Well, it’s been a while…

Posted: 20 June 2019 in 55 minus, fiction, going cheep, saturday smiles, social media
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It’s been quite some time since I’ve used this place, been a long time since I’ve blogged at all, other than the annual A Life In Pictures update, and an equally annual post, commemorating the anniversary of my late brother’s death.

For lots of reasons, oh so many reasons, the past couple of years have been… weird; I’ve moved, lots of things have changed; lots of things haven’t, of course. Though, to be fair, that’s no different than for a lot of people.

It’s definitely been a weird time for almost everyone I know, not limited to politics. More than a few friends have had weird stuff going on in their personal lives, work lives, social lives…

Yeah, it’s been a weird few years.

And yes, it’s not like there’s been a shortage of things about which to blog, but I’ve reserved my outpourings and blathering to Twitter, for the most part.

I haven’t even kept up to date with goingcheep, which is supposed to be my daily (hah!) brain dump, something to kickstart the writing muscles .

Part of the reason I’ve not blogged, I acknowledge, is because I’d have found it impossible to do so without at least commenting upon, and probably forcefully expressing my opinion upon, the shitshow otherwise known as ‘British politics’.

There’s been a… concern, I guess… that if I did that, I’d have to comment on Labour. And that in doing so, I’d end up hurting at best, and destroying at worst, some remaining friendships.

But… I’ve been feeling the itch again, that impossible-to-scratch-any-other-way itch to blog again.

Long time followers of this blog, and of me on Twitter, will know that I’ve previously done some daily countdown blogs over the past few years.

A fifty day countdown to 2014 was the first, and as I type that, I realise that was almost six years ago, and wow, that’s scary.

Then a few months later I did a fifty day countdown to my fiftieth birthday, ending on the day before my birthday, as the day itself was spent celebrating at the Edinburgh Fringe.

A fifty day countdown blog to 2015 followed, then a fifty day countdown – mainly but not exclusively on politics – to the 2015 UK General Election. And then an aborted one counting down to 2016…

A couple of them continued after the countdown completed (with “…plus…” replacing the minus) but I often took a short break after the daily run.

And then came a whopping 75 day countdown to 2017. And I took a break… and never really came back.

You can see where this is going, right?

Well, we’re not quite at fifty days until my fifty-fifth birthday. In fact we’re currently at almost 60 days until my fifty-fifth birthday.

So a fifty-five day countdown seems appropriate. Starting on Sunday.

Why not?

Why not indeed.

So, as of Sunday, we’ll start.

I’ll start writing it, and hopefully, you’ll start reading it. What’ll be in it? To start with, a re-introduction to who I am, for readers old and new. Then, over the next eight weeks, some thoughts on the city in which I live, some personal stuff, some slice of life pieces, some thoughts on current UK and US politics, some new fiction, some old fiction, comic books, comedy, the return of the Saturday Smiles… and probably some thoughts on those for whom 2018 or 2019 was their last year on earth.

So, the usual mishmash, then.

See you on Sunday.

Comments
  1. marypicken says:

    This post makes me very happy ❤️

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