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Cycling Kit Haul

Yesterday, Joby stuck a big Aldi advert on his blog which saved me a fortune.

I’ve read a few blogs by the ladies where there are regular posts following uncontrolled shopping expeditions.  These “Haul” entries seem to exist primarily to ease the inevitable feelings of post-purchase dissonance and to garner positive reinforcement of ill-considered decisions from internet friends…

.. so I thought “Brilliant! I’m going to do one of those!“.

My Aldi Haul.

After picking up my little girl from school, I reminded myself where Aldi was (I get them and Lidl mixed up all the time) and dragged her along as my unwilling accomplice.  This is what I got:

That little lot cost me £33.00 !  How’s that for a bargain?  Not bad considering, as has been pointed out, that a new top at Evans is about £40.00.

I’m chuffed.  I suggest you get down to your nearest Aldi and see if there’s anything decent left, this instant. Tell ’em Phill sent you! 🙂

Guest Blogging – My Diabetes On Show

I Got A Guest Blogging Gig. How Did That Happen?

A few weeks ago I spotted a tweet about healthy eating.  It said something along the lines of “eat a bit less food and be more active, then you’ll lose weight“.  I ReTweeted it with a sarcy comment: “No sh*t Sherlock” and thought nothing more of it until the author thanked me for the ReTweet and pointed out that sometimes all we need is a reminder, a gentle kick up the backside to remind us to do the right thing.

Fair enough.  It’s very true that we often know what to do, we just need someone to gently prod us now and again to make us actually do it.

The author, a guy called John McGran, runs a blog on a US-based website all about healthy eating.  After a few direct messages about my diet and my diabetes, he asked me if I’d be interested in contributing regularly.

My Blog on DietToGo

How My First Guest Blog Effort Looks On Screen

I jumped at the chance.  A couple of iterations later and my blog went live.  I’m looking forward to writing about my diabetes on DietToGo and hopefully I’ll pick up some good feedback along the way.

Lessons Learned

Housekeeping.  While I was thinking about the contribution, I realised that my categories on this site were a bit messy.  As a result, I’ve added one for “Diabetes” and edited a few old posts to tidy things up a little.  Who knows… maybe this blog will start to show some focus, but I doubt it.

Listening.  John at the DietToGo site gave me some honest feedback on my first attempt at an article for his blog.  Writing for my own site is easy, I just ramble on about what’s on my mind, with a half-hearted attempt at some structure and an appropriate image.  When writing for someone else, it’s absolutely necessary to take feedback and apply it, so that a new audience (which is actually someone else’s audience) will appreciate your work.  I have to remind myself about this in my job as a Business to Business Marketing Manager: write for your audience, not yourself.

Now What?

I’ll be writing my Living With Diabetes blogs roughly every week, so I’m hoping that the discipline will force me to think in a more structured way about how I manage my condition.  I’m lucky enough to have my health but I want to keep it, so the routine can only be a good thing for me.

I also hope, and in many ways I hope more, that readers of John’s blog will learn something that might improve their own outlook in some small way.

It’d be nice to leave an unknown legacy of improvement just by throwing a few words onto a website…. how cool is the internet?

Woohoo! I Won Wiggle!

And The Winner Is … Me

If, like me, you habitually and/or compulsively keep buying things off’ve the internet, you probably get asked to submit reviews quite a lot.  Recently, the lovely people at Wiggle sent me an email to tell me that if I sent a review for my new bike, they’d enter me in some prize draw or another.  I kinda skipped the “prize draw” stuffed to be honest, thinking that it’d be a good thing to just submit the review as I like to check other people’s reviews on the Wiggle site.

Well, a couple of days ago I got an email from Jason at Wiggle, telling me I’d won a prize.  Woohoo! I was very chuffed indeed.  I phoned the guy up, gave him the usual “I never win anything, I’m so surprised etc. etc.” guff and then emailed a few lines as requested.  The lovely Wiggle people have blogged about it here, as they wanted to make it clear that Wiggle shoppers win Wiggle prizes.

So, I’m looking forward to receiving my lovely new set of lights.  I don’t actually need them, but I’m sure they’ll be used because they’re bound to better than at least one of the 7 sets of lights we’ve already got for our 5 bikes.  Maybe I should run my own “win a set of lights” competition on this newly-renamed Phill’s Irregular Cycles blog.

I won these lights, hurrah!

My shiny new free lights

What do you think?

p.s.  I haven’t hyperlinked Wiggle here, you may have noticed.  If you want to see their site, go to Joby’s splendid Fight Bad Driving site and follow his affiliate link. He needs the money.

p.p.s.  In “Other News“, I’ve been asked to be a guest blogger on an American diet site.  I’ll tell you all about that soon, as I may need to ask for some help…

Blog Name Changed

Thank You for the Help

Thank You For My New Blog Name!

Thanks, everyone!

Yesterday I asked you for some ideas for new names for my blog.  You didn’t let me down.  Suggestions flooded in, both good and bad.  Some of the best are listed here:

  • Phill Yer Boots– This is great. Apt, random enough and a pun.  However, it wouldn’t fire up the right AdNoSense links and I didn’t fancy presenting you with a load of Ugg ripoff merchants.  It’s also the name of someone else’s blog. Some bloke who supports Pompey, may God help him.
  • Pi-Phill – Yes, I write a load of piffle. Thanks for that!
  • IrresponsiPhillity– Good pun right there.  Unfortunately made up words are kind of unlikely to result in any SEO or AdNoSense benefits.  When somebody fixes the internet to account for sarcasm and made up words, I’ll change my mind.  Maybe.

So, I’ve plumped for Phills Irregular Cycles.  A quick Google threw up a number of queries about ladies’ issues plus an advert for a bike shop , so I can live with that.  Please don’t pick me up on the missing apostrophe, I know: it’s been dropped purely for url linking purposes.

So, Thank You.  You’ve been a great audience. 🙂

Big Blog Decision Time

Please Help Me With My Decision

Help Me

Can you help me with this please?

I’m in a quandary.  The name of this blog needs to change, in my opinion.  Let me tell you why, then please answer my question to help me move on.

Reasons To Change The Blog Name

  1. Relevance.  All the best advice says that my blog’s name should reflect what I write about.  “The Blind Leading The Blinds” is a sort-of catch-all title, but doesn’t have any relevance any more.  Originally this blog was going to incorporate our Roman Blind service, but that venture has its very own website and I don’t write about it much here.
  2. SEO.  Ths isn’t such a big deal for my personal blog, but it would be better if I stood a least a chance of being found based on what’s actually going on on this blog.  The current name is less than useful in that respect.  I get search hits based on post titles, but a bit of search synergy (I’m copyrighting that phrase right here and now) would be nice.
  3. Adsense.  I have an Adsense account linked to the site.  If you know Adsense, you’ll know that it serves up adverts based on what’s on the site… so primarily it serves up ads for rival companies to our aforementioned Roman Blinds site!  No matter how you look at it, this is a bit rubbish, isn’t it?  Also, irrelevant ads are a total waste of page space, so I want relevant ads.  A relevant name would help.  If I get his bit right, some of you will click on the ads occasionally, and the objective of having AdNoSense in the first place can be met: earning a few pennies to pay for hosting.

This Is The Bit Where I Hope You Will Help

Will you answer me two questions please?

  1. Should I change the name of my personal blog?
  2. Do you have any (repeatable) suggestions, based on the objectives I’ve rambled about above?

I can’t promise to use your ideas, but rest assured that I will consider every idea you share.  Some of them won’t be considered for very long though 😉

I’d really appreciate your input.

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