Fresh – Blog Carnival

Fresh Juice

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Welcome to this ‘Fresh’, first One Word at a Time blog carnival of 2012.

No matter how you’ve come to be here or where you’re coming from, you’re welcome and we’d love for you to come back and visit us again soon.

The idea of the carnival is simple. We pick one word every two weeks and all write a blog post inspired by that word, this week being the word fresh. It’s fascinating to see the range of different trains of thought that can come from just one word.

Below this, you’ll find a little widget called Simply Linked. All the participants add their links to the widget and that way, we can all find and read all the entries into the carnival. You’re welcome to join us, the carnival is open to anyone.

To see all of the upcoming words and their dates, visit



A Fresh Start

A Fresh Start

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I left 2011 with a lot of loose ends and a lot of regrets and I really want to make a fresh start here in 2012… although there’s a lot to tie up from last year still.

There were many people I let down last year and I’m REALLY sorry.
There are websites I haven’t quite finished, problems I haven’t quite fixed and emails I haven’t responded to.

I got into the web hosting business wanting to provide a better level of customer service than I’d found at other providers and while some people definitely saw that from me last year, others found the service they received to be less than good.

I haven’t received any complaints as such, but at the same time, those people won’t be shouting about the great service they got from me… and that needs to change.

So I’m making a fresh start.

The biggest single change is that I went to my doctor and told him, “The drugs don’t work, they just make it worse…”, so I’ve just started on some new drugs which will hopefully help me concentrate and focus and will lift me from the fog of depression.

It will take a couple of weeks for them to take effect.. but hopefully things will change soon!

I also suffered greatly from a lack of short term memory. I could read an email then go to my browser to do whatever it was asking me to do and not only forget to actually do it but completely forget I had even read the email. It’s horrible to be so forgetful and hopefully the new medication will help that, too.

I also got into building websites last year which is lucrative and fun but distracts me from my other work and so I’m putting a halt to that this year. I might take on one or two projects a month, but nothing like the four or five I often had on the go last year!

I have just created my first editorial calendar. It’s not complete yet, but I’ve set it up so that I can write three to four days a week and cover all of my writing obligations.

I’m already behind on it, surprise, surprise, but I’m picking things up.

My blog posts will probably be shorter, maybe in the 300-400 word range, but that should help me stay on top of things and hopefully I’ll be able to remove the fluff and say what I need to say in fewer words…. I am rather fluffy though, so we’ll just see how it all works out!

How about you, are you making a fresh start?

About PeterP

I am a blogger, author, stay at home dad, speaker, web hosting trainer and geek (I was so excited to get an iPad that I actually made up a song and dance about it). I am English by birth, but currently live in California with my wife and our three children. I ran a web hosting business for nine years and found that many, if not most of my clients had never learned how to use any of the functions associated with hosting so I wrote a book to try and teach just those skills. I must admit to having fallen in love with WordPress (possibly a little TOO much) and I honestly find it hard to understand why anyone would use anything different to build a site! WordPress is wonderful! My passion is to help others achieve their goals with their websites/blogs. I believe that, with a little help, anyone can have an awesome site.

13 thoughts on “Fresh – Blog Carnival”

  1. Peter, I’m praying that the new meds will work as you expect, and that all changes you’re planning will work out.
    About me, I also have tons of loose ends now. I got labyrinthitis in November, and when that happens my doctor tells me to stay away from computers, for staring at the screen make my dizziness worse (in fact it does, I insisted to do it and I regreted afterwards).
    It lasted until a few weeks ago, so I have tons of things to do, including working on my blog.
    Anyway, I hope I can catch up soon…
    God bless you and thank you for hosting the blog carnival!

    1. PeterP says:

      Wow, I’ve never hear of labyrinthitis before… that’s an odd condition! It’s amazing how much the ears affect us!

      I’m glad you’re doing better and hope that the catch-up goes smoothly and easily!

  2. Helen says:

    God bless you as you change meds. I hope it alleviates the fog you feel yourself in.

    My fresh start? Well, I had been trying to eat healthier and exercise last year. I fell away from it during Christmas as New Year. Getting back on track now!

  3. HisFireFly says:

    Prayers ascending for you Peter as you transition from old to new —

    God’s got this!

  4. Jason Stasyszen says:

    Sounds like a good plan, Peter. Praying for you! I don’t know what my fresh start is exactly, but I’ve a great stength going into this year. I guess maybe or adoption is a fresh start and we’re so excited it’s coming quickly. Thanks Peter.

  5. Hazel I Moon says:

    Writing fewer words has worked for me. I try to keep my post limited to one page in my Word program. The main reason is I then print my post and save it for later when I hope to compile my stories for my children.
    Fresh starts are difficult at times but usually they work out fine.

  6. With my mom’s death less than two months ago, I’ve been pulling back, resting, reassessing. I’m focusing on my 2012 word–order. And we ended up visiting a closer-to-home church on Sunday. It’s the one my husband grew up in and where we used to go. We’re feeling drawn to return.

    Praying your fresh start and your new meds make 2012 one in which you see clearly.

    And P.S. I still love my blog!

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