The edited version:
A blog about stuff I get up to or observe in Edinburgh and around, over summer 2014. Sharing events/places of interest/good things with fellow residents and visitors.
The full version:
My bread-and-butter is editing, copywriting and proofreading – see rosalindgibb.com for more information about this and do get in touch if you think there’s a project I can help you with, firstname.lastname@example.org
I also love writing for pleasure, about anything that takes my fancy.
So why this blog?
A couple of months ago I was made redundant from my job (a very interesting job editing community magazines) which raised the question of whether to stay or go. I didn’t feel all that settled in Edinburgh, had saved up some money and wondered about using it to go travelling. My romantic side thought, ‘don’t major life changes like redundancy happen for a reason, offering a chance to broaden horizons?’, and the like.
In reality I’d just been travelling, in 2012-13, and didn’t feel in the mood to set sail again so soon. One thing about that way of life is, you’ve absolutely got to be in the mood for it to get something out of it.
At the same time, I don’t really know Edinburgh any more. I was born and bred here but that seems a long time ago now. A lot has happened since then. I haven’t been resident here since 2007, when I spent much of the time plotting my escape. I returned last summer but spent approximately 99.6 per cent of my waking hours between August 2013 and March 2014 finding content for and producing three community magazines each month, from home, on my own. Then the next few weeks were out, after I got addicted to Breaking Bad and House of Cards. You understand don’t you?
The city feels like an old friend I haven’t seen properly for years, who’s changed quite a bit while I’ve been away. Is it worth connecting again?
It could be, but to find out for sure I need to re-enter the world of social media – clearly, that is where everything happens. After a long, conscious spell of abstinence I’ve gone back in, so I guess there’s no turning back now.
I’m now working freelance and, in case autumn suddenly appears out of nowhere, and I wonder where the hell the summer months and light nights have gone, I’ve also decided to set myself a task. To blog regularly over the summer about all things Edinburgh: new discoveries, observations, happenings. For one thing, a short timescale is useful as a deadline and encourages productivity,which is good for the soul. Having an outlet so thoughts aren’t just swirling around my head could be a very good thing. Also, it will be interesting living life by way of Twitter, blogs, LinkedIn etc (which, I’m aware, most of you have been doing for the past few years).
And, if nothing else, it should keep me entertained.
So, armed with my curiosity, a desire to write with a free rein, and 19 Twitter followers (!), my summer starts here..
Wish me luck!
I hope you enjoy reading…
P.s One Edinburgh Summer is a loose title, for I often visit good friends and occasionally catsit in places like Cumbria and London.