During the World Cup, this blog became four years old.
I started it back in 2006 because I wanted the opportunity to promote both my own writing and some of the issues and causes I feel deserve support. The discipline of writing pretty much every day has actually proved more important than I expected, whilst the introduction of Google Ads has ensured that the blog now breaks even over the course of a year.
I make no pretence that I Intend To Escape is anything other than a modest operation. Most days it receives about 100 hits and a handful of comments, with 300+ visits on a very good day. It has however served as an opportunity to present a perspective on some local issues here in Hackney - from the collapse of the credit union to the scandal of the Metropolitan Police foisting a gay hating evangelical christian organisation onto Hackney Council and their work with young people in the borough. It has reflected some of the weaknesses and strengths of the UK Anarchist movement, and has occasionally had some recognition in the process, plus brickbats. Finally the blog has allowed me to put into the public domain my rather limited photography skills, from the charms of ladyboys in Koh Samui to the charms of the Manchester Ship Canal.
Best of all the blog has brought me into contact with people I would not have met, spoken to or corresponded with otherwise. Any blogger who says they do not enjoy someone saying out of the blue "oh I read your blog" is of course a liar, whilst invitations to write for other websites are rare but welcome. As for the future, I shall continue juggling shift work with teaching, a PhD and trying to keep fit. I have another web project bubbling under that will appear in full later this year - but more of that later.
I still intend to escape - and come back.