It’s been exactly one year since I wrote my first post on Next Starfish – Does the World Really Need Another Blog ?
Needless to say when I started I felt I was on very uncertain ground indeed – what was I going to write about, would anyone be interested in reading it, could I find the time to write several posts a week, could I sort out all the technical aspects of maintaining a blog ?
I also did a bit of wrestling with a few slightly deeper questions – why did I want to write a blog anyway, what was I hoping to achieve, how would I know when I’ve achieved it ?
I finally came to the conclusion that I’d never know the answer to any of these questions unless I gave it a go.
It’s been a really enjoyable twelve months, despite all the late nights, cups of coffee and wrangles with WordPress. The number of people reading Next Starfish has grown steadily over the year, finally totaling a little over 15,000. I’m also pleased to have attracted a good number of followers on Twitter, Facebook and Google Plus.
Most enjoyable of all though has been making contact with some of the many fantastic people who are out there making the world a better place in their own way. Knowing there are so many individuals and groups striving for positive change, forming part of what Paul Hawken calls “The Blessed Unrest“, has genuinely been both inspiring and humbling.
So what’s next for Next Starfish ?
Technically I plan to do a minor update on some appearance aspects of the site over the next couple of months, and also want to improve the integration with social media – something I’ve been struggling with lately (you might have noticed).
In terms of writing I plan to cover a slightly broader range of issues, and perhaps also explore a couple of other article styles – such as interviews or debates. I’m always on the lookout for interesting guest posts, just send me any ideas.
I’ve also begun writing a book, which (all being well) I plan to publish electronically in the late Autumn.
I plan on calling it ‘The Year I Saved the World’ and it’ll present one idea, issue or call to action every day over the course of a year.
I’ll put a sample chapter free for download on my site, so, if it sounds like your kind of thing, you could check it out in advance before deciding whether to buy it or not. If you’re interested in being kept informed of progress, and perhaps also listening to me moaning occasionally, please either send me an email asking to be added to my newsletter list, or sign up on the right hand side.
It’s been a great year – thanks so much for being part of it, I really appreciate it.
If you’re out there ‘saving the world’ too and there’s anything I can do to help, just drop me a line.