That’s a question I’ve been pondering for some while now. What exactly is established 3007? What is it all about? What do I hope to achieve with it?
I feel like the answer has changed just as I as a person have changed. When I founded this blog back in 2015, it was intended as nothing more than a place for me to get my thoughts out for other people to read if they so desired. Why exactly I thought anyone would, I’m still not sure, but I have a couple of theories. I’ve always been a fairly keen writer, and I’ve always tried to think outside the figurative box, so it was only a matter of time before I started expressing the strong views I held as a teen through the written word.
At the time, most of those views were concentrated within the four walls of the Church. I had barely even been a Christian for two years, so there was still quite a lot of ‘initial fervour’ to my faith (something I hope will never fully subside), and yet Christianity had been inescapable for my entire life, so I liked to think I knew what I was talking about. There were many things I was picking up on, and which I felt needed to be addressed, so I took it upon myself to write about them. When it came time for me to choose a handle for my blog, I made sure to reflect the fact of my faith in it – 30th July 2013 is the closest thing I have to a conversion date, so you could say I as a Christian was ‘established’ on 30/07.
That was how the seeds for this blog were sown. For everything about E3K7 that has changed since then, there’s something else that hasn’t. Even though I’ve found myself writing about things outside of the ‘Christian’ remit a number of times, and even though I’ve experimented with styles of writing different to what I started out with, the core function of this blog is still the same: it’s a place for me to share my thoughts on whatever it is I’m driven to write about, using words, sentences and paragraphs as ways to get my points across.
With that said, blogs are generally nothing without their readership, and this one is no exception; it would feel pointless for me to post this stuff to the internet if I didn’t want anyone else seeing it. Not only that, but my time as a member of the Scargill Movement (Sept. 2016 – Aug. 2017; read about it here) has taught me more about the value of community than I knew could be the case, and I feel less and less inclined to isolate myself from other people with every passing day. So to anyone reading this, thanks so much – it’s the support of people like you that helps keep me writing. Hopefully my content will provoke discussion, debate, critical thought and perhaps even some laughter. And if not, at least I can say I tried.