Wednesday, February 22, 2012

What's the story, Grim Reaper Bloggy?

This is a question that your Reaper has been getting asked a number of
times in recent weeks. It's a fair cop and I'm not complaining about
such queries. If anything, I rather welcome them. It would be
downright hypocritical if a blogger like myself who demands
accountability of others were to evade questioning himself. Therefore,
I have a few things to explain.

In my previous post, I said that the new blog, which I can confirm
will be called The Grim Reaper's Den, would be starting in January.
Indeed, the new one is being advertised on my Twitter feed. However,
it is now near enough to the end of February - what a short month this
one has been, eh? - and The Den remains nowhere to be seen. What the
hell's going on? Well, it's a combination of a few things.

Ever since I got myself into a very difficult place in my private life
last year, I haven't really been focused on blogging at all. Twitter
helps me to keep up on things, but I must admit I do miss having
somewhere that I can post my own thoughts on the issues of the day -
not to mention a few things that the powers that be would rather you
didn't know. That said though, blogging can be immensely
time-consuming and occasionally quite draining. There's only so much
time one has each day and like it or not, there have been other things
to get on with. Thankfully, I'm now in a much better position in my
private life and am moving forward in a lot of ways.

The other issue has been the template. I have decided that the new
blog will be on Wordpress, partly because it works a lot better on
mobile phones. I'm aware that many of you read the blog from an
iPhone, BlackBerry, HTC and the like, and I want to make it as easy as
possible for you to read it. Plus BlackBerry has an useful app for
updating a blog from your smartphone - a slightly selfish
consideration on your Reaper's part, as he readily admits.
Unfortunately, all has not gone well. A few tests have shown the
current template displays badly, and I'm having to rework it. A
limited knowledge of HTML is proving restrictive, although I am
gradually learning more on that side.

I do hope to be blogging again as soon as possible, I really do. I
have a small team of writers that will be contributing regularly to
the blog, and guest authors will always be welcome. I intend to be the
editor of the new blog, but that won't mean a great deal in practice.
The writers in question are supremely talented individuals. Some of
them will already be known on Twitter and are already blogging. Others
are less established on the blogging scene, but have written for local
and national newspapers. I think it could prove a very useful mix, and
hopefully it will prove more of a success than I suspect the upcoming
Sun on Sunday is going to be...

Incidentally, it's not too late to apply if you want to write on the
blog. Just send me an email explaining who you are and why you want to
write there. Try and provide samples of past pieces where possible.
The ability to think independently is crucial, as is the ability to
write in both an informative and entertaining way at the same time.
This isn't going to be like the Independent or the minefield of tedium
that is Telegraph Blogs.

Oh, and applications from anyone who thinks Ryan Giggs is a cunt are
currently especially welcome. As soon as I have a launch date for the
blog, I shall let you all know. Any questions, just stick them in the

P.S. Yes, the title of the post is inspired by the Britpop battles of
the 1990s as we were all reminded of last night with Blur's appearance
at the Brit awards. You may decipher from this that I am not a fan of
Blur. I think that would be most mischievous...