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Ok so I am sitting at home chatting to a mate on msn and he has just asked me to have a read of his ‘blog’. An impression has been made. It has been my intention to create a blog of my own for some years and tonight, my friends, is the night. Before I begin what I hope will be an existential love affair I must clarify for myself the exact definition of a ‘blog’.

A blog (a contraction of the term “Web log“) is a Web site, usually maintained by an individual with regular entries of commentary, descriptions of events, or other material such as graphics or video. Entries are commonly displayed in reverse-chronological order. “Blog” can also be used as a verb, meaning to maintain or add content to a blog. Many blogs provide commentary or news on a particular subject; others function as more personal online diaries. A typical blog combines text, images, and links to other blogs, Web pages, and other media related to its topic. The ability for readers to leave comments in an interactive format is an important part of many blogs. Most blogs are primarily textual, although some focus on art (artlog), photographs (photoblog), sketches (sketchblog), videos (vlog), music (MP3 blog), audio (podcasting), which are part of a wider network of social media. Micro-blogging is another type of blogging, one which consists of blogs with very short posts. As of December 2007, blog search engine Technorati was tracking more than 112 million blogs.[1] With the advent of video blogging, the word blog has taken on an even looser meaning — that of any bit of media wherein the subject expresses his opinion or simply talks about something. (Wikidpedia)
Ok so let me clarify something. There is no part of me with any intention of providing ‘artlogs’, ‘sketchblogs’ or ‘vlogs’. I am a man of simple means and am happy to add this modest effort to Technorati’s engine. I am also quietly smug about the fact that I am now officially engaging with an interactive format that is primarily textual.

I may provide the odd micro blog in my time but I do hope I can find it in me to allow some of my thoughts to spill into the depths of cyberland.

My initial fear (and I really do take this seriously so, yes, fear is the correct word choice) is that I have lost the ability to write. Its only when you sit down to put pen to paper that you realise what a daunting prospect lies ahead. It is personal. It is challenging.

This fear leads me on to the fact that so many others have an inherent style unique only to themselves. They have interests, beliefs, ideas, loves, losses, turns of phrase and deep wit which allows them to entertain through pure observation.

I hope to use this blog to share my own ideas and experiences in a way which is unique to me. I will strive to overcome pastiche, mimicry and smartarse-ness.

In the coming months I will embark on a six month stint as principle singer onboard Cunard’s Queen Victoria cruise ship. I intend to use this blog as a means of recording the places I visit, sites I see and people I meet.

So here we are – I am now a blogger. The next steps? Do I carry a little diary with me to write things down or can I simply be spontaneous? AGGHH – why do I feel that this is to be a labour of love?!

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