The Re-emergence Of A Man Who Claims To Proclaim

James Proclaims (4)


It’s been almost three full months since I last elected to post on these pages, over five months since the post that preceded that and, aside from a flurry of activity over the Christmas period, it’s been a little over a year since I can claim to have been producing content regularly, so you might be forgiven for thinking that I had given up on this blogging malarkey for good.

But, with literally tens of followers the world over, I was never going to disappear from the blogosphere forever. The world needs James to proclaim. And by James I mean me. I probably should clarify that, because James is not an especially uncommon name. And, if we’re going to be technical about this, it isn’t really my name. It is the second name that appears on my birth certificate, and it’s the name that everyone who knows me uses to refer to me, so I feel I have a justifiable claim in using it for the purposes of the witty appellation of this blog, but the point could be contended. Proclaims isn’t really my last name either, but that feels marginally less fraudulent.

Anyway, I haven’t posted much recently, but regular readers will know that I’ve had some valid excuses, not least the arrival of my eleven-month-old daughter. Approximately eleven months ago. In truth, had I been blogging regularly for the last year, it would have been hard not to make the majority of my prose solely about her. Because I don’t really ever have time to do anything that doesn’t largely involve her in some way.

Then again, my posts have never really been about anything, so to devote most of my writing to the trials and tribulations of being a first-time parent would be out of character for me. Other people do that sort of thing far better than I do. Plus, if I were to write about the feelings my daughter makes me feel then I might inadvertently bring some sincerity to these pages and we could all do without that.

Needless to say, she is an endless source of joy and sleep deprivation. I love her profoundly, but I am very tired.

She is asleep as I write this though, as is Mrs Proclaims (for I wrote this last night). I am watching footage of the Glastonbury festival , which I have been doing for much of this weekend, often while keeping an eye on my, now very mobile, offspring to ensure that she doesn’t put anything in her mouth that might do her some harm, which she seems intent on doing all of the time.

When last I posted I was in the process of not celebrating my 40th birthday. This was less because I was bothered by the landmark birthday and more because my birthday fell on a workday and several days before the dissertation for my MA was due to be handed in. My dissertation was, of course, the other reason why blogging has been hard to find time for in recent months. My lack of posts subsequent to my hand-in date might lead you to believe that I either missed the deadline or that I failed to achieve a passing grade. Neither is true. Although I was very much still writing the first (and as it turns out only) draft in the early hours of the morning of the deadline day, I did submit it on time and not only did I pass, but I did rather well. Which is a little uncharacteristic of me really, as I tend to specialise in underachievement and mediocrity when it comes to academia. Indeed, I did so well that I am, probably unwisely, considering pursuing a doctorate in the not-too distant future. This may be partly inspired by Mrs Proclaims’ academic endeavours, for alongside being the primary care-giver to our small-person, she is also pursuing a PhD. But then she is rather clever. She often gets questions right when we watch University Challenge. Indeed, she is the only reason I even deign to watch University Challenge, which might as well be broadcast in Swahili for all I understand the questions. But while I may not be as academically able as my wife, who actually seems to enjoy studying, I am, I think, capable of dragging myself through the rigours of a qualification that will allow me to call myself Doctor Proclaims. And it’s all about the title really.

But that’s for the future. For now, I am enjoying not having any deadlines. I still have to go to work unfortunately but working in education means that in a few weeks I will have a glorious six weeks of holiday to enjoy.

Which could well mean that I have time to start writing posts for this site on a more regular basis.

Whether I use the time for that purpose is anyone’s guess.


  14 comments for “The Re-emergence Of A Man Who Claims To Proclaim

  1. July 1, 2019 at 9:08 am

    A welcome return to form, James. And many congratulations on the arrival of the little Proclaimsetta!

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  2. July 1, 2019 at 3:36 pm

    I can stop scanning the obits now!
    I rather look forward to a Doc Proc blog title.

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    • July 7, 2019 at 9:57 pm

      It’ll be a long time before I can remotely claim to be Doc Proc, but that is the goal!

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  3. July 1, 2019 at 7:23 pm

    I knew you’d pop up sometime soon – but credit where it’s due, you’ve arrived at least 3 weeks earlier than anticipated based on my own musings of an abandoned blog!
    Congrats on the academic result too!

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    • July 7, 2019 at 9:58 pm

      Thanks – I’m clearly overachieving for fun at the moment…

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  4. July 2, 2019 at 9:26 am

    Good to see you back again James and good luck for you and Mrs Proclaims in your exams. If you become a doctor, will you be dealing with peoples ailments? Good to hear that Baby Proclaims is doing well. Smiler


    • July 7, 2019 at 9:59 pm

      Definitely won’t be that kind of doctor. If indeed I become any kind of doctor at all…


  5. July 2, 2019 at 3:04 pm

    Nice to hear your voice in blog-land. Not having any small-person’s myself, I only know I’ve lost quite a few friends into black holes for 18 years when some appeared in their lives. The fact you emerged to proclaim something is a feat unto itself!

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    • July 7, 2019 at 9:59 pm

      It is surprising where the time goes but those nappies don’t change themselves…

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  6. Bryntin
    July 3, 2019 at 11:57 pm

    I have often thought James, that it is a good job you weren’t called Hank.
    Anyway, nice to see you again, all learned and things.

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    • July 7, 2019 at 10:00 pm

      I do feel my life would have taken a different direction in many ways had I been called Hank…


  7. July 6, 2019 at 6:52 pm

    Welcome back! Perhaps your big comeback will be my inspiration to get back to writing my blog. I’m afraid I’ve taken my title of Maid’s Day Off to the extreme.

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    • July 7, 2019 at 10:03 pm

      If my blog inspires anyone to do anything then I will have achieved more than I intended or ever thought possible. But inspiring you to return to your blog would be a triumph beyond all imagination


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