On a Good Day is coming to end. Well, its first phase in at least. When I started this blog, it was intended to be a personal blog about being a dad, a way of preserving of my thoughts and memories of fatherhood. But I love music as well, and so I thought, why not make it a blog about both fatherhood and music.
Problem was, I never really able to crowbar those two subjects together in a way that really worked. I was also constantly torn between blogging just as a hobby, and trying to make the blog ‘successful’ (whatever that means – lots of readers I guess). Eventually I came to realise that trying to make it successful was taking all the enjoyment out of it for me, and that at this point in my life I didn’t have the time or inclination for blogging as anything other than a hobby. I’ve learnt a lot over the last few years though, and now have dozens of others ideas for blogs and websites, some of which may even come to fruition in future years.
So from now on, On a Good Day will just be my personal blog. I no doubt will continue to to write about music and fatherhood, but also anything else I happen to feel like writing about, without restricting myself by subject matter or schedule. Whether anyone will read it, I’m not sure, but for now at least, that’s not the point.
To celebrate the end of this phase of On a Good Day, here are some of the things I’ve enjoyed most about writing the blog over the last 3 years:
- It led to me becoming a published writer, with a chapter in a book on Joy Division. Despite the many thousands of words I’ve written for blogs and fanzines over the years, it felt special to see my work in book form.
- I got to interview some wonderful musicians. These interviews only deepened my love for musicians, the vast majority of whom just keep on making music, whatever else life throws at them, just for the love of it.
- It gave me a platform to react to events, from the personal to the political, such as this piece I wrote the day after Brexit. Of course, I could just have easily written this on Facebook, but just the fact of having a blog made me more likely to write about things, which often helped me understand my own thoughts and feelings on a subject.
- I always had mixed feeling about musicians reading what I had written about them, but I admit to being pretty pleased when Belly shared this piece I wrote about their song Feed The Tree on their Facebook page, shortly after announcing their reformation.
- I’m a soppy bastard really, and it’s been nice to write about how much I love my daughter and my wife (I do tell them this in person also, I hasten to add).
And some of the pieces that have meant most to me over the last few years:
- Not one of my most read posts, but I feel like this piece on the importance of being able to admit one might be wrong about things occasionally has only become more relevant. Plus, it was strangely fun to think of all the things I’ve been wrong about for the list at the end (which could have been much, much longer).
- I’ve ended up writing more than I would have liked about death over these last few years (see most the rest of this list), so it’s nice to read back this piece about the new kind of happiness that fatherhood brings.
- I poured a lot of my heart into this piece on the band Broadcast, loss and love.
- Nick Cave’s ‘Skeleton Tree’ is perhaps my favourite album in the time I’ve been writing this blog. I wrote this long, rambling piece about it.
- And finally, a tribute to my good friend Nick Mann. I wish I’d never had to write this, but I’m glad I did. Thousands of people read this, many times more than anything else I’ve written, which says way way more about Nick than it does about me.