Of late, work topics have crept into the blog, mainly, it has to be said, as that's where I happen to be when I see some particular facet of natural history or a photogenic bit of landscape. But is it ok to talk about work on a blog that purports to be about wildlife and cake? I mean, it'd be a legitimate topic if I was Mary Berry (cake) or David Attenborough (wildlife) or Chris Packham (cake and wildlife... aw, c'mon, you've seen enough Watches by now to know it's a thing).
Perhaps contrary to the available evidence, I do actually worry about this type of stuff. One wouldn't want to be seen as overtly commercial, or to be peak geek about the wrong topic.
It's a conundrum, right enough. Should I, or shouldn't I?
Today, however, there was a [drum roll... here it comes...] serendipitous moment when my work/life balance worlds collided (Astronomical note: if actual worlds actually collided, I freely admit that it wouldn't be the happy occasion suggested by the 's' word).
There I was talking technical stuff about phones and internet and what have you, when the potential client asked "Do you write the dragonfly blog?" As it's not the flight season, and I hadn't written much in the way of dragons recently, I initially assumed that it must be some other blog, so said "'No." But then, a few minutes later, potential client's partner asked the same question and I thought, hang on, do I project an odonatalogical aura?!
Enquiring as to which specific blog was being talked about, I was stunned to be told that it was Imperfect and Tense, and how much they enjoyed reading it. Well, you could've knocked me down with a feather! I&T doesn't have a wide readership, so to meet someone out of the blue who knows it exists, never mind appreciates it, was just mind-blowing.
My day was well and truly made.
Mr and Mrs B, this one's for you.