I started writing a fan blog, thoughtsofjustafan in 2013 after reading (what seemed to me) yet another poorly researched interview about the tenor, Alfie Boe and thought I could do better. I set up a WordPress account very quickly and published my first few posts. To my surprise and delight, other Alfie fans liked it and before I knew where I was, I had caught the blogging bug.
Audience engagement figures continued to rise and after a while I landed my first interview, with Alfie’s brother Michael, also a gifted tenor. That led on to other interviews which eventually led to being accepted as a Huffington Post blogger and the Official Alfie Boe Fan Blog.
Now if this all sounds idyllic and easy, it wasn’t. By no means was it a bed of roses but like anything, the ups more than made up for the downs. The downs included the problem of staring at a blank page and not knowing what to write (still happens!), striking the right tone and balance with posts and the difficulty of juggling a full time job and a family with running a fan blog. Two years into writing the blog, I took the bold decision to leave my day job and writing quickly became my salvation as I was able to devote more time to it.
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