Well here we are exactly one year on from when I opened my blog site, but why did it all start?
For most of my Internet life, I have been writing about gaming and when I closed XboxRules.com in February 2005 I had a huge problem. Although I was glad to be taking things much easier as my Xbox site was literally taking over my life, I still had the desire to share my opinions on the hardware and software available. After dabbling a little with blogging on the free alternatives provided by the likes of Microsoft, I wanted something much more customisable with my own domain name to make finding the site easier for people who knew me personally.
Even when I first opened James Woodcock’s Blog, I still wasn’t sure if I would find the time to update the content or whether it was worth the effort so it became an experiment. I often wondered if anyone would be bothered reading my thoughts on various matters that interested me and this became the most important factor of the entire endeavour as I only ever post about items that catch my eye, which seems to also catch the attention of the reader if you can display a genuine enthusiasm for the topic discussed.
Initially I never really considered pushing it to a more mainstream audience and instead kept it more of a random rant or helpful link experience. It soon came apparent though that as I was building up my content with any of the reviews I had written on various sites and with my ScummVM Music Enhancement Project, the site was gaining much more attention.
At this point the slogan ‘technology, gaming and the bizarre’ came about, but even now that is probably inaccurate and will need changing on the new design. Although I like finding ‘bizarre’ items of interest on the Internet and sharing them, the real matters that grab my attention are that of gaming and technology and this is where in the future I will concentrate most of my efforts.
Podcasting was also something I never really considered and had no experience in until the experiment continued by dabbling in this area as well. It is quite interesting to wander back to the earlier podcasts and listen to how it all began and how I have changed my approach. I had appeared on an Internet radio station before as a DJ quite a few times, but having an environment of no break in conversation was at first very daunting. It was a nervous beginning, but as my confidence has grown from experience and with perseverance while learning from mistakes, I have hopefully notably progressed.
Since opening on 2nd January 2006, my blog has had over 360,000 hits and the most people online at any one time on the site is 79. Out of everything though, my proudest achievement has to be the recently gained 9rules membership.
Thanks to all of those who visit again and again to read the content I provide and for all the support that has been offered. This has encouraged me to continue on very happily for the foreseeable future as a blogger.
Amazingly I never really enjoyed writing until I started creating articles for the Internet. Bizarre how your perception changes with the help of an online audience! So I sit here typing this post with great anticipation for 2007 as I consider how my personal website and my Yamaha keyboard and digital piano enthusiast website will evolve over the next twelve months.