Monthly Archives: December 2014

WordPress, their fancy little Reports and an Optimistic 2015.

Father TimeIt’s been a funny ol’ year. I don’t think there’s little point denying that one.

A year of transition with few high points and many low, 2014 can (to coin an East London phrase) “do one” now.

Actually, that’s a bit harsh.

2014 had some great times. In no particular order, these included:

  • Multiple Trophy winning team performances at One Day TagRugby competitions.
  • The Tag Christmas Party when “Tag Me Up and Down” walked away with the Most Improved Team award (and yours truly finished second in the Organiser of the Year award by 8 votes).
  • Watching the Dallas Cowboys win at Wembley
  • Joining a new 3rd TagRugby team & being the “newbie” again.
  • Multiple visits to the Twickenham Stoop
  • An amazing week in March, including two trips to Paris in quick succession (& a LOT of walking)
  • Leaving a company after almost 6 years, accutely aware that I’d made a difference. The minature rugby ball, heavily signed, remains in pride of place at home.
  • The days out with Autistic Students for a small charity, helping them to develop their interpersonal skills.
  • Convincing a friend to start her own food blog, and watching from a far (long story) as it has grown and developed and become Award Nominated. Meals with Mel is available here for those that’re interested.
  • Knocking out websites for family and friends.

There was more I’m sure, but those are the ones that remain in the mind.

By contrast to the highs, 2014 was also a year of stress, and a constant feeling of unworth and purposeless.

Unemployment, it turns out, is one of the most depressing experiences that I’ve personally known in the past 32 years of life on this planet. I don’t recommend it.

From redundancy to full time work, time lasted seven months. Out of those, four were spent feeling sorry for myself and feeling like life had no purpose.

In fact, it goes without saying that what kept me sane over the months was good ol’ Tag Rugby and managing 3 teams at a time. This regular organisation and focus on team news. It served a purpose nicely.

Having said all of this, as of 5pm on December 30th, there were no personal tragedies during the year. No close deaths, no major financial or physical issues. It was just one of “those” years.

Looking towards 2015, there’s renewed optimism. Back in work in an enjoyable job, Tag returns on January 5th after a month’s break. Purpose is restored. Harlequins are beginning to play well again, the Dallas Cowboys have made it to the Play-Offs in style. Hell, even Manchester United are playing well. Miracles DO happen after all.

So here’s to 2015, here’s to a better year. Here’s to more creativity (apologies if this rare post has been below usual standard. I’ve been somewhat out of practice). Here’s to more “Events” (already to mind there’s the big Duggen/Dennis wedding in March). Here’s to more sporting victories. Here’s to a prosperous New Year.

So to finish off, and since it probably needs mentioning since it was in the title, the stats team prepared a 2014 annual report for everyones’ WordPress sites. Here’s mine…

Happy New Year everyone!

Click here to see the complete report.

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