I started dammit a little more than a year ago primarily to re-boot my brain, which’d crashed following a couple of heart attacks and a quadruple coronary bypass during which I also suffered a stroke.
I don’t know if I’ve been entirely successful or not, but one thing is for sure: I’m slowly regaining my lost sense of ‘self’ and watching with great interest as my damaged brain quite literally rewires itself.
To be frank, I never wanted to be a wordsmith. I’ve seen my name as a byline more times and in more places than I can possibly remember, but unlike most professional scribes, it was something I fell into rather than achieved.
I’ve been a professional journalist/editor for most of my adult life, working on newspapers, magazines, blogs, and, briefly, television. But mainly in recent years, blogs, notably p2pnet.net, which I had to give up following my stroke. However, during the initial stages of my ongoing recovery, I was driving my wife, Liz, crazy, complaining about my newly acquired problems, which loomed ever larger because I had nothing else to do in my day except to dwell on them.
I clearly needed to find constructive ways to occupy myself.
Enter It’s myblogdammit.net.
Yesterday, I had an email from someone wondering why I was ‘suddenly’ moving away from the kind of stuff I usually publish and towards items such as How to avoid becoming roadkill and/or Bat-catching spiders.
The answer is quite simple: it says clearly in the heading, It’s My Blog, Dammit! Anything and Everything! — and my plan was, and, is to offer up anything and everything I find interesting, weird,wonderful, and just plain horrifying! which covers an awful lot of ground 😉
However, I don’t know if I should continue along the path I’m already on, if I should change direction and try to make this a genuine news aggregation site, or if I should make a conscious effort to turn it into a freedom of speech advocacy site along the lines of my former blog, p2pnet.net, now under new ownership but dying on the vine with no updates, no new material .
I’d really appreciate hearing from anyone, anywhere.
Shall I or shan’t I?
Cheers, and thanks and all the best as always …
Jon Newton — myblogdammit
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