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Things To Do Before I Turn 50

  (also known as my "TA-DA" list as opposed to a "to do" list) It was my 49th birthday a few days ago and this got me thinking. Any birthday that ends with a zero always feels a bit like milestone or a landmark and, when I hit the big "five-o" in 2022, I don't want huge parties or celebrations but I would like to have ticked a few things off my low-effort bucket list.   I see these things as a way to improve my mental and physical health, plus a few slightly off-the-wall experiences that would make for great memories.  Start running again and include the following: Lead a C25K group again  Participate in parkrun EVERY week where possible  Visit local landmarks whilst running  Train for a long race - building up from 5k > 10k > 10 miles > half marathon, with a couple of longer trail races mixed in  Lose a lot bit of weight Post more on Instagram or give the blog a bit of a reboot < ongoing Look at new a career path or additional income stre

Where are the words?

This morning I opened my Google Reader and saw "All Items (361)" glaring back at me.

Fantastic, I thought.  Lots of lovely blog posts to read as I have now set aside weekends to catch up with blog reading and Open University reading.  It's the new streamlined, organised me (stop laughing at the back).  Also, being slightly obsessive about organisation, I have my blogs divided into folders; Must Read, Random, Life & Style... and I scroll through them in order, soaking everything up.

This is what I am seeing at the moment:


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Are we getting lazy with our blogging?  What happened to the richness of words?  Using words to describe an event or a scene or an achievement is an art form.  I am in awe at the way in which people have the ability to arrange a few letters and spaces on a blank screen to transport me to a time or a place and make me feel like I am stood on the peripheral, watching their moment.  Images are great to enhance the words but are we in danger of them taking over?

Are we regressing and turning blogs into digital picture books and aren't there blogs or blogging platforms dedicated to that already?  Do we really not have enough time to sit down and read and write any more?  It is so easy to upload an image and have immediate contact with your network of followers (blog, twitter, facebook) - the snapshot of today - but does a picture really speak a thousand words... and if it does, do you think I can submit two for my next assignment?