Today marks the ninth birthday of this little blog. Nine years! blimey.
It started, as all good blogs should, with a Hello World! post:
Ah, another blog. The old one sort of vanished, so let’s try again.
The ‘old’ one could have referred to several other blogs I had around at the time, so I’m not entirely sure which it’s referring to. My Livejournal (which turned 15 earlier this month) was, and indeed still is, up and running, although sadly neglected at the moment.
So, espresso coco didn’t start off life as a book blog. It was more a place for random ramblings. Musings on the post office, the relative sizes of coffee cups (seriously, go watch that, it’s hilarious), or the occasional post with now-dead links. A musing on the mystical hour of 4am by Rives (one of my favourite videos – it showed up again in 2011 as clearly I’d forgotten that I’d already posted it).
I shared a lot of videos back then.
Maybe I should have a tidy up. WHO HAS THE TIME? Not me! And it’s my blog, so ner.
The first book-related post was a review (of sorts) of Scott Lynch’s excellent Red Seas Under Red Skies, but that didn’t show up until late August. It wasn’t until April 2010 that we saw the next bookish post, a video (told you) on the making of a book cover (Gail Carriger’s ‘Blameless’).
I also dabbled in movie reviews: Predators (could have been better), Adventureland (seven Molly Ringwalds out of ten) and Iron Man 2 (Don Cheadle tries very hard not to be Terrence Howard), just to pick a few.
I quite like talking about movies. Maybe I should do more of that.
I also posted up various bits of writing about a chap called Monty, gentleman thief and lover of dangerously caffeinated beverages, along with his long-suffering PA, Molly. He made some prank calls, got stuck in a minefield, and ended up in an… unusual car during a getaway. Huge fun to write. If you have a spare ten minutes, go have a read and let me know what you think.
In late 2012 I talked about Skyfall. More than once. Followed up by Ten Reasons Why Skyfall is the Best Bond Movie (still true) in 2013. I’ve counted up seventeen Bond-related blog posts over the years. And I still haven’t done my BlogAlongABondAThon (looking at the books vs movies), or my Top Ten Bond Movies, or Best Bond Movie Per Bond, or a dozen other posts in the drafts folder.
I’ve also dabbled in photography advice (Ten simple ways to improve your photos), taken lots of photos of coffee. I love coffee.
From trawling through the archives, it was 2014 (ish) when the book blogging became more of a thing, and I started posting more regularly. I’d still post about random stuff from time to time, and I still really enjoy writing that sort of thing – ramblings about wands in Harry Potter, which way is up on a map, that sort of thing.
Maybe I should do more of that too.
I notice with some interest, that this is the 700th post on espresso coco.
That seems like quite a lot, but nowhere near the 12,000 or so posts on my Livejournal. I treated that more like a pre-twitter twitter, often with a handful of posts a day. I do miss the LJ community sometimes!
My top ten posts (excluding the homepage views)
- Garmin Vivosmart (from 2014!)
- Top ten Discworld books (always provokes a good debate, that)
- RHA MA750 in-ear headphones – review (still splendid earbuds)
- About (YT. Nuff said)
- Stationery geek (mmm, stationery)
- Things I learned at Scout Camp (great fun)
- Serving suggestions (serve soup in a mug in a mug!)
- Monday coffee: double espresso macchiato (told you I liked coffee)
- Maps. What’s up? (the observant amongst you will recognise this from earlier)
- Ten reasons why Skyfall is the best Bond movie. (it still is)
Interestingly, they mostly hark back to 2013. Good year for blogging, 2013. Fine vintage.
This birthday post has got a bit long and rambling. Yes, yes, I realise that I’ve got past form in this regard. If anyone is still here, thanks for reading this far, and thanks for following my little blog. Here’s to another year (or nine) of blogging about books, movies and stuff. I’m glad you’ve been here.
As a special treat for reading this far, I’ll leave you with the ULTIMATE secret to a successful blog.
And some cake. Mmm, cake.