You can spot them miles away.
Blogs that have been abandoned by the successful.
As the days and months go by, the posts became sparser.
A dig through the archives reveals evidence of more humble times – detailed descriptions of trips to the supermarket, unsolicited critiques of films,dramatic confessions that nobody really cares about, anecdotes about odd family gatherings and photographs of asparagus.
Success becomes a legitimate reason to write a blog post.
Out with the grainy pictures of home-made jam and in with shiny pictures of cook book launches.
Links to appearances in more well-read publications begin to appear, like acid being poured on a wilting flower.
Enough, I say.
I’m sorry I haven’t blogged in a while.
But don’t worry. I haven’t become a massive success.
I’m just guilty of benign neglect.
And I’ve also been surprisingly busy.
And, alright, if you MUST know, I’ve been writing quite a lot for other publications.
Sickening, I know.
But I haven’t forgotten where I came from.
Last month, I interviewed a 49-year-old woman whom I met in a homeless shelter.
She spoke to me in fluent English.
Every day, she goes to a café run by a homeless charity, where she sits, smoking and writing Final Fantasy 7 fan fiction.
I’m planning an entire post dedicated to that encounter soon.
Last week, I went down to Bernauer Strasse, where Michelle Obama and the girls were visiting remnants of the Berlin wall.
In the blistering heat, I interviewed a few people who had gathered to welcome them.
One of them was Ruben, a Dutch civil servant, who had driven all the way from Holland for the Obama visit.
His enthusiasm was infectious.
After I’d taken his photograph and the Obamas had departed, he asked me whether there was a loo anywhere in the area.
I wasn’t sure if this was off-the-record.
As the road was closed off and most of the cafes on the street were shut, I took him back to the little three-person office where I freelance and presented him to my colleague as “Ruben, a Dutchman who is going to use our facilities.”
I’ve also been working on- www.berlinab50.com which is a blog aimed at Berliners in the 50-or-over category. I’m guessing that doesn’t include most of my present readers.
And I’ve been visiting Frau Bienkowski, who has vowed never to let slip again that she was invited to dine on asparagus in palatial surroundings.
Rivalry in the home can become quite intense.
And LSB was over for a few days too.
I took him up in a giant air balloon and fed him with falafel.
And we had our first ever experience with a disposable grill set.
And on that intriguing note, let me leave you with
a link to an article I wrote last night for an Irish paper.
the promise to do my very best to blog more regularly again.