They say time flies when you’re having fun and that’s certainly been the case over the past 10 years as editor of Blowing Bubbles.
I can still vividly remember the train ride home after the play-off final in 2012 where I decided that I’d launch the fanzine a few months later in the August.
I’d already done a fair amount of research. I knew what I needed to do to get it designed, printed, and distributed but what I didn’t have were writers.
That summer was such an intense period in my life with long days and little sleep trying to get a team together and our first edition ready but come our opening game against Aston Villa, I’d done it and the rest, they say, is history.
Certainly those first few months were the most challenging with many moments of: ‘Why am I doing this?’, and thoughts of packing it all in.
But my heart overruled my head and I stuck with it, which I’m glad I did. Looking back now, the magazine has evolved so much over these past 10 years.
We started as a publication for every home game but changed to monthly for our third season and what an inspired decision that turned out to be – certainly for my stress levels.
There has also been an evolution in the design of Blowing Bubbles as well as the regular content and columnists; Something really evident when you flick through issues from each season.
I feel like our evolution matched that of the club itself. From promotion to the Premier League to the latter stages of a European competition; What a journey it’s been!
I’m incredibly proud of what the team and I have achieved over the past decade. There were times I didn’t think we’d make 10 editions, let alone 125 in 10 years.
We simply wouldn’t have got to where we are today with you – our wonderful readers. The interest following that very first issue gave us a strong platform to build from.