It’s a sign

It’s been a week since my last post and I’ve managed to transfer all of my blog posts and comments across to


It was a much easier feat than I had anticipated, taking only 15 minutes to complete with remarkably few formatting issues.

I have also been out and about instagram-ming. (Now I am wondering whether there’s a snappier or more technical term for this and I have just completely outed myself as ‘not in with the cool kids’.)

Having committed myself to sharing daily, the weather has not been inspirational this week so in the absence of spectacular shots on my normal commute along the Thames, around Big Ben and past Westminster Abbey, I’ve had to look a little harder for something to share.

I should have known that London would not disappoint – local businesses are just the best.

Lily Lane

Some thoughtful poetry from florist Lily Lane in Ballards Lane, Finchley

Alcohol Sourced StP

A pleading note from Sourced at St Pancras Station had me chuckling all the way to my train on Wednesday morning.

Delusional Source

A horsewoman I am not but this was a laugh out loud moment from Source (as opposed to Sourced) in Spitalfields Market yesterday. Giddy-up…

So feeling like I had achieved a few good steps forward, today I have been attending to some administration tasks ie. upgrading my laptop to Windows 10, optimising and running scans, and downloading other new software versions. My laptop’s been running slower than snail mail and trying to add pictures on my tablet is a royal pain so as I was tap-tap-tapping this post out on my much-faster laptop (that’s hooray! number 2), I was hopeful that this week I had managed a small improvement in technical mastery…

…until I saw this on my home page.

Common themes

It seems that this http thing-y has attached itself as a tag in all 500+ posts that I’ve transferred across from blogger. And despite my best efforts, I cannot find a way to remove the tag from all of them at once so guess what I’ll be doing tonight.

Probably serves me right for getting smug. Just as well I’ve got tomorrow’s sign ready…

Procaffeination H+H

On my phone from BI (Before Instagram); taken in the toilet of the Harris & Hoole coffee shop in North Finchley. I washed my hands first – promise!

So unless one of you helpful lot knows a more efficient way to do this as opposed to me deleting the tag post by post, tomorrow’s coffee will come in very handy.



I’ve been a bit of a slacker since moving to the new site at the start of this year. Being a less busy year on the travelling-for-work front, I had anticipated a renewed burst of blogging but my frequency has dropped to fortnightly and I seem to have lost that flow of seeing things that inspire me and then tap-tap-tapping away to get my thoughts out into the blogosphere.

Is it because I am not inspired or have nothing to say?

Not likely.

I got a bit of a boost this week when I attended a master class called Secrets of Successful Blogging. Touted as talking about professional blogging ie. making money from it all, at first I wasn’t sure what I would get out of it as I’ve been a bit reticent to plaster ads all over my baby blog. But on the night all three bloggers talked about the writing opportunities that had come from their blogging exploits and that’s something that really interests me.

I also think that having a little digital savvy could set me apart from others in my field (marketing strategy and innovation) from a professional point of view. The people I work with are generally not on Twitter and when I mention that I write a blog, I’m met with a mix of fascination and curiosity, plenty of questions and a few requests for a link to read it so continuing to build ‘muscle’ in this area can only be a good thing.

Aside from the inspiration of getting back into posting weekly that I was hoping for, I learnt a few ‘technical’ things that have inspired me to get moving again – here are my first two.

1. Use Instagram

Given I am always taking photos of things and posting them on my personal newsfeed on Facebook, this seemed an easy addition to make. I’ve had a bit of a go this week and I must say it’s been pretty painless to post something each day. It also means that with just one share, I can be on three social media channels: Instagram, Twitter – both as GiddayfromtheUK – and Facebook. This was my opening gambit…

View over the Thames at sunrise from Whitehall Gardens

View over the Thames at sunrise from Whitehall Gardens

And today I was inspired to post closer to home…

Inspired by this splash of gorgeous Autumn colour against the red bricks in my street.

Inspired by this splash of gorgeous Autumn colour against the red brick houses in my street

And there was a literary foray and some wise words from the local florist on the way.

Having a Kindle, I don't see book covers all that often but this one was so fabulous I actually bought a book!

Having a Kindle, I don’t see book covers all that often but this one was so fabulous I actually bought a book!

Needless to say I love flowers...

Needless to say I love flowers…

I just have to remember to start with Instagram and share from there…old habits die hard you know.

2. Transfer my old site posts across to the new website.


I have heard some absolute horror stories about doing this so had gotten around this (so I thought) by back linking to posts on Gidday from the UK’s old blogger site. But some advice from @eatlikeagirl Niamh Shields on the benefits of using all of that past content for up-ping my Google presence has convinced me that I should take my whole 5+ years of witterings and get them over here.

The better news is that apparently for a reasonable price I can get someone to do it for me…


So stay tuned peeps., thanks for your patience during my ‘spotty’ phase and if anyone has any good advice on blogging, technical or otherwise, I’d love to hear it!