This blog was started on 5th March 2003 in a spare moment, then languished for a year or so, then languished some more. I started contributing to it properly at the end of August 2004.
September 2005 addition: This section is probably due for an update, but it mostly still stands. I'll get round to it when I have a spare moment. For now, this post gives a brief overview of the development of the place, and may be of interest.
Initial Blog Purpose:
I initially set it up to help prompt some actual brain usage after a period of particularly unstimulating jobs, during a time when I was planning on doing a PhD and so regular brain usage was somewhat necessary to prevent what little academic power I had from stagnating.
I had no idea what might provide enough mental strain to counter my otherwise mindless existence, so opted for the most insanely complex thing I was aware of - the European Union.
The subject might well explain why I gave up so quickly... The EU is, it must be said, mind-numbingly dull.
After a couple of attempted revivals in April and May 2004, I decided to start the blog up on a whim while in a quiet period at work, loosely thanks to a few chats with Manic of Bloggerheads on the b3ta messageboards, where I was then spending far too much time. I wanted to look busy while sitting at my desk, remembered I'd started the thing up, found the password, and just started typing one day. This post explains a bit more.
So far, I've kept it up fairly successfully, and am rather pleased at%20my committement to the thing - even though it's a complete waste of time.
Since the Revival:
It’s been doing fairly well. A couple of award nominations (and a respectable showing in the voting), some nice words from other bloggers, and a steadily growing readership. Nothing spectacular, but respectable.
If you are so inclined, you can find out who links to this blog here, here or here. None of these are comprehensive, but they’ll give you an idea, and may lead you to some good blogs.