It's hard to exactly pinpoint when I started blogging, or why. I'll take a stab at 2006 simply because that's when my life was taking a turn; one of those crossroad points that we all crash into from time to time. In 2006 it was all very different: no photos, no comments (although these were fairly quickly introduced.) just words. The why is harder to define. While I'm not a super-geeky computer type, the web and communication on it fascinates me, although that attitude is always changing very slightly. The idea of a 'web-log' was probably, slightly ironically it would seem , introduced in a newspaper article and I enthusiastically sought out these new 'blogger' types to learn more.
What I found was mainly North American and that the subject matter was quite varied. Pre-photos the content was very 'Dear diary...' but there were more of a more travelogue type emerging both over there and here. Diamond Geezer was an early find and is still going strong. Some were personal, some about football and so on. What I also discovered that not only were these blogs out there, but the people behind them were real and would occasionally meet up. This led to a couple of interesting hook-ups, some fruitful, some that it would be best to draw a veil over.
My own attempt at this time was rambling (nothing new there) and random, but the enthusiasm continued. What I didn't do was write about modelling - it was the one thing that just didn't seem to fit very well and it wasn't until 2009 with the building of Unnycoombe that I opened a dedicated modelling blog which explains the address for this page. I didn't think it would run for long - just a throw away to put a few photos up. I certainly did not expect to still be here over ten years later.
What interests me now are the stats over this ten year period. There are a few stand-out posts that are way above the others - the reasons for some are obvious, some not so. Underneath this royal set are the second division of popular posts (and this is what I find interesting) the Saturday Rambles and longer wordy posts do remarkably well and I can't explain why. I assume that people come here for up-to-date modelling buzz and chopping and cutting stuff, a sort of low-budget George Dent; it would seem not. They turn up for this; me waffling about nothing in particular. This naturally begs a question: why do I bother with the modelling at all? Why not just waffle as it is more popular. And for someone who has wrapped a career around the phrase 'It's bums on seats darling', this would appear to be logical.
I may expand on this tomorrow.