2011 Stored Unserviceable: 2015 Restored to Service.
December 29, 2015 10 Comments
It’s only fair to warn you.
Potter is back.
When I put this site to bed in 2011 I honestly thought that I was finished with blogging. Then I briefly re-started, then I stopped again. It wasn’t a hard decision to stop because I felt that I had run out of things to say. And having started my mainline career with South West Trains it was gently communicated to me that the company no longer looked with such benevolence upon my blogging. Which was a shame, since it seemed to me and others that it shone a window on the working of the railway which didn’t involve politics or grandstanding or PR talk. It was simply the thoughts of a very junior staff member, a very enthusiastic and engaged one at that.
So the blogging stopped. But the enthusiasm didn’t. I’m still happy to say that the front of a train is where you’ll find me being paid to sit. I’m still quietly in love with getting paid to charge about the countryside and around the houses. Children waving from bridges still get waved at in return, I still eagerly tell anyone who’ll listen that they really ought to join the railway because it’s the best gig on the planet and I still can’t imagine having any other career. As I take great delight in telling everyone who asks, “It beats the crap out of working for a living.” The railway is still a paid hobby. I kept up with the Twitter feed, and now have nearly 3,000 followers – some of whom are allowed to walk the streets unsupervised – but 140 characters isn’t a proper bit of writing. So I’ve decided to revisit the blogging bit for a while and see how things go. Just to enhance the Hobby aspect of the Paid Hobby. In the interests of adding even more to the rich tapestry of Anorak, it looks like the hobby will shortly become a lot more complicated. Without going in to too much detail now, the complications will be coming from something 4-coaches long with lots of doors. Life is about to get interesting.
And then today, whilst shopping for odds and ends to take with me to Prague – eastern Europe for New Year: get a load of Intercontinental Potter! – a friend suddenly asked me “When are you going to start writing again?”I honestly hadn’t given it too much thought until he asked and hadn’t planned on resuming. But the more I thought, the more I found myself saying “Why not? If the company don’t like what I have to say they’ll damn soon tell me.”
So here we are. Back where we started. An anorak in front of a keyboard.
A lot has changed. And a lot hasn’t. We’ll see where things go from here.
Keep ’em peeled.