July has been a rather busy month. Besides the holiday fever rush of clients trying to get things done and dusted before they head off on their annual breaks (in Spain some companies virtually shut down for the whole of August), I have moved, which as we all know is an extremely stressful and time-consuming process. Now posting from my new work set-up in Bournemouth (which is not quite as I had planned since my desk collapsed en route and one of my bookshelves is decidedly wonky), I am surrounded by piles of boxes and stuff that needs sorting. I fear it could all take me a while, and certainly longer than I had anticipated. This will, unfortunately, have a knock-on effect on my CPD plans. Still, I’m sure it’ll all be worth it in the end once I’m settled. And I’m especially looking forward to escaping with my laptop to the comfy armchair and footstool in the summerhouse for a change of scene.
The results of the Language Lovers competition, organised by Lexiophiles and bab.la, came out in June. Congratulations to all the winners, many of whose articles have already featured as a post of the day. However, a lot of my favourite blogs didn’t even make it to the nomination stage, something I’m planning on rectifying next year. These include Translation Wordshop by Marie Brotnov and Lines from a Linguist by Claire Cox. They both appear twice in this month’s list and had posts included in the May list as well.
May was quite a busy month for me one way or another. It kicked off with the conference in Budapest, which Alison Hughes summed up so succinctly in her poem (see below). Once I got back, in-between work and trying to find a new house to buy, I managed to find time to finish off the blogroll I had begun some weeks earlier. Well, I thought it was pretty complete with nearly 100 blogs included in it, but only a week or so later the total was nearing 150. Whilst the list has proved pretty popular, it also got me wondering how I, or anyone else for that matter, would ever be able to digest so many blogs and how I could keep a record of my favourites to come back to easily. That is how the “Post of the Day” started.