I recently had a message to congratulate me on four years with Word Press. I’ve written 1,304 posts in that time. That’s, conveniently, 326 a year. If I’d written one more, or one less, it wouldn’t have worked out so well.
The fact that I find this important probably means that I need to relax more.
As a child I used to avoid the cracks in pavements and, coming from an unpoetic family, I didn’t even know about the bears; I just didn’t step on cracks.
Anyway, any milestone is welcome as it gives me a chance to reflect and write a lazy post.
At this point I intended to start using photographs from the last few years, but the curse of WP struck my media library, again, and everything ground to a halt. They need some more details from me, including what happens when I try a different browser.
I get confused, that’s what happens.
And I can’t get into the blog because I’ve forgotten how to do it and what the password is. I have it set up on the only browser I use and I can get straight in. Changing this is an uncomfortable experience. I will have another try tomorrow.
I’m beginning to see a pattern here, and that’s not the end of it.
I’ve been trying to address letters in the manner specified by the post office. They say:
- The name and address go on the bottom left corner of the front of the envelope or parcel.
- Use a clear and easy to read hand writing (or font if you are printing the address).
- Use a pen or ink that is clear against the colour of the envelope or parcel.
- Left align the text (no centred or ‘stepped’ lines).
- No commas or full stops.
- Leave a generous margin around the address.
- Place the correct postage on the top right.
Obviously we make a few changes, as you may have noticed from my photos. We tend to stick the address to the right and the “generous margin” can be a bit tight at times. I posted 70 florins overseas today. It cost £16. You try getting 30 stamps on a envelope and leaving a “generous margin”. Not going to happen.
The thing that really causes grief is the fifth one – “No commas or full stops”. I did a couple, but the need to punctuate properly made it a very uncomfortable experiment. I’m back to proper punctuation, as beaten into me fifty years ago, and it feels much better.
I’m seriously beginning to think I have to relax a bit more, step outside my comfort zone and let go of my comma fixation…