This blog seemed to go a bit frantic in October, with a massive 90 posts in the month - that's three a day. Some days, I seemed to spend most of my day either writing and researching stuff for posting, or reading other blogs and chasing up links and references for possible future bloggery. Well, it's got to stop.
I walked out of my last job in February. If anyone asked, I cited 'personal reasons', although the real reasons were complex. Partly, I was pretty exhausted after all of Anna's tribulations last year, and I wasn't 100% on the ball. Partly, the nature of the job I was doing had changed, and what had started as a relatively simple and manageable set of duties and responsibilities had become massively complex and burdensome. In the field of Health and Safety, if you're not on top of the game, bad things can happen, and I was starting to exhibit signs of significant stress - not sleeping, body systems going haywire, gloom, anger, negativity. Not me at all. I decided to make a clean exit. My employer and I parted on good terms, and the solution seemed to be the best thing for both of us. My health and outlook improved within days.
In my innocence, I had assumed that finding another job wouldn't be too hard. I am well-qualified and have a good employment record, and willing to work at almost anything. But my confidence was badly misplaced, and I have been unable to find anything. There are plenty of jobs out there, but for 90% of them I am absurdly over-qualified, and employers don't want over-qualified people, as they tend to either make trouble or move on too quickly. For the few jobs that came up that I was suitable for, there was often an internal candidate and the interview was a charade.
Long story short, and my limited financial resources ran out. The workhouse or debtors' prison loomed large in my future. So I swallowed my pride and contacted my employer again. I didn't want my old job back at any price, but I was willing to work in some other capacity. I was called for interview, and landed a position as a shift leader in Security. It's not completely problem-free, as I will need to find the time and money to get the SIA qualification to meet the job requirements, but they are being flexible about this and allowing me to do this within the first three months of the job. I start work tomorrow.
Which is a long way to go around saying that I won't have as much time to devote to the blog as I have had over summer. I'm not hanging up the keyboard as so many (much more illustrious) bloggers have done recently, but I will be posting less than before. I hope this will allow me to be a bit more selective about posting, and tackle only the stuff that really matters - which will be bike-stuff and the occasional current affairs issue that just cannot be allowed to go by without a rant. And the odd poem. And I'm sure I will have something to say about working as a Security guard. That will be a new one for me.