I thought I would just spend a few minutes explaining what on earth is going on in my life at present. I kicked off a post-a-day photography challenge at the turn of the year and I am pleased to say that I have managed to keep up to date with that. Other than that meaningful blog posts have been few and far between and I thought I would just explain where I have been.
Firstly the bad news. I think many of my regular readers know that I suffer from depression. I regret to say that this month has seen me have a bit of a crash, this after a fairly lengthy period of feeling very well. I won’t go into any depth about why I crashed, suffice to say that a couple of things happened over Xmas and early in the new year that were indirectly responsible for my crash.
The fact that these things happened at this time of year is very significant because they coincide with the darkest time of year and I,, like many others who suffer from depressive disorders, tend to feel low at this time of year anyway. Trust me when I say that Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) is very real. Being really busy over Xmas and New year and then my wife being away for a week visiting her mother lead to me being exhausted as we reached the middle of the month. Part of this was as the result of me not finding time to practice my mindful meditation. Thankfully I recognised what was happening and got on top of things quickly and I have now stabilised and am feeling better again.
Now for the good news! I am now writing professionally and getting paid for it. 🙂 I am writing for Inquisitr, a U.S. based news aggregation service. The service runs on WordPress so I was (thankfully) already familiar with the format.
After retiring as a result of my depression at this time last year working for Inquisitr is perfect for me. I can do as much or as little as I wish and there are no deadlines to meet. I can also select what i want to write about so generally I can select music based news stories and other things that interest me. In essence I get paid for blogging. It is amazing to think that starting a blog on WordPress has lead indirectly to my getting paid for doing something I truly enjoy.
If and when I post pieces of my Inquisitr stories on this blog I would truly appreciate it if you could click through and check out the story. Inquisitr pay scales are very fair but my pay is boosted when I get a high number of clicks so clicking through costs you nothing but boosts my stats. 🙂
The only downside of my paid work is that I have less time for blogging here but I really want to keep this site going as I have met so many great people through WordPress.
As we head into February I am pleased to say that I will shortly be getting out to gigs again so look out for reviews and photographs in the coming weeks.
Thanks for reading my blog, stay well and be kind to yourselves.