23doves (23doves) wrote,

Oh, hello there

Sorry I've been so quiet over the last couple of months.  As always, the deadness of my LJ account represents a lot of activity in my own life rather than a complete absence of anything to talk about.  Besides the demands of my dayjob, I've been drafting a ton of new poetry (almost all of which is in "early draft" stage at the moment, so don't go asking to see any of it immediately) and making myself a bit more active on the spoken word circuit again.  I've also been writing further articles for The Morning Star and reviewing new music for online sites - so understandably, logging on here to do a quick blog entry was never going to be high on my list of priorities.

There are two things I've done online recently which are immediately visible, and you can pop by to look at them if you like.

Firstly, I've created a nice big Blogger blog to promote and talk about my work.  Yes, I know, this might seem horribly self-indulgent, but it really is common practice now - writers are expected to have  blogs and a social networking presence, and it just makes getting work and getting people to engage with the resultant work a lot easier.  In years gone by the MySpace audio account I had used to get plenty of visits, but nobody uses MySpace these days (which I can't really blame anyone for) and all the other online routes and avenues I've tried over the last couple of years have seemed a waste of time.  Of course, this may very well turn out to be the case with this attempt, but at the very least it's a kind of online calling card for anyone who wants to have a quick peek at what I'm working on at any given time.  I've already put a lot of content up there, so do drop by and have a look and please follow me/ bookmark me so I don't feel so lonely.  

Secondly, the "Left and to the Back" blog has had a redesign.  It celebrated its fourth birthday last month, and it hadn't seen so much as a drip of paint since its 2008 launch.  Therefore, it looked like what it was - a blog from the previous decade, all basic bare orangeness with an incredibly plain layout.  Hopefully the new design is a massive improvement.

Livejournal may be underused in the UK at the moment, but I've been posting here on and off for eight years and I can't imagine I'll completely stop anytime soon - old habits die hard, and it's nice to have a place to dump my thoughts where some of the entries can remain locked for the viewing only of trusted readers.  Anyway, hopefully my next update won't occur in two months time.  Oh, and if you're really bored, I'm on Twitter as well. 

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