This may not be of much interest to anyone else, but it’s now been five years to the day since I launched this blog with a post about not getting worked up about the newly-elected leader of the Labour Party. The more things change…
For a taste of the years since then, you can take a look at my reviews of 2011, 2012, 2013 and 2014. During that time, a few of the things I’ve written that seemed to get a good response have included sharing information about your rights at the jobcentre, writing snarky replies to daft articles (not something I would’ve thought of as my greatest achievement, but a lot of people seemed to read it for whatever reason), pleading for an end to liberal snobbery posing as anti-fascism, and spreading the news about state repression like the Grand Jury that targeted anarchists in the Pacific North-West.
Meanwhile, fellow anarcho-bloggers Recomposition also celebrated their fifth birthday earlier this month, having published their first article a few weeks earlier than me. In all honesty, their blog’s a lot better than mine, so you should definitely try and keep an eye on it if you don’t already. During those five years, they’ve published a book, which is great and well worth worth reading, as well as a load of other articles that have inspired me and helped me to gain a much better understanding of what my ideals can look like when put into practice. Their series on sleep, work and dreams was a particularly impressive piece of personal/political writing. I’m tired and a bit stressed right now, and my writing is even more uninspired than usual, so instead of trying to come up with an inspiring statement for the next five years, I’ll just steal their conclusion:
Over the last 5 years, we’ve managed to post hundreds of these snippets of working life, and we can only hope that we continue to inspire people to write, and show that history is not just for academics, and professional writers, but for us. We weave the fabric of our lives with our everyday stories of fright, joy, desperation, and our lifetime stories of organizing struggles, of victories, and losses.
So write. Write about your life, about organizing, about your triumphs and dumb mistakes. Write about what we can do better and what we’re doing so well. Write if you love writing, and write if you’ve never written before. Especially, write then. Nobody else is going to do it for you and everyone at the party is waiting for you to say something. Your turn, fellow worker.