Episode 6 – Goodbye, Reset or something new?

Well this has come out of the blue. Well, it hasn’t really. Ive been sitting on this post for some time, but I’ve only just decided to post it…with a bit of extra editing.

I don’t know what to do with this blog, I thought this was going to encourage me and make me determined about things, which it did but not enough. I mean I was determined to learn to drive again then pass (I passed my practical driving test by the way….sorry), it’s helped me with my writing skills (although the jury’s still out on that one), and also feel a gained some confidence too.

However all that aside, I feel I’m at a point where I don’t know what i should do with this blog, and I’m at a bit of a cross roads really. I don’t know if I should just walk away, or should I turn right and try again and make this something I would be proud of.

To be honest I’ve been at quite a few cross roads recently (not due to driving either) I’ve been a lot more critical about things and what I should do with my life and where to go. Whether I should stay in this job I’m currently in? Should I try a new endeavour? Should I find someone special to grow old with? Should I stay single? Things like that really.

I think a lot of these thoughts are happening because it’s now dawned on me that I’m not getting any younger and perhaps these paths should have been lined out earlier. To be honest I’m scared to turn around and realise that my entire life has passed by and I’ve not accomplished anything and just meandered through life just staying afloat.

As I write this I can hear my Dad’s saying which I use in such situations “You can never drown in shit!” I asked him once what he meant when he uses it, and he just turned to me and said “no matter how much crap happens around you, and it can build up and up, till it’s underneath your nose. You realise that you won’t physically fall under, cause who wants to drown in shit” I think the real meaning behind it is that there’s always a way out of a problem, all it takes is you to realise and work out what you need to do to sort it. Now you can’t force change unfortunately, but you can try and steer it in a way that those decisions are achievable.

I still think blogging is a good thing for me, so I can express feelings or working out what I’m doing, where I’m going, or what I need to do to get there. At the end of the day and I think this is where I lost interest in blogging and it was the fact I wasn’t writing for myself. Most of what I wrote was me saying “people will find that interesting” or “other people are talking about this, maybe I should”. The other problem is that I was pushing it onto other people (mainly my Facebook friends….who I should apologise too). This should be more for me rather than anyone else.

I do hope i can keep this up even if its just for me, myself and I. The only snag is that i don’t know what i want right now with anything.

So here I am, which way I should go…..sadly only I’m the only one who can decide.

Signing off, but hopefully not for long. LLAP

Episode 5 – I’m learning to drive…Again!

I have decided to learn to drive again, to be honest I should have done it when I was 17, but was too lazy to sort it. But I did eventually start to learn at when I was 24, and all was going well till I got a new job and had to move to Newcastle. and I did continue to learn for a few months when I lived there, but work got in way and that time to learn disappeared. Once again I should have restarted learning after work quietened down, but once again got too lazy to sort it.

Can you see a trend growing about learning to drive. I’ve never really understood why I too lazy to learn, cause I love cars, have done ever since i was a kid, and I always said as soon as I could drive I would. I also swore that I would never drink alcohol……That didn’t quite go to plan though 😛

So why the sudden interest to re-start.

  1. I’m sick of public transport.
  2. I need some more freedom.
  3. Hinders some of my chances to work locally…Public Transport great to get you from A to B, but it doesn’t always get you to their the easiest way possible.
  4. And more importantly I should have done it ages ago.

Don’t get me wrong I enjoyed driving (well learning to drive) when I was learning…but things got in the way unfortunately. Even though I promised myself that once I had the free time back I would get back to it, I never did. Well, 5 years later here I am with the time to do it. Saying that, those 5 years haven’t been that hectic…to some degree, they’ve not been easy, but not bad enough that I couldn’t have done it sooner. Motivation has always been the problem here, even though I know I have a bucket full of the gloopy motivation grease, I just don’t want to go to the parts shop and get more. (trying to make a motor vehicle analogy here…think i did it.)

But I’m now ready to get back to it and driving as soon as possible, but first I have he joy of having to sit a Theory test, which I had done previously but failed by one point on hazard perception section of the exam. For those who don’t know what the UK Driving Theory Test is. It consists of 50 questions about driver knowledge, roads signs and safety, and economic driving (and much more) along with a theory test you also have to take a Hazard Perception test which is 14 video questions which test people’s reactions to hazards when driving. To pass your theory you much pass both exams at the same examination, which then deems your competent enough to go forward for the practical examination. Luckily for me, although I’ve been pretty lazy on driving I did keep up with learning my Highway Code and taking mock exams, but I’m not saying I will pass either, but positivity and all that.

