I am beginning to think that my adopted pseudonym is perhaps prescient of my erratic ‘seek her here, seek her there‘ blogging style.

Erratic is a generous way of saying –  where the fuck have you been? not been here at all! I am surprised I still have any followers let alone the generous souls who leave comments for me from time to time.

I think I have defined new levels of erraticism (a word that can cause raised eyebrows when said quickly with a Welsh accent I can tell you!) My report card would and should most certainly read ‘could do better!’


The main problem is that I have been writing up a huge chunk of my thesis. This means most of my day is spent with my head buried in books, making notes and trying to sort out the shit mountain of research material,  that passes for ideas,  into coherent well written PhD standard prose … HA HA HA HA HA HA that’s going well! NOT !!! 

This process has not been helped by Apple’s ‘clever’ software which insists on changing my typos into ‘real words’ – the fact that those real words bear no resemblance to what I actually wanted to write seems to not matter to apple. It seems any word, spelt correctly will fit at any given time. Luckily it doesn’t like rude words so I can sleep safe in the knowledge that if I ever misspell ‘count’ it won’t offend anyone!

HOWEVER: 

This particular peccadillo of Apple’s is particularly frustrating when it autocorrects ITS to IT’S … I have had to capitalise this not in order to get your attention, but because Apple have conceded that CAPITALISATION NEEDS NO AUTOCORRECTION … my supervisor however is not so forgiving when it comes to ITS and IT’S … I DO know the rule, I Do know how to use the correct possessive or declarative … honest! However I can see her brow furrow when yet again, unnoticed by me, Apple Autocorrect has struck again!

So my recent supervision meeting was something of a reunion for the Good, the Bad, and the bloody Ugly … but on a positive note I knew what was good, what was bad and I just couldn’t help but identify the ugly … so at least we are on the same page and she is less likely these days to cry into her pillow after every meeting! I hope …

So blogging – it fits sometimes and sometimes it doesn’t … the question is I clearly can’t make it a daily thing so I may make it a Weekly thing instead and see how that goes … perhaps also a more structured theme/idea to be explored rather than simply rambling my way through …

We shall see! Any ideas of how to make this work and be fun … feel free to make them known here!

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15 thoughts on “New Levels of Absenteeism

  1. You are not the only one who has neglected their blog. My felt so lonely it deleted itself (not really I deleted it, my daughter now has a blog & twitter feed, & there is a risk she will read it.) I am stopping blogging for a while, after all my Parental Studying period is over, for now at least. I will carry on following PhD bloggers, as that is my aim. I have been offerred a place at Leicester, but I need funding this time. My funding appliation is about to go in so keep all things crossed for me.

    It sounds like you are near the end of yours. Good luck with the final push.

    Jan (StudyingParent)

  2. You are not the only one who is neglecting their blog, mine felt so neglected it deleted itself – with a bit of help from me. I have stopped blogging for a while, I am no longer a StudyingParent, and my daughter has a blog & a twitter account and there is a risk she would have been able to read it. I am keeping up with all the PhD bloggers though, via email & Google Reader.
    I have beeen offered a PhD place at Leicester, but need funding. My funding application has just gone in, so hopefully I’ll hear soon.
    It sounds like you are nearing the end of yours, good luck with the final push!
    If I start blogging again myself it will be linked to my PhD and act as a journal and way of disseminating my subject – hopefully. There are lots of discussions on Twitter #PhDchat about connecting via social media and creating an identity through a blog related to your subject, so maybe that is an idea for the direction of your blog too, although that is more related to work than fun!

    Jan (StudyingParent)

  3. You are not the only one who is neglecting their blog, mine felt so neglected it deleted itself – with a bit of help from me. I have stopped blogging for a while, I am no longer a StudyingParent, and my daughter has a blog & a twitter account and there is a risk she would have been able to read it. I am keeping up with all the PhD bloggers though, via email & Google Reader.
    I have beeen offered a PhD place at Leicester, but need funding. My funding application has just gone in, so hopefully I’ll hear soon.
    It sounds like you are nearing the end of yours, good luck with the final push!
    If I start blogging again myself it will be linked to my PhD and act as a journal and way of disseminating my subject – hopefully. There are lots of discussions on Twitter #PhDchat about connecting via social media and creating an identity through a blog related to your subject, so maybe that is an idea for the direction of your blog too, although that is more related to work than fun!

    Jan (StudyingParent)

    (The StudyingParent2 username keeps my wordpress account open)

    1. Oh I can well understand why you gave it up – it can be a bit of a bind.

      Well done on the place at leicester and fingers crossed for the funding – so let me know how you get on!
      And thank you for the ideas as to what direction to take this in – I am finding the self-indulgent rambling are a little tedious for me and no doubt prospective readers – blogging needs a frame and a purpose so that’s really useful xxx

      1. Not sure why I commented three times! I think it was something to do with signing in to WP & getting the password wrong, then when I got it right it posted all three!

  4. Hey welcome back! It always annoys me that my mac’s default position is US English and for every document I have to go in and change it to British English – make autocorrect a nightmare. Sounds like you’ve been busy, busy, busy – keep up the good work.

      1. Who ever said it was progress!! I suppose it is. But then again it isn’t. And I want English English!! Damn it we invented the language!

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