A new year, a new blog…

So, 2012 has arrived and it’s time once again for those traditional New Year’s resolutions to be made and broken. Believe it or not, starting a new blog about Richard Armitage wasn’t even on my list, but as I was posting my New Year’s wishes to Armitage fans all over the world, trying to catch up with last year’s blog posts, temptation got the better of me.

So, does the world really need another RA blog? Well, probably not.  But do I want to write my own RA blog? You bet! And what better time to start one than the year that will see the first of the two Hobbit films hit the cinema? OK, I’ll admit, December is still a long, long way away and I haven’t a clue what I will find to post about but what the heck! As long as we’re having fun!

Before I start though, I would like to thank all those die-hard RA fans with blogs and web sites who have inspired me over the years. To mention just a few: BccMee, whose brilliant fanvids and graphics never fail to make us laugh out loud; Frenzy who  shares her wonderful musings with us through her RAFrenzy blog; Alfie, whose lovely posts can be found on RAlfieism; Servetus’ witty posts on the popular Me + Richard Armitage and Gratiana Lovelace’s thoughtful pieces on Something About Love (A). Then there are of course RichardArmitageNet, Richard Armitage Central, RichardArmitageOnline and the (closed) Facebook group Richard Armitage Friends Network, all of which I visit on a near enough daily basis. There are many, many others who probably deserve a mention here as well for having entertained and inspired me and, over time, I will add you all to my blog roll – promise!

Well, as I wanted to get started straight away (strike while the iron is hot and all that!), this site comes with a minor health warning as it is very much a site still under construction. So, please, ladies & gentlemen, don your hard hats! I’ve only just managed to create a holding banner in Photoshop today and that’s pretty much it, so please bear with me as I add bits and pieces to this blog over the coming days (or weeks).

But an RA blog wouldn’t be an RA blog without a juicy picture, so to finish off this first entry I thought it only fitting to post a shot of my favourite RA character, the delectable Lucas North, just after he’s copied my blog onto a memory stick 🙂

(Screencap from Spooks series 7, episode 6 courtesy of RichardArmitageNet )

Thank you so much for visiting my blog. Please feel free to comment and, if you’ve enjoyed your visit, please come again.


47 thoughts on “A new year, a new blog…

    • Thanks Jeannie. The banner will need some more work but I’m struggling with Photoshop at the moment. It’s been ages since I’ve done any artwork in that programme an my Mac was throwing some serious wobblies today as well. I found the screencap whilst doing my research for Tuesday’s RAFN post, so that was lucky 🙂

    • Thanks Jane. I’m slightly nervous about it all. Like I said, I’d never even thought about doing an RA blog before but the fancy just took me this morning and I decided to give it a try. See, I told you having time off is dangerous – it’s creating more work already!

    • Thanks Bccmee & a very happy and creative New Year to you too. Thanks also for inspiring me to give this blogging lark a go. I’ve no idea what I will write about next but I’m sure I’ll enjoy the journey. At least this is something I can do on my tedious two hour train commute to work 🙂

  1. Kudos to you for starting your very own RA blog!
    You’ll have oodles of fun! And I love your header graphic–Thorin (swoon), and the “A is for Armitage” type face you chose is perfect!
    Thanks also for your kind mention of me and some of the othe bloggers. You’re so sweet!
    New Year’s Cheers! Grati ;->
    P.S. I’ll be sure to make a link to your blog from my blog.

    • Thank you so much Grati – your encouragement means a lot to me. The header may need a little more work over the next couple of days but I’m happy with the basic idea. RA just looks so good as Thorin. I can’t wait to see the film!
      I got some ideas for my next blog piece whilst researching the Tuesday’s Lucas North RAFN post so if I can find the time I may be able to put my second post up tomorrow. Thanks also for adding me to your blog roll, it’s very much appreciated 🙂

    • Thanks Dhana. I still can’t believe I’ve started this blog. Very much a spur of the moment thing but, so far, I’m really enjoying it. If I can find the time I will post my second piece tomorrow.

  2. Best wishes for your project!
    1st January is the best time of the year to start something. Beginning of a new year is a time full of enthusiasm and hope. Never lose this enthusiasm!

    You asked yourself: “So, does the world really need another RA blog?”. The answer is “Yes”. A fresh perspective on the loveliest subject in the world is more than welcome.
    Good luck!

