Category Archives: Blog Life

Manic Monday – Planet Simon’s Week Ahead

Today is a public holiday which means one thing (for me at least) no work! If you’re one of the hard working people that have to work today, big respect to you! I hope the day is kind to you. 😊

Things are frantic, chaotic and erratic in my life right now. In always every way there are rough seas. In the last week things at work have become darker and less inspiring. What I’m going to do about this I’m not sure but it’s made me think about the character of those I work for.

Finding time for writing is nearly impossible but on the good side this month’s magazine is all but complete and should be out in a few days. June is next so I had better get started!!

So far this year isn’t panning out like I hoped it would and I’m wondering why, hoping that it improves and soon. I’m hoping for and moving towards change. Something has to soon right?

Simon 😊

Expansion of my social Empire

Something I’ve been pondering over for ages is how and where to move Planet Simon out to a larger audience. My big deal about is I don’t have the time to run loads of social media sites and to be honest I have no will to either as I spend too much time in front of a computer anyway.

So I’ve gone a bit halfway, I’ve created a Facebook page rather than create a whole new profile: www.facebook.com/BlogPlanetSimon

The downside is that I can’t stream all my posts to the page but I can live with this. But click on the link and I’ll put up some of the posts from on here, and a few other things besides.

Many of you also follow me on Twitter, but in case you don’t know where I am you can find me on: twitter.com/Planet_Simon

Then there is the kind of weird Instagram… I don’t really know what do do with this and I don’t have much on there, but if you’re interested then have a look: www.instagram.com/duracellguy

The newest additions to my little social media arsenal are my Pinterest and Stumbledupon pages. Like IG I’m finding these a bit weird, but come and have a look it seems that these are place to collect all kinds of stuff from all over the internet. Kinda cool… but weird.

Lastly I’m also on Wattpad, if I get 5 minutes I’ll see if I can develop some story ideas on here. Watch this space for sure!

While I love it for my bloggies to see what’s going on elsewhere on my planet the idea is to find new readers and reach out to a wider audience. I have no idea if it will work… we’ll see I guess!

I hope you’re all well!

Simon 🙂

 

March begins – A Planet Simon update

So here we are at March! Well in truth we’re getting on for nearly halfway through the month, so once again I’m late to the welcome party.

This is part of the problem… time or lack thereof!

At this time things are really busy and I get the sense that I’ve taken on too much, but you know you only live once and all that. I’ve not been about much in the last couple of weeks and this is unfortunately likely to be a fairly common thing as I drop internet time to deal with life’s challenges (they’re not even  interesting challenges).

But I still see you guys about and I love that you guys are still about and I’m keeping an eye on you. So I will still see you around!

Keep well and keep smiling!

Simon 🙂

1337 Followers!

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Hi all! I got told today that I’ve got 1337 followers! Great stuff – thank you so much to all of you, this blog would be nothing without you all 🙂

The lucky person to hit that button was livingsoul2016 I’m going to make sure I look at their blog (which looks great by the way) as they must be awesome becasue in my mind that’s how the universe works.

In case you’re all wondering about the significance of 1337, have a look here: https://sfarnell.wordpress.com/1337-leet/

Keep watching out for new things going on and more of the old. Thank you all again for your support, you’re all awesome!

Simon 🙂

1,000 Followers!!!!

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Yesterday I reached an amazing milestone – 1000 followers!!!!!

Al though this was sent to me, it’s you guys out there that have given me this. 1000 of you have hit that button to follow me, some of you I know really well and many more of you I don’t. But this doesn’t matter, you’re all my followers and you have all helped me to get this so thank you very much!

I know i’m not about much at the moment, but hopefully I will be about more soon.

The blogger who hit that button is janyceresh I haven’t had much of a chance to see her blog yet, but it has cats and I’m going to find out more!

Take care guys – see you soon if spared!

Simon 🙂

Where am i? 

This is a little update message to all of my dear bloggies some of which I know have missed me. I don’t know maybe some of you haven’t lol. But it’s been about five weeks into the new job now and I’ve been as busy as hell and trying put put on any posts has been challenging. Especially as I don’t get much time in my evenings for much.

