Thursday, 4 June 2009

Hindsight is a Great Thing

My first Blog post on this blogsite was exactly two years ago today.

Has much changed???


I read through those early posts trying to find myself in them but it seems like another person. So much has happened. Some of it quite sad but some amazingly uplifting and validating.

Hindsight is a great thing, they say and I agree. Hindsight is great, it's brilliant!

I look with hindsight at the post about Cornerstones and give a little shiver, look where it's brought me.

I look with hindsight at the post about the first SCBWI Winchester conference when, inspired by David Almond's keynote speech, I realised that one day I would be a published author and smile.

I look with hindsight at the post about joining the Greenhouse Agency and grin. The right decision.

And now I look at my e-mail inbox, with messages from Bloomsbury discussing my latest revisions to Mortlock.

Mortlock, the book I started two and a half years ago. Stuck a few samples online to see if anyone could give me a few tips or pointers about improving it! My first post says, "teaching and writing. Both require endless optimism!"

Vesper commented that my blog 'voice' seems more confident. She's right. The last two years have changed me, there's no denying it and so the Blog has to change too. I can't be Writing in a Vacuum anymore, because I'm not. I wasn't the moment I started the Blog, really because you guys are so supportive. It can't be a 'wannabe' blog anymore.

But it does raise a valid point. What do we read blogs for? I suspect that we like the connection we make with others and the glimpse of their lives it affords us. We don't want to be sold something everytime we visit, that's why corporate blogs are usually so dull.

Oh and the picture at the top is just a random one of Highgate, for gothic, Victorian creepiness you understand!
Why do you read blogs?


DOT said...

Help! Get me out of here! I am sooo frightened.

Congratulations on your journey, Jon, and Happy Bidet Blog.

I read blogs to hear others' good news, for tips, and because writing is such a solipsistic exercise it help keeps me sane to learn of people's ups and downs.

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Tracy said...

I read blogs to hear stories like yours, that encourage and delight. To learn, to connect, to see what's going on out there in the big, wide world because it is the world we can connect with.
To support, to encourage others if they need it but to feel part of a writers community however far apart we may all be.

Tracy said...

Oh, and I love the feel of your new blog. And as for the hat... it suits you, sir.

DJ Kirkby said...

I read and comment on blogs because it is socialising on a non intimate level which is the only kind I can cope with for any sustained period.

Matt said...

I don't really read blogs any more since I'm hardly online and because most of my favourite bloggers seem to have canned it or moved on to newspapers, save a couple. Plus Twitter's a lot more direct.

But when I DO read them it's really ace to catch up on imminent superstars and their adventures in literary-land. Seriously can't wait to read it, mister!

SueG said...

I love these looking back moments. We don't do them enough, and they're so important! Why do i read certainly has changed over the past year or so that I've been a part of it. Now it's to keep up on the lives and work of my new friends (like you), and also to find new friends and new ideas about this crazy industry of ours. Well done, Jon. What a great ride you're on!

Michelle (Mickmouse) said...

Jon your new blog is wicked (!) The reason I got into blogging was to discover other people out there who may share my hopes, dreams, passions and frustrations. I have also discovered encouragement and inspiration. The hard work, commitment and perseverance of folk such as you and Tam inspire and motivate me. And all this from someone I have never even met!!

Tam said...

I read blogs for inspiration from other writers and generally because there are some very witty bloggers.

Love the new look blog!

Jon M said...

DOT: Thanks, hope I help keep you sane too! :)

Tracy: I certainly feel part of the SCBWI community. Your blog is sooo professional...envy...envy! Thanks for the hat approval!

DJ: I know exactly where you're coming from! :)

Matt: Why thank you so much! Twitter frightens me when you get more than two people twittering at you at once...eeeek!

SueG: Sometimes it's the people along the way that make the journey worthwhile! :)

Michelle: Remain inspired! Was there some talk of you going to the SCBWI Winchester conference in November?

Tam: Thanks. It's good to see other doing so well in this busy world.

Megan said...

Happy blog-birthday Jon! And huge congratulations on achieving so much

I think you're right about why I read blogs 'glimpsing other people's lives' - basically I'm nosy.
I'm still not 100% sure why I write one.

All the best to you on yet more success. Who knows what the next 2 years will bring?

Michelle (Mickmouse) said...

Really hoping to go, my hubby has promised to pay for me to join as a member, so I am trying to raise the pennies to go.
Hope we can meet there!!

gary davison said...

Good God, I got the shock of my life when I came on here today. Turn my back for a second and you go all goth! Very fetching, i like it, Jon. Creepy, but good.

Jon M said...

Megan: Thanks! Who knows indeed?

Michelle: Me too!

Gary: Creepy but good works for me!

KatW said...

I had to double check I'd arrived at the right blog! Great. I especially like your top hat photo.

It's great to hear all your fab news.

I read blogs because I enjoy learning about people & making connections with interesting people. And I've read so many inspiring & helpful things on people's blogs.

Kat :-)

Anonymous said...

Holy moly, I almost thought I'd wandered into the wrong blog! Wow, Jon, this looks amazing and...dark. But where are the (definately no rocking shih-tzu) dogs? I started reading blogs for the vicarious look into people's lives that weren't my own. But then I started getting attached to the people, now I treat my blog friends like my real friends...sometimes I see you everyday and sometimes I hibernate.

Absolute Vanilla (and Atyllah) said...

Vesper is totally right - your voice has changed, it is more confident and you know what - I think that finding Greenhouse, landing the contract couldn't possibly have happened to a nicer and more deserving person!
As for blog reading - it's the personal connections and discoveries that come with those connections :-)

Angela said...

I read blogs because I am nosey! Even if I am behind the times by more than a week.