Hello! Over here! Yes, that’s it… well, hello again…

Posted: 18 June 2021 in 57 minus, going cheep, social media
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Oh good, you’re sticking around long enough to read this post. I did wonder for a bit.

OK, so I mentioned the other day that I’m about to kick off a blog run, counting down to my fifty-seventh birthday. Following the habit of previous runs, they’ll all be categorised and tagged with a 57minus reference.

But I finished the aforementioned entry with

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

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

So, on Monday, we’ll start.

I’ll start writing it, and, hopefully, you’ll start reading it.

But what’ll be in it?

To start with, a brief re-introduction to who I am, for readers old and new. I mean, it’s been a year and a half; March 2020 alone lasted about 200 days by reckoning. But yeah, a brief-ish reintroduction.

Then, over the next eight weeks or so, lots of different things, but some regular (in the proper sense, as in there’ll probably be one a week or so) things:

  • some slice of life pieces
  • some thoughts on current UK and US politics
  • some pieces on the city, and country, in which I live
  • Some thoughts on birth, death, and that messy but in between
  • some personal stuff (given my usual reticence on such matters, it always surprises how personal and open these entries end up.)
  • some old fiction, some new fiction,
  • comedy and comic books, and their similarities, and differences
  • Something on sleeping and dreaming, and when it’s time for bed
  • the return of the Saturday Smiles; oh, I’m sure there’s some more I can find.
  • …and probably some thoughts on those for whom 2020 or 2021 was their last year on this planet.

As for how detailed the plan is right now… well, it’s not. It’s not even as detailed as, for example 2017’s was when I started planning it out.

These are snaps of the plan I had for that run.

I’m amused that, looking at some of those initials and references, I truly have no idea to what they referred. Some, yes. “WHTN?” was a ref to a monthly comedy night (‘What Has The News Ever Done For Me?’, run by the wonderful Gráinne Maguire); “S/Smile” is an obvious reference to the Saturday Smiles, and “R/Park” was a reference to the by-election taking place in Richmond Park parliamentary constituency, where I lived.

But “NG/DG”? “2G”? I’ve genuinely no idea.

I guess I’ll find new initials and acronyms for this run over the weekend.

Oh, and by the way, I’m restarting goingcheep at the same time. Just to get the writing muscles – physical and notional – started.

Which brings me on to timings. Obviously, any plan I have as to when to post the entries lasts about a week before something comes up and blows it out of the water so I end up posting an entry or two after the sun has gone down, but the general plan is 3:30pm. Going cheep around half two, the blog post goes live about an hour or so later.

I’d be astonished if – in 2019 – more than 10% of the posts followed the timings plan, but more than you’d expect came in within an hour or so.

There may be one more blog post before the countdown blog commences on Monday. But if not…see you on Monday.

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 a caffeine-fuelled typing mood, feel free.

I’m on https://ko-fi.com/budgiehypoth

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