To which the answer is … Why not? Everyone else is writing one!
Another answer – I don’t know if it is just me, but I when look back over the last year I find it difficult to remember most of what I did. By this time next year I hope I can refer back to this blog and find out. Of course, I’ve never managed to keep a diary going until the end of January, so this might be my one and only post!
This is also a way to practice writing. I hope to write a book about my research into Captain John Madder of the Worcester, but when faced with a blank page, my mind goes equally blank. Perhaps writing here will help me conquer my fear.
This will also be a place to record any information that doesn’t fit on my madder-roots website; news of what I have been researching, or places I have visited; interesting photographs I have taken or anything I want to share with the world.
To mark the start of a new year, here are two photos I took in my garden on 31st December: