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An Experiment Follows

For the next seven days, I’m going to be conducting a little experiment here.

I’m going to write an essay a day, and post it to this blog. Each posts should be at least 500 words long, and may be longer,

I have a number of topics in mind, but am open to suggestions of what people would like to read me writing about. Suggestions gratefully received in the comments.

Living Your Life to Blog

Just time for a quick post before bed.

On my drive back from Suffolk this evening I was listening to the Westminster Hour and, in particular, the Sunday Supplement slot in which Gyles Brandreth discussed political diaries.

One of his interviewees made the point that keeping a diary changes the way you live. You start behaving in different ways, saying things you wouldn’t otherwise say and generating opportunities to make your life more interesting, just so you can record it in your diary. It’s an interesting idea, and it’s one that can extend to blogging, I think. I’ve certainly gone places and done things just so I can photograph them, or blog about them. And I’m struggling to see this as a bad thing. In an age when many people just passively consume what’s fed to them through the TV, anything which forces you to make your life more remarkable has to be a good thing, doesn’t it?

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