I’ve been asked a few times why I started blogging and even filled in a short survey about it recently.
It all started for me back in 2006/2007 with a basic website with a company called FreeHostia and a trial offer of completely free web hosting. Funnily enough it wasn’t a blog at all but if I remember correctly I had an about me page and then a random PayPal link for people to donate me money.
The Wayback Machine is a handy tool for looking back to websites of old but it won’t show me the design of the site. The title of the page does show though as “J.Burrell Enterprises… The Home of Joshua Burrell” which shows my want to be enterprising from an early age. I probably watched too much Kerching! as a teenager but I did have a few successful (and some VERY unsuccessful) business ventures. The link featured on my eBay account, YouTube videos and even some free business cards I had printed.
Looking back now, it makes no sense though. I don’t think I ever made a single pound directly from the site, but it was what started out my want to share information with people online (blogging) and tracking views and analytics. I also had to do some quite complex things with website code which have proved to be useful quite a few times since then when blogging or doing work on websites.
I must have started blogging properly back in 2007/2008 with a post titled Welcome Back, although it wasn’t really a return but a launch of “Looking Down the Burrell” as the blog was previously known.
I had ambitions of working as a journalist or a reporter when I was at Sixth Form up until 2009. The blog direction then moved towards ranting, reviews and describing life through my writing online.
I was moving from an innocent school child to a young adult – drinking and partying most weekends while also holding down a part-time job at a library and applying for university courses. Once I got my university place to study Journalism the partying and drinking continued and this online space got a little neglected.
It did become a cool place to share some of my work in print, magazine, radio and television journalism as well as creative writing though. I also covered the London Riots when I was working for local newspapers in South London during my summer break in 2011.
After graduating I had a steady number of posts being published on the blog. However, 2015 was a year when I wrote a few posts but never actually published any. It coincided with a time when I was busy trying to sort my career as well as my personal life, but perhaps one day I will share those drafts with you!
In 2016 I really wanted to get back into the swing of things blog-wise and was able to buy the current domain and also get a proper upgrade of the design, moving all my old posts over did prove to be tricky though.
My girlfriend Olivia now plays a major part in thinking up ideas for new posts, and writing them. She also keeps me sane and sub-edits my posts effectively proofreading them and helping take and select photographs.
Lookdown.com (the other spelling) still holds the advert for an American “vacation home” in Montana, but I hope to make the best of this website and who knows what the future holds for my little weblog of my life and travels!
If you’re a blogger, let me know why you started blogging in the comments.