I'm not really a fan of putting selfies of me or my family on the internet, but today feels appropriate...
Dear lovely readers of Breaking More Waves (well I guess some of you may be lovely, certainly the ones of you that I have met are, some of you may be totally horrible as well, but beggars can’t be choosers when it comes to readers on the internet)......
This is a short post to let you know that over the next couple of months the number of posts I will be publishing will be decreasing dramatically. Normally this signals the beginning of the end for a blog – for one reason or another the author has found that his or her available time to write posts is less that it used to be previously, or they've just lost motivation to do it anymore. Blogs are often start when the author is a student or has more free time and then as full time work, relationships and then children take hold, that time is a lot less available. I’ve always said that kids are the biggest killer of music blogs – I’ve seen many a high flying blog call it a day after the onset of children. I’ve been pretty fortunate to be able to continue doing Breaking More Waves with 2 kids, mainly through sheer determination, focus, a willingness to accept that there will always be many better blogs than mine because their authors have more resource (in particular time), the ability to survive on very little sleep and being relatively well organised.
However, for the next couple of months I do need to take some time out. My partner was recently diagnosed with breast cancer and next week will be undergoing surgery. This will be followed by a programme of treatment. As I’m sure you’ll understand, I need to spend extra time to help support her and my family through what is a relatively difficult time for us. However we are optimistic that she will beat the illness and will soon be back firing on all cylinders.
This doesn’t however mean that the blog will stop completely. Writing the blog is, for me, a bit of fun and escapism from the real world and a chance to be self-indulgent. I still need that. But I will be doing a little less of it for a while.
Over November and December I will still be running a few new music posts and my annual Ones to Watch (in November) and Albums of the Year (in December) posts will go ahead full steam like every other year. But whilst I try to balance supporting my partner with her illness, my busy day job, refurbishing a property that I purchased last year and looking after my family, the blog will be taking a back seat. In the big scheme of things Breaking More Waves is not that important. However, I am determined to keep Breaking More Waves running, if only for my sanity – sometimes, with all the stresses and strains there are in the world, we need a bit of fun, and I get that from posting stupid pictures of musicians in the bath on Twitter (follow me here for that) and writing poorly thought out bollocks about pop music on the internet.
So excuse the relative quietness but do keep visiting when I do post something - knowing some stranger in New York, Sydney or Inverness is reading the crap I spout for my own amusement keeps me motivated.
Robin – The bloke who writes every single one of these (now nearly 3,000) posts on Breaking More Waves. xx