How long is the proverbial piece of string anyway?
I didn’t honestly know how long l would be away when l published Taking a Break last month – l figured it would be perhaps between 4 – 8 weeks max, and yet l have published three posts [including this one] to my blog anyway since then. The first week away witnessed the bulk of the shake and wake ups l needed to perform to this blog, whilst the second week was fine tuning those changes and this last week, l have allowed the blog to be dormant of sorts aside from the occasional posting.
There is no denying, I have been away … ish for 21 days – even with the three posts published because they weren’t posted daily in any sequence like l used to achieve before. Perhaps the most noticeable change is that I have been absent from the day to day social communication with many of you, l have still been reading your blogs daily and when applicable l have been commenting. So no different a schedule to normal there, just not writing daily.
My apologies to some of you who have written to me and asked questions and not received a fully committed response, the reason for that is that there has been a lot of additional stress in my life in the last few weeks and l was glad to be on the break for some of those whilst l could get to grips with them more.
I have been kept busy with life from all angles …. l shall explain a few here today.
1] The Guy blog –
Needed a complete overhaul internally and that has been successfully achieved, l’ll not bore you with all the tiny details but some of the bigger ones. Sunday 1st August started with a total of 8005 posts in this blog written from September 2017 when the blog was first created to 31st July 2021 and l decided to have a massive clear out and so today l only have 1440 posts, l destroyed everything else, they were simply no longer needed. I also have an additional 100 or so stored that are to be rewritten for the business blog in the next few months and then they too will be deleted.
Other internal and otherwise invisible changes to this blog were the removal of many categories and hundreds of tags and a good 2GB of unwanted media [the latter is still an ongoing chore as l am in the process of endeavouring to remove a total of 10GB media images from a current collective figure of 18GB]
Many series were removed – for a few reasons, but mostly they required a lot of input from me to create and they didn’t really receive a lot of feedback from others proving they were not that popular to begin with. Many older series were simply archived. Many question series were deleted , although the 24 Hour Blog Question series is staying. There were many changes of that ilk. I will still have running however a total of 13 series, although 5 are currently inactive. I also tweaked the navigation bar and expanded the menu for those readers who don’t just use the Reader. The Likes and the sharing buttons on this blog will remain disabled.
The new writing schedule for this blog is three posts per week which will start properly end September. Although between now and then, like this week as an example, l will be creating two posts weekly. There are no more changes to be made to this blog. I did change the background colour, and am now happy with the teal/sea green blue l have in situ.
There will be other small invisible tweaks to this blog all year that’ll not directly affect any of the readership though.
2] The business blog –
Has been partially renamed and will launch later on in the year, but will not be connected to GUY and will be a separate entity completely covering topics mostly to do with vermicomposting and vermiculture, composting, courtyard gardening and environmental issues as well. Although the ‘Social Gardening series ‘ in the GUY blog will be separate to this.
Yes, I am still studying the marketing course to those who enquired about that and will be for most of this year.
3] Suze –
A few people have enquired about Suze and her health and how is she? There is more to what l write below, but in a brief synopsis, the following ….
Some of you may recall, that Suze was suffering with mild depression because of the long term side effects following the cancer treatment such as the lack of saliva production [due to the radiotherapy completely destroying her saliva glands] so she always has a completely dry mouth and must either chew gum or sip water all day[as she cannot produce any saliva of her own], her neuropathy which is damage to the peripheral nerves which affects her hands and feet terribly, and also her tinnitus which was also caused by the treatment she received to remove the cancer from the throat. [The treatment damaged her ear drums]
But all of these combined mean that she is no longer able to sleep for longer than 2 hours unbroken sleep a day and this with everything else going on caused by the side effects and including a very damaged diet and loss of appetite due to ‘dry mouth’ caused her to crash on her mental health. Making matters worse, Suze feels very vulnerable and is suffering from acute loneliness which is making her depression far worse.
I have invited Suze to be my house guest to help her and motivate her recovery and hopefully be able to get her into a position of strength and confidence to make decisions on her life that will affect her long term. She will be my full time guest from the start of October for an unfixed period of time.
4] My stomach problems –
So with my worries for Suze, l have had a bit more stress of late and l have not been telling everybody everything until things were firmer and this has been playing some havoc with my stomach.
In addition to everything else going on in my life my own digestion problems have taken a downward spiral move on my health. I have an extremely bland diet that l feel is now lacking the right nutrients and vitamins required for good physical health. I do take a fortified shake daily, but from today have now increased that to twice daily.
In recent weeks , other ingredients have become unavailable to me via the shopping and l am in the process of trying to source out replacements and so l must trial and error my progress and this can make me quite ill at times. Trying to work the magic with this health problem with absolutely no help from the medical profession is a tough journey and l am experiencing several mood swings and dizzy spells and hot flushes which can be hard work with constant stomach pain.
5] My teeth –
My dental journey is still ongoing and will probably be like this until the end of the year, all l have had so far has been a few fillings on my top teeth, due to much confusion over the state of damage in my mouth and the dentists having to constantly retake dental impressions due to the nature of my lower jaw ‘s ability to move unnaturally in my mouth and therefore changing the way the impressions were initially cast. This is due to the fact that my lower jaw was fractured in 1989 and wasn’t properly detected at the time by recovery dentists and so it mended by itself incorrectly over several years and it now moves differently to my upper jaw. So no more fillings and repairs can be made until the top denture is correctly fitted. Once done, this results in fewer teeth injuries ….. apparently.
6] Gardening and vermicomposting –
I made a decision six weeks ago to start a business that involved vermiculture or better known as the cultivation of earthworms and other worm species for the conversion of waste products to compost. What l want to do is become a dealer of worms and sell my own for the sole purpose of supplying to other vermicomposters. The business is to be split into two prime concepts – 1] the physical worm product and 2] a business blog to support it all.
It has taken me all year to realise that what was missing from my life was in fact a business that had a purpose. Hence one of the prime reasons to requiring a massive blog overhaul – l needed to switch my times between two blogs and endeavour to maintain a healthy balance between business and pleasure and pleasure and business.
So there we go, as said l will be back next week with a couple of posts for your enjoyment. Till then, thanks for reading.