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Are blogs going to make a comeback?

Photo by MILKOVÍ on Unsplash

I think so! (But that’s not why I’m writing on mine).

I am quite aware that as things stand, blogs are dead in the water. People much prefer the quicker and more convenient medium of Instagram. (Facebook is dying a slow death too, in my opinion).

But I think that in the next year or so, we are going to move away from social media sites that are going to encroach more and more on our privacy, and are going to take back control of what we read and when. The drive for this will be from both the content creators and the readers themselves.

Content creators are going to become increasingly frustrated with entrusting their content and sometimes even their brand to third party sites that often make more money from the content than the creator will ever see. To make it worse, hard as the creator will try to gather together an audience (subscribers, likes), the platform will continue to restrict access or distribution of content to that already won audience, unless there is payment involved.

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Is it too late to reflect on 2018?

I think not!

Overall, I really enjoyed my 2018. Yes, of course there were some quite severe downs (cancer, death), but overall there were no serious setbacks. I learnt a lot of tough lessons, learnt that I was strong and resilient, worked on my priorities, and did what mattered most.

Let’s reflect on the main events and lessons:

  • We lost Zaider. Craig’s father passed away in April. That was obviously a very sad time, and one that brought on a n opportunity for refection.
  • I severed a partnership, and thus also a friendship. This was a tough one. I had been getting gut feelings that things were not right for some time, and tried to ignore them. But I also prepared myself for the worst. When the rug was pulled out from under me, I remained standing. Very proud of how I handled all that.
  • I was diagnosed with cancer. Oh well. Gotta make it work. There were other health issues too, all sorted?
  • We got a puppy! We love our little Lisa, and can’t remember that there was ever a time that this pup was not in our house!
  • The kids flourished. Do I need to ask for more than that?
  • Craig and I celebrated 9 years together. Going strong, babes!
  • We enjoyed the World Cup!
  • We ate well!
  • I started this blog!

Regrets?

  • We didn’t do nearly enough “stuff”. I think it is because of my health issues. I was always tired, and not eager to get out the house for trips. I definitely intend to change that in 2019, and am planning an awesome July experience. Fingers crossed.
  • I didn’t read enough. Again, I think it was a lack of concentration due to health issues. Will rectify!
  • I dropped the ball at work more than I care to think about. Once again, health.

Intentions

  • Spend as little time on social media as possible. I mean this one. I’ve already deleted Facebook off my phone, and it has saved me hours per week. I would rather put that time into this blog.
  • Work on this blog. At this stage, I am writing here but am very quiet about it. Once I know that I can maintain a regular posting schedule, I am going to try and “get it out there”. I much prefer this medium to Facebook or other apps.
  • Read more. This goes for me as well as fr my kids. I got an hour watch-glass (egg-timer) for Christmas from Micole, and we are going to use it for one hour communal reading time, on the couches, for the whole family every day. We meant to do it last year but…we didn’t. The benefits will be amazing for everybody.
  • Write more. I say this every year. Maybe in 2019 I am actually going to do it?
  • Cook one good meal a day. As for the rest, work out a good plan. (I think I have managed this already, and it deserves its own post which I will hopefully write soon).
  • Stay away from politics as much as is responsible. This applies to the US, SA and UK specifically.
  • Achieve all my Vitality Reward goals. As soon as I get the app to work!
  • Turn my business into a multi-million dollar success. There, I said it.
  • Go back to public speaking. Maybe. Will think about it.
  • Maintain my priorities. That’s kids and Craig. Work can wait.
  • Look after myself. By being kind to myself.

But where did the time fly?

Photo by David Clode on Unsplash

So, technically it’s four months since I’ve posted on this blog, almost to the day! But I am going to do a massive cheat and write “in-between” posts corresponding to the chronological date that they happened (like my first chemo treatment, for example, or my reflections on 2018) and simply change the date on the post. Sneaky but effective.

(So if you are reading this post January 2019, in chronological order, and don’t see the 4 month gap, that’s why!)

If you are wondering why I don’t just write those filler posts instead of writing this one first (or why there is a frog in the featured image), it’s because I needed to “swallow the frog” and post something small and quick here, so that I wouldn’t be hesitant to post the bigger news.

Eating the frog means to just do it, otherwise the frog will eat you meaning that you’ll end up procrastinating it the whole day.
Once that one task is done, the rest of the day will be an easier ride and you will get both momentum and a sense of accomplishment at the beginning of your day.

In the meantime, I am mentally preparing to do my second round of chemo treatment on Thursday and am hoping that it goes the same (or better) as my first. If that’s the case, then I can write off Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday but start the following week (and the work-year) on a bright note on Monday.

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