Project 35 | Day 303

Have you missed me? It’s been three weeks since I last shared an update and there a few very good reasons for that. 

Practicalities, changes to my behaviour day to day, and penny drop moments are at the core of my lack of posts and here’s why.

Life happened

I used to write my blog posts on the tube on my commute to work. I had time to reflect, I could get a seat and I had twenty minutes to think quickly and push publish. Now I walk for twenty minutes and stand for forty each day to get in to work. 

It sounds silly but trying to find the perfect time to blog about yourself day to day is tough. At end of the day you’re tired and the rest of day, well it’s just a bit mental! I found myself batching up posts on the weekend and spamming my friends and family on social misfit with updates. Not cool. 

I take fewer photos

I can confirm that it is possible to refrain from the need to take a photo of anything you may have shot before one hundred times and simply admire it and walk by. I do this daily now and it spares my audience on social media and saves my iPhone and MacBook loads of memory! But this means I don’t always have a photo to share from my day on this blog. 

My priorities changed

I believe we should use our time to do the things we love as much as we possibly can. We get one shot at life and it’s up to us to make sure that’s all we need by doing it well. 

I questioned whether I was blogging out of obligation to myself or because I was actually enjoying it. The truth is it was the former. I was starting to resent having to think about the parts of my day that I needed to share and that others might find interesting. 

That was a clear sign for me.

I want more face time

Sharing my life used to be useful. Too busy to find the time to spend with friends and family in ‘real life’ should not be an excuse for anyone. For me it was. This became apparent at a friends wedding party two months ago. 

I went along by myself and knew only the bride and groom so I had to network and make friends. I put my phone in my bag and proceeded to work the room, introduce myself and get to know people by asking questions and not just looking at their Twitter profile or Instagram photos to get a sense of who they might be. I spent time talking at length to new friends and faces and it felt great. 

Now, I’m not saying I’ve not done this before. I have and I do. But for some reason this time not only did I network, I kept my phone in my bag or on the table all night, reaching it for it only to take photos of the first dance and the wedding cake! Why? Because I was having more fun without it and white honestly, I forgot it was there!!! 

This was only reinforced further when I had friends come to visit me in my new home. It’s amazing how one tiny (but huge) change in your life can bring you closer to the people you know and love again but showing them your world beyond the walls of social media. 

So am I going to give up on Project 35? 

Am I about to follow suit of the top social media influencers and pretend to give it all up? The answer is, no! 

I’ll add posts on the days that I feel I do have a story to tell and that I want to share with the world. And I’ll keep using social media but with a slightly different approach. All in all its about quality over quantity. 

And as for face time, friends and family can expect to see a lot more of me. The real me the one that hides in the shadows of social and blogs. 

Being 35 has most definitely been a transitional year so far for me and there are still sixty two days to go! 

You can go do something else now 😉

Thanks for reading! 

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Project 35 | Day 263

Finally! I got out for a run and managed to do 4km without feeling crap! It’s been such a long time in my world not getting out and not having the energy, it was a real relief to get back on the road.

With just three weeks to get back on form it’s going to be tough but I have to give it a shot! Woah… I’m half way there! 

After lunch Gemma popped over for a girly chat and a great afternoon putting the world to rights, business plans in place and her comms strategy in order. She’s going to do a great job with Kona coaching. Watch this space! 

Project 35 | Day 155

Well… Wednesday happened at hyper speed! From candidate interviews to client catch ups and even seed planting in the office! There will be daisies on my desk in 14-28 days of the pack is correct 😊

A few people have told my that they find my posts on here and social media exhausting. To me that’s just my life. The truth is I don’t think I work very well on tortoise mode. I am a hare. And yes you can quote me on this – its inspired by the settings on my Nan’s electric scooter!

Also popped over to see my friend Nat and meet little baby Emil – so cute! More to tell you on that very soon… 

Happy Thursday people. Do something awesome today 😉

Project 35 | Day 121

Losing track of the days in the week… Everything is non-stop and hyper speed right now. The Bank holiday weekend promises to be just as busy too! 

Work is booming and we’re on the look out for even more new talent which is very exciting! So if you know any cool account execs, grads looking for their first escapade into social media and PR or any developers who are up for a challenge send them my way!

Oo and I tried a new dish in Prêt! Kimichi salad. Very nice. 😉

That’s all for today! 

Project 35 | 🌟 Day 100 ðŸŒŸ

Wow! 100 days straight of blogging coincides with 30 days of vlogging! Hurrah!

Today was the last day of BattenVEDA and the final Twitter Chat for the month but I have a confession. I failed to complete the final vlog. A monster headache meant I just wanted to sleep as soon as the day was done. 

The calendar topic for the final day of BattenVEDA was a wrap up of the month but instead I nominated myself to do a dating video!?!?! I’m meant to tell people why they should date me and the kind of guy I’m looking for 😁. This should be interesting. Coupled with that I’ve been asked to talk about how I use social media when I’m dating! This is going to be a crazy, crazy vlog! 

In other news Charlie in my team has signed me up to go run training with him on a more regular basis. I will get my sub 60m 10km and sub 2:15 HM!

Oh and this funny little web app http://www.how-old.net appeared promising to guess your age from you photos. I’m doomed! It’s adding extra numbers everywhere! 

Project 35 | Day 97

Back to work today and the mischievous side of me to pleasure in watching my colleagues try sweet and salty liquorice which I thought was from Denmark but it turns out its Dutch! lol Fereshta was very pleased 😊

A busy day as you can imagine after having been out of the office for a week but I ended the day taking part in a radio show in Tuscon, Arizona to talk with vlogger and radio talk show host, Mike Shaw. We chatted about BattenVEDA and social media in general and I can now officially say I’ve ticked Radio interview off my bubble list! 

Project 35 | Day 43

Guess who won ‘Best Social Media Agency! Us! BATTENHALL that’s who! 

We’re all so pleased and so excited, as our little business begins to really boom, that we are receiving the acknowledgement that what we’re doing ain’t half bad 😉!

Yet another cab ride home with another awesome London cabbie who proceeded to tell me how wonderful I was in the sweetest way. 

He thought I was 26 and nearly crashed the car when I told him I was 35. He’d never used social media or computers – not his thing, had an accent like Mike Butcher from Eastenders and was been used by the idea that men don’t chat people up like they used to and why people use the Internet to ‘find love’. So entertaining and true East end London cab driver through and through.  

Note: he was telling me all about how he met his wife and how he has lovely kids and was definitely not hitting on me.

Have fun days dudes! Check out my Twitter and Instagram feed for more crazy photos of last night.