The majority of content you’ll find posted on this blog -particularly in the first half of this year- is all going to be unashamedly and unapologetically self-indulgent. It’s my way of ensuring that I continue to write something every single day that isn’t connected to the paid work I do as a freelance writer.
Whilst it’s been fun for me to work on stuff like 52 Songs and my mini-reviews of all the books I read in 2016, I appreciate that such posts are perhaps not the best examples of what I’m working on at the moment nor where my head is at in terms of life, career, and all that other good stuff.
Hopefully, the links below will, at least in part.
I figured once a month, I could take a step back from waxing enthusiastically about the stuff I love and simply tell you what I’m working on outside of this blog. It starts today, with what is admittedly only a handful of things I’ve managed to finish during an otherwise busy January.
Ready? Then I shall begin.
100 Days Without a Cigarette: What I’ve Learned About Quitting Smoking So Far
I spent most of 2016 battling with my quit smoking attempt. I’d go a few days, then a few weeks, and at one point even a month, but there would always be some instance where I felt I couldn’t cope with my surroundings, and caved in, running to the shop across the street, buying a packet of cigarettes, and poluting my lungs again.
Thankfully, those days are starting to feel further and further behind me. In early January, I celebrated 100 days without a cigarette by writing this medium article about the things I’d learned since quitting smoking.
I also wanted to experiment with making Youtube videos this year using my new Digital SLR camera, so I recorded a video covering the very same subject. You can find that below.
Why My Stop Smoking Diary Failed
To be honest with you, that wasn’t the first time I’d tried to publish Youtube videos. My earliest quit smoking attempts involved me recording a ‘daily video diary’ on my iPhone and publishing it to the web.
I was all gung-ho about this idea for about a week, then life got in the way, and that idea pretty much fell by the wayside.
Before I could get back into publishing on Youtube then, I felt like I had to make another video explaining why.
That one is here:
Yep, that one is incredibly blury, hence why I have to make more of these to figure out what on earth I’m doing with this new camera!
Why I Measure My Mental Health in Balloons
I had planned to use Medium exclusively for writing about quitting smoking, but then I was reminded of a story my friend Stacy had told me which ultimately helped me to manage and measure my mental health.
I felt compelled to write about it, and you can find that story about how a simple balloon popping can push someone over the edge, here.
Some London Photos
I started the year with a visit to London to see some old friends and catch the famous New Year’s Eve Fireworks.
I didn’t take any photographs of the fireworks themselves, but I did spend an awful lot of time wandering around London with my camera. I put some of my best photographs into a Flickr album, which you can find here:
Retro Pro Wrestling Redesign
And now, as they say, for something completely different. I’ve made no secret of my childish love for pro wrestling, nor for my fondness for writing about it as a subject.
I’ve been running a little hobby blog, Retro Pro Wrestling for the past few years, but only recently decided that, in 2017, I was going to start taking it a little more seriously and giving it the love and attention I feel one of my life-long passions actually deserves.
To begin with, I’ve resigned the blog and finally invested in a domain name. www.retropwrowrestling.com is now a thing, and it is my plan that the next time I write one of these monthly updates, I’m telling you about all the great content I’ve been adding to that site.
Until then, thanks for reading, and I hope you’ve found something to enjoy among the assortment of content I’ve published in January.
Here’s to a productive February!