Today this blog marks its fifth anniversary.
Blogging hadn't really occurred to me until Michael Crick, then of BBC 2's Newsnight programme, and now at Channel 4 News, suggested to me that it might be a good idea.
I suppose he must have already known that the rise of the internet and social media, etc. had severely limited the chances of 'specialists' like me to get their output published in the mainstream media.
But I have to admit that it's rather a mixed blessing to be able to 'publish' anything you feel like writing without any kind of editorial comment, feedback or control..
A few of the 998 blogposts (so far) were based on material that had already appeared in newspapers. But the vast majority never did.
There was, of course, a time when to publish you own writings was referred to as 'vanity publishing'.
But a big difference between 'vanity publishing' and blogging is that this costs you very little other the hours you spend on it.
Whether or not it's proof of my vanity, I'll leave others to decide. To help on yout way, I've decided to mark the anniversary by putting links to old posts from the archives on Twitter - the first one of which outlined some tips for Gordon Brown's party conference speech in 2008.