The time has come for a major New Year’s resolution.Cablog is now four years old and was first launched in December 2003. So at this time it's appropriate to take stock and reappraise the blogging caper. Cablog has always been a hobby and labour of love which has attained a niche in the blogsphere, albeit for moderate success.
However I’ve decided to quit the daily postings, for a variety of reasons, not the least being my neglected fitness, earnings and sleep. It has come to a point where I need an extended break from the routine before deciding how to develop Cablog in 2008.
Needless to say the lack of financial incentive in blogging is a large determining factor. This was borne out whilst Cabpolling for ninemsn during the recent Federal elections, when I happily accepted reduced taxi wages for paid media content.
The good news is that Cablog will continue in some capacity, though I won’t be posting on a regular basis. But next month I expect to receive final trademark registration for ‘Cablog’ and ‘Cabpoll’, unique brands worth retaining and protecting, so I'll be around.
Also I feel now that my writing/blogging should be taken to the next level, though I'm uncertain what that is exactly. One consideration is formal studies. Many readers have suggested a book of cab stories but I’m far from convinced that such books really work, other than as a collection of interesting vignettes.
The fact that my stories have already been published online and in magazines is reward enough and I'm reluctant to re-work them just to have them appear in book form. Or maybe I'm just too tired to think about such a monumental task.
If there is a book in me then it’s more likely to be a fiction novel, drawing upon life experiences beyond taxi driving.
You may be interested in some statistics from four years of blogging – 450 passenger stories; 40 Cabpoll reports; 90 moblogs; hundreds of images and a handful of mini 'movies' (phew). Plus other cab related material.
However if I remember any Cablog highlights, aside from the consistent appreciation and encouragement from readers, one post stands out. This was during the Federal election when I produced my first multimedia report. As a blogger it’s this fledgling medium which really appeals and is something I wish to perfect. Call me a digital media geek.
Finally, any appraisal of the last four years would be deficient without recognising my readers, many of whom have been with me from the start. Without your support and interest Cablog would not have survived, nor continue to survive into the future.
Thus I sincerely wish you all a wonderful New Year and best wishes for 2008.