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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  < ongoing (now parkrun Run Director too) 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

Wikio Parent Blog Rankings - April Preview

Do you fancy a sneak preview of the Wikio Parent Blog rankings for April?

I know that a lot of people don't follow their statistics or rankings because of the politics involved but the geek side of me always finds these interesting.  March was an interesting month for me as I don't seem to have published as many blog posts but I have acquired new readers as a result of my feature in the Lancashire Telegraph and my appearance on Radio Lancashire and more of my posts were linked to by other bloggers.

I'd be really interested to know what other bloggers and readers feel about these rankings.  For me, they are a measure of the success of my blog and, to some extent, the influence on other bloggers but I know a lot of other people in the blogosphere dislike rankings and/or never check them.  It will make a great discussion in the comments section.

The full list will be published by Wikio on 5th April 2011.