TELL US ABOUT YOURSELF?
I’m Phil Parker and I like making things. Mostly model trains and boats, but I’ll have a crack at anything. An unopened Ikea box always make me happy!
WHY DID YOU START BLOGGING?
Back in the late 1990s when Blogs first appeared, I fancied having a go, but needed a topic. At the time, there were loads of people writing about work and getting fired, so that seemed like a bad idea. My plan was to write about my hobby, and since I’d started making models for others, it became a way to update them on progress.
HAS YOUR BLOG CHANGED SINCE YOU FIRST STARTED?
In 2008, I decided to take a year off work – about 6 weeks before the economy imploded. As part of this, I knew I needed a focus and decided that I’d post something every day. And that’s what I’ve been doing since. Even when I returned to a proper job, shear bloody-mindedness has made sure I kept the volume of postings up.
WHAT HAS BEEN YOUR FUNNIEST MOMENT SINCE STARTING YOUR BLOG?
Meeting people who read my work. It’s weird, and pleasant having someone come up to you and start talking about a project carried out long ago. Some of those I’ve met have become friends too.
WHAT HAS BEEN YOUR WORST MOMENT SINCE STARTING YOUR BLOG?
Those days when I imagination fails me and I’m struggling to fill the weeks posts. Often this is because real life has become too busy for me to make anything to post about. It has made me more imaginative though, able to pull a post out of thin air with waffle.
WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE TO A NEW BLOGGER STARTING OUT?
Pick a subject and learn to be very detailed in your posts. Don’t blow an entire project in one day, split it up and keep the readers coming back. Most blogs run out of material very quickly, you need to think ahead. If you are writing about something you already do, it’s a whole lot easier.
WHAT SURPRISED YOU ABOUT BLOGGING THAT YOU DID NOT REALISE BEFORE YOU STARTED?
That anyone would read my stuff. Also, just how far back people will read thanks to search engines. Oh, and that it’s an excellent showcase for your writing and photography. It lead directly to the job I do now editing and writing for model-making magazines.
WHAT DO YOU LIKE TO DO IN YOUR SPARE TIME?
The stuff I blog about mostly. And writing a novel (another blog) with a friend.
IF YOU WON THE LOTTERY WHAT WOULD YOU DO FIRST?
Give some money to the RNLI. Then buy myself more projects than I’ll ever live to complete. Bearing in mind my current stash, this wouldn’t need to be a big win!
WHO IS YOUR BLOGGING HERO AND WHY?
I don’t really have one. Most of the bloggers I read years ago have faded away, which I think is very sad.
You can follow Phil at
Blog – Phil’s Work Bench
Twitter – @Practical_Phil
Instagram – @practical_phil
Thank you Phil for introducing yourself and telling my readers all about your Blog and yourself.
If you missed last weeks post or any of the other posts in the series, you can find the post in my Meet The Blogger section.