What is this and why should I care?

That is what I expect many people to think when they read this title. ATD Dublin is a project that I have been working on and will be working on during the summer months of this year getting ready to launch it full scale in October. You may have noticed that the name of the blog changed over the past few days from, “Mark’s Blog” to “ATD Dublin” and soon the URL will redirect to something of a similar nature.

Basically ATD Dublin at it’s simplest is a different way of telling news stories. I firmly think that the boring monotonous way in which news is told on TV or radio is dying a slow death, especially among young people. Now I would never call myself a comedian, at least not at the moment but comedy and making people laugh is something I have always been good at so what if the news can be told in a way that is funny, entertaining yet informative and that connects with a wide range of audiences especially young people.

That is what ATD Dublin intends to do.

So where is the name born from? Well, last year my younger brother was tragically killed in an accident in Ireland, I was living in London at the time and decided to pack in my job and my life there and to head back home to Dublin. I picked up a part time temporary job at an airline company where I am still working away but I thought to myself, why can’t I start up something that would make myself happy for once and maybe earn a living from something I enjoy for the first time in my life? So what started as a simple formed idea has grown into something much bigger, and even if I can’t earn a living of it I can still do something I really enjoy and want to do. This leads me to the name, “ATD Dublin.” Put quite simply, Dublin is the city I live in and broadcast from, ATD is the initials of my brother which I am dedicating this hard work towards.

Why so long to get up and running? I have tried setting up blogs and such before which I have stuck with but they have never been anything sensational. This is the first time where I am planning everything extremely carefully, everything is being thought out fully such as equipment, room I record in, recording style, editing style, backdrop, presentation of content, use of social media and more. Also I am getting myself into better shape before October too which will boost my confidence further in front of the camera.

And who is working on this then? For now, this is all on me. The whole thing from writing an article to recording and editing a video and right up to uploading is all on me. If I could employ others down the line then that would be fantastic and that would be the long term goal but nothing is set in stone. What I am trying to do is pretty ambitious, it could work or it could flop.

So how will it work? Well over the upcoming months I will be starting with written content only, a few articles a day on news content happening in the world. Nothing will be copied from another website, it will all be my own writing on here. Then in October of this year a YouTube channel will launch creating video content on the stories that I am running on here. I would love to say that I will create ‘X number of articles each day’ but of course due to working arrangements its not possible to commit to that 100% now.

So thats all for the moment, if you managed to stick to the end of this post then much thanks for bearing with me. Keep an eye on here for more articles and upcoming news.