Hippy Gnu Ear
A year ago, plus or minus a day, I began a blog. It had a modest goal: to define success, make me famous and tell the life story of Damo – a completely fictional man who just happens to have done a lot of the same things that I have done.
And with this modest goal, Finding Damo has been modestly successful. In my first month, I mused upon doing good deeds, conspiracy theories, first love and dating. As the year progressed I talked about the death of my father and the existence of the loch ness monster, my family and friends, writing and spiders. I wrote an entire short story over a number of days, with lots of lovely cliff-hangers. In 2012, I wrote 52 blog entries. I won’t say that I wrote one a week, but the average is pretty good.
And people started reading the blog. At first it was just family and friends. But now, there are a core of random strangers who have latched on and stroke my ego with their kind words. For the year, the blog had 4,000 views, which isn’t going to kill the server, but does keep me interested enough to continue.
I started Finding Damo for a number of reasons. The first was a desire to create an online presence where I could start to make a name for myself before hunting out a publisher. It also allowed me to get into the habit of writing on a regular basis and to practise structuring my thoughts in a way that other people could understand. Believe me, this has been the hard part!
Secondly, I was inspired by a number of people who had successful blogs, and stole the idea from them.
One of my best friends in the world (and I mean in the world – she lives in London) writes a blog called Simone Scribbles. She put me onto Word Press and her blog began as a way to keep in touch with her English friends while she was in Australia. Her prose is incredibly readable and filled with humour and wry observations on life. She’s definitely worth a look.
One of my first followers is a friend from childhood – Katy. She writes a blog called Ragged Blossom Handmade. It is a series of marvellous ideas on how to recycle clothing and other throwaway items into something new and interesting. She also puts up recipes. Gluten free, very tasty recipes.
Finally, my cousin Anna writes a blog called the Fun Activities Catalogue. I know that people say this all the time, but I have never laughed so hard at a blog – professional or otherwise – than I have at Anna’s antics as she tries to relieve the boredom. Asking people on chat roulette about their music choices and getting revenge on her amorous and noisy neighbours are two of my favourites.
But enough about them. This is about me.
This last year was a stupendously busy one. In one year I:
- Got married
- Bought a house
- Edited and submitted a novel for publishing
- Had two short stories published online (go buy them).
- Wrote and directed the College musical.
- Became the public relations officer (official people botherer) for Nullus Anxietas IV – the Australian Discworld convention. This involved, at various times:
- Running a monthly Ankh-Morpork tournament
- Creating and maintaining a YouTube Channel, Google+, Facebook and tumblr accounts
- Dressing up as a wizard
- Writing a Discworld play for Pratchett-Palooza
- Creating an online shop
- LOTS of meetings
And in the twelfth month, he rested.
But now I’m bored. And in the spirit of New Years’ Resolutions that will be completely ignored within a month, I present:
Finding Damo’s list of things to do.
- Get an agent. I want this bloody novel published.
- If nothing has happened by mid-year, work on self-publishing Dwarves in Space.
- Help run Nullus Anxietas IV.
- Get back into acting.
- Write a serious play.
- Submit more short stories for publication.
- Write 1000 words a week on Finding Damo. Hopefully more.
- Get back to a weight where I can comfortably do up the neck button on my shirts.
- Tell gluten, dairy and sugar to “Get thee behind me Satan!” (there has been a certain amount of backsliding over the summer break)
- Make the fish-pond habitable for fish (almost there).
- Make a troll suit.
- Create a video and have it go viral.
I’m also going to start a bucket list, place it on its own page on Finding Damo, and try to knock some of them off.
So, another busy year.
To all those who have been hanging on so far, thank you and a very Happy New Year to you. Now, go and tell your friends! Here’s to 2013 and the survival of the many apocalypses!
Feeling very privileged to get a mention Damian! What an awesome year you’ve had, looking forward to the next one. And hopefully this year I’ll make it to a Pratchett event!