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Stoptober? How About Blogtober?

Stoptober? How About Blogtober?

I’ve heard dozens of radio advertisements and seen several adverts on TV for Stoptober over the past few weeks as the good old NHS tries to persuade us filthy smokers to ditch the fags and lead a healthier lifestyle during the 10th month of the year. Instead of stopping smoking, although I really should give up the habit, I’m going to embark on what I shall call Blogtober.

There was a time when I updated my blog as regular as clockwork. Work and life commitments meant the frequency of my entries began falling, so instead of three or four updates a week I was lucky if I wrote one. Then I started only writing something once every couple of weeks, maybe even only once a month before I simply stopped completely.

I Actually Miss Blogging

I’d like to say that I fell out of love with writing a personal blog, but that wasn’t and isn’t the case. We live in a time where everyone is obsessed with YouTube or creating a vlog, so why jump back into the world of blogging, apart from the fact I have a face for radio that is? Because I miss having a rant. I miss airing my views on certain subjects and situations. I miss writing reviews of video games, places I’ve been and films I’ve seen. I just miss blogging.

Blogging, for me at least, was always quite therapeutic. Some people keep a diary that nobody will ever see. I wrote a blog that nobody ever read; that bit’s not entirely true! I owe a lot to the humble blog. It was my original poker blog back on the Blogger platform in early 2000 that resulted in me writing for a living since 2008. Starting that blog more than 10-years ago has resulted in me meeting some amazing people, has seen me travel the world staying in hotels that I would never pay for myself, and has afforded me the luxury of working from home and not having to be part of the fucking rat race for longer than my youngest son has been alive. I am grateful for those things.

My previous blogs were almost entirely based around poker. I used to play a lot of poker. Then I began working in the poker industry. Suddenly, sitting at my computer playing online poker tournaments for several hours after spending all day writing about poker didn’t seem an appealing way to spend my spare time. Playing poker took a back seat and essentially stopped altogether.

A Couple of Projects

A standard week sees me write a lot. My work is still mostly poker, with some sports betting thrown in for good measure. January 2018 was meant to be when I launched two new projects. They have not got off the ground. One project is to build a gambling news and strategy site that talks about sports betting, poker and casinos, where I’ll sling in a few affiliate links and hopefully make a little bit of cash on the side. The plan is to write it more in a Paddy Power style instead of the boring drivel that seems to be the industry standard these days.

Project two was to write a satire / spoof Yorkshire newspaper, something ridiculous but also fun to be part of at the same time.

I’ve got as far as buying the domains.

One of the reasons I’ve not got these projects off the ground is because I always convince myself that I can’t be bothered to write after spending all day, well, writing. The projects have gone the way of my poker playing and I’m using similar excuses. This is where Blogtober comes in.

What is Blogtober?

Blogtober is what I am calling a little challenge I have set myself that I hope will kickstart my love of writing stupid shit down regularly. My plan is to attempt to write at least 23 blog articles during October. This equates to one per working day, allowing the weekends off, or a little breathing room if I am feeling under the weather, am hungover or I am too busy with work. If I can manage what will be a daily blog during Blogtober, I have no excuses for not starting on at least one of my own projects, which I will then be able to launch at the start of 2019. Yes, it’ll be a year late, but they say better late than never.

If I don’t update in the meantime, I hope to see you on Oct. 1 with the first of 23 Blogotber entries!