Life Lately

Life Lately

Well here we are again. Every so often I find myself writing a post like this, alternating between apologising for never blogging, and wondering if blogging is still for me. Of course, I know there’s no need to apologise; who’s sitting around and waiting for me to write a blog post? And my ruminations on whether or not to jack the whole thing in always come down on the side of ‘but I will get around to blogging more at some point…’ I guess I’m just reluctant to say a permanent goodbye.

My dilemma (or dilemna) is that I would love to make more of my blog. I’d love to make some extra money, and have some more opportunities as a result of this little space of internet real estate. But to have those opportunities, you have to put the work in. And I’m already putting the work in at the job I get paid real money for. Also, I’m lazy. There’s no two ways about it; given the option between making a plan, sticking to it, writing regularly, taking and editing photos, connecting with other bloggers, making good contacts etc, and sitting on the settee and watching The Apprentice, I’m going to choose the latter nine times out of ten. That’s who I am.

I do have a list of posts I want to write. I want to finally get around to sharing some of my very few 35 Before 35 successes. And as my birthday approaches, I will be sharing my 36 Before 36 list. And then there’s all that’s in between; I’m hoping that as I blog more, the inspiration to write more interesting and entertaining posts will arise. I’ll be seeing you.

Life Lately

Life Lately

Every now and again I feel the need to do a Life Lately post. It’s usually a good way of kickstarting my blog again, and giving me a way of getting back to a slightly more regular schedule of posting.

At the moment, my blog has descended into being a cluster of posts at the end of the month that are roundups of one type or another. That’s not what I want it to be, but I never seem to find the time to write anything else. There’s no reason for this either; I am no busier than the average person who has a full-time job and no children, but time just seems to slip away into a black hole that is full of Netflix watching and Twitter scrolling.

But I’m making lists of posts that I want to write, so I do feel as though the impetus to actually write is returning slightly. I’m not terribly concerned with all of the other stuff that seems to come along with blogging these days, but I do enjoy the writing, and the connecting with a small group of bloggers that I have come to know. So I’m going to have another run at it!

I’ve also made a couple of aesthetic changes around here, so if you read my posts actually on my blog, rather than through a reader, you’ll notice a new theme. It’s not exactly what I want, but until I take the time to work out exactly what that is, it’ll do for now!

Life Lately

Well it’s been a little while. I find myself having to write these types of post more and more often; explaining my absence from the blog, and for some reason finding it necessary to apologise.


In the last couple of months I’ve purposely taken a bit of a step back from blogging, because it has started to feel a lot more like a chore than a pleasure. I’ve written on more than one occasion about feeling a pressure to conform when it comes to blogging, and at the moment, it’s not a pressure that I feel I need. Life has been so busy lately, and continues to be so; I rarely find myself with a free day to just completely relax and do nothing. Most of this busyness is merely down to fun days out and meeting up with people, and so I don’t feel as though I can reasonably complain; but in all honesty it’s beginning to take its toll a little bit, and removing blogging from the equation has been one little concession that I’m happy to have made to try and clear my head.

Frankly, with current events being what they are, complaining about being busy with a Monday to Friday working week and social engagements at the weekend feels entirely out of order, but putting things into perspective by acknowledging the horror in the world is easier said than done sometimes.

All I will say is that despite considering giving up the whole blogging thing entirely, I’ve decided that I ultimately I like it too much, and I’m going to keep things ticking over for the rest of the year. In the somewhat arbitrary way that the new year suggests the need for a new start, I’ll be back with a bang in 2016, or at least I’ll try and commit to a more regular posting schedule before deciding that this just doesn’t work for me, and ultimately ending up writing yet another one of these types of posts.

I’m also going to spending some time getting back to reading blogs. Reading went the way of writing in terms of blogging, and I’m not even sure why. I get as much pleasure out of reading the posts of the bloggers that I admire, as from writing posts myself, so I don’t know why I let that whole thing fall by the wayside. If you start getting comments on posts from two months ago, it’s because I’m playing catch up!

By this point, it’s unlikely that I have that many regular readers left, but part of the new start will be committing to the idea that I am absolutely writing this blog for me, as a record of my oh-so-busy life, so it shouldn’t matter who is reading and who isn’t!

Life Lately

Life Lately

So there I was, all prepared to jump back on the blogging wagon, and I went and left it another two weeks! Part of this was due to technical difficulties; if there’s anyone left out there who is remotely interested in reading my blog, you might have noticed that it just wasn’t there for a while. My wonderful tech friend Lewis, who looks after that side of things for me, sorted it out, and told me that I was the victim of a Denial of Service attack. This means nothing to me, apart from sounding scary, but he’s awesome, and he sorted it out for me, as he always does when I run into technical difficulties over here. He’s a star!

And then I ran into a bit of laziness; I’ve been fairly busy in the last couple of weeks, and the thought of blogging wasn’t doing an awful lot for me. But I’ve been writing posts in my head, and making lists, so I’m hoping for inspiration to hit again really soon. This post is just serving as a bit of a brain-dump; a portal back into the ways of the blogger, hopefully!

I want to share my recent favourite podcast discoveries, some music I’ve been enjoying, the recent Photo an Hour from last weekend, my trip to Edinburgh, the films I’ve been watching, the books I’ve been reading, and a few other things. I have an idea for a post swap that I think might be fun, but I need to gauge interest first. I want to get things looking a bit more me, because at the moment, that header isn’t working for me!

I need to get back into the habit of a weekly post sharing my favourite links, because there’s so much fun stuff out there that needs to be shared! There’s a couple of 33 Before 33 updates to be shared, as I near my birthday (just over two months – that’s not long to get more stuff ticked off!).

By the by, I just thought I’d share my latest wonderful find; Stokpic. You probably already know about it, but it’s a completely free website where you can download photos for use in almost any way you like. The above photo is one such image. Good stuff.