• Blogging

    Why I Won’t Do SEO Ever Again

    It nearly destroyed my creativity I hate Search Engine Optimization (SEO). I don’t imagine I’m the only one. When I started my blog three years ago, I knew nothing about it. I just happily wrote away the way I wanted to write. I was six months into my blog. I had gained a reasonable following. Then SEO arose like a Leviathan and stood before me. I guessed I needed to know something about it, at the very least to find out what it was. I read a lot. Other blog posts, Medium articles, books, and newspapers. I subscribe to numerous newsletters. SEO cropped up all the time so I dived in.…

  • Brief Thoughts

    I Must Go Down To The Sea Again

    I need to save my sanity I used to live by the sea.  What a great joy it was on a perfect summer morning, to creep out of the front door early, wearing my husband’s big robe and whilst the children were asleep, and barefoot, walk the short distance on to the beach, towel under my arm. Then to gaze around at the empty beach in the early morning sunshine and the calm, almost silent sea, waves gently lapping, inviting me in. The first tentative steps towards the glittering expanse of perfect blue and I’m in the water, the shock of the cold making me gasp. I start swimming and…

  • Disability issues

    Hey! Why I’m Writing To You

    I’m trying to start over I know I haven’t been around for a while, nearly a year. And my poor blog has been languishing at the bottom of my to-do list. So I’m writing to you, my readers, if you’re still there! During this hiatus, I’ve done a lot of thinking. I’ve jotted a lot of notes and thoughts down. The list is becoming endless. I’ve looked at my writing, what little there is. It’s so boring and negative. I’ve been stuck in. In the house because of COVID. In my negative thoughts. In my wheelchair (nothing new there) and in my MS. Failure pure and simple My stats have…

  • Life topics

    How Can I Control My Anxiety

    And stop it bringing me to a standstill My anxiety is flourishing again at the moment.  It’s because my routine is disturbed and also I’m annoyed with myself for not writing enough this week. I’ve been drafting a fairly detailed blog post about anxiety with suggesting some strategies to deal with it! Here I am not dealing with it. I need to practice what I’m trying to preach. The unpredictability factor But anxiety is something that, however many strategies you try, sometimes will not be appeased. Plus if you don’t have the time or space to implement them, it can increase the anxiety. This is what’s happening with me. My…

  • Brief Thoughts

    One Quick Way To Keep Positive in a Pandemic

    Using language to maintain positivity It is said an Eastern monarch once charged his wise men to invent him a sentence, to be ever in view, and which should be true and appropriate in all times and situations. They presented him the words: “And this, too, shall pass away.” How much it expresses! How chastening in the hour of pride! How consoling in the depths of affliction! – Abraham Lincoln “And this, too, shall pass away”. I use this phrase as a mantra every day in some form or another When I was in hospital for a long time things were pretty bad, my mantra was ‘this must end’..We can…