It may sound grandiose, but blogging is an important democratising force, giving a real voice to those who might otherwise not have one. It’s a great social leveler too - anyone can do it, no qualification required. There’s no editor to correct your flabby grammar and no one to censure your words (unless, of course, you live somewhere with lively Internet police).
If you happen to be in the fair city of Norwich on the 26th of July with a little time to spare, join me for a chat about the art of blogging at the St Margaret's Church of Art. The best thing is that it's free.
Read Jack Scott's new monthly column about writing in Displaced Nation.
‘In the beginning there was work and work was God. After 35 years in the business, the endless predictability made me question the Faith.’
I wrote that on the 8th October 2010. It was the opening words to my debut post on a brand new blog about a couple of silly, cynical old queens who decided to jump the good ship Blighty and wade ashore to Asia Minor for a bit of fun in the sun. For a minority report, the blog’s done rather well. Now there’s a book. That’s done rather well too. Both of these things crept up behind us without hint or herald. We should have listened to the early advice of our playground peers and kept our backs to the wall. Too late now. More...
A couple of days ago Perking the Pansies, the blog, exceeded 200,000 page hits. The success of the blog led directly to Perking the Pansies, the book, and is still firing ahead. 200,000 may be small fry to the big fish in the online travel world but this little sprat is thrilled. Thank you!
Early retirement was never meant to be like this.
A bitter-sweet tragi-comedy that recalls the first year of a British gay couple living in a Muslim land
Best of Perking the Pansies, the Blog from the Turkey years.