Thursday, 5 August 2010

I'm setting up a blog and here's why

Yesterday I had a moment of panic. It's the twenty-first century and people keep blogs. I had been planning to start one for a long while. So this is the intention: to use the blog as a public space to record thoughts and ideas, a scrapbook of experiences. I loved the idea of keeping an online commonplace book, which is a pleasant fusion of the old and new. In case you're wondering what a commonplace book is, here'a very handy definition from my friends at wikipaedia, so it must be true:

"Such books were essentially scrapbooks filled with items of every kind: medical recipes, quotes, letters, poems, tables of weights and measures, proverbs, prayers, legal formulas. Commonplaces were used by readers, writers, students, and humanists as an aid for remembering useful concepts or facts they had learned. Each commonplace book was unique to its creator's particular interests."

My commonplace book is concerned with the practice of writing, of which I do copious amounts, mainly poetry and reviews. One day I'll write a novel, honest. In the meantime I'll keep a blog. Wish me luck.

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