Lesson 1 – Make people think you have never heard of Luc Van Vugt.
A few days ago, in the wee hours of the morning when I returned to bed from putting a rather unhappy baby down for the umpteenth time, I checked my phone at around 5am to find an email asking me to approve a comment that looked like it came from an Ivan Vugt. (Stop laughing). I know right! How did I not click there and then.
“Ivan” was very complimentary about my Dimension post and I was more than happy to approve his comments before falling into what can only be described as a coma type sleep. Waking up a few hours later, (bless my other half for rescuing me from post 5am baby duty), I checked my e-mail and blogs again to discover that the Ivan was actually indeed Luc Van Vugt. My inner monologue went something like this: “OMG! Luc Van Vugt. THE Luc Van Vugt has mentioned me in a post *slight mental almost teenage sounding squee*…And I called him Ivan! *crickets chirping in the sudden silence* Oh dear.”
He must have thought it really funny that I called him Ivan. Luc – of course I know of you. The NAV book staring at me on my bookshelf should have given that away but it would seem that my brain was addled ;). I do apologise sincerely for that and thank you very much for your post.
Now that I have given the rest of the NAV community a good laugh, down to business. Luc, in your post you asked a couple of questions that I do want to answer now…
Haven’t written a post since October … Did your source dry out?
Well I am ashamed to admit it but I seem to have a collection of half finished blogs. I have to be a bit more careful with what I put out on the wider web compared to what I can say in a NAV training session. As some of you may have realised – and those that know me will vouch for this – I have a somewhat otherwise sense of humour than most and this can often be misunderstood if it is not directed to a particular audience set. For this reason I am able to gauge and control a face to face situation better than publishing something into the world wide web that may upset some people. I definitely do not wish any controversy on my site.
One of the main factors behind not publishing additional posts is time. It seems like a flimsy excuse but I never expected the new baby to be this much work. When things finally quieted down enough for me to return to contracting, I seemed to have even less time in front of my PC for blogging. Hectic projects with some ambitious timescales, combined with lack of sleep have really dented my blogging.
The positive side of this story is that my son is nearly a year old now and when not playing the Germinator and bringing home every conceivable illness from nursery, he does actually tend to sleep well (as opposed to the waking every 2 hours he does when sick). Hopefully with Summer coming I might get some sleep and recharge those blogging braincells.
I am not claiming I am the most creative guy, but your blog header and theme … aren’t for sure (sorry to say so)
You are quite right. This blog was really supposed to be a placeholder for me. I was incredibly bored while on maternity and started putting a few thoughts down on paper. These turned into a blog and a half formed idea about perhaps starting up my own NAV training business. I have always loved training and that “lightbulb” moment just makes my day.
I have had to shelve the Training Business idea for a time so that I can work on a.) funding my venture and b.) ensuring I can get all the relevant MS qualifications and backing for it. I do have a couple of friends working on a new website for me and the current blog will be incorporated into it.
In the meantime, I will crack on with finishing off one of those blog posts 😉