I like to vary the type of entries to my blog, if you’re unfamiliar with it, you’ll find I talk about many different things, not all of them to do with the police.
I take my inspiration from various sources; of course there are experiences of 30 years of policing, from my times as a probationer a generation ago to tales of my time in a police control room both as an officer & a civilian which are much more recent.
I never speak about anything which has happened on the day it happens (at work, that is) & I remove details which keep it as generic as possible. You won’t find much on here which has only ever happened to me.
I like to make the occasional post humorous, but that takes a lot of work for the old grey matter.
I’ll post on political matters & comment on what I refer to as society’s ills.
Because I set myself the goal of posting an entry every day it can be quite difficult to come up with a topic every single day. This is often when I wish I just blogged when I thought I had something worthwhile to say like all the other police bloggers; sometimes the last thing you want to do – or have time to do – is sit down at a computer & type up some deep philosophical argument (not that you actually get any of that round here). That’s often the time I just post a quick video, variety being the spice & all that.
I’ll get inspiration from the Google & BBC News websites, from the national TV News – but never from the BBC local news, lest my location is narrowed down. That’s not to say I won’t comment on local issues, but only if I come by them through other means.
I also check out several police forums to see what issues of the day are being discussed. I try not to get stories from other blogs, but inevitably there are issues that we police bloggers want to talk about when they rear their heads in the meeja. That’s where posting every day gives me an advantage; I can often get to a story before some of the other blogs.
I often wish I wrote more down during my police career. I suspect I have what might commonly be known as a bloody awful memory, which means that most of my memoriesÃ‚Â are lost to history. If I had one bit of advice for new recruits, it would be, write it down, we work such an extraordinary job there will always be people fascinated to hear about what we do, just look at all the police reality programmes we have currently.
Sometimes I don’t have any inspiration at all. That’s when I adopt the approach I took withÃ‚Â my motorbike; I set off on a journey with no idea which way I’ll go & just see where the road takes me. Much like as has just happened with this entry.