Saturday, 21 July 2012

Blogs and Boredom Thresholds


On the eve of this blog’s third birthday I’m pinching myself, ever so slightly. I really didn’t think Square Sunshine would put up such stubborn resistance to my low boredom threshold. But it’s the nature of the medium that refuses to accept the limited attention span of a writer. The endless promise of fresh starts, as and when I’m ready, has been the key to my continued posting this far down the road.


A few of you have been visiting from the outset, and you will have witnessed the changes. I’m avoiding the word, evolution, because that suggests to me, something more substantial than a long series of written texts about something and, more often than not, nothing.

I started out strong on grandparenting, but soon discovered how easily the space could be transformed into a gallery for my snapshots. I flirted with poetry, and entered a period when I couldn’t stop writing - and posting - the stuff. I’ve delved back to my childhood, recalled tales I thought I’d long forgotten. I’ve shared episodes from my past and, unwittingly, I’ve painted a kind of picture of me and my life. A sketchy representation of a much longer journey in the real world which runs parallel to – and sometimes touches – blogland.

How will I be marking the moment? Well, following a little tidy up and a lick of paint, things are set to continue in the Square Sunshine for as long as there are things worth writing about. But I can't guarantee a theme. Except maybe the one from The Avengers. I've always liked that.


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  1. Oh good, I’m so pleased we can look forward to more. I like the new curtains!

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    1. Thanks, Nell. And I'm so glad you like the new curtains. I'd like to say they're hanging on my words, but that's already in use. Perhaps my words are hanging on them?

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  2. Three tomorrow eh? Congrats and here's hoping there is another three years (at least) to come.

    Anna :o]

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    1. Thanks hyperCRYPTICal. I appreciate your company.

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  3. 3 years - congrats! I can't remember when I started mine (I will have to check). Glad you kept going Martin.

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    1. Thanks, Gabrielle. Yes, do check. It could your blogday any day now!

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    2. 9th July 2009 - would you believe that - haha (just blogged about it)! Glad you were there to jog my memory Martin.

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  4. Happy Third Birthday, Martin! As always, looking forward to more of your thought provoking and entertaining posts :-)

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  5. A very happy third blog-birthday, Martin! I love the variety of your blog, and I particularly enjoy your poems, your grandfatherly observations, the children's artwork and the memories/stories/old photos. I'm so pleased you're going to keep going!

    I didn't have time to say so, but your previous blog post made me laugh out loud - just reading the title actually!

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    1. Thank you, Christine. I was writing that last piece with a smile on my face. My grandmother's voice was in my ears all the while, and I think she would have enjoyed it, too.

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  6. Happy birthday. I love it that yours is one of the least 'predictable' blogs I read - never know what to expect - and yet, as you say, we slowly get to know each other through the medium. I'm glad it's curtains but not yet curtains.

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    1. Ah, jennyfreckles, you've helped to make my day. As I mentioned, my original intention was to write a themed blog around being a grandfather. But I couldn't resist the scenic route and the exploration of little alleyways, that have eventually led to this point. The new curtains seem to be a hit!

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  7. Belated Happy Blogsday, Sunshine!

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  8. I don't have a theme either, Who needs 'em? That Avengers one is pretty good though....

    I feel like you take your time and go at your own pace. I like that.

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    1. I guess it probably all comes down to my inability to plan things. When I took early retirement, people were amazed that I didn't have a list of things to get busy on.

      Glad you like the theme to The Avengers. As I remember, there was an air of unpredictability about that programme, too.

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  9. Belated congratulations! Everyone should have a little square of sunshine in their lives!

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