Nothing can quite compare to the mentally draining task of beginning a piece of writing such as this. To make matters worse, this is my first post; the beginning of the beginning. Do I start with the obligatory, relatable rhetorical question that heightens the interest of the reader? How formal should I be? Am I interesting? This is proving to be much more difficult than initially anticipated.
Now, let’s make my first blog post sound less like an advice letter on how to write a blog post (which no doubt would go down a treat on here). To start, I would like to first mention my inspiration for starting a blog and some information about me. Well, my name is Anthony, I’m 18 years old and I’m also a future English student at the University of Liverpool, starting in September 2017. I did start University this year as a law student, but after months of gruelling contemplation, I decided to pursue my real passion – English. Ever since my primary school days, I was obsessed with writing. I even took it as far as using my indoor play-time to write poems and short stories. It’s safe to say I wasn’t the most interesting child at my school. Now, because I changed my university course so late in the first semester, I have to wait until next year to start English. So I’m now at the beginning of an unexpected gap year.
The mind does not wander when thinking of things to do on a gap year that prepares someone for an English degree and a subsequent career in the vast field that surrounds English. I already have a inconclusive reading list of classics, such as, ‘A Clockwork Orange,’ and, ‘Animal Farm’ and I am aiming to discover some helpful textbooks on beginning degree-level English. I also read online about starting a blog; it bodes well for writers in the future and enables you to get familiar with this genre of writing. I also read that the best type of blogs are travel blogs. From the travel writing I analysed during A Level English Language and Literature, I knew that no ordinary two-day city break would be seen as interesting enough to require an entire blow-by-blow daily diary entry. So I thought to myself, why not go on a proper trip. We’re not talking the extreme – there will be no living out of a backpack in the middle of the South America. At this moment in time, the plans I have for travel in 2017 before I embark on my real adventure, studying English at university, is flying to Paris for a few days, seeing everything I possibly can, absorbing all the culture and life of the French capital like a sponge. From this point on, I will drive through the countryside of France and into Belgium and then eventually coming to a stop in Amsterdam. Although these plans will most likely be altered, I am looking forward to documenting my experiences along the way.
Until I embark on my trip, I thought I could post about other things that interest me. These posts will probably be about art I am fascinated by, whether that be paintings, literature or film, or about my everyday experiences of life that I can share and document here.
Well, I think that’s all I have to say for my little introduction. Here’s to many more posts in the not-too-distant future.
Thanks for reading!