Ten years of blogging: 2005

If you look in this site’s archives for 2005, you’d think that I completely gave up blogging, save for writing review of Doctor Who episodes. This is because of the problems with my old hosting company that I mentioned at the end of the 2004 company, which led to me losing most of my posts from the end of 2004 to early 2006.

Luckily, the Wayback Machine was making regular crawls of my site, so most of the posts from that time have been retained for posterity in some form or other.

There’s always going to be one abiding memory of my life from 2005, as it’s the year my brother died, but I didn’t know that was coming as the year started out.

The big story at the start of the year was Jerry Springer: The Opera, which prompted me to check that you could still change the channel away from programmes you don’t like. I also discovered that using tabloid mathematics, there were over 13 billion instances of swearing during the broadcast.

These were the days when Tim Collins (remember him?) was the Tory education spokesman, and making fun of Tory education policy was a lot harder and on thinner ground than it was to become.

Meanwhile, the British political establishment was rocked to its foundations barely taking notice of the launch of Robert Kilroy-Silk’s Veritas Party.

One curious little thing that followed on from the Jerry Springer: The Opera protests was various traditionalist groups uniting to stage a ‘MediaMarch’. I did some research into them over a couple of posts.

Inspired by them, I established CRACCA – Comic Readers Against Crap Comics Adaptations – which generated a review of Constantine and a meme that didn’t spread very well.

I also advised the Vatican on a much more effective way to stop people reading The Da Vinci Codepoint out that it’s crap. Later, I suggested a much easier way to choose a new Pope.

An old TV show returned at the end of March, and I had something to say about it. A few days later, we were already speculating about who the next Doctor would be, and I was suggesting Anthony Head to play the Master long before he was cast in School Reunion. Not playing the Master, of course, but some fans thought he was.

And lo, a General Election came upon them, and I pointed out that Tom Watson’s ‘Vote Lib Dem, Get Tory’ message was wrong. And it was in 2005. Unfortunately, most of my other General Election posts appear to have disappeared into the aether, though the General Election Blog I contributed to during the election has been captured by the Wayback Machine.

I also contributed several posts to The Sharpener group blog during 2005 and 2006. That also disappeared, but an archive of it has been kept by John Band.

The July 7th bombs happened, a week after I stopped going through Liverpool Street and using the Tube regularly on my way to work.

Blogging was becoming lighter and lighter by that point, and at the end of July I managed to stir myself enough to change the layout. I also wrote a long post explaining why Blake’s 7 wasn’t imminently coming back to television.

My ‘English cricket is strong when Doctor Who is thriving on TV’ theory needs another airing. England’s current purple patch started in 2005 and shows no sign of letting up, after all.

If I’d have known then what I know now about the effects the change in licensing laws would have, I’d have written a much longer post about them.

And as so much of my blogging that year had been, my last post of 2005 was an angry rant about the Government’s desire to clamp down on freedom in the name of national security.

So that was my 2005 in blogging, the year when the amount of it I did dropped off quite dramatically. Next year there’s even less, but I have a good excuse for some of that.