I just read Ady's blog and endorse it 100%. I would say 110% but in the context of this blog that is not possible. 100% will do.
Here's the thing-we have some amazing supporters on this site. Blondene, NanaTurtle, Ady, Clarence to name but a few.
Blondene is an example. She supported everyone. Yet when she posted her blog to pass the baton, not one of the "newbies" said thank you. NanaT is another-a supporter par excellence. On her latest blog not one newbie commented (I was there in spirit NanaT-apologies for the belated shout out).
We tried-we really did. But, apart from old quitters (by old I mean duration not age-although for me...probably both apply) there was virtually nothing from younger quitters.
So follow Ady's exhortation (synonyms-suggestion, urging, direction, expostulation etc etc) and start commenting. He is right. We all have to continue to comment to make this site alive again.
After a week in Sydney with PG (helping out with a new grandie) then a week in Port Douglas R&R-much needed I have to say.
Sydney is very crowded-not sure about that city now. Port Douglas-Wow.
Anyway great to see all the new bloggers and the older ones still here. Bit knackered tonite so will get back to commenting over the next couple of days.
I gotta say-PG and I did not miss, one little bit, the smokes on our travels.
Keep strong people
in the blogs today. Makes me wonder if there is a problem.
If not...hows everyone's quit going? PG and I went to see Yesterday tonight. fantastic music and a good, if a bit cheesy, story line. You may know the premise-a world wide 12 second blackout and for reasons not explained all knowledge and recordings of the Beatles was lost-except to our hero.
And here's a nice twist. No cigarettes in this new Utopia. None. Not one and no-one has even heard of the word. Presumably there would be no quitline either!
And sunny times ahead for quitline.
Good to see progress with the site. Thank you Quitline. For listening and acting.
Eddy-I see your blogs have gone. However if you are reading this don't be a stranger.
I have said it before and will say it again. This site was instrumental in our (me and PG) successful quit. The site continues to energise us and keep us on track. To see new quitters start and continue is a great feeling. When there is a relapse there is always someone (more than one) jumping on to support and encourage in a positive and constructive way. That is what this site is about.
I now fully understand why there is so much frustration with the IT people who administer this site. Two very long comments on MrNows blog-both had that infuriating error message. Is there a reason for that?
So here is what I had to say (summarised). I am passionate about not smoking. I am passionate about providing an easily accessible site to people to aid in their quit.
This site (is it still run by private contractors?) is failing.
So my suggestion is set up an advisory group of bloggers to advise Quitline on how to improve this site. Make it better and more accessible.
My challenge to others join and support me.
My offer is that my firm will provide (free) the facilities and logistical support to an advisory group. There are a lot of passionate people here that want this site to succeed-the two nanas (turtle and 22), Blondene, you MrNow, PG and many many others.
But Quitline you have to listen and respond-constructively. Do not ignore us. We all have the same goal.
Phew. So.....let's talk exclamation marks. I have always taken the view that one ! is acceptable, two!! is on the cusp but three or more !!!!!!!-nah nana.
And nanaturtle and nana22 , the nah nana is what our grandson says. More veges Cian? nah Nana or nah Poppa.
Been a busy week here in the BoP. Just glad the week has drawn to a stuttering close and we can relax in the knowledge that there are 2 days off before work rears its inevitable head on Monday.
When there is a holiday on a Monday the Sunday night is so nice. Like having two Saturdays.
Anyway to all you non smokers out there-new and old-have a great weekend.
And thank Gawd for that.
PG and I have just bought fitbits. They cost about the equivalent of 5 packets of 20 tailor mades. The good thing is that they will last a helluva lot longer than those 5 packets and are far better for you.
10,000 steps a day they say. Do you wonder sometimes who "they" are? Anyway-the fitbits. We love them and I have to say, they are giving us a lot of benefits.
Good to see new quitters on this site. They are the life blood of this site.
Anyway over and out. Graham Norton is on with Will Smith and others. Have a good weekend all