Ok, so here I am. Finally writing a web log. Just a tiny bit late to the party you might say… I’ve been humming and haa-ing over this thing for, well, years. I mean, don’t we all kinda hate bloggers? secretly..? not so secretly? or is that just me…..!!!? I’ve decided to embrace my urge to write. I have a head FULL of ideas. Really, if I’m honest, that’s probably my downfall. I butterfly from one idea to the next, one idea in a contest with the other, survival of the fittest. And so after much mulling over and consideration, This For That :: Quid Pro Quo has been born today on a cold September early evening in Belfast.
So why did this take me so bloody long….? I guess the main reason is that I have soul searched for a way to write which might just have a purpose. Be thought provoking, offer something to others, create positive energy which can be exchanged.
What is Quid Pro Quo anyway…? Back in the day at school, I really quite liked Latin. Well I liked the teacher, Pascal – we all called him by his first name, conjugating verbs and ‘translating’ passages of Homer’s Illiad. In truth it was more like cogging notes and scraping through with answers akin to ‘The People called the Romans, they go the House’* (*see Monty Python for ref). But genuinely I loved the romanticism of Latin, the precious ring to the words, the holyness of the language, spiritual and deep. I don’t know quite how the hell the phrase Quid Pro Quo popped into my head, but it was like a rush of adrenaline when it happened, a flash of ‘Oh f*uck, that’s it, that’s really the phrase that nails it…!! It’s my blog which will be honest, open, warts and all and take me to a positive place where I can do things, help others do things, help make connections and develop ME in the process.
Quid Pro Quo means This for That, something for something.
I’ll do THIS and I’ll get THAT in return.
My lack of love for the blogging fraternity for so long was due to the ‘Take-Take, and then tell everyone how great it is’ mentality, and as I’ve come to realise that wasn’t entirely fair. I think waaaaaay back, the transparency of bloggers and what they earned, what they received as freebies, what doors were opened to them, was extremely low. Muddy waters. The newer generation of bloggers of all ages and backgrounds however has fought that image and is thankfully more open about how the whole transaction takes place. For many, blogging is simply that they wanna write some stuff down and get their thoughts out there. And sure there’s nowt wrong with that.
So I’m writing. I’m gonna write what I think. I’m gonna make sure that if you are reading my blog you know WHAT I GOT. And getting back to my butterfly ways, I’ll be exploring ideas in all manner of different subjects – not just millinery and fashion which i’m probably best known for, but all creative industries, culture, cuisine, home, health, love and living life to be the best that we can be. Not necessarily in that order. Together. So let’s get scratching each other’s backs…
Feedback welcome. Just don’t hate me. lol.