Last week after my Mt Tamborine post went up, I realised that The Experimental Ghost had reached a milestone. Truth be told, I didn’t realise anything, I got a message from WordPress congratulating me about it.
100 posts isn’t a lot in the scheme of things, especially when you compare it to other bloggers who write two or three times a week or more.
So what happened when I got the congratulatory message from WordPress?
It prompted me to revisit what I’d written over the past few years. I started randomly reading through some of my previous posts, working my way back in time as I went.
Initially the interest was to see what I’d written about, then to see how well (or poorly) I’d written it, and finally I wanted to see if my style had changed at all. Eventually I found myself reading my first post, Out Of The Blue, which went up on November 16, 2012.
At the time I had no idea where the blog was headed, or what it was supposed to be about. There was no plan, there still isn’t really; well there’s enough of a plan to keep the focus loosely around motorcycling and touring. With some “What the?” topics thrown in to try to keep you awake. A bit like the photos on this page really 🙂
After re-reading that first post and expecting the worst, it was good to see it wasn’t as bad as I thought it was. I don’t think the tone of the blog, or my writing style has changed a lot since then either; although it has evolved somewhat.
One thing I remember consciously doing when starting this blog, was that I wanted to use a pseudonym. I don’t know why I did that; fear of failure maybe?
I don’t know, I guess I just wanted to separate me from myself.
Can a person do that?
I’ve found it’s not as easy to do as it sounds. A person’s character will come through in their writing or photography or in anything they create or do. No matter how hard they try, there’s always a part of them that tags along for the ride.
Do I regret using a pseudonym?
Yes and no.
In one way I can become conflicted with what I’m trying to say and how I want to say it, while on the other hand The Experimental Ghost allows me to be more liberal with my approach. Having said that, there is a lot of me coming through and I don’t think I’ll ever be able to separate myself from The Experimental Ghost completely.
In fact, the day may come when I appear in a photo without the helmet; I probably won’t own up to it, but I’ll be there. Just look for the bloke that doesn’t smile a lot.
It’ll be a bit like “Where’s Wally”, or Rob the dentist on the tooth-brush commercials. You know, the one that has his back to the camera and gives you a bit of a wave during the voice over?
No, my name isn’t Rob… or Wally for that matter. Although, I’ve been called a Wally once or twice.
Trying to keep the blog going week to week has been challenging at times. Finding new topics to talk about doesn’t always come easily, while at other times I find I can’t type fast enough.
In all, writing this blog is a very rewarding experience and one I’m thoroughly enjoying. I’ve learned a lot and I’ve even made some new friends along the way.
Maybe one day I’ll even get to meet one or two of you.