A Post About Not Blogging With A Brief Interlude About Vaccines

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As I write this, it has been just under a month since I last posted anything on this blog. By the time this actually hits the blogosphere, it will have been just over a month. I’m writing this on Friday but I intend for my ‘comeback’ to be on Monday. According to the Gods of WordPress, Monday has tended to be my most prolific day for blogging. I like to think that’s because I often choose to post on Mondays, but maybe I only do that because WordPress is influencing me. Is it a ‘chicken and egg’ situation, or am I overthinking it?

I don’t know.

But this post is scheduled for Monday.

Or it will be if I finish writing it.

If you are reading it, I probably did finish writing it.

Or maybe I didn’t really finish writing it, but at the point I decided to give up, I was happy to post the incoherent mess I’d produced in the expectation that no-one would really notice anyway.

It’s always hard to write a ‘comeback’ post. It obviously presupposes that anyone actually cared that I disappeared for a month, which is highly unlikely to be true, and there always seems to be an obligation to produce something that is relatively good because, in the event that anyone did miss my ramblings, it would be something of a let down if my return to blogging failed to live up to their expectations.

Such is the pressure of trying to write a high-quality ‘comeback post’ that, in the end, procrastination wins out and the hitherto absent blogger continues in their absence, rather than risk producing underwhelming content.

Fortunately ‘underwhelming content’ is very much ‘on brand’ for me, so I had no difficulty producing this. I didn’t mean to ‘not blog’ for a month, but I’ve had much longer absences from my blog before. This may come as a surprise to anyone who has discovered the joys of James Proclaims during the pandemic, as, the past month notwithstanding, I have been a rather prolific blogger during corona-times. Which is not a coincidence. But, despite rumours of a ‘third wave’ looming in the UK, everything does appear to be heading back towards a kind of normality and one which doesn’t need to be qualified by vapid terminology like ‘The New Normal’. Because ‘normal’ is increasingly starting to look quite a lot like ‘The Old Normal’. The Old Normal was a bit rubbish, but it does seem mildly preferable to a pandemic so I’m not entirely sorry to see it returning.

Of course the return to a more familiar existence is thanks, in part, to a relatively successful vaccine program. Mrs Proclaims had her first jab yesterday and, in the vaccine lottery, she was very much a winner, walking away with a side-effect free dose of Pfizer.

Despite having been eligible for over a month, I had my first jab only a few days prior to my wife. It is much harder to get an appointment than the government would have you believe. I took the first one I could get and had to make do with the much lamented AstraZeneca. Of course I was happy enough to have AstraZeneca, much as I’m happy to buy my groceries from discount supermarkets. But if money was no object, I’d probably always shop in Waitrose and I’m sure the connoisseur’s vaccine of choice is Pfizer so I’m a little jealous of my wife. Also I had side effects. Nothing too horrendous, but I was under the weather for a few days. Probably less ill than if I actually had Covid though, so it’s all about perspective.

None of this has anything to do with me not blogging for a month. I think that is mainly due to blogging fatigue. I blogged daily for an entire year mainly to see if I could, but I am not a daily blogger by nature and frankly the whole endeavour took its toll and resulted in far too many haikus. Nonetheless, it’s a shame that I couldn’t have persevered for a couple more posts before my recent absence. My last post, on May 5th, was the 997th since I started this blog. May 10th was the sixth anniversary of my very first post. So it wouldn’t have taken much for me to have been celebrating my 1000th post on that date.

As it stands, the post after my next post, whenever it arrives, will be my 1000th ever post.

It will be quite the milestone.

If I ever reach it.

Obviously it would be a much greater achievement if the preceding 999 posts had all been good.

But a lot of them were not.

  25 comments for “A Post About Not Blogging With A Brief Interlude About Vaccines

  1. June 7, 2021 at 5:22 am

    Hiatus and haikus notwithstanding the countdown continues…

    Liked by 1 person

    • June 7, 2021 at 8:19 am

      I’m quietly confident we’ll get there this time

      Liked by 1 person

  2. June 7, 2021 at 5:38 am

    I’m a little disappointed in this comeback post. I expected a Haiku.

    Liked by 1 person

    • June 7, 2021 at 8:20 am

      That was a reasonable expectation. I’m hoping to lower the bar sufficiently that the return of the haikus will be seen as a marked improvement on what went before.

      Liked by 2 people

  3. June 7, 2021 at 10:04 am

    Welcome back. A while ago I decided I only had time to comment on one blog, That turned out to be yours. It was becoming quite challenging as the old new normal transitioned into the new old normal.
    Today’s blog is most fortuitous as I happen to have a few minutes to spare.
    Isn’t serendipity wonderful.

