I started this blog around two years ago, as ‘a sort of experiment in writing – to see if it’s possible to write a blog that:
- conforms to the requirements of the genre
- is entertaining enough for me to want to write and some people to want to read
- is personal enough to be authentic whilst being work-related enough to justify doing on the Edge Hill site
- doesn’t make me sound like a corporate shill, pretend Californian teenager or simple babbling loon.’
It has been fun – a way of holding forth and getting an audience that doesn’t involve standing up in front of a crowd thinking ‘I probably should have worn a tie’ – but I think it’s time to evaluate my success and to decide whether to continue doing it.
I believe it ‘conforms to the requirements of the genre’, such as they are, except in one crucial respect – regularity. I simply don’t have the time to write small essays any more. I can just about manage 140 character tweets.
Maybe it ‘is entertaining enough for … some people to want to read’, and it has certainly been gratifying to meet people who say they read it. And learning my blogging chops here led me to doing my walking project, which has in turn led me to do more creative writing, which is all good.
I also think it ‘is personal enough to be authentic whilst being work-related enough to justify doing on the Edge Hill site’ – it’s a question of balance that is quite difficult. There is a certain exposure in writing as oneself – but then it’s a kind of performance really, a work-blogging role alongside the other roles I play.
As for whether it ‘doesn’t make me sound like a corporate shill, pretend Californian teenager or simple babbling loon’ – I think it does make me sound like those things, albeit not usually all at once. ‘Corporate shill’ is what it says on my business card and the other bits are those ‘requirements of the genre’ I was seeking to fulfil.
So it has been an interesting exercise but it’s time to move on. My picture on the header seems to have disappeared already so I guess the writing was on the wall. A truly corporate blog may have a role but a work-based personal one has had its day.
Thanks for reading.