A month is a long time…

9 03 2008

So The Cowfield is one month old. Lots has happened in that one month, both in my life, and in the wider world. I’m not sure I’m the same naive, foolhardy person I was a month ago. I am sure that as a person I fall somewhere between the ‘realist’ and the ‘idealist’ category, more probably landing on the latter side.

In terms of a blog output I have been writing more than I ever used to, just to make sure the field stays fresh with opinion on local and national topics for those of you who actually still read this. I have added certain things to the site, including the ‘quote of the day’ and ’causes’ pages, the latter being things which are important to me. This list will, I’m sure, keep growing as things cycle in and out of my recognised conciousness.

There are, as with many things, still things I want to sort out (small things that I only notice when I re-read the blogs- spelling, grammar etc) in order to make this as good as possible.

And there are plans in the pipeline too, I am considering inviting some people to ‘guest’ blog at some point, but that is just a hope at this stage. I am also thinking of developing a further page of the blog to look at things which interest me outside of sport and politics. As those ‘avid’ readers will know I am fond of Robert Frost’s poetry, and am considering starting a page with some form of comment upon various works from various poets. But only when the time allows. It might not even be poetry, a discussion of books and authors too could be an interesting thing to pursue, an online book-club if you will. These are still being considered at the moment though.

The important thing to consider from all this is the readers. A small but growing readership was an inevitable consequence of branching out into the world of blogging by myself, and I hope that this will continue to grow over the coming months. If you like what I write, or even if you don’t, I encourage you to link to my blog so I can read what you are saying about various things. In essence, spread the word of The Cowfield.

But the one thing I would love to see more of is debate. I hope that through my writing I say some things which may be controversial to some people. I would love to be a stimulus for a topical debate on any given subject, and I would love to see more interaction on a wide range of topics, from sport, to politics, to the monarchy to poetry.

This first month has been good. But there is much more to come I hope!


So it was me?

27 02 2008

The blog which I used to write for, has (at least it had earlier) exploded. Not literally of course, or there would be a whole lot of cyber-space mess for someone to clean up. But in terms of views, they are about double what they were when I was writing. Which leads me to conclude that it was me that was responsible for the viewing figures. Hmm. Nonetheless, I would encourage people to look at it, and enjoy Cory’s own brand of satire.

To Blog or not to Blog?

18 02 2008

That is the question.

I was having a discussion with one of my weird housemates last night about the nature of blogging. The implications which he made about the ‘arrogance’ of bloggers startled me somewhat. That blogging was a pasttime which served to reinforce a bigoted opinion of oneself served to make me consider my own approach to blogging. Why do I do it? What do I hope to achieve, and why should anyone care what I think about issue x or y?

Honestly, I do not buy into the whole idea that bloggers are arrogant. I maintain that, in a society which champions free speech, blogging is but another tool in which this should be allowed. If the medium is there for me to talk about things, then why should I not use it? This does not make me arrogant, it makes me opinionated. Obviously there is a difference.

Moving on then to the issue of why I blog. Honestly, I do not care who reads what I write, I would love there to be some form of discussion about the topics I blog about, but being only small fry at the moment, this is obviously limited. I blog because I want to. I express myself far better ( in my opinion) in written word than I do in spoken word. Blogging gives me a way of expressing my own opinion fluently, and in a careful and considered manner. It is rather like a public diary, my thoughts, and opinions on the crazy world in which we live.

So to my weird housemate (in the knowledge that he will read this at some point), let us into your realm. Why and where do you blog? Let us in and engage with us about the random stuff that happens in your blog.