Personally, it has been incredibly tough – but I am glad to say that the depression that nearly knocked me out entirely at the beginning of the year has mostly lifted, and I am almost fully back on my feet again after breaking my ankle and badly damaging the ligaments (although I still need a crutch to get around!).
I’d like to say a huge thank you to all the NHS staff who have treated me so well this year; from the ambulance crew who picked me up from the pavement and got me to Chelsea & Westminster hospital, the amazing A&E team there who got me sorted so quickly, and the physiotherapist at West Middlesex hospital who is currently getting me up and walking properly again, to my fantastic GP, the astute psychotherapist who got me thinking, and the community mental health team who have monitored my progress on these new meds with care and attention.
All these people are incredible, and their kindness and skill make me even more grateful for the NHS.
Also incredible are my family and friends (online and off), who have put up with a lot and have stuck by me nonetheless. Thanks to them for doing my shopping, brewing endless cups of tea, driving me places, making me laugh, reminding me to do my physio exercises, sending me great music and lovely messages, listening to me vent…. They know who they are – and they all rock.
And thanks to you, my dear, patient readers. For the first time ever, I have not posted anything on Another Kind Of Mind for many months, which is most unlike me and shows just how unwell I have been. I hope to get back to blogging regularly again in the new year – I have much I want to talk about. In the meantime, I’m planning to get a couple of Christmassy posts up over the next few days (if I can find the time), because Christmas isn’t Christmas round these parts without them! If you’re missing the usual festive fun, you can find links to all my previous seasonal posts here. Enjoy!
Happy Solstice and Merry Christmas to you all – and here’s to a better 2017 all round…
Time flies. Not sure how this happened, but today is Another Kind Of Mind’s third birthday. In those three years since August 2009, I’ve written 250 posts and wrangled more than 500 comments from the nearly 38,000 visitors who have popped by (swarmed by is more like it, as Brian’s Mum puts it) from almost every country on the face of this planet. Considering that this is an eccentric personal blog written by someone who doesn’t have a ‘niche’ subject or much time for SEO dithering, those stats amaze me. Seems I’m not talking to myself after all…
However, all this would not have been possible without some amazing people. Big thank yous go out to all my readers, whether you’re a regular subscriber or a drive-by single post glancer, and to all those who have liked, shared and commented on my posts over the last three years (especially all my lovely Twitter followers!). Thanks also to my friends and family, without whose love, support and encouragement through some difficult times Another Kind Of Mind would not exist. Here’s to the next three years!
Time for some birthday cake, methinks…
Get the beers in readers, Another Kind Of Mind turned one on Saturday!
I can’t believe a year has gone by since I moved my blog to WordPress; those twelve months have gone so quickly, it’s been a blast.
A huge thanks to all of you who have read, commented on, shared and rated my posts so far. I absolutely love hearing from all of you and I really appreciate you taking time to let me know what you think – your comments and suggestions are wonderfully thought-provoking and often inspire new posts, which makes it all worth while for me. I have the best readers…
Please keep it up, you guys rock!
Here’s a few of the treats I’ve got in store for you in the coming weeks…
– Find out what I think about what you think about bad movies (it’s coming, I promise!)
– Discover some more amazing facts about the River Thames
– Read my review of last week’s Hip-Hop History event in Ladbroke Grove, West London
– Learn why I think history is so important (and why Baldrick (almost) got it right…)
– Get sentimental about the magic of mix tapes (and let me know what tracks you would put on yours!)
And probably lots of other bits and pieces too, including some more fascinating photos (hopefully).
Right. That’s that done. Where’s the party then?
Yes, thank you. And you lot too. And you over there. And all of you!
Thanks to you lot, Another Kind Of Mind reached a small milestone today – a whole ten thousand of you have paid this blog a visit since it moved here a mere eight months ago. Considering it took my old blog over three years to reach the 10k mark, my inner geek is just a bit pleased with this current outcome… ;)
At the risk of sounding like a bad actress at a bad awards ceremony, I couldn’t have got this far without all my lovely readers. I’d be blogging into a vacuum if it wasn’t for you lot – so please keep right on with all your reading, rating and commenting, I really enjoy hearing from you!
First of all, a big thanks to all of you! December 2009 was the busiest month so far for Another Kind Of Mind, with nearly four and a half thousand of you popping by to have a read – although I’m not entirely sure why the Halloween ghost stories piece was by far and away the most popular post over the Christmas period!
Now that Christmas and New Year are over (thank the deity of your choice), regular readers will notice that I’ve made a few changes to Another Kind Of Mind, and I’d really like you, the reader, to get involved in this ever-evolving project too. If you’ve got something to say, please feel free to leave a comment, I respond to all (although it may take me some time during busy periods). I also welcome suggestions and ideas for blog posts – the Feedback page is the place to go if you have any of those.
In the sidebar to your right, you’ll find several ways to keep up to date with Another Kind Of Mind. Subscribe to the RSS feeds, or to the email update service (no spam, I promise you!); or you can follow me on Twitter for blog updates, interesting links and much of the usual rambling in 140 characters or less. You can now also become a fan of Another Kind Of Mind on Facebook, where it would be good to get some discussions going with all of you.
Watch out for more exciting changes in the next few months – and get in touch, have your say!