So, currently have just over 3 weeks to revise and revise and…you guessed it revise for my theory test. Let’s hope I don’t screw it up.

Episode 4 – lets do a r-r-r-reset!!

Well…..this is marvellous. It’s only been 2 months since I last posted something on here.

Normally at this time, I would apologise for not posting or how bad I am at being a blogger. But the truth of the matter is this…why should I apologise? It’s not like I have thousands upon thousands wanting my blood as I haven’t blogged. I’m lucky to get 10 views on one of my typical but rare posts. The fact of the matter is this, I’m not a blogger, yet.

This doesn’t mean I’m calling it quits with my site, far from it actually. Looking back at why i started to do this. I had heady dreams of doing loads with it, but without settling on what my niche would be. Perhaps just generally writing about my life is a good start…I know quite a lot about that.Perhaps I should not look at my site as ‘blog’ but more of a diary or memoir…or something along those lines at least.

So I’m just going to do it as a personal diary, and we’ll see how it goes after that.

So just to reiterate, I’m still here. I still want to blog, and your going to hear a lot more from me too…hopefully 😛

Any who, here’s a picture of a cat…my cat actually…Happy Trails people.

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My Blog – Episode 3 – Still not good at this blogging, am i??

Well It’s been a while, hasn’t it?

It’s been a good few weeks since I last wrote a personal blog post. I’ve been fairly busy and distracted with the usual ‘life’ things. To be honest (as you can clearly see) I’ve not been active on here at all. Now, I could make an excuse of which I can come up with many, but there really isn’t one. So apologies but if we can all just ignore this break in transmission that took place, that would be great 😛

So what have I been up to? Well….mainly work if I’m honest. However, I’ve been on a small adventure.

Myself and my Dad attended a stag weekend in beautiful town of Windermere in the Lake District. The weekend Son-in-Law (to be) of my Dads oldest and closest friend, and was “meant” to be a quiet and civilised weekend for the Dad’s and Lad’s to get to know each other. It was 3 glorious days, and I mean glorious, as we had cracking weather for the time of year. Much ale was drank, all was merry, and my Dad and his friend reminisce about growing up together and much more which is always nice to see them do. We stayed in The Windermere Hotel, which was pleasant had some wonderful views and was more than adequate to put one’s drunken head down after a night out.

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On the way home from the Stag weekend, me and my Dad decided to take the long way home and follow the coast round through Morecambe, Blackpool, Southport and then home to The Wirral. On the way home we discovered a motor museum.

The Lakeland Motor Museum (https://www.lakelandmotormuseum.co.uk/) was a fantastic discovery and holds an impressive collection of Motor vehicles, Motor Bikes, Bicycles as well as a plethora of motor paraphernalia. It also has an exhibition of Sir Malcolm and Donald Campbell’s Bluebirds (located inside another building on the museum site). All-in-all it was a very impressive museum, and the cost of entry was only £8.50 (for an adult) which was a bargain. Our original estimate of an hour to look around eventually finished up being almost 3 hours.

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And that was that, that was the small but enjoyable adventure I had. Hopefully this is going to be the start of many more adventures.

In other (but blogging-centric) news. I have seen a quite a few films recently (which I think I might blog about separately), as well as TV shows (some new, some old – again I am in the process of writing a few post about them), and games (which, as you can guess by now will be blogged about). I’m also working on ways to push my blog posting count a little more than once in a blue moon.

One last thing which I am a little apprehensive to write about (hence why I’ve decided to tease you all), but at the same time I want to at least try and write something about it, so I’ll just leave it by letting you in on what my next personal blog post is going to be titled. Episode 4 – There’s someone special out there for everyone!

Till next time, keep on trucking!

Tell your friends I have a blog….and repeat it at any opportunity possible, they’ll love you for it! 😉

(Iris Wipe and cue Star Wars end credit theme!!)

Episode 2 – I Have A Cunning plan?

Okay, it’s been too long. Well, 2 weeks in fact!! But for this blog to work I have to write stuff….who’d of thought it!?

