Posted by: Jack | January 17, 2011

The Kraken Wakes

So. Over 2 years is a long time to wait for a new post.

This site was my first attempt at blogging. I abandoned it when I re-entered higher education and stopped having a meaningless desk job with internet access and employer’s time to burn. Since then, I set up a more music oriented blog, which I also abandoned. I found it difficult to be consistent, and to find the motivation to maintain the things I’d started.

After being a two time blog failure, I was a bit reticent about having my own site again, and you’d have every right as a reader to be sceptical as well. But in the intervening time between these projects I became a regular poster on the Scottish Socialist Youth blog, a site which I’m immensely proud to be part of. It’s essential reading nearly every day. Being part of the collective that wrote it taught me a hell of a lot about blogging, and just being a more interesting writer. When I finally got too old to keep participating in SSY last November, I made my last post an outline of the reasons why I think SSY and its blog is a vital contribution to the future of Scotland.

So for the past couple of months I’ve found myself without a venue to foist my opinions and interesting things I’ve found on others, and I’ve given a lot of thought to my blogging future.

Besides my own personal blogging inconsistency, another reason I was hesitant to start a personal blog again was because I really appreciated being part of a writing collective. It takes the pressure off one individual (me) to make sure there’s a regularly updated site that people think is worth checking back on. It meant that there was a real diversity of voices, of which I was just a part. But more than that, there was a point to my writing beyond just sharing my opinions – it served a purpose of trying to attract people into action. Maybe through some of the stuff I wrote people would feel encouraged to become active in the struggle to save civilisation from extinction. If I’m going to keep writing like this, then that surely is one of my aims.

To keep up politicised blogging, a project I’m hoping to help with over the next few months is a newly revitalised website for the Scottish Socialist Voice, the Scottish Socialist Party’s print newspaper. There’s a hugely talented pool of writers around the SSP, and I think if the Voice (which is currently the only regular socialist paper produced in Scotland) took the big step into blogging it could have a major impact with a powerful collective of contributors.

However, the more I’ve thought about it, the more I’ve come to realise I’d like an outlet to talk about things that wouldn’t fit in on something that was primarily focused on real world politics and practicalities. The reason I’ve taken the decision to relaunch this blog is so that I have somewhere to be a bit more idiosyncratic and eccentric with the things I post. As I say, I’ve learned a lot about being disciplined and organised in my blogging in the last couple of years. I’ve also learned that not everything requires a somewhat lengthy article explaining it. The world is full of interesting things that I can simply take from elsewhere and present to you as is. Which doesn’t mean there aren’t going to be pieces of analysis from me, but there’ll also be a lot more short stuff than there used to be.

And there’s going to be a lot more of the odd things I’m into to go along with the politics. Keep checking back over the coming weeks and you’ll see what I mean.

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