I’ve been blogging now for almost five years and it’s changed a lot in that time. My approach to it has changed too. For a long time, I spent hours tweaking my blog, learning new SEO techniques and planning content strategically, trying to think of ways to boost my audience. And somewhere along the line, I just stopped.
When you realise that you don’t have to rely on other people to make you happy, or validate your existence, it’s a revelation. There’s no more waiting for likes or opportunities or feeling like a failure because you didn’t hear back from that job you applied for. That Instagram photo can be a reminder of an afternoon spent exploring somewhere… Read More
A little look back at what I read in June… The Crow Road, by Iain Banks When Prentice McHoan returns to his eccentric family for his grandmother’s funeral, he is drawn back into their lives and becomes obsessed with the disappearance of his favourite uncle, a travel writer who never came back from his last journey. I first read The… Read More
On our recent trip to the Yorkshire Dales, we visited the ruins of Middleham Castle, which was the childhood home of Richard III. Built in 1190, the castle is still an impressive site and the dog had an absolutely amazing time playing. It’s not a large site, but there are plenty of nooks and crannies to explore and it’s easy… Read More
American War is a disturbing vision of a country torn apart by civil war. In Akkad’s tale, the northern and southern states of America are once again bitterly divided, this time over fossil fuels. The story focuses on life in the southern states, which have borne the brunt of the fighting and destruction. Where the northern states are safe places… Read More
After a quiet few months, the last week or so has been pretty great –not only have I just been offered a new job, but this blog is shortlisted for an award! The Northern Blog Awards are in their first year and are organised by Holly from WeBlogMcr, the Manchester Blogging Network. You can find this blog on the shortlist… Read More
When life gets busy, there’s nothing like getting away for a few days in the countryside. We recently spent a few nights staying in a cabin in North Yorkshire, about an hour away from home. Sun Hill Lodges is made up of half a dozen luxury cabins just outside the village of Constable Burton, near Leyburn. This was our third… Read More
So I’ve been a little bit obsessed with Radiohead recently. I was fortunate enough to see them perform on Tuesday night in Manchester and they were utterly amazing. Over the last few weeks, I’ve been building my anticipation for the gig by listening to The Bends and OK Computer on repeat and watching the band’s Glastonbury set (more than once)…. Read More