    Liked by 1 person

    • June 7, 2021 at 4:23 pm

      Serendipity is indeed wonderful and I believe my new, much reduced, blogging schedule should more than fit with your commenting requirements. On behalf of all the team, I’d like to thank you for choosing James Proclaims.


  4. June 7, 2021 at 1:31 pm

    It’s like when WordPress tells me the best time for me to post is 8 a.m. and the best day is Sunday. Since most of my posts go up at 8 a.m. and my most-popular post every week is on Sundays, that kind of stands to reason.

    Liked by 1 person

    • June 7, 2021 at 4:24 pm

      And yet it seems so out of character for WordPress to share useless statistics with us…

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    • June 8, 2021 at 12:38 am

      Yes I did notice your absence, but it is good to have blogging breaks, especially for the readers! I mean that in general terms, nothing personal – keeping up with bloggers blogging daily – who then post twice daily for a week to explain why they missed one day due to being in a coma – leaves one overblogged and probably in a coma….

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      • June 11, 2021 at 4:17 pm

        I know what you meant about following other bloggers. I do like to read other blogs but if you try and keep up with everything it can drive you mad so I’m certainly happy for people to dip in and out of my blog as they see fit. I’d rather have an occasional visitor who reads a few of my posts than someone who ‘likes’ everything but reads nothing.


  5. June 7, 2021 at 8:01 pm

    Every Thursday I get a message telling me that I have posted three days on the run for the first time. Shame I do it every week. Good to have you back James!

    Liked by 2 people

    • June 11, 2021 at 4:18 pm

      It it is good(ish) to be back. Although I can’t believe that WordPress could ever be anything less than accurate in their feedback.

      Liked by 1 person

  6. June 7, 2021 at 9:00 pm

    Who’s this James fellow?
    I’m sorry. Do I know you?
    Never mind. Welcome!

    Liked by 2 people

    • June 11, 2021 at 4:18 pm

      Thank you. I think I’m going to enjoy this blogging malarkey. Everyone seems so friendly.

      Liked by 1 person

  7. June 7, 2021 at 9:03 pm

    I did notice that you hadn’t posted for a long time and I have to confess, I was feeling some concern. I’m glad all is well with you and that you and your wife are doing well and have had the jab. My husband had AstraZeneca as well and felt unwell for several days. I get my second Pfizer on Saturday. Anyway, I’m glad you’re back. (Your haiku-writing inspired a post on my blog. 😊 )

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    • June 11, 2021 at 4:20 pm

      Nice little plug for your own blog there. Which has worked – you have piqued my interest. It’s good to be back, although I am jealous of your Pfizer jab.

      Liked by 1 person

  8. June 8, 2021 at 3:07 am

    Underwhelming content is still content.

    Liked by 1 person

  9. June 9, 2021 at 9:54 pm

    Sorry to say that I did not notice your absence at all, considering I was absent myself. Sunday was my return to the blogging world post after eight months of nothing. (Being a teacher and doing online teaching, I could not make myself sit in front of a screen a moment longer than I had to.) And I would say my “Hello world, I’m back!” post is rather lackluster and involves the topic of cleaning litterboxes, so I would say yours is much nicer than mine.
    Congrads on the jab to both you and your wife. Husband and I got ours early on and our two boys are one week past their second jab. We are eagerly looking forward to going to the grocery store as a family soon. Exciting times, indeed!
    Welcome back, by the way! 🙂

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    • June 11, 2021 at 4:21 pm

      I sense a little irony in your excitement about the family trip to the grocery store but I do love taking my toddler there. Glad you’re back, even though I clearly didn’t know you were gone either.


  10. June 10, 2021 at 4:08 am

    After such a hiatas I expected more of a fanfare. However a thousand posts is worth a solid Good Job
    Laugh, It’s the least expensive Health Tip ever

    Liked by 1 person

    • June 11, 2021 at 4:22 pm

      I’ll take a compliment in any guise. Although my forthcoming 1000th post is distinctly lacking in fanfare.


  11. June 13, 2021 at 2:16 pm

    Glad you’re back! I had the AZ too and now they don’t have anymore, but they’re telling us we can get Moderna as a second dose.

    Liked by 1 person

    • August 10, 2021 at 4:25 pm

      I felt dreadful after my second dose of AZ, so with the benefit of hindsight, I’d have taken a Moderna

      Liked by 1 person

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