Not Joan Didion

It’s been a peculiar feeling that as I spend proportionately less time doing work things that my blogging about work things has disproportionately increased.

Indeed, virtually all of the posts I’ve written here have dealt with the topic of Disabled People’s User-Led Organisations.

This is about to change, reflecting a few things that I’ve been working on – mainly in myself – over the last few months.

Don’t get me wrong: it’s not that I care less about work and so am doing less of it; it’s more that  I’m getting much better at balancing – as much as that’s ever possible – the time my mind spends on work and family / play / rest. Plus, I was starting from a pretty high baseline work-wise that wasn’t, really, sustainable.

At the same time, I’ve had an increasing sense that I feel more confident in the things I’d like to write about and the voice I may use in sharing them (partly inspired by people such as Robert Brook, whose newsletter you should really subscribe to, and Paul Clarke, whose blog is consistently excellent).

All of this probably also comes about from it being nearly a year since quite a few significant things happened at around the same time – a death, a new baby, a job change, a house move (though, thankfully, the same wife). I wouldn’t be human if I didn’t attribute some mystical significance to the arbitrary passing of a year since most of those things happened, and so find myself drawn to attempt to elicit some sense of progress or learning from that time.

Which is all by means of saying that I’m hoping to blog a little more over the coming weeks.

Quite why this naval gazing would be of interest to you, I don’t know. But here it is, and here it will be, soon enough.

(Joan Didion wrote The Year of Magical Thinking. My thinking won’t be at all magical, so don’t get your hopes up.)


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Man of letters & numbers; also occasionally of action. Husband to NTW. Dad of three. Friendly geek.

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