It’s been a trying few months.
I’ve spent much of the last few weeks working to rebuild websites that were lost when my business partner committed suicide, leaving me with an awful lot to do, and very little time to do it in. Thankfully I have now (I hope) finished the bulk of the work on this project, which has consumed most of my free time.
In terms of this particular site, MJRyder.net, I am frustrated that I have lost an awful lot of content that was not saved in the backup process, but on the plus side, this has forced me to take a good long look at the site, and the way that I use it as my career takes new twists and turns.
For some unfathomable reason, I appear to have lost any blog posts made after mid-2013, so I have taken the step to hide my blogs while I look through my old word documents to see what I have saved, and if anything is worth re-posting. Looking at it realistically however, I don’t think there will be too many posts to add back into the site, as this last year has been a fallow period in my life as a writer as I have been beset by personal challenges, and have spent much time reflecting on where I want to take myself next.
For many years now I’ve planned on doing a PhD so I can at long last live the dream of teaching a subject that I love, while also adding to the body of knowledge in my field. In 2014 I took one step closer to this goal as I graduated with a Distinction in my MA (receiving outstanding comments for my dissertation), however it pains me to say that I won’t be able to start on a PhD programme until at least October next year now, as I missed the deadlines for an October 2015 start.