Writing your own fishing diary online is a funny business. I set out with the best intentions, kindly encouraged by a pal. For the most part I’m pleased I’ve taken the time. But it’s not all good.
One of the great/terrible things about people writing on the internet, and certainly people writing diarys/blogs like this, is that there is no editorial control beyond your mirror. This means you are free to write as much great, freespirited prose as you like. It also means the possibilities for stacking up the bullshit are endless.
I use this blog for my own benefit. I write stuff down that comes into my head about fishing trips and a few other bits and bobs. Occasionally I’ve found myself going off on one, but what the hell not many people read this crap so who gives.. But I do find myself slightly disturbed at times when reading back through posts I’ve made and realising that what I was trying to say, or the tone of it, has come across all wrong. Too many times I’ve found a post, or something in a post, that screams “bullshit bullshit” or “get a friggin life pal”. And worst of all are the posts where you get to the end and wonder how you actually managed to click the mouse button on the word ‘Publish’ when your head was somewhere between your large and small bowel.
This is not good.
I suppose the obvious question is ‘why care about this?’ Well I guess I care because in some small way I want to use my fishing diary as a tool for becoming a better writer. I love reading, and now I’m sufficiently far away from the vagaries of school English lessons I feel ready to actually write for the sake of it. So, perhaps what I’m saying is that it’s worth remembering, if you in any way care, that what you read on a blog like this is very much a work in progress. I’m working hard to get the bullshitometer to swing somewhere slightly lower down the scale than it has at times, so bear with me.
I think it’s also worth mentioning the fact that the blog by which all other fly fishing blogs are judged, my own pal Alistair’s, has stood the test of time rather well and provides a pretty nice example of what makes a good fishing blog. There are lots of posts about fishing as well as other (often comical) oddities and it’s written in a nicely chilled out style that makes you want to come back. I have actually heard that the owners of most other fly fishing blogs on the internet regard Alistair as a bit of a spiritual father, and have been known to gather at each equinox to sacrifice small mammals in his honour and dance round large bonfires chanting “Kelvin…Kelvin…”
I feel this nicely highlights my point about the dodgy posts I will now be attempting to refrain from publishing. See? It all makes sense…
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