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Paris Hilton’s SICK of Jail and Blog Bloke is Risen from the Ashes

Boohoo! Sorry Paris but the judge says you cannot pass go or collect $200. Hello everyone. I thought it was time I should come out of the closet and let you know that I’m still alive and damn proud to be a heterosexual.

I can’t begin to tell you how much I’ve appreciated your emails, comments and posts expressing your concern over yours truly. It is really (really) appreciated and because of your urgings I am back writing again.

Truthfully, I haven’t felt much like blogging for various reasons but I will give you a brief update from where I last left off. After the last procedure I was still suffering tremendous pain despite the fact that the Dr. had believed it had been a success.

So I was subjected to a battery of tests, cat scans and x-rays when the Dr. eventually realized that he had only broken up a portion of the stone (which had then become a bunch of even smaller stones that were making my life very miserable indeed). So matters just continued to spiral downwards from bad to worse.

At the same time my last remaining computer gave up the ghost and I had no internet access. Apparently my hard drive was sabotaged by a Trojan and it became so corrupted that I had to do a low-level format to revive it. Unfortunately the process also deleted all of my partitions and I had no choice but to reinstall.

I tried my best to repair it but it seems that when the power supply went it also took out the motherboard as well as my backup hard drive. Swapping out parts from my other computers I managed to get one working ‘puter until I can get out of the house and purchase a new one.

Subsequently I had lost all of my data including important legal documents and my many thousands of bookmarks and newsfeed subscriptions that I’ve saved over the years. I’m trying my best to salvage my lost data but that poses in itself another problem. I had encrypted the data with EFS (XP Pro) but I lost all my encryption keys and the operating system won’t let me access it. Sigh!

In the mean time I’ve been trying to keep up on the latest net happenings, and in particular the new book out that has put blogs under attack. I have to admit that it made me chuckle and he makes some valid points (excepting the elitism of course). He seems to have torn out a page or two from my old material and he must be reading the Bloke’s stuff.

During my sabbatical I’ve been using my time off to catch up on real world matters that had been sorely neglected. It’s hard to believe how many things that I’ve let slide all in the name of blogging, so perhaps this little bump has been a wake-up call and a blessing in disguise.

I’ve also been using this break to mull over my blogging future. It seems that every day another copycat blogger is showing up and I can’t help but wonder what my future will hold. Is there still enough room for the Bloke in an already overcrowded niche?

(Which leads me to another observation to make. Not even one of my so-called pro-blogger colleagues bothered to send me a get well message. Not a peep. That speaks volumes to me and is not something that I will quickly forget boys and girls.)

So I would really like to know what you think. Does the Bloke still have something to offer the Blogosphere? Because if I do continue blogging I will need a commitment from you, my fellow Blokesters.

I want your commitment to leave comments and make InstaBloke the thriving community that it was, because that is the primary reason why I blog. My numbers are still good. There are lots of newsfeed subscriptions and traffic is coming in but the comments are way down. I live for your opinions and need to know that I’m making an impact out there, otherwise I see little reason for me to continue.

This break from blogging has also shown me something else. I went through serious withdrawal from not blogging. I kid you not. I can certainly relate to Paris Hilton and I may as well have been in jail not being able to be online. I now realize how serious my addiction was as the first weeks were very hard on me both emotionally and psychologically on top of all the physical pain that I was suffering.

Through it all I’ve also learned something else that is very important. I have to find a better balance in my life between the virtual and the real world. My youngest daughter’s 11th birthday is coming up this month and she has grown more than 4 inches since last year!

My little girl is fast growing up and it won’t be long before she will be a teenager and won’t want to do things with me. I’ve neglected her way too much for the sake of blogging and I’ve promised myself no more. Hence, I’ve been hesitant to write again for fear of getting caught up in the virtual world again.

Which also reminds me of another matter. It’s high time that I start handing off the reigns to another generation to take blogging to the next level. Instead of trying to do it all myself I should be helping other bloggers more and develop their skills. So if you think you might want to contribute to this blog or have ideas that you want me to write about then fire me an email or comment and we’ll talk about it.

Well I guess that’s it for now. It’s been a pleasure writing again, and I hope to be doing it more often as I ease back into the swing of things. Thanks again to all of you for your kind support and cheers for now.

Written June 8th, 2007 by | 14 Comments | Filed under: Personal stuff ,

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  1. Welcome back, BB. The place hasn’t been the same without you.

    I’m pleased to hear that you’re on the mend although the problems with the puter sound Hellish. It reminds me that I must kick off my backup tomorrow morning…

    Does the Bloke still have something to offer the Blogosphere? Well only you really know the answer to that one. As far as I’m concerned, though, you’re as much a part of the Blogosphere as trackback spam to Viagra sites so keep on keeping on, old boy!

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  2. Hmmmm… that last comment made me think a little and I’m not sure if it’s good or bad. But I’ll give you the benefit of the doubt Mike ;-). Much thanks!

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  3. Good to see you back writing! I have missed your posts–they are a highlight of my RSS reading experience. I hope you continue to mend and still find time for blogging.

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  4. Welcome back, BB. Problems heaped upon problems - it sounds like it has been a frustrating time for you.

    I completely agree with the virtual life versus real life battle. Real life wins every time, and a wake up call to tell us that is no bad thing. It’s all a balancing act.

    There aren’t many blogs willing to be so forthright with their denunciation of others (though I quite like Tony Hung at Deep Jive Interests) so if you don’t mind continuing to be on some people’s hate list…keep ‘em coming!

    Seriously - I’m glad your health is improving, and it was great to see this new post in the feed reader.

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  5. Welcome back Bloke!
    I could’nt have had my blog without ya! Thanks for all you do.

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  6. Thank you Tica Macha and Jason. Those are kind words from great folks and very much appreciated.

    Rory… still mixing it up eh? I’m not that familiar with Tony Hung and I will check him out but I hope that I have more to offer than constructive criticism now and then.

    You might be right about the hate list because none of my proteges even bothered to send me their get well wishes. Which only proves that egos can be fragile and the truth does indeed hurt sometimes. ;-)

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  7. Glad you’re back, Bloke. I missed you.

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  8. Thanks Kirsten. It feels great to be back especially when I’m at 100% again.

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  9. Welcome back, Instabloke! Whatever you decide to do, I’m glad to know you’re alive and kicking!

    All the best,

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  10. Thank you so much CLKL! I also lost my saved passwords and login information so it’s taking me awhile to remember everything, but slowly and surely I’m getting my act together. Your encouragement is really appreciated while I slug through this mess.

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  11. Hey, glad to have ya back BB!

    *the other bb*

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  12. Thanks bb but you’re much prettier than I am (is it politically correct to say that :)

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  13. Paris may get into the “spotlight” alot, but you can’t deny she is hot!


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  14. yeah, paris is hot, but she became a celebrity just because of her name!

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