After the longest break in posting since Twenty Steps began in 2006, I’m back! Apologies for being so quiet for the last couple of months. I was involved in the house move from Hell as well as working behind the scenes on the post production work for my zombie movie.
The rest of this post is a personal one so if you’re not interested in any of that then you can walk away safe in the knowledge that the site is back up and running and you’ll be getting regular updates through your feed reader soon. Thanks for checking back and for sticking with me.
For those who want to know the gory details, read on…
So the house move. Well it all started back in January when I was given notice by my landlord that they were going to be selling up so I needed to find somewhere new to live. I looked around for a while trying to find something that was in my budget and in an area I liked but was surprised at the lack of decent flats/apartments available in my area. I live in a suburb in West London which is generally a nice area to live in but some of the properties people had on the market were seriously scuzzy and ridiculously over priced.
To cut a long story short I had a place lined up and started packing everything up when at the last minute the guy pulled out. For whatever reason – and I never found out what it was – the guy decided not to rent the flat after all so this left me in a position where I’d agreed to vacate my old place and nowhere to live so I ended up staying with family. My nephew was on a tour of duty in Iraq and his old bedroom was free for a few months so I shipped everything to my sisters place.
Now don’t get me wrong here. I’m exceptionally grateful to my sister for putting me up at the last minute but living with your family in a single bed and with all your belongings packed up in cardboard boxes is not ideal. Factor into that the hormonal mood swings of three teenage nieces and a dog with a serious flatulence problem, things were not conducive to blogging on a regular basis!
Also, for whatever reason, I couldn’t connect my PC onto their wireless network so ended up having to borrow a laptop, transfer files on a thumb drive from one machine to the other one and….aaaaargh! You get the point.
Anyway I eventually found myself a smart flat that was within my budget and in an area I wanted to live so I finally got the keys a month ago and have spent the last 4 weeks unpacking cardboard boxes, building IKEA furniture (why is their bookshelf called Billy?) and wondering just how I’ve managed to collect so much crap over the years. Mind you it has been fun reading my diaries from when I was 14…I think I spent most of my teenage years with a lazy lob.
So I’m all settled in now, have got my computer up and running and back online (thanks PlusNet who turned my order round seriously quickly from when BT activated the line. You guys rock!) and now wading through the thousands – and I mean thousands – of unread RSS feeds. I’m getting there slowly but surely and hope to be back on top of things within the next few days.
Now in the middle of all this domestic upheaval I went to the Cannes Film Festival to promote Stag Night of the Dead, the comedy zombie movie I mentioned earlier this year. It was my first time at Cannes and I had an absolute blast. It really lived up to my expectations and then some. Sadly I didn’t manage to snag myself a beautiful actress whilst I was out there but I did meet some interesting people and made some good contacts. The most important thing is that we had some positive meetings with distributors and, all things being equal, we should have the film out by Halloween.
As a result of the interest we had at Cannes we’ve been busy working on a new cut of the movie, some fresh promotional work and tinkering with the sound and special effects. This has taken up a lot of my time and taken me away from sitting in front of a computer. I’m not complaining, of course, because at the end of the day my film work is my passion and my career but it still gets a bit frustrating not being able to focus on some of my online projects.
The interesting thing to note here is that despite not having been active online for best part of 3 months my earnings remained pretty much the same and the majority of my sites maintained a fairly constant stream of traffic. I was a bit surprised by this and was expecting both traffic and revenue to drop dramatically but, fortunately, this didn’t happen.
The downside of not being online as much was, as I alluded to earlier, getting behind in what’s happening in the world of online marketing, search and the Internet. That and trying to break that habit of not blogging. It’s very easy to take a break from blogging and not get back into it again. After such a long time you find yourself looking at the blank screen and wondering if you’ll ever be able to blog again. It’s not that you’ve run out of things to say but it’s just that you build up pressure on yourself to create a doozy of a post to come back with. Well if you’ve ever found yourself in that position do what I’ve done. Just write the first thing that comes into your head and publish it without editing. So what if it’s not a masterpiece, you’re back in the saddle right? 😉
So there you have it. It’s taken me a long time to get back into the saddle but back in it I am. I’d like to thank all the folks who have left comments and emails asking if everything is OK. This post is probably a slightly longer answer than you were expecting…
I’ll probably put some fresh stuff up over the next few days but in the meanwhile feel free to have a mooch around the archives, drop me a comment or go and vote for the Stag Night of the Dead trailer on YouTube. You know it makes sense 😀
Thanks for reading this post and I’ll catch up with you again soon. Cheers!