Last week I essentially closed BlogF1 and posted a note to the top of all pages on the site. The message is still there as I type this, but for future reference, it basically says that I am on hiatus until August. I appreciate however, that no explanation or reason was given, and for those who regularly read BlogF1 but do not necessarily know me, that may have seemed strange and probably turned you off from re-visiting. So, with things getting better, I hope you will allow me to briefly explain.
I run BlogF1 on my own. 99%+ of articles on the site are written by myself, and those that are not are authored by guest-posters. Therefore, when things happen in my personal life it is inevitable that BlogF1 will suffer – the site is not my job, it is purely a hobby. Although I did recently admit to it being a hobby that is out of control!
Last week, my girlfriend of six-and-a-bit years decided to leave me. It came completely out of the blue and I was not expecting it. I will not go into details but needless to say I was/am devastated. We lived together for most of those six years and suddenly finding myself alone in our home was very difficult. To add to the stress we were hoping to sell in a few months, and while that is still going to happen, it doesn’t make it any easier to overcome when you have extra worries to deal with outside of the obvious.
It has been a week now and I’m starting to get my head together and sort out what needs to be done to ensure I remain sane and functional, but it will take a long time before I’m back to my regular self. The good news is that I feel ready to get involved once again in the site and write about the love of my life that I know won’t be going away (well, not just yet anyway), Formula One. It won’t happen right now and I will leave the message up for a couple more days I imagine, but hopefully this week you will see the return of myself to the site.
I would like take this opportunity to thank every single person who have sent me emails, messaged me on Twitter or Facebook or any other means of communication – I thank you from the very bottom of my heart. I honestly didn’t realise so many people cared so much – it is very warming to know that BlogF1 readers are a sound bunch of guys and gals.
So I thank you for your patience and I look forward to writing again later this week; there’s a lot to catch up with and discuss!
Oh, and in case some of you are wondering, that’s me up there looking gormless in the sunglasses.