Starting at the beginning I’ve started working for a company that’s creating waves in the field of medical robotics. I’m designing circuits for them and hopefully were going to be doing great things for people who need surgery. I really can’t tell y much more than that because it’s all pretty hush hush and commercially sensitive information that my new bosses dont want put out there. But as soon as anything becomes public I will be sure to be putting up something about it as it really is something interesting and I hope I can look back and say I had a small part in that in years to come.

Writing wise – don’t ask. Really not much has been going on. A few days ago I managed to get the Circuit Mechanix published about a month too late because time has been so tight. I have projects I’ve been working on that in reality haven’t moved in the last six weeks and I really need to visit them soon and find a way to keep them moving. My Titan story still needs finishing off and is in reality in the final two parts. I’m hoping to finish them as soon as I can so that’s done and I can concentrate on the larger projects that I need to complete or at least keep moving. 

Life goes on as always with its ups and downs and I’m still about, I’ll try and keep up with you all a bit as you keep posting your wonderful work here. The community that is found in WordPress is quite amazing and it’s the part I miss most. But I have great ambitions for what. Want to do going forward, so watch this space….or this planet. It’s not stopped spinning yet, in fact it has a long way to go yet!

Stay safe all of you and stay well, keep on prodding me if you so wish I will appreciate it. With the clocks going back fast approaching I’m looking forward with a little dread as i think I suffer a little with SAD and have done unknowingly for many years. Maybe I’ll shake it off this year and the business will be a blessing in that sense. 

Take care amazing bloggies!

Simon 😀

Whats happening on Planet Simon

As my more regular bloggers will have noticed I’ve not been around much the last couple of weeks, posts are Les and less and I’m not about to look at your great work so much. It’s a bit of a bummer if truth be told, but there it is. This si what happens with a busy work and home life and I’m trying to work my way round it all but I have to be honest it’s getting hard. There’s so much I want to put up on here and so much i want to do in life in general and yet things keep getting in the way.

I’m hoping that the ancient God of blogs is going to give mea break soon so that I can be about a bit more, but we’ll see.

On top of this I have September’s Circuit Mechanix magazine to finish and publish on it’s own blog in the next week or two. With this i have a secret project I’m working on (or meant to be) that is also shouting for some time.

The Titan mystery story is in its final stages, to date this is the single largest collective piece of work I have written, but I’m hoping that this will change soon with some of the ideas that I have. It’s how I fit all of this in, I have my core bloggers that I make sure I keep up with and I get a daily update from my inbox, this is good. The bad side to this is I can see the amount of blog i have to try and keep up on.

reading… yeah. Thats it really.

So, just know that I’ve not forgotten you guys and i miss you, I’m kind of about and looking to get back whenever I can. Keep it up you’re all amazing!

Simon 😀

Blogging life – how it changes

Ive been thinking a bit about how life changes, nothing ever stays the same. I then was thinking about how this applies to my blogging life. When I got started I followed loads of blogs, I made sure I got to know all the bloggers that followed me back and certainly the ones that responded to me. It was something I had to do, I was building relationships and if around some heat people on here that are dear to me.
A little while ago,things changed, I found that after a few hundred followers it is impossible to keep up with all of them. I cannot follow every blogger that follows me and to a degree the blog drives itself as long as i keep feeding it with posts.

The other thing that changes is the posts and the content, earlier in the year I had to post every day, I simply cannot do that, even if it was the music posts which were fairly quick.My posts are more crafted than quick and easy posts, I make sure I check details and put in credits and i have catchy custom headers. All this takes time and effort and I hope that shows.

I’ve seen some people stress about keeping up the pace, but seriously my advice to you is don’t! This is meant to be fun, dont turn it into a chore. This isn’t a post about what happens when you get loads of followers, it about what I’ve found in my blogging life and passing on one simple nuggett of advice, keep blogging fun! Life changes, things change, life changes. Go with it, take blogging with you but dont apologise for changing things round, life life and then tell us what you’ve been up to. But don’t try and keep the pace if life around you changes, adapt and keep smiling.

Simon 😀