“To me, it is a literary sanctuary unlike any other” an anonymous reader told me in a comment this year. How long to bask in the light of one little phrase?
When in January 2009, I issued my first Time’s Flow Stemmed blog post I had little idea how long this adventure might last. Most blogs are fleeting and fragile, like the lacy tracings on the window on a frosty morning. This was my third attempt at blogging and I assumed it would once again be a transitory initiative. As for readers I expected no more than a few indulgent friends who would soon weary of my ramblings about books.
I set out with some clear intentions:
- This blog is literary meaning I talk only about books. I’ve strayed from time to time but always found my way back.
- I write about my reading experience, not try to write reviews.
- There would be no advertisement or free books accepted from publishers. On a few occasions I’ve bent the last rule to include books I would have bought myself.
- I’d rarely write negative reviews because I don’t finish books that fail to move me in some way.
There have been some pleasing moments along the way. Time’s Flow Stemmed has grown to over 1000 posts in 7 years. WordPress issues an annual report: today I learnt that on average 140 readers a day visit the site. A great deal more than I ever expected!
This year has been busy away from the blog, engrossed in building a business that has nothing to do with literature. Unfortunately I’ve never managed to find coexistence between my need to earn money and my love of literature. Communication tailed off a bit this year and is likely to change little in 2016.
Although I’ve posted some personal pieces here, it isn’t a diary, more a chronological journal of my reading passions. It is also a sincere attempt to engage in a conversation about literature, whatever that is. I don’t find many people in my social circle that share my heterogeneous literary tastes, so it’s been a tremendous pleasure to have these conversations here, on social media and in person, in London and other cities all around the planet.
Thanks for reading. Please forgive this indulgence. Speak soon!