Been gone for awhile. Nothing bad has happened but a lot has happened. It just seemed like a good time to sit back and think about what’s going on and where this blog fits. So here’s where I found myself when all was said and done.
I still have hopes for this blog that I haven’t achieved. Part of the problem is that this blog has to juggle several different parts of my personality and life. I’ve tried to keep them separate with only limited success. The obvious reason for that is that they are not separate. All of them are integral pieces of who I am. So it was necessary to find a better way to put this puzzle together.
Here’s the plan at the moment –
The current “regular” posts will continue but as monthly rather than weekly posts. Too often I found myself feeling like I had nothing to add and the posts went up because they were scheduled to do so. That’s a waste of my time to write and your time to read. So the “Adventures in Urban Cycling” and “Time For A Change” posts will run monthly. My intent is to make them a little longer so I can explore a little more about what is happening on each of those fronts.
You may note that there is no mention of a regular “Life Among the Unemployed” series. That’s because I’ve left those ranks. I am moving into a whole new professional world, health insurance. It’s exhilarating and terrifying. I may post about those experiences depending on how it goes. I’m still pondering that.
Now just those posts would leave this a pretty empty blog. And that’s never been the goal. The original purpose, as I mentioned before, was to use this as a creative blog. So I’ve decided to go all in on that subject. “From A Craxy, Mized Up World” will become the official blog for my writing website (www.JDPhillippi.com). That means there will be at least two posts relating to the subject of writing or dealing with my books and stories each month. I hope to add two other “creative” topics each week. The plan is that those posts will appear each Thursday. I am looking at occasionally posting on the subject of faith (which remains an important part of my life), Thankfulness, maybe doing a little more with my explorations of RVA and the surrounding area. There’s also the possibility of the odd wine/beer post too. Who knows? Lots of room to explore. All of this will slowly begin to show up in the next couple months with the final “launch” coming January 1, 2018.
Some of these changes are being made to simplify my life. I was trying to maintain three different blogs, two Twitter feeds, create radio programs and a podcast. It was a mess because there had never been a plan. It had all grown organically. Just like any weed.
So let’s get our baseline stories caught up.
Weight – 187.5 That’s up just a little bit. Given how my exercise went in the tank over the last month, I’m very happy with that.
Biking – Mileage YTD – 538.2. That’s on 24 rides through September 25. That’s not bad, but still a long way towards my 1,000 mile goal. September has been a total bomb for the riding. I hope to take another shot at the Cap2Cap soon.
Active Minutes – Most of the month was fine. The one week that was so low was also the week I misplaced the Fitbit. Starting at the beginning of September my weeks went 226, 21, 130 and 138.
Diabetes – I’ll just be honest and acknowledge that I haven’t been testing my blood glucose. I think I did it twice this month. Both numbers were fine. That’s not good enough.
I will probably look at refreshing the look of the blog as well. So plenty to keep me busy between now and the first of the year. I hope you will continue to enjoy what I’ve done before, plus what is to come.