I can’t remember why I decided to start a blog. I didn’t really know what a blog was back then (top tips: know what a blog is before you start one) and yet there it was at the top of my list of things to achieve in my gap year: “start and maintain a blog”.
It’s strange to think about what blogging has given me. Even though some days I hate it, there’s an awful lot of really wonderful things that I probably wouldn’t have without it. There are friends I wouldn’t have met, people I wouldn’t have talked to, events I wouldn’t have attended. There are risks I wouldn’t have taken and chances I wouldn’t have been offered. When I look at it like that, even on the bad days, blogging is worth every agonising Sunday.
Take tonight. Like this blog, and so many other things I’ve done over the years, Adventures in Comedy-Land started as a crazy idea. I was at a gig, watching Paul McDermott sing, and this strange idea drifted into my head. When we emerged from the dark theatre I leant against a wall and, in the blogging section of my notebook, scribbled the words “Adventures in TV-Land live”.
The eighteen year old Alex who started this blog would have loved Adventures in Comedy-Land.  I’m not sure, honestly, that eighteen-year-old-Alex knew what she was capable of. People told her she was capable of things, but I don’t think she always believed them.
If nothing else, that’s what blogging has given me: confidence. Confidence in myself and in my writing and in my ideas. That might sound corny and lame but it means an awful lot.
 I’ve never been particularly good at resisting the pull of crazy ideas. That perverse thrill you get when they become a (terrifying) reality is strangely irresistible. I think there’s a lot to be said for taking a risk on a crazy idea, especially one that frightens you. Learning that I was capable of not only putting those ideas into action but actually succeeding in the process (more often than not) is one of the most important things I’ve learnt in the last few years.
So if you happen to be in Newcastle or surrounds get yourself to The Royal Exchange tonight to celebrate three long years of whatever it is this blog thing is. I’m nervous and excited about Adventures in Comedy-Land, excited because it features an amazing assortment of funny people and nervous because I really want it to go well. I think it will.
I know I have a lot of readers who won’t be able to make it to The Royal Exchange to see this crazy idea reach fruition. You guys are scattered all over the country and (surprisingly) the world. But I wanted you to know that without you there’s no way this blog would have reached the ripe old age of three. For this reason, I got you a present to celebrate Adventures in TV-Land’s third birthday.
All you need to do is send an email to me (alexandra dot b dot neill at gmail dot com). The subject heading should be in ALL CAPS and in the email you need to tell me your mailing address.
I know some people are kind of weird about giving their address to people off the internet but I solemnly swear I will use this address solely for the purpose of sending you a thing. I will mail you the thing and then I will delete the email. Promise.
This simple email is all you need to do. Then you can just sit back and wait for mail. Everyone loves mail.
That’s 159 Sundays in three years, 170 posts on this blog. Thank you, again, for turning one crazy idea into crazy numbers like that. 

Further reading

December – home

I spent the first minutes of 2018 on the beach. I’ve never actually spent New Year