Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Give Us This Day, Our Daily Bread


As you may have noticed, I have been churning these blog posts out over recent weeks. That is because, like some adolescent schoolboy, I made a resolution at the beginning of the month to see if I could manage a post a day during January. And if you check the Blog Archive list on the sidebar you will notice that, here we are on the 30th January and this is my 30th post for the month. So what has this experiment taught me? In the first place, I have to say that it is as sustainable as making railway sleepers from elephant ivory. Even I - the man who once represented his County in the All-England Boring Championships - am running out of half interesting things to say. And finding time to put a post together each day can be time-consuming and get in the way of the important things in life such as watching football on TV or stealing beer mats from the local pubs. Having watched a television cookery programme recommending that you should bake your bread in large batches and freeze the resulting teacakes for later consumption, I decided to apply this philosophy to blogging and, earlier in the month, I wrote a series of posts and froze them by pre-scheduling their release to the world. The results were a bit like pre-frozen bread buns: a bit stodgy, a trifle dull, and slightly stale. I have abandoned this technique for both my bread and my posts and now what you get is straight out of the oven. This explains how I can respond to the last request in the comments of yesterdays' post, in less than 24 hours. This, Marilyn, is a view looking in the opposite direction through the gate and down the path. Anyone familiar with Sheffield will recognise the University Arts Tower emerging from the general fog of ignorance.

There is only one day left in January, and I can promise you that, after that, things will slow down here on News From Nowhere. I will start adding artificial additives into the blogpost mixture to keep it fresh for a little longer so that no longer do I have to bake on a daily basis.

15 comments:

  1. Given the demands of this month you and your family must have been blessed with ancestral fore-sight.

    I have enjoyed your daily posts - thank you.

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  2. Beautifully written confession of getting to the bottom of the blog barrel. You have represented us all well today; well done! I am sorry to hear about the former All England Boring Championship. Had I know in time I would have emigrated just so I could join you.

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  3. I really enjoyed seeing the view as well- taken with your house behind, right? But does it appear that way today? As for stale posts, no way- I always welcome the chance to catch one of your humorous posts! Always a delight- when I can blog!

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  4. As a baker, I must say that I prefer "straight from the oven" in all things.

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  5. Good job of confusing me. I kept wondering if what was happening as I would click on and there was something new. I didn't expect daily work so I didn't check every single day. Yes, I bore myself a lot when I post and I wonder why some people even want to know about what I am doing unless they are more bored than I am boring. Take care now and if you backslide I will still stay around anyway. I always find interest in you work.

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    1. I love how I am so pleased to respond and then I finish off with spelling errors. Your work does interest me.

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  6. Well, you may find your posts boring but I don't. Your posts have interesting photos and make one think a bit. I understand the problem with posting every day. I can't post every day and don't bet myself up for not posting every day.

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  7. It's hard work thinking of a post every day. I don't think I've ever done it - I'm a bit of a "slow blogger" but I have had bouts of post-writing and then scheduled the posts over a period of time.

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  8. Alan,
    It's a good thing you didn't name your blog The Daily News from Nowhere. You're smarter than that. Not all of us are. Your posts, pre-scheduled or not, have never been dull though. Your wit and individual perspective always come through.
    Best to Isobel.
    Christine

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  9. Having the same problem myself - ennui, pure ennui!

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  10. Well, bread may be the staff of life, but blogging is the stuff of life. Your stuff is always consistently tasty and eagerly consumed, Alan.

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  11. Running of of interesting things to say?? Like stale old bread..hardly..at least from this readers view:)

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  12. I always love your stuff alan...and stale bread isn't stale...just call it toast or croutons. haha. Tell you what...let me send you a boy or two (I have plenty to spare) and a cat or two (I have plenty of those to spare, too!) Now, just commit to making a splendid dinner each night for the GLW, and there you go...lots of things to entertain your muse. :)

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  13. And so it is...I always like to have two views if possible and then I can keep an open mind.

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