Monthly Archives: October 2010

A Brand New Start

I have been tinkering around with this site over the summer and finally after much procrastination and a busy couple of months at work posted something.

This is a new venture after a period over at blogger.com I have decided to set-up-shop here on WordPress – so far I am enjoying the experience. I can not recommend using it highly enough, after a few false starts it’s really easy to use. I had toyed with moving the contents of my old blog over here, but I have decided that can remain in stasis as something of a timepiece of something that I used to do, a hotchpotch of rants, old match reports from a now defunct website and other sundry bits of nonsense that I have put my name to.

That particular blog was one where I hid behind the name of Crystal Days, a rather obvious name given my love of all things Echo and the Bunnymen. The name alone, certainly not the content was probably the reason for some of the hits that it received. That blog, which on occasions, I stopped, started again, deleted and then finally re-uploaded, is no more. With this new blog I have also invested in a domain name – sadly most of the ones that I wanted have already been taken. Oh, for a less popular name

This site is very much a case of practising what I preach. One of the first lectures I put together this year for my students was about how they should be branding themselves as future journalists. The decline of local journalism has been a hot topic over the last few years and this is troubling for potential journalists, as this was considered to be the first destination for graduates and new entrants into the profession. Though that is not always the case, as my career could be considered suitably journalistic without having worked on a local newspaper.

I have spent the summer trying to put my portfolio together, with the realisation that my digital footmark is not what it should be – my portfolio is very much of the blow-the-dust-off-it variety, stored in hard-backed folders that contain content that is slowly becoming sepia coloured with each passing day.

Given that I have moved into lecturing the main issue that I have these days is the fact that I no longer see myself as a practising journalist. There is also guilt on my part too; the places where I should be looking to freelance are probably places that my students would be looking to work for. This is partly the reason why I have been involving myself more and more in creative writing and attending workshops trying to get that published instead. Who knows that may be where this website develops in the future – well it will be if I did not hoard completed work in files on my computer and desk at home – another area of my life where I prone to procrastinate.

In the coming months I’m hope to rectify these issues. For now this domain/blog will still be work in progress.