Blogs by there very nature are self-indulgent, and milestone blog posts are the most self-indulgent of them all - blogging about blogging! And for this post I make no apologies...
Yeah, this is post number 1,000! It’s been 10 years since I started blogging my fishing exploits; 4,500+ comments have been added and the site has been viewed more than 500,000 times.
In that time I’ve caught 216 pike including 5 twenties, 568 barbel including 11 doubles, as well as 54 zander, 31 sharks and five goldfish! And I’ve beat all my personal bests (except salmon).
There have been 300+ Jack’s Pike comic strips which went on to be featured in a number of magazines and even an animated short. And spin-off Fluff Chuckers appeared in Total Flyfisher for 5 years.
I’ve met a bunch of interesting people through the blog, some on the riverbank, some by bloggers meeting up. Great fun, and my fishing has improved by sharing knowledge with other keen anglers.
I’ve been back through looking at some older adventures; exploring a new river with Dan, trips back to home turf River Wye, away days with James, shark fishing with Paulos - far too many to list fully.
Perhaps the heyday of blogging has passed, overtaken by Facebook and Instagram where you just see the end result, not the effort. But I prefer reading blogs, and I’m glad you still read mine.
It started as a diary, so I could see what I was doing this time last year or 6 years ago and if nobody reads it, I’ll still blog. But I love the comments and love reading other blogs so long may it continue...