Dear Reader –
It is with considerable sadness that, after nearly four years of daily updates, I am having to take a break from the site with immediate effect due to workload pressures.
First a bit of background…
This site was never meant to become ‘a thing’ like this – it was just a little experiment that has grown a life of its own. However, from virtually the first day, and despite never promoting it (which is ironic in itself for a marketing person like me), the site has just taken off and grown week after week purely through word of mouth. Tens of thousands of you now visit every month and follow along on Twitter. More than seven and a half thousand people subscribe to the daily email and a huge proportion open it every day. Along with the generous feedback I regularly receive, knowing so many people were finding the service helpful has always given me the determination to keep going.
As some of you know, in order to do this I’ve been getting up every day at silly o’clock (4am) and doing most of the work before I move onto my ‘day job’ with clients during normal working hours. I then do another stint later in the day to start preparing posts for the following morning (and in recent weeks I’ve had some help with this from a very kind friend). It has often been tough but it has been so rewarding that until now I’ve always found a way to get it done. However, I am currently involved in some major projects that mean I am away working long hours on-site with clients most days and this is making the daily challenge of updating the site more difficult that ever before.
I know if I keep at it much longer something (probably me) is going to break so I have had to admit that, at least in the current circumstances, I need to break off from updating the site. Having kept it going through all kinds of sometimes crazy situations frantically working on it in the back of cabs, on ferries, in airports, coffee shops, pubs and goodness knows where else, this decision feels like a defeat. I am, however, leaving everything in place ready to resume the service should my circumstances change again. There is so much more I know the site could offer but those plans will have to wait for another time.
Until then, please accept my apologies for not being able to keep this going right now and my thanks to you for reading, sharing, commenting and contributing. More importantly, thank you – as the real schools improvers – for caring so much about our schools and education in the first place. Your commitment and concern for our children has shone through on a daily basis and made a lasting impression on me.
Please keep in touch because I’ll miss your warmth, wit and wisdom.