I love blogging, me. And mostly I like a challenge too but I’m not sure about the handful of blogging and other challenges which have come my way lately and whether they are just normal, or whether I am to take some special meaning from them. Let me explain:
We have been offline recently at one of my other websites while we deal with a legal challenge from a firm of lawyers who say their US-based clients have trademarked one of the words in our name. So we haven’t been blogging there for a number of weeks while we address that business challenge. Its a first for me and I must say I am saddened to discover that anyone can trademark a word. Surely words belong to all of us, I thought, innocently. But no, apparently they don’t.
And here, at my own blog, over the 4-day Bank Holiday Easter weekend I found myself unable to upload images or update plugins and email stopped working. It turned out to be a capacity issue which was speedily resolved last night so here I am again, but not before someone had hacked into my site yesterday and sent out a blog post on my behalf which I then had to remove from Twitter, Facebook and Linkedin. I am sorry if you received that via my feed and thought I had completely lost my marbles.
What’s this all about, I wonder? The Woo Woo me is inclined to see it as “a sign”. My more pragmatic and down to earth friends talk me out of that and in view of the swift resolution to the weekend’s blogging challenges, they are right so to do.
But these challenges are causing me to consider my future online, but then that was under review anyway.
What do you do when the **** appears to be flying at you from all sides? Pull on protective clothing and keep your head down, that’s what.
So it’s a strange day, then, to be thinking about undertaking a blogging challenge. Over the weekend it occurred to me I might like to challenge myself to write 100 blog posts in 100 days. This morning I’ve watered that down to 7 blog posts in 7 days, en route perhaps to 30 blog posts in 30 days and more beyond. Let’s see if the technical and legal challenges will permit.
So just for today I am voting to push through the challenges with some typical Taurean bull-headedness, wondering the while is that a good thing? When it’s right, it’s easy and over the last few months my blogging journey has been anything but easy. My life has shown me over and over that when I use force, it all goes wrong. Is there a subtle difference between push and force? I think so, and with just a little teeny tiny shove, here’s the first one. Published.