and I love retiredmartin just the same.
Here’s some suitably naff power pop to meet my contractual requirements with Mark Crilley, and celebrate five years of the blog, as I was reminded by WordPress this week.
If any of you actually know this Colin James classic (I picked up the tape for $3 in Adelaide) I’d love to know.
You’ll be aware I’m not one for pointless reflection; the best is always yet to come. But I need something to write about and milking the past is good for blog views.
As are posts complaining about opening times, like this early one from Hull.
You might be interested to hear that I actually joined WordPress in July 2015, spending a good couple of months
honing my craft failing to publish my posts via Twitter.
Those early posts were short and dull.
Mudgie gave me encouragement to start the blog as well as lots of helpful advice, and kicked off the running blog gag that Stockport isn’t in Manchester.
RetiredMartin isn’t a beer blog, it’s a diary of a life well spent, but I did read Boak & Bailey‘s helpful steer on writing about that time, and their advice to imagine you’re talking to a large audience.
In the nearly 3 months before the blog became “official” it attracted a grand total of 14 visits, about one a week, and all from an ex-colleague called Neil with impeccable music taste.
Mudgie promoted the blog, and I attracted the creme de la creme of the American pub fans to leave indecipherable comments about Tetley Bitter recipes, before I redirected them to Ron Pattinson and the Mudges.
As the Southworths, Mark, Richard, Duncan, BeerMat, that bloke in Hampshire and the Canadian became regular commentors (commentators ?), I spent longer on the blog than actually visting pubs, and so from April 2017 had to start making up the material.
In time the posts acquired those maps you love,
little annotations at the foot of the pictures, the Blog Map, and yet more adventurous snaps of pub life.
This Lubeck shot is my favourite, a reminder of what we lost in April 2007.
Nothing as good as THIS one from BRAPA, mind.
Simon had started his own blog the year before, and we noticeably both adapted our style to become more observant of pub life than beer style at the same time.
I’m happy to admit I steal openly from BRAPA, but at least I know that Scotland doesn’t start at Hadrian’s Wall (yet).
It hasn’t all been plain sailing.
In 2016 I wiped the photos off the blog and some of them have never made it back, and I get one angry reader a year who thinks I’ve taken liberties. They’re usually from Hertfordshire, which explains a lot.
Experiments with colourisation of photos from Wales to bring them into the 21sst century weren’t universally popular, particularly with Pashmina Pauline, one of the many escapees from Yorkshire who read this blog.
Still, all great fun, even if I miss those grammar corrections from Russ.
My only wish for the next 5 years ?
That Denmark annexes Greenland* so I can get that huge block of ice coloured in. We should have been in Greenland this month, where I planned to pop in Nuuk Wetherspoons and view my blogpost on New Milton or whatever.
*What’s wrong with that ?