Hello again. I’ve decided I no longer want to write a diet blog but would much prefer to do a general blog about all sorts of issues and events that interest me and, I hope, the few loyal followers that I have.
Dieting felt too restrictive – in more ways than one! They become boring to follow after a while – even a stunningly delicious diet such as Paleo. And they become boring to write about too. Basically diets work or they don’t. I shall change the header of this blog to reflect that… just as soon as I’ve worked out how!
I’ve been losing weight anyway as a result of natural attrition. I’ve no idea what the secret is for this – stress probably! That and loose teeth which make eating a necessity rather than a pleasure. In fact, eating has become rather boring too; a question of what can I eat that my teeth will permit? That said I still have a mostly full set of gnashers. It could be worse.
I’ll return to eating and dieting from time to time. For sure I’ve been stress eating the last week or so as that’s always been how I handle anxiety. And I’ve had much reason to feel anxious recently but I won’t bore my half dozen readers with why. There is a tendency to crave high fat/high sugar foods when stressed such as chocolate eclairs. I gave in to it because some of the strain I’ve been under recently had caused me to give up eating altogether so I figured my body was telling me I needed it.
Loss of appetite
I always know when I am severely stressed as I lose my appetite entirely. In fact the very thought of food makes me feel sick. That phase is thankfully over now and it’s back to the treadmill of life. Which can be quite a blessing. The sun is shining and walking beckons. And eating has now mostly become something I always wanted it to be – necessary for survival. I AM that person who forgets to eat! Or finds it a bothersome nuisance. Stop obsessing on food and you lose weight it seems…
So what was the biggest take away of last week’s UK election for you? For me it was that Twitter really is little more than an echo chamber as I said it was in a piece I wrote for Guardian technology three years ago. Maybe I hoped in the three intervening years since then that this would change but it hasn’t. Twitterstorms and Milifandom hashtags didn’t make the slightest bit of difference; well, if the results are to be believed. Yet many said they would – and course many hoped they would! Perhaps it’s too soon to tell? Those who supported and ran these campaigns plan to continue which is good. We can’t have our young people so disillusioned so early in their lives. I hope they carry on.
Implications for comms
What interests me as someone who mostly works in communications now is where we go from here now we know this? How can Twitter help get a message across? Is it just a bunch of people talking to each other? Or is it just elections Twitter can’t have an influence over? I think it’s still good to use Twitter for campaigns. For example last year I was involved in Working Families National Work-Life Week and the way Go Home On Time Day (this year on September 23rd) caught fire and went viral was very satisfying to see.
So I do think comms and PR people need to continue using Twitter as a means to get their message out there. It’s particularly useful for specific campaigns calling for specific actions. It can also promote blogs and websites of course being as it itself online.
Minus without but not a plus with?
I do however wonder sometimes if Twitter and other social media presences work in the reverse negative; as someone once said of a now long defunct qualification for NHS managers, “It’s a minus if you don’t have it but it’s not a plus if you do.” You were expected to have taken and passed this exam in health administration but it wasn’t marketable beyond the narrow field administrators studied in.
So you need a social media presence because it’s expected and if you’re going to have a Twitter account you need to work it. But what, if anything, does it achieve for you? Are you just shouting into a void? It’s a worry and I wonder if after the election social media managers and comms teams are considering this.
Anyway I’ll blog about this and other issues from time to time as and when they interest me and hope someone reads it! Have a good Monday and a great week. See you again soon…