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My exercise blog has moved to

My exercise blog, Must Try Harder Now, is my third WordPress blog and I’ve struggled to find a suitable theme for it. I wanted something really simple, plain but attractive, so I could focus on the writing (rather than the tweaking that’s involved to make me truly satisfied with the look of the site).

To that end, it was fateful that I received a message from, asking if I’d like to join their community as a climbing writer. The site is currently in beta and has been designed in a magazine-type format, where blog posts which are considered interesting enough are ordered into categories by a mysterious editor. One area is climbing, another is exercise… I think you see where I’m going with this. I have set up my own blog over there and the WordPress format used is very simple, which appeals to me. Plus, anyone who has known me for any length of time knows how much I love being an early adopter (I just celebrated my seven year anniversary on Twitter – that’s a long relationship…).

So, I’ve moved Must Try Harder to and if you like exercise, I’d love it if you’d join me over there. If not, I’ll continue to share any exercise posts over here anyway, so you can pick and choose…


Must Try Harder: A reluctant runner

Photo: puuikibeach on Flickr

Are you one of those keen running types? Oh you are? Well there is absolutely nothing to see here… Move along… (For everyone else, I have blogged about my hate of running on my exercise blog.)

Must Try Harder: My First Yoga

Photo: Gamma Man on Flickr

For all those interested in exercise, over on my new exercise blog I have posted about my journey to yoga.

My exercise blog

Photo: Tara Angkor Hotel on Flickr. I know I’ve been lax in my blog posts over the last year but, honestly, I was at a loss for words. What could I possibly write about that other people would want to read? I was suffering from a kind of writer’s block which mostly extended to my personal online writing (luckily my freelance magazine work and freelance blogging was unaffected).

New year, new blog

I feel like it’s time to start the ball rolling again. To give myself direction, I made a list of my offline activities in the last year and brainstormed a few ideas for each topic. What I discovered is that my main focus outside work is exercise in varying forms, so I’ve started a blog based around my newly-found love of exercise. You can see my first blog post over at Must Try Harder. The visual aspect of the blog is still under construction, but I wanted to start writing so it will be adjusted in stages.

It’s festival season…

It’s festival season. This is the time of a year when a variety of well-meaning fashion individuals let us know we need to dig out the Hunters and denim hot pants before wading around in a field made slightly damp from a mixture of rain, sweat, alcohol and wee.

I am as guilty as the next infrequent female festival goer. I scan magazines for suitable festival outfits, consider ridiculous eye make-up I’ll never be able to successfully apply in a tent, and pack expensive eye cream alongside the wine in the hope it will make me look fresh and like I’ve actually slept. For the record, unless it’s blazing sun, I loathe festivals. I once spent two miserable days at V Festival in a cheap Tesco tent which leaked in the torrential rain. My hair, and patience, did not enjoy the experience. The only redeeming feature of the whole experience was seeing Scouting for Girls – a band I’d been ‘meh’ about beforehand, but converted me into a diehard fan through their live performance.

But then that’s the whole point of festivals, isn’t it? It’s all about the live music and that tingle you get when you see your favourite artist go on stage and belt out your favourite song while you sway or jump up and down enthusiastically with thousands of complete strangers. Or the buzz you get from discovering an artist you’d never heard of on a small indie stage and knowing you’re going to download their album as soon as you have signal (which on a festival field will be never – write their name down!)

So now I come to my main problem with festival season, the constant piping of live festival music through the radio or TV. Radio 1 Live Lounge it is not. Sure, it sounds pretty amazing when you are there, probably because you’ve had a few drinks, people are singing around you and the background music is loud. You are swept along with the atmosphere so the odd off note doesn’t matter or isn’t even noticed. For most sets on the radio or TV however, it sounds like cats being strangled with white noise in the background. If I’m not at a festival, I don’t want to hear it thank you. What I want to hear is the nice polished mp3 that I would buy. There is a reason why artists don’t, as a rule, include festival sets on their albums. I’d quite like to do my commute to work with the radio on without an assault on my ears. Stop this please, or I might have to don some Hunters and head for the countryside to pull out the plugs on the recording equipment.

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