Back in the WordPress saddle

Oh dear. It’s been so long since I had time to sit down and write a blog post. So many things have been getting in the way! I have a bunch of drafts to post – mostly no more than interesting links I intended to comment on and never got around to doing – and some new ideas for things to write about. I was really enjoying the Blogging 101 course that I started and although I don’t regret not finishing it (I would have if I could have!) it would have been nice to make it through to the end – and then to keep it up! I don’t like making resolutions as I find they set me up to fail, but I am going to place a line in the sand and resolve to aim for one blog post a week from now on. Even if it’s just an, “oh boy, I’m far too busy to blog” kinda post, well that’s still a post, right? I wonder, is anybody still out there?

That’s the WordPress side of things. As for the bike, the yoga? I confess, it’s been a lackluster performance since my last (ancient) post. I have been out cycling quite a few times, starting to get some fitness back but the weather is just so horrible! I used to be out in all weathers but now, waking to a grey sky filled with rain after a night of interrupted sleep with a restless and fidgeting toddler, it’s easier to stay in bed than get out and ride. I keep seeing old guys out there and think to myself, that will be me. When my toddler is grown up and living her own life, I will have all the time in the world to ride. For now, on a miserable, non-summer mornings like the ones we’ve been having lately, I’m living in the moment and choosing snuggles and a few extra hours of shut-eye. It’s the new (slightly broken version of) me 🙂

As far as yoga goes, I’m doing a bit now and again – usually with the “help” of my toddler, so it’s a far cry from a focused 1-hour Ashtanga session of old, but it’s still yoga and it’s quite funny dropping into plank from a sun salutation and kissing the head of the toddler who’s sprawled on the mat trying everything she can to interrupt me. She always wins in the end but I do what I can until the sabotage steps up a level or two. One of the sweet things about practicing with her is that she’s getting to know the names of the poses. She’s getting pretty good at downward dog, reaches up to the sky when I say “let’s do some yoga” and also trots off to get out the mat when I suggest it. What can I say? She’s a cutie.

Something I am getting into is kettlebells. On my last US trip for work a colleague who’s heavily into strength training asked me when I was going to get into it too, knowing as he did how much I was into cycling/fitness etc. At the time I thought he was mad but now I’m time pressed this weights malarky seems like a really good use of my time. Squats are my new best friend and kettlebells are my new favourite accessory. I’ve been doing FitnessBlender’s beginner kettlebell workout and it rocks! 30 minutes and I know I had a workout: way better than dragging my tired arse out on a bike in the rain or lugging my tired legs up the hill for a “run” – also in the rain. It seems like a smart way to keep fit and fits with my goals of keeping some fitness while also hiding inside from this most unimpressive British summer.

See? I only popped in to start the ball rolling and three paragraphs later, here I am!

Who am I and why am I here?

We have plans. Big plans. One of them will, in future, require that I turn my considerable talents (ahem) to something a little more “free” (and therefore, risky) than my current setup, so the challenge I’ve set myself this year is to become a better writer. Tech writing is my trade. Writing is something I’ve always loved and something that, once upon a time, I dreamed I would make a living from. Okay, so I kind of do that with tech writing, but data sheets and technical manuals? They pay the bills, but there has to be more.

So I’m blogging. And to kick of the year I’m following the Blogging 101 classes, because I like structure and I am sure I will learn something useful. Plus it will encourage me to write. So here I write.

What will I be doing with this blog? Well, if I can stick at it, maybe it will evolve. For now, I just want to write about the things that I love, rant about a few things I don’t love so much, and try to put some information out there that could be of use to someone else. You need a cafe in Lancashire? Maybe I’ve been to one and reviewed it? Does it have cycle parking? I’ll tell you if it it has. You’re thinking of riding with your little one and don’t know where to start? I’ve spent the last 12 months chewing on that one, so maybe I can save you a little time by pointing you in one of the many directions. You want to get our and ride with your mates, but don’t know where to start? Been there, done that – and there are so many places to ride, so maybe I can help. You used to ride every day and now you’re a mom your bike(s) have forgotten what you look like. Well, you’re in good company – so let’s get our shit together and get out to ride. Those are just some of the things I might (or might not) grace your screens with. I guess it’s quite a lofty plan, given that with not content none of the things I write will be indexed particularly – so will just be flapping around in the blogosphere miles and miles from even the most earnest Google search. But I’m an optimist. And maybe, just maybe, Blogging 101 will teach me something to rectify that. Or not. Either way, I’m blogging. Who’s along for the ride??