I thought I would start giving a regular plug to the blogs I enjoy reading. Some of them maybe new to me, like this week, or it might be a longterm fave who has also become an online friend.
Today I would like to introduce The Inconsequential Opinion a new blog written by a fellow expat' Robert, who is living in Florida. He also met his wife online and has been living in the USA for about the same time I have, so we share a few similarities. But he is about 20 years younger and living in Florida, a whole other world to Oklahoma, so I enjoy his differing viewpoints.
Why did you start a blog?
"I suppose it was just something to do, when I started I was a typical 19/20 year old angry at the world. We're probably the first generation that has had access and the ability to reach this many people around the world so easily and that excited me. I was hoping some publisher would read the ramblings of a young political firebrand and pick me out of the squalor of a mundane office job. Clearly this has not as yet happened."
What do you enjoy most about blogging?
"Freedom. There's no deadlines, no one telling you what to write or what slant to put on it. In addition hearing from people in all corners of the world is, I think, pretty special."
How would you best describe the content of your blog?
"Mixed. I have had previous blogs where I've tried to stick to a topic and they've always become bogged down trying to free themselves from those restraints. I've cut myself loose, whatever I feel like writing about goes."
Any tips for fellow bloggers?
"Make notes. I don't know about anyone else but my memory is pretty bad. I can be sat there and I'll think of something good to write about, then I'll look out the window and completely forget about it. Those ideas never seem to return, they're out there in the ether."
Are you hoping to achieve anything specific with your blog?
"Just to take an accurate snapshot of my life as it is and the world I see right now."
How has your blog impacted on your life?
"I met my wife through a blog comment on my first blog. True story (read here). A blog flipped my life around and moved me 5000 miles from home. I guess any other impact will pale in comparison."
Which of your blog posts is your favourite to date and why?
"There's not a lot to chose from at present but I like A Homage to Furry Friends just because it made me examine the recesses of my memory and lots of happy recollections. Dogs are just awesome."
What makes a great blog post in your opinion?
"Good question. It has to be something that the writer wants to write about. You can always tell when someone's written something that they weren't into, it's almost like a faded version of the real thing. If you don't want to write about something, don't write about it."
Anything else you'd like to share about yourself, your life, or your blog?
I want to apologize for my appalling UK/USA spelling, I'm not too consistent on that, even though I know color has a 'u' in it, I often can't abide the wiggly line underneath it telling me I can't spell. Damn colonies..."
Please drop by and give Robert at The Inconsequential Opinion a friendly welcome to his new blogging endeavour, I think you'll enjoy his writing and humour.