I first started blogging at the start of December 2013 and it took about a month for me to get into the swing of it and for the site to get off the ground. Now, after my first full year, I’m fascinated by how it has changed me and my life.
I now write far more than I used to, but I have been neglecting both my art and my creative writing, especially my poetry. That is something I intend to address this year, starting with the addition of a new page to this site, my gallery. I haven’t got a great deal of my art available to put up yet, and it can be quite difficult to get it sent out and uploaded, but check out the few that I have got up, starting with the painting above, and let me know what you think. Your feedback is always welcome! I will also be trying to add more poems and fiction over the next few months, so I’d love your feedback on these too.
Apart from that, keeping up with this site has been a huge learning process. The fact that I have to send my posts out and get them typed and uploaded can mean that there is a few weeks between me writing a post and it appearing online. It also means that I have had to learn to work a few posts ahead, building up a buffer so that unexpected obstacles (like a trip to segregation) don’t mean that nothing is getting posted for a couple of weeks.
One thing I’m still not sure of though is my balance between writing about my own situation and the things that happen to me personally, against my wider comments on the prison and the justice system. But this isn’t so shocking. When you bear in mind that I have been in prison since 2002, when phones weren’t even in colour, let alone capable of taking photos or being ‘smart’, and I have literally never seen a blog online myself, I guess I’m just feeling my way forward a bit at a time. But that’s where I’d like you to come in. If there is anything you want to know about, whether it’s anything from prison rules and procedures to the developments in my own personal situation, please feel free to leave a comment or to send me a mail asking, and though I always have to be careful that I phrase my answers in a way that doesn’t break the rules on prisoners blogging, I will try to answer them all.
In the meantime, thank you all for your support. Wish me luck for year two!