going too well. Sometimes I have looked back at my diaries and wondered why I went on the trip in the first place!

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