Oh my God! It’s 1984…

There seem to be two trends in Yuletide blogging for 2012. The first is a recap of the respective blogger’s adventurous achievements during the year and the second is a variety of musings on the topic of the end of the world and the accuracy of Mayan prediction.

I’m more than happy to leave the second one to work itself out and propose to jump skilfully past it by writing this post early and scheduling it to publish at 9.30 a.m. on Saturday 22nd December 2012. If it did publish and you’re sitting here on Saturday morning reading it, then either the Mayans were wrong, you’re an alien or more likely, interpretations of the implications of the end of the Mayan Calendar sequence were quite simply way over the top and worthy of the exaggerative tendencies of modern media.

If you’re not reading this, then maybe the world did end as per. Even more likely though, you quite simply don’t know that this post is here and are happily getting on with your pre-Christmas weekend, [please be aware that other good religious/non-religious Festivals are available], blissfully unaware that there is a sentence in this post specifically written for people who will never read it. Unless the Mayans were right and all of this post was inadvertently written for multiple unseeing eyes.

In terms of achievements there have been quite a few, at least in my eyes, which are still all-seeing for the moment, although those who’ve achieved these same achievements before me probably just see them as steps on the road. For me, the journey has not long begun and there’s still a heck of a way to go.

So, where to start? I’m told that lists work well in blogs and as I’ve not used one yet, now seems as good a time as any.

In no particular order;

My Pre/Post End-of-the-World Top Ten list

  1. I got published yesterday! Only in a small way, but I’m still chuffed to bits. The Quest Institute has published the very first issue of its quarterly e-zine  ‘Perception‘. As far as I know, this is the only therapy magazine focussing on the public as its readership. Check it out. It’s really good, not least because I have an article in it!
  2. I passed my Hypnotherapy Practitioner Diploma, which has been a recurring theme of this blog, so the World had better watch out if it survives.
  3. I created a Facebook page for the blog which now has 49 likes. Not a huge number but I’m still proud of the fact that it’s growing steadily. Feel free to join in. There’s a button to click over to your right…
  4. I have readers in 40 countries! I have no idea how you all found out about me but you’re very welcome!
  5. Nearly 2,000 views since the blog began in August. By the time you read this, I hope to have surpassed the 2,000 mark. It is actually 1984 at the time of writing, lending itself neatly to the title spot in this post and allowing a literary and musical reference to appear in one go, albeit that neither author of the aforementioned title actually used their real names. Maybe I should go all pseudonyminal as well. Apparently my daughter’s friends are calling me Tony Snake-Eyes – what do you think?
  6. Over 1,000 view from the UK alone. Now this makes sense as I live in the UK but as WordPress is international, how does anyone else know where I live?
  7. Over 130 readers are now following the blog on WordPress. This is one that I am especially proud of. The face that so many of you like what I’m writing enough to want to find out when I publish something new is pretty damn inspiring. Thank you.
  8. Not directly connected to the blog but I have finally joined in with Social Media. I now have 71 Twitting followers and 260 Facebooking friends. I’m thinking of becoming a cult. (Is that something I need therapy for?)
  9. My best ever viewing day was last Thursday, when for no apparent reason, the blog got 90 views. Somehow loads of my previous posts were picked up and read by someone(s). If I could replicate that, this blog would really take off.
  10. Probably the most inspiring of all is that I have found volunteers to help me practice the skills I’ve spent the last 3 months telling you about. I’ve helped people overcome hayfever, chronic back pain, migraines, neck pain, shoulder pain and more. Somehow, when people talk to me and I talk to them… they get better. If you’d like to join in, I’m turning professional next year!

Anyway, assuming that the Mayans let us get there in one piece, 2013 is looking good. Why not keep in touch and let’s see how we all get on?

I'm listening...© Tony Burkinshaw 2012

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© Tony Burkinshaw 2012


22 thoughts on “Oh my God! It’s 1984…

  1. Hi Tony fantastic blog. I really enjoy all your post’ s congratulations on getting your hypnotherapy diploma.
    Have a very merry Christmas and a happy, healthy and hugely successful New year

    • Hi there!
      Many thanks for your comments and support. I get the HPD awarded formally on 6th Jan, so I get unleashed onto the world (well, Peterborough anyway) after that.
      I’m really looking forward to doing this for real.
      Have a great Festive season and all the best for 2013.

  2. Anybody who is on FaceBook is in need of therapy. The only problem with the Mayans and their calendar is that they need to visit the nearest bookshop and buy another one, just like I do on the 31st Dec every year.

    Happy New Year


  3. Well done Tony so glad we are still here lol. I think the Mayan Calender to about a new way of living our lives not impending disaster. Where we reach out in love more instead of fear. Well done on all your achievements, you deserve it.

    • HI Athena,
      I’m so pleased you read & liked it. You’re absolutely right. Too much about to day’s way of life is about being kept down in fear to keep order in general.
      Hopefully the work I do will reverse that trend one client at a time!
      All the best

    • Hiya, thanks for your comments. I’m pleased you enjoyed my blog. It was great to get something published as I’ve not really written much at all until I started this blog.
      All the best & I hope you feel like reading some more of my blog in the future,

  4. Hi there, Tony! Love the delightful sense of humor throughout! And yes, if the dear weathermen can’t even accurately predict a rainstorm, I suppose that we can’t be too hard on the Mayans for not accurately predicting the end of the world—wink! Thanks for liking my Tinkerbell blog! I’ll look forward to reading more!

    • Hiya ‘Tinks’,
      Thanks for taking the time toread &leave a comment, I really appreciate it.
      I’m glad you like the humour, I think its an important part of getting complex or contentious messages across in a way that encourages people to engage.
      Keep up the Timkerbell project, I like it.
      All the best

  5. Good luck with your work, Tony, and thank you for stopping by my jodunnsketckbooks blog. Have treated people to give up smoking?

    • Hi Jo,
      strangely enough, no not yet. Although because of how Cognitive Hypnotherapy works, it doesn’t really matter what clients come to me with because in reality this is just the most obvious symptom of whatever the underlying issue is.
      My role is to help clients uncover and overcome whatever these core difficulties are.
      I’m sure someone will come along soon who has a smoking ‘symptom’.
      Wishing you all the best

  6. Thanks for stopping by my blog Tony and congratulations on getting your article published. As this blog post was written about 4 months ago, I’m sure you have more published work and have gone professional already… I shall read your more recent posts to find out! Ciao.

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