Words on words

The eagle-eyed amongst you may have noticed the complete lack of action on this blog – and many of the others that WordPress has allowed me to setup without properly thinking through what I was doing – over the past few years. I’d like to pretend there are good reasons for this, such as a trip to the Moon or top-secret internship in the Alphabet labs under the exclusive supervision of Kanye West, but that would be rather exceptionally disingenuous. This is, however, quite an interesting time and the end of said silence.

The realisation that school is now a thing of the past only hit me in earnest yesterday. Education, however, is not. Later this month, I’ll be starting a BSc in Web Science at the University of Southampton. This means that not only will I be studying a fascinating array (if you’ll pardon the pun) of topics from microeconomics to programming to demographics, but I’ll also be living in a city (or, in fact, a well-populated place) for the first time since reaching an age at which I was aware of my surroundings. Apparently I’m an adult, and it’s all rather exciting.

So, most importantly, what does this all mean for the blogs? This one, which should soon have a rather snappier domain assigned properly to its pages, will become rather useful in this transitional process and beyond. It would be lovely and, I suspect, helpful to discuss life and the universe and everything around these parts, so prepare for that. Digging through archives at The Broadie before I left made me realise how little of that stuff ever made it onto the web, so I’ll be plastering those gems (and shoddy attempts at cricket-based humour and Miley Cyrus jokes) here over the next few weeks for posterity.

Elsewhere, my plan is certainly to keep writing things of multitudinous ilks and to see where that takes things. That will almost certainly involve Digixav making a majestic return to your RSS feeds, a continued growth in cricket-related content on Stumpline, smuggling further pseudonymous articles into The Broadie, or more likely some exciting new things that are yet to be born or embraced by my procrastinatory fingers. Watch this space.

And then there’s the podcast. Having actually met a real human being with a podcast in the flesh for the first time a few weeks ago, my interest in the whole thing has been reignited. The Digixav Podcast will return, as Henry and I both need some way of ensuring we talk utter nonsense for hours on end keep track of the goings on in consumer technology and the world in general given the fact that we’ll literally be 400 miles apart. That’ll be happening quite soon, so subscribe on iTunes or Android or some such to make sure you get alerted to the poor microphone technique and Flavor Flav jokes when they ‘drop’. There might even be some non-tech stuff to follow, but we shall see. Or hear.

If you wish to follow me on Twitter or connect on LinkedIn or add me on Facebook or endure photos of cricket grounds on Instagram or slow replies by email, you’ll probably come across whatever words or things I do end up producing. It would be great to hear from you all.

Whatever happens, it’s going to be fun.

Author: Xavier Voigt-Hill

I write words. Sometimes say them on the radio too.