I have blogged now for just over six months and those months have speed by at a spooky rate of knots. I know I don’t say this often, but I will today, thank you for reading Just Add Attitude, I very much appreciated that you do.
I was trying to remember what my main motivation was for starting a blog but in truth there were lots of reasons only some of which I now recall. Among them were the following: a challenge, an adventure, and an opportunity to practise writing. Anyway the reason I am reflecting on the genesis of the blog is that I recently came across a scrapbook of mine from 2008. Before blogging I used to keep yearly scrapbooks, where I wrote notes about places I had travelled to and into which I stuck cards for restaurants I had eaten in, tickets for exhibitions or plays I had seen, I also made a note of quotes I came across that I liked and scribbled a few lines about books that I had read.
I enjoyed scrapbooking and as I was flicking through the 2008 book this evening I found memories came flooding back, memories of an exhibition at IMMA (Irish Museum of Modern Art) of paper cut outs by Hans Christian Andersen (yes that Hans of fairy tale fame) and the Valentino retrospective at the Musée de la Mode et du Textile in Paris. I was also reminded of a favourite George Eliot quote, trips to London, Paris and Cologne and a forgotten beauty tip which is ‘stand up straight posture is everything.’
The scrapbook for 2011 has no entries since the day the blog was born, so I wonder if in a few years time, instead of leafing through a scrapbook’s pages, I will revisit the blogs archives and smile to myself when reading a particular post acts as a trigger which causes something that would by then be filed in the distant depths of my memory to float to the surface.
Note: The top image is a shot of part of an invitation to an exhibition of Stephen Taylor’s paintings held in 2008, it is a detail from a painting by Stephen a young Irish artist.