Long Time No Speak! A Personal Update From Me

Hi everyone,

I hope you’re all keeping well and dry on this wintery weekend. I’ve had a few messages from some of you on my social media and thought it was about time that I touched base with everyone to explain why it’s been so quiet here on Tea and Cake for the Soul.

You may remember reading my post last year about how I quit my job as a learning support assistant. I said then that I intended to carry on with my other work and continue to build up my portfolio and client base as a freelance writer and social media manager.

Irony!

Well, as I started working on more content for Tea and Cake for the Soul and freelance articles, I began to suffer from more back pain particularly in my coccyx area. As time went on, so did my pain to the extent that I am now in chronic pain and cannot sit down for very long at all now. Ironically, many of the articles that I wrote were about health!

I won’t bore you with all the details of my condition in this post, except to say that this has been going on for a long time and I am now on the waiting list for a second cortisone injection. It has had a huge impact on my life of late and I haven’t been able to get out to gigs and socialise because I can’t sit for that long in the car. It has become very isolating.

I have managed to keep up with my freelance writing and social media management work but my blog has been left behind. The bloggers amongst you will know that there’s so much more to blogging than the writing, and a post can often take a day’s worth of “work” to get it to the state for publication. Obviously, my paid work has to take priority.

20180408_140255

What I can do …

During periods of illness, it is so easy to get dragged down by what you can’t do, but it’s so important to focus on what you CAN do and when I think about it I’ve still managed to achieve quite a lot.

Freelance Writing and Ghostwriting

I’ve been enjoying doing some ghostwriting for someone recently. Sure, it’s nice to see your name in print somewhere, but the pleasure is also in the creating. I’m sure you’ll understand that mum has to be the word on this one!

I’ve also contributed to a book about menopause. You may have seen my review of The Menopause Monologues last year, well I’m very pleased to say that my story has been published in book two.

Summerley Digital

I’ve joined a great team at Summerley Digital who offer everything for your digital needs from new build websites to SEO advice and lots, lots more.  I never know what I am going to be doing from one day to the next, but so far it has included content writing and social media analysis.

Social Media Management

Of course, I have my freelance social media management and writing obligations too.

Music

I’ve continued my commitment to all the band and music pages that I run. I’ve loved helping out a new band with some advice and short-term media management to get them started and help spread the word.

Tattoos

I’ve also started work on Facebook and Instagram for a tattoo artist from Hampshire. He’s been tattooing for 40 years and produces high-quality custom work in a variety of styles. It’s an absolute pleasure to be sharing his work. If you’re a tattoo fan do check him out at @afinetattoomartin

Facebook link
Instagram link

My social media

I’ve not been that active on my social media accounts with the exception of Instagram. I’m very late to the party on this platform but I have to say I love it! Just lots of pretty pictures.

I only post pictures that make me feel happy, and only follow accounts that will do the same for me. I’m in very low numbers compared to others but it is going up month by month organically. There’s no follow-for-follow-back game played here.

I share photos from my travels, blue skies, colourful blooms, calming sunsets and lots of street art and oddities that have tickled my fancy. I’d love it if you want to join me or if you post similar photos please let me know so I can check out your account.

I go by the tag @littlejojackson_ 

 

Tea & Cake for the Soul vs UK Psychobilly Archives

I decided to move all my music content over to my other website UK Psychobilly Archives and Gig Guide. It has been running for almost 20 years in many years in different guises, and although some of my audience overlapped, I decided the music posts were best off in one place.

I’ve republished all the articles and interviews over there and have lots more to come. I’ve just set up an Instagram page for that too where I post the current month’s gig flyers and old photos from concerts and festivals. I didn’t stick to my brief entirely though and have posted some cake pictures there too.

You will find the site WordPress and social channels with the handle @psychobillygigs

WordPress
Facebook
Instagram
Twitter


Tea & Cake for the Soul

I will sign off with what’s coming up on Tea and Cake for the Soul. My mind is permanently buzzing with ideas for new projects and I have several posts in draft form to be formatted properly.

I’ve read a lot of books over the winter so I would like to share my thoughts on those and some new cake recipes that I’ve found too. Unfortunately, they will all be as and when I am able to sit for long enough to do them. Like I say, I have to limit my time sitting and priority has to be given to my paid work.

So I apologise for lack of interaction on the blogs I normally read, and the social media accounts I normally follow. In the meantime, please check out some of the old posts that I’ve written. You can find all my categories in the menu or on the home page. I do hope normal service will resume before too long. Thanks for all the support as always.

30 thoughts on “Long Time No Speak! A Personal Update From Me

  1. Jo, I’m so happy to see an update. I’m so sorry to hear the pain in your back persists and I will keep you in my thoughts, hoping you find what you need to heal. Dealing with back pain can be all consuming and so limiting. Still, it sounds like a very exciting time for you, getting your freelance career going. I’m doing some ghostwriting myself and it feels strange not to have my name associated in anyway with what I’m writing, but I couldn’t agree more that a big part of the joy of writing is simply in the doing and actually getting paid for it is pretty killer, too. If only it were easy to balance. Pain really sucks the life out of a person! Bully for you for finding ways to make it work! I know it’s no small sacrifice on your part. I wish you all the best with it all! Xx

    Liked by 1 person

  2. So sorry to read about your pain and I understand that blogging sometimes just falls behind – mine does too. It sounds like so much is going well for you know though and freelance work is HARD!

    It’s lovely to hear from you thou – all the best x

    Liked by 1 person

  3. So sorry to hear about the pain you are in with your back, but so glad to hear your writing and social media work is going. Take the time and rest that you need to get back to full health and I’m sure your blog posts will be worth waiting for! 🙂

    Liked by 1 person

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.