I’ve recently been rather captivated by two very different blogs.
One is from a 60 year old entrepreneur and business man at the pinnacle of his career and one from a 22 year old woman just starting out on hers.
Stephen Fear may not be a household name……yet…..but give him another 12 months and I reckon he will be. A serial entrepreneur with over 60 companies under his belt he recently became Entrepreneur in Residence at the British Library. He has a wonderful story to tell – starting his first business aged 15 from a phone box on a council estate in Bristol. Stephen is a prolific blogger. I hope he won’t mind me saying that they are not particularly crafted blogs. There are no pictures. No clever word play or linking of disparate themes. He just writes about whatever has grabbed his attention – events, issues, experiences, ideas. What I love about Stephen’s blogs is their freshness and spontaneity.
Here is a great one on the virtues of being organised.
Lisette Henry‘s blog is a complete contrast to Stephen’s. She is a recent History graduate of York University, our neighbours’ daughter and used to be a fine baby sitter back in the day. She is now a master blogger. In fact because of her own blog she’s recently landed a job with Paperchase to write one for them. Her own blog is called Lisette Loves and is really just an outlet for her musings on anything and everything that she does or likes……mostly about clothes but lots more girlie stuff besides. Now it’s not the content that I enjoy with Lisette’s blog……loath would be a bit strong…….but I really don’t have much use for a review of a Primark strawberry onesie. What I do love though is the humour, the personality…….the sheer joie de vivre of the thing. Paperchase are onto a winner.
Here’s a recent Lisette Loves blog on DIY……but not the fixing a leaky radiator kind of DIY.
I have lots of colleagues at Bromford who turn out blogs of an incredible standard – funny, moving, profound – and to be honest they can be a bit intimidating. A new crop of bloggers has hit the e-waves this month.
I’m sure I’m not the only person who finds too many of their own ideas never see the light of day because they never quite come together and the moment passes. I’ve seen lots of wonderful first blogs which never seem to get a follow up. I imagine someone endlessly deleting their ‘not good enough’ second blog…..a writer’s equivalent of the ‘second album syndrome’.
Well thanks to Stephen and Lisette I feel liberated.
I’m revamping my About page.
I’ve worked on a few of my ideas that have languished on my laptop and I feel far less precious about them.
While you wait for my next blog (due any day now) here is a little tribute to Lisette Loves. This is my recent ‘haul’ from a lovely street market in Sainte Foy La Grande in the Dordogne (where I recently spent a very relaxing fortnight with my family). I’m not a big fan of Primark but I do love a bargain……