As a subdued Hogmanay draws to a close here in Scotland I thought I’d drop a line to say thanks to all my friends here on WordPress (I can’t abide the term ‘followers’ – there’s something far too messianic about the implied relationship!). I’m fortunate enough that after two and a half years of blogging my short stories and updates on the progress of my doctorate, I’ve met and engaged with some wonderful writers.
There is something about the nature of blogging that avoids the triteness of platforms such as Twitter. The best bloggers spend a significant amount of time writing and editing their articles, and the forethought and care makes for a much more engaging reading experience. It feels to me as though there is less of a focus upon the pithy one-liner or the scathing slap down, and more of an effort to actually write to a good standard and convey a narrative or an argument. I really get so much from the WP bloggers who I follow, so thanks for your work and your conversation.
Writing-wise, it’s been a relatively quiet year for me. I’ve managed approximately one post per week, whilst three of my short stories have been picked up for publication elsewhere. Not horrendous, but I didn’t get my stories out to as many publishers as I should have done. Time to up my game for 2021.
I passed the upgrade-review for my Professional Doctorate. My ethics application was approved, and I will be in a position to start data collection in a week’s time. I’m really looking forward to playing around with my data and I’ve started to draft sections of my write-up. I’m still really enjoying it.
Thanks for all of your feedback and discussion in 2020, and I look forward to reading your blogs in 2021!
Matthew Richardson is a writer of short stories. His work has featured in Gold Dust magazine, Literally Stories, Near to the Knuckle, McStorytellers, Penny Shorts, Soft Cartel, Whatever Keeps the Lights On, Flashback Fiction, Cafelit, and Shooter magazine. He is a doctoral student at the University of Dundee, a lucky husband, and a proud father.
Not necessarily in that order.