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Posted: 16 June 2021 in 57 minus, going cheep, social media

It’s been over a year since I’ve blogged properly, or regularly. Or even frequently, which of course isn’t the same thing at all as regularly.

Whichever you prefer, I haven’t been blogging. Thank you; I’m sure you’ve all missed me a great deal.

In fact, other than 2020’s annual update of A Life In Pictures, and the equally annual post, commemorating the anniversary of my late brother’s death, I’ve not really blogged since the end of the run I did in 2019.

That run started with a countdown blog running up to my 55th birthday, then continued for another 55 days for symmetry… and then they were followed by a 75 day countdown to 2020.

And, yes, I ran it a few days into 2020 but then took a few days off… which turned into a few months, and then I wasn’t in a good place anyway, mentally, to blog.

So I didn’t.

So, what have I missed? It’s not like anything big happened or anything, did it?

Well, quite.

The past year and a half has been… weird. For all sorts of reasons, only one of which was the Covid pandemic. But yeah, it was weird.

Odd. Strange.


In the past few months alone, I’ve hit four years in the flat, and four and a half years as a non-smoker. I never really expected either of them, even though my lad often reminds me with a sigh “but that’s how time works, dad!”

It’s definitely been a weird time for almost everyone I know, again not limited to solely Covid. One thing we haven’t had is a general election which after 2015’s, 2017’s and 2019’s was… nice. Well, we haven’t had one over here, anyway, but of course there have been elections around the world and it won’t surprise anyone that I’ve been following politics here and abroad.

More than a few friends have had weird stuff going on in their personal lives, and work lives…

Yeah, it’s been a weird period of time.

So, 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’. And I lost enough friends during the 2019 run to be eager to repeat that.

Partly it’s been because I’ve had nothing to say that hasn’t been said or written by others, other people smarter than me, or better writers than me, or just with the same take as anything I’d write.

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

Long time followers of this blog, and of me on Twitter, will know that I’ve done several 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 2013 was almost eight years ago, and that’s genuinely scary.

Then a few months later I did a fifty day countdown to my fiftieth birthday. 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 a 75 day countdown to 2017.

And then I took a short break… which ended up being two and half years before I did the aforementioned 2019 six month run.

You can see where this is going, right?

We’re currently at just over 60 days until my fifty-seventh birthday.

So… a fifty-seven day countdown seems appropriate. Starting next Monday.

Why not?

Why not indeed?

What’ll be in it? Well, here are seven things… number five will shock y—

Well, no, I’m not that click-baity and nor is this blog.

So, come back in a couple of days and I’ll let you know what the rough plan is… though longer term readers won’t be that surprised at what the plan is, I suspect.

Fifty-seven days. Fifty-seven posts. One fifty-seventh birthday.

I’m trying something news with this run. I’ve signed up to ko-fi.com, so if you fancy throwing me a couple of dollars every so often, to keep me in coffee, feel free. I’m on https://ko-fi.com/budgiehypoth

Some more details at the end of the week…

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