By Dan Morrison
Aaaand we’re back! We took a break while we were on our study abroad placements, so now we’re getting the blog going again with a few new faces and a year’s more “life experience”.
There isn’t loads to say, though I thought I may as well let the lovely and exclusive few who read the blog know what’s going, and tell those new Farcebook friends we’ve acquired that newsfeeds will be spammed and their lives turned upside down by the next alright-thing in pretentious student/young-folk writing.
There won’t be too many changes, but enough. While content will continue to vary on the current affairs/moral/philosophical/general interest/social theme, we’re encouraging writers to experiment (if they want to, of course) on formats, styles and structures. We spent a little while trying to work out a theme for the blog, but decided that we’re better off allowing writers to explore as they wish- then the blog will find its own identity (right?). Hopefully we can find a balance between radical/more creative and conventional stuff.
The “Mirth” page has been retired, to be replaced by “Not Just Other Stuff”, which seems fairly self-explanatory. It is an alteration that will no doubt shock many in the media world and we are fully prepared for the vitriol that will- no doubt- come our way.
The monologue feature was a success, so nothing will change there. For those of you who are new to Foreword, let me explain. This feature generally involved people who have had mental health issues and struggles growing up writing anonymously about their experiences. It proved helpful for individual writers and those who have had similar experiences growing up, but importantly also for the ignorant (like me) who have not had such experiences, giving us a better understanding of what’s going on. If you want to write one, please get in touch with one of us.
We know that at times we will, at the very least, be treading water in the seas of pretentiousness, but this is unavoidable. We are all young people trying to write about the world, a world we have not lived in for very long but one we are all very certain about.
Anyway, get in touch if you want to write or if you have any questions or suggestions. Our emails are on the contacts page. Cheers!