Seven years a blogger!

Seven years ago today, I wrote my first ever blog post. It was short, to the point and without any pictures. It was also the most uncomfortable thing I’ve ever written. Not because I was putting myself out there, you understand. I was a journalist back then, so was already familiar with that. It was literally the most uncomfortable thing I’ve ever written!

I had to type my post with my wrong hand as a two-month old Dylan was fast asleep on my right arm and I didn’t dare risk waking him. So I had to lean over him to reach the laptop that was to my right on the sofa. I ended up with two dead arms, which was apt as I was comparing myself to a zombie.

Little did I know back then that my half-arsed musings would one day become my nine to five. In fact, I didn’t imagine it would be something I would persevere with. I have several unread books, half-completed video games and a guitar I can’t play to testify to that.

Somehow or other though, it became an addictive hobby. I loved writing it, people seemed to like reading it and I made loads of new friends. It has resulted in some amazing experiences too.

It even saved me when I was at my lowest ebb. When I was miserable, stressed and bordering on ill in my old job, it was the safety net in case freelancing didn’t work out. Amazingly, it soon took over and I found myself turning away freelance opportunities. I’m still surprised at this a couple of years later.

Now I find myself writing the second most uncomfortable post in my blogging career. Again though, this is physical discomfort. I played five-a-side last night and am really paying for it today! Most attempts to move around have been slow, laboured and resulted in me groaning like a zombie. It appears that I’ve gone full circle.

So what next? Well I’ve never grown bored of blogging and there’s absolutely zero chance of a seven-year itch. I’m in it for the long haul. I love writing this blog and am so lucky to do it for a living.

Thank you very much to everyone who has read any of my posts in the last seven years. You’ve helped me change my life for the better. If you’re contemplating starting a blog, go for it. It’s amazing where it can take you.

5 Comments
  • Alan Hooper
    September 13, 2017

    Well done on reaching the 7 year mile stone. Perseverance is an issue many Dads have. Its so easy to move on to the next fun project. I can testify to this too as I usually end up roping in a Handy man to finish my un finished DIY projects.
    Recounting the Dead arm, brought back a memory of my eldest daughter. We were flying back from Florida 8 years ago and she wouldn’t settle on the return flight. After an hour of walking the plane she dosed off. Slowly squeezing into my seat it was time to relax… bar the fact my daughter was asleep and I really really wanted her to stay like that for the next 7 hours. My shoulder tensed up and felt like it was burning. It’s the little things that make you smile.
    Heres to the next 7 years 🙂

    • Tom
      September 27, 2017

      Thanks Alan. I can relate to the leaving DIY jobs unfinished too – you should see my kitchen at the moment! And yes, accepting intense physical pain in exchange for a child sleeping is a definite rite of passage for any self-respecting parent. 🙂

  • Iris
    September 22, 2017

    I like your humour it shows through your words which always makes me smile

    • Tom
      September 27, 2017

      Thanks for the kind words, Iris! 🙂

  • John Adams
    September 29, 2017

    Here’s to another seven years Tom! Keep at it! Glad it worked out for you when your old job was causing you such pain.

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