To say my blog launch was a rousing success is stretching it a little too far, but I know it’s something that going to take time to get started. But since that fateful first post, I’ve actually been quite positive about the whole blog. But the key now is to try and continue this, so much so I’ve been on an epic quest to find what I should write about. I’ve also got one or two ideas for articles and topics, that I think might be pretty good. With a notepad equipped with my +2 Charm/Charisma enchanted pen, I’ve been writing these ideas down.

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As you can see my DW note pad has been a very useful companion, ready at a moment’s notice, until I realise I forgot to bring a pen with me (cue audible expletives)!!

I don’t want this blog to just be all about me. Obviously from time to time it’s going to happen, but I want it to be about my interests and also discovering new things too. (this is where you, the reader can involve yourself).

Currently I have two ideas that I want to work on.

Music playlist – Each week I will review a Band and discuss what I thought about the songs. in turn I will also create a playlist via Spotify (hilariously called ‘Jaylist’) of a selection of songs I liked from that week’s selected Band. Great thing about this is I will discover new music and build upon my eclectic musical taste that I already have, and you can involve yourself too by suggesting something to review.

Book Review – Unfortunately I don’t read as much now as I did when I was younger, and I want to try and correct that by reading as many books as possible this year. Currently my book reading for this year totals Zero. as one of my goals this year i want to have read 50 (Amendment – 50 is a long stretch, this is proof that maths has never been my strong point – Thanks pocketmonkeypete for informing me 😉 )  books by the 31st December 2016, this will include audio books too. a long shot to reach 50(-ish) but i’m going to give it a bloody good go! Plan is to give my opinion about said book and possibly open it up to discussion….but i haven’t thought that part out yet!! 😛

Other ideas include reviews of games, tv shows, and movies, which i will be ironing out over the next few days.

The last thing I will be sorting is my writing skill which I’ve never been that great at. Don’t get me wrong I can write (it’s pretty essential when you’re a software tester), but personally writing is a totally different, as you need to write to bring out my personality and at the same time make sense grammatically.

So there you have it, Post 2. It came and went so fast, Onwards to Post 3, i suppose.

As always drop me a comment with a request on what book or band i should try out. And give me a tip or two with this whole blogging thing!

Till next time people…..stay classy 😉

Episode 1 – Greetings and Salutations

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This is me trying to look cool!!

Writing is easy. All you have to do is cross out the wrong words. – Mark Twain

Well…hello to you all, and welcome to my blog.

As you can see, this is a TOTALLY brand new blog and, as you can also definitely see…it’s little bare right now.

But never fear, this will hopefully change in the future. I say hope because this is my first attempt at writing a blog.

‘So why have i started a blog’ you ask? (cue to readers saying ‘no we didn’t!!)

I began to write this blog because I’ve always been interested in writing a blog, but I’ve never really had a strong enough reason to write about something, except about my life and my interests. Something that I think I should hopefully be good at. I also think it’s a great opportunity to give me a reason to rekindle some old interests and pursue some new ones.

Anyway, here is a list of areas that I will cover over many of my future postings I have and what I will be writing!

  • Video Games – I was born at the perfect time, where gaming was becoming mainstream, where your school friends were dictated by owning either a Nintendo or Sega. In the years since i was introduced to my first console, gaming has evolved so much, graphically and technologically, but culturally also. I will attempt to write about the games i play, my history with gaming, and perhaps some more….probably.
  • Sci-fi – Of course I am a sci-fi geek, all areas and aspects are taken to account, and painstakingly reviews and criticise the tiniest imperfection. From Trek to Wars and other franchises, I’ll cover them all.
  • Movies/TV Shows- I do love a good film or TV show. To be honest, I also love a crap one too….purely for mockery and humour purposes.
  • Music – My other passion in my life, I have a very eclectic and expansive musical background. I can also play a few instruments too.
  • Photography – I’ve always had a good eye for taking a picture and capturing a moment, but unfortunately I’ve never took the hobby seriously (perhaps the blog might help??)
  • Other random things – The ramblings of a mad-man, occasionally, and only occasionally, things can irk me, and ‘Grind My Gears’ per say.
  • And how can I not talk about my Cat – The unique oddity that is … Smudge.

So there you have it, my first ever blog post, and hopefully the start of many more. Apologies if things look crap and out of place, I will be tinkering and sorting things out over the coming weeks, once i got a few posts up.

However, If anyone out there has any advice or tips on a budding blogger starting by all means leave a comment below.