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I’m back

0 Comments 20 August 2012

About 4 weeks ago I stopped blogging. If truth be known I was a bit fed up with it. The realization came after I had read an excellent entry in Penelope Trunk’s blog about How she had received a big advance from a publisher but self published anyway. However the bit that really caught my eye was near the end. I remember the words very well.

‘I love love love my blog.’

That’s when I realized. I had stopped loving mine. It had become a big drag. A chore in fact. Something to be rolled out each week to keep the SEO merchants happy. Maybe everyone comes to that realization with a blog. After all I’ve being doing it religiously each week for 18 months, sometimes, churning out 3 or 4. I think that had become the problem. Churning and rolling stuff out is not good for any business, particularly blogging. I knew I needed a break from it. In fact so much so I didn’t even bother to tell anyone. I just stopped. Took off. And now I’m back feeling refreshed and raring to go again.

What have I been doing? Well a great holiday for one. More of that in a mo. And watching the Olympics of course. Like many I got completely hooked and am suffering withdrawal symptoms now that life has returned to a semblance of normality. I keep checking the medals table to see if GB are still ahead of Russia and maybe catching China. But of course it hasn’t moved. It’s all over for another four years. I loved being an expert on sports that I couldn’t spell (Taekwondo) and will most likely ignore until Rio. I enjoyed the odd facts that were spewed out daily. That Usain Bolt took only 42 steps in his 100 metres final and spent 7.2 of his 9.63 seconds in the air. Literally flying. That if Yorkshire was a country we would be 10th in the medals table above … just one second, off to check the medals table …. Japan, the Netherlands, Spain and even Brazil. Go Yorkshire.

Our holiday was interesting. We were meant to walk the Dales Way which for those of you who don’t know is an 85 mile walk from Ilkley up to the Lake District. It hit all the right buttons. Green. Outside. Healthy and active. Of course I didn’t figure on the incessant rain which quite frankly didn’t bother me or my partner. However we didn’t fancy frog marching our two kids across soggy peat for two weeks in the monsoons that have been soaking our fair isle for the last month or two. Bottom line is that we went to Sardinia. Whilst not as green – although I did offset our flight emissions – we did stay on an eco farm which sourced all its produce locally and was energy neutral courtesy of some huge solar panels outside the main farm house. They call them Agri Turismos out there and I would highly recommend them. Ours was La Cerra. You can view it at Agriturismolacerra. Beautiful countryside. Loads to do with the kids. Outside all day. Lots of really interesting people. And great Italian meals every evening at the restaurant on the farm. Brilliant. I’m so glad we didn’t walk the Dales Way!

So I’m back and feeling refreshed and ready to fall back in love with my blog. Time will tell. In the meantime I’m off to check the medals table again. Just in case.

 

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