An adventurer, storyteller and writer with an insatiable curiosity for the fresh, the bizarre, the brilliant. Exploring life in North East England and elsewhere.

The Revival of Teesside Cat

The Revival of Teesside Cat

Quietness. There was a break. Unannounced. Not a crash. (Well, not quite). Delicate. Unexpected.

So quiet that hardly anyone noticed. A sudden tweet-free, instagramless, social media wipe out. A slow binary disintegration. Until not even a blip of the black ears were visible. Until the last words of the last post faded into SEO insignificance. Cat disappeared. Swallowed up by the graceless reality of curiosity.

Street art in the Southern French town of Arles. No direct link to post. It's a cat. It looks funky.

Street art in the Southern French town of Arles. No direct link to post. It's a cat. It looks funky.

There is a reason why we are said to have nine lives. We are not creatures of stability. We burn. We burn with inspiration. We burn with ambition. We burn with dissatisfaction. We burn the most precious things in our lives first. And we do it quickly. Unconsciously.

As most of you realised by now, I took a break from blogging. I took such a long break that I came very close to burning one of those precious things in my life by almost giving it up entirely. After googling ‘taking a break from blogging’ and scrolling through a list of explanatory posts by other bloggers about why they had to take a break, I thought it best to follow suit with my own explanation. What gentler way to ease Teesside Cat back into life?

I never intended to take a break. It just happened. As most things in life. My newsletter subscribers would know that I started teaching full-time and that I thought I would be able to keep up a regular stream of content. My newsletter subscribers would know that I failed. My career change, however, combined with studies, an inability to sit still and an attempt to contribute as regularly as possible to NARC magazine (worth a read if you're interested in music, arts and culture news) suddenly left me without any spare time or energy.

So, I apparently broke several blogging rules. Instead of just taking a month off like most bloggers, it’s almost been a year since my last post (*gasp*). I never announced my unintentional break leaving my readers in dire suspense (*extra deep gasp*). My Instagram story became like a continuously buffering YouTube video and I blissfully forgot about my Twitter and Facebook accounts.

Now for the interesting bit…

In the spirit of following blogging veterans’ advice, I’ll give readers an idea of what to expect from a revived Teesside Cat. Besides capturing occasional snippets of life elsewhere in the world, I’ll mostly write about life in northern England as before, exploring the music venues, art and fashion, unusual excursions and experiences and the best coffee joints and food havens around. Above all, I'll go on collecting stories of the people and places that make living in the North so amazing.

My main interest is to discover the alternative and less trodden paths of life, rather than the mainstream and well-known. I hope to unpick the deeper layers of what makes the people around me tick instead of surface appearances. My blogging focus is my community and I believe writing about people and their efforts in life deserve time and dedication. My blogging principle has always been quality over quantity and so readers can normally expect one to two posts a month.

Tasters

Finally, to give you a more concrete idea of what to expect in the upcoming months, here is a list of future posts (subject to change).

August: The Mockingbird Deli — the place where I could, would, did and will willingly waste time.

September: Alternative fitness surprise — it's a surprise.

October: Walking down Bedford Street — a short series of posts about some of the coolest hang out spots in Middlesbrough.

November: Travel post on Spain — ever thought of learning Spanish? Total language immersion in an unusual, breathtaking location in Northern Spain.

I value my readers. I value their opinions and comments. Please let me know if there is anything you would like me to cover or if you have any other suggestions.

The Mockingbird Deli and the Sands of Time

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