How do you start a blog? What pearls of wisdom can one offer to amuse, educate, and inform the thousands of readers that you expect will flock to read your musings about your chosen subject? (Pause for effect) … I don’t know so I will just start.
Let me say why I have started this blog. I could go on forever on this subject, but the main reason is that Byzantium is an interesting enough subject in itself to justify regular musings. When combined with a belief that it still has something to contribute to the modern world that has, until quite recently, ignored it, then I think that reason enough. I will not spend too much time going into details of why, but I got to this point after a long journey of reading ancient and late antique history, travel to Turkey and Greece, more reading, and the final inspiration from the recent Byzantium 330-1453 exhibition at the Royal Academy in London, I have arrived.
I guess one of the attractions of blogging is that one can express opinions freely; I certainly have some opinions about the way Byzantine history and art is treated, both by the wider world, and its scholars. I will save that for later. Blogging should also have some context in time; like the proverbial newspaper of today, that is tomorrow’s fish and chip wrapper, blogs will date pretty quickly.