Being the New Year, it is probably considered good form to talk about what will be aimed at blogwise for this year. Whilst it appears a lot of bloggers I follow are not doing big reading challenges but rather smaller genre reads and looking to being more varied in their scope – which is already impressive – I will be staying the same as ever; following whatever fancy takes me and mixing the books genres as much as I can, hopefully with more of a balance between well-known and obscurer titles.
The main focus will be on more posts this year, somehow ninety-seven is way down on what I was doing three or four years ago. Having said that the more I read and write, the more there is to read and write, not to complain though having had my best year in terms of views. I know there is better to come from me and more regularly.
On a side note today is my eighth year with WordPress and my sixth with this blog, time flies and I miss some of the bloggers, who haven’t been around, especially the ones I started my WordPress adventure with. To those who remain and all the new ones yet to be discovered, I hope it is a good year for all. Only one thing can take the mantle of my arch nemesis this year…
…and that is that there nothing worse than distractions when trying to write, the best way to block out such encroachments into one’s writing time is to increasingly retreat into the world of music.
As book reviews are taking longer than ever these days, as my reading grows and my thoughts and ideas become more unwieldy and subsequently end up becoming half posts left to rot/ripen over years. I am finding it takes between one and a half to three hours to write a post so I’m listening to lots of music as I do and as ever it is as diverse as reading tastes. Except for my odd fondness for focussing on music I listened to in 1996, when England has a good football team and a decent amount of sun.
From Britpop to Classical music, via rap, metal, punk and blues-infused folk rock and so on, it’s a glorious mishmash of such artists as: NWA, Suede, Rachmaninov, The Two Gallants, Rage Against the MAchine, Sigur Ros, Moby, Julee Cruise, Radiohead, Townes Van Zandt as well as a bunch of soundtracks (games, films and TV) that introduce more music onto the playlist than I would have found with my old ‘set in my ways’ approach to YouTube. Any recommendations for writing music would go down a treat, unless you have a different method to accompany you writing?
Despite life, this evening I feel alright.