Welcome to Wherever You Are

I’ve often toyed with the idea of starting a blog, just never actually took the plunge. But now, for better or worse, I have. So why now?

The original reason I started thinking about blogging was to create a record of Heather growing up – all the cute little things she says and does that are absolutely precious just now, but will undoubtedly fade with time. Like the alligator/crocodile argument she had with Grandma the other day (guess who won that one!). And with another bundle of joy on the way in a few short weeks, you’d think that would be what’s tipped me over the edge, right?

Wrong. Because I know that without another driver, something forcing me to keep it going, the project will fall by the wayside. I’m a busy guy, and I know there will always be something else to be doing – even if that turns out to be catching up on some TV after Heather’s gone to bed.

I think I’ve found that driver now – music.

Last year, amongst other things, I deliberately exposed myself to a lot of new music. As in new to me, not necessarily brand new. Which was great, and definitely got me excited about music in a way I haven’t been for years. And what I found was that every time I found someone or something new to listen to, it led me onto something else. And then something else. And then… well, you get the idea. And the best bit is that there’s still a LOT of stuff out there waiting to be discovered.

So I decided to set myself a challenge for 2011. Every week, I’m aiming to listen to at least one artist that I’ve never listened to before. It might be someone fresh and new, it might be someone that’s passed me by over the years, it might even be someone I’ve dismissed in the past who is deserving of another listen. The point is to seek out the unfamiliar.

All of which brings me full circle to the blog. My friend Lis suggested that my challenge would make an interesting blog, and I can’t disagree. So here we are.

I’m planning to write here at least once a week with my thoughts on whatever I’ve listened to in the previous seven days. I’m also planning to record life, my life, and if commiting to the former leads to me achieving the latter, then I’ll be a happy bunny.

And if anyone else is entertained along the way, then that’s an unexpected bonus.

This autumn I'm running/cycling in a 30km duathlon and a half marathon, to raise money for Breast Cancer Campaign. You can read more about my challenge here or support me here. All donations, however big or small, gratefully received!

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