Yesterday was a bitty kind of day; I faffed around and didn’t start work till eleven, and then at two I went off to a blogging workshop at radio Leicester (I’ll tell you about that in a minute) after which it was back to the laptop-face to see what I needed to write. I saw all right, but I did not conquer – in short, I didn’t get much done. But I did make a start on a poem about the Bedroom Tax, so that was something.
After which I had quite a disastrous night, not getting to sleep until after two and listening to the thump of the neighbours’ music. And! Lo and behold, I had a complete idea for a blog post right then and there. And what was it?
I should always write these things down. But then a dialogue starts up in my mind which goes like this:
I should write this down. I’ll forget it in the morning.
I’m trying to get to sleep.
You’ll regret it when morning comes!
If I sit up now I won’t get back to sleep.
Yes, you will. Just write it down!
Or rather, not ‘zzzzz’ since this interminable dialogue repeats endlessly in a loop…
As does the other thing that kept me awake, which was the neighbours’ music. These neighbours are the most annoying you can get: not because they are horrible or drug dealers or incredibly noisy: no. It’s because they play music at the exact volume calculated to be annoying enough to keep you awake if you can’t sleep; but not annoying enough to actually go and complain about. Normally they turn it off about 10, but last night it was 1.30, and every time I put my head on the pillow I felt the distant thump, thump, thump of jungle drums *; but then every time I lifted my head from the pillow and listened it seemed fairly quiet.
But! Yesterday I did something useful at last: I went to a blogging workshop. An organisation called ‘Citizen’s Eye’ runs workshops every week at Radio Leicester which are free to attend, and yesterday’s (or one of them) was about blogging.
Two things came out of the workshop for me: one of them was that, despite my reluctance, I probably should be on Twitter; the other was to make use of (now don’t groan) questionnaires on here. These would be short, simple questionnaires which people can fill in and send to me. Only I see the answers and then I can post what opinions people have expressed on any given topic. Oh, and I learned that there’s no particular science to tagging – that you should just put whatever the post is about.
So that was good. I did keep an eye out for John Sinclair, but didn’t spot him:
After that I fiddled around with this and that, failed to get stuck into anything and then slept badly.
Which is where we came in.
What the hell was that other blog post about?
*just so you know, they’re Polish, not Afro-Caribbean, so there’s no reference here. Not that you would suspect me of such outright racism anyway…