I started this blog two years ago today.
This is Post #875.
Congratulations if you have actually read ALL of them. 😉
I did not have particuarly high hopes for this Blog. It was not the first time I had tried to sustain a “blogging” presence.
The old “My Space” site worked well for a while.
I like the “Live Journal” format also.
All Blogs are really about TWO things. Posting AND Comenting.
I am not convinced that Blogging is important. There is just too many.
And the Internet is already “generational”.
From My Space to Live Journal. From Blogger to Word Press. From Facebook to Twitter.
The next big new thing is probably only months away.
The Word Press site suits me best….even if I dont have a clue how to use it to best effect. I remain a technophobe.
The first weeks of “The Czar” were not that much different from any other Blog I had tried. It was little more than a “journal” as I was sharing my thoughts with almost NOBODY.
Very slowly, it built up a following.
It was helped when Mick Fealty linked to it on Slugger O’Toole (March 2012).
And the Marching Season last year helped.
And of course the Flegs Dispute (December 2012)
And the major breakthru was Texas (February 2013).
Numbers still going up.
Knowing that the Blog is actually READ imposes a certain….responsibility.
It is I think the “right” of a Blogger to choose the issues.
I reserve the right to be “individual”, quirky, eccentric or downright mad. I have found what works for me.
Of course the Blog has been scathing about Letsgetalongerists, the Overclass, the MetroTextuals, liberal unionists and of course the Alliance Party.
And Conflict Resolution.
And theres a certain irony.
However critical I have been of my favourite targets, I have sought to have an ongoing discussion about the state of Nationalism/Republicanism and in providing that platform, I think we have managed to do so without “Stoop” and “Shinner” rhetoric.
Nationalism NEEDS that conversation.
And there are some great blogs out there.
I was always a bit of an anorak. I always attended a broad range of “events”.
Blogging imposes almost a duty to be present.
And a consequence is that I get reconised and I am usually uncomfortable with that. Indeed on Thursday night, I was asked pleasantly if I was a Blogger and I became really too defensive about it.
Yet along with being recognised as a “face”, I get recognised as my real name.
Yes I admit it …My real name is NOT FitzjamesHorse.
The serious Bloggers…Mick for example are to their credit, known by their real names.
It befits “public figures” not least where professionalism, career and reputation are issues.
I dont think I am a “public figure” Not by any standard. Yet I dont feel restrained by “security issues”. Rather its a case of being involved in other things of a non-political nature.
I have hinted too much recently that this Blog is likely to be more “limited” in the future. It was never intended to be the full days work that it has turned out to be.
Ironically I will be stepping back (can I REALLY mean that?) as I take on at least one other project.
At least thats the idea.
To those of you who actually read this Blog. …Thank you.
To those of you who actually comment on this Blog….Thank you.