    • Thank you sooo much Cassia. I love starting new things even as this one was a bit of a spur of the moment thing. Just hope I can keep it up but with a subject this inspiring I shouldn’t struggle too much to find something to write about 🙂

    • Thanks Kathryn. I loved Lucas from the moment he came onto the scene & was absolutely gutted when the writers did what they did to him in series 9. It’ll be good to keep his memory going with some blog posts 🙂

  3. Congratulations on your new blog!
    I really love how you named it: “A is for Armitage” brilliant!!! So the world may not need another RAblog but we the inhabitants of the RAworld certainly do 🙂

    • Thanks for your kind words Ana. I’m glad you like the name of my blog as that’s what actually got me started. Once I thought of this one, I couldn’t believe nobody else was using it. As the domain name was still available I just HAD to register it… How could I resist? Now all I need to do is write lots of posts about an actor we all adore. Honestly, how hard can that be?

    • Thanks Isabelle. It’s all very new to me and I hope I can keep it going once I get back to the day job (which has been a bit manic lately). I’m determined to enjoy it though 🙂

  4. Wow – beautiful bannner. Looooove it – and the name. Sooo catchy 🙂
    We can all need another place to get a RA fix – so welcome to RA´s blogworld.
    Really looking foreward to see what you come up with 🙂 And with LN as follower it can only be good 😉
    Thanks for mention my blog – appreciate it 🙂
    I will immediately put your blog on my blogroll 🙂

    • Thanks for your kind words Alfie. You’ve all provided me with some great examples to follow & I hope to learn a lot from seasoned bloggers like yourself. Thanks also for adding me to your blog roll. It is much appreciated.

      I’m glad you like the name of my blog as that’s what actually got me started. I was thinking about blog and website addresses whilst tidying up the bookmarks in my browser (a half-hearted attempt at a New Year clear out), thought of this one and liked it enough to check if anybody was using it. Once I found that the domain name was still available I just had to register it… and here we are! Now all I need to do is put my money where my mouth is 🙂

      PS: Just hope Lucas isn’t like our average MI5 agent and leaves the memory stick on the train 🙂

  5. I also started a blog a few months ago, having never thought about having something like that. I’m not very attached to this technological world and virtual. But that changed when I met you this talented actor and all the creative and friendly community around them. Anyway, I think the hardest thing was to start!
    Good luck!

    • Thanks for your encouraging words Anna. I love the creativity of the RA community – it has some very talented people who host blogs and websites and i’m glad to hear it has inspired you as well. Perhaps you could send me a link to your blog? I ‘m still trying to get my head around how these WordPress sites work and I don’t think I can get to your blog from this post, but please correct me if I’m wrong 🙂

      You’re right about the starting bit. Once I’ve tidied up the blog site things should become a little easier.

    • Jo Posted on Well written. It’s hard to learn to shift from fear to cocennting to one’s own power. I still dip my toe in the fear part too frequently. I’m smiling over turning the tables. My mother actually used to do that. She shared that trick with me when I was in college. lol I think it gave her the power she needed because she could never figure out any other way.

  6. Nice work. Love the layout and the memory stick made me laugh. Reminds me of the Richard Armitage on the Phone tumblr which I should go check in on. Looking forward to keeping up with your blog – cheers!

  7. CB, I’m so glad you’re blogging, and thank you for the kind words. I feel honored. Truly. As to your blog, hard hat is on, and I’m ready for more. 😀

    • Thanks Phylly. I really live being part of the RA community & hope to get to know many more fans this way. Hope you’ll enjoy my future posts.

  8. Best of luck!! I’m a RA lover, used to haunt the sites you mentioned above on a daily basis, but unfortunately my RL spun out of control, and I never get to visit anymore. I wish you well🐚

    • Thanks for your encouraging words Rhapsody. I know what you mean about real life getting in the way. I suffer with M.E./CFS and I know there will be days, weeks or months where I may find it hard to do anything – let alone write & post on my blog but I’m determined to give it a try. I love the RA community though for bringing me so much laughter and inspiration. It really seems to help with the fatigue and so far I’m really enjoying myself. Take care and hope you may drop in from time to time.

  9. Great new blog. Repeating what everyone else has said – your banner is awesome. Welcme to the RA blogosphere!

    • Thanks for your kind words. I’m really enjoying it so far – just wish I had more time to post. Love your blog BTW & can’t wait to see what you will post for FanstRAvaganza 3:-)

  10. Posted on Oh so true! I’ve been frustrated many times wkinrog for hours, banging my head against the keyboard because I’ve stepped outside that feeling of flow. It’s times like that when I really understand the importance of stepping back from a project and letting my self CHILL OUT! Nice Kai!

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