IT’S TIME FOR A SUMMER VACATION

I’ve been quiet, I know. I’ll offer no apology worth your time so I won’t even try. Those of you who’ve been following The Noblest Rogue for some time will understand and know that the last two months of every year are very hectic for me business-wise and due to me only wanting to offer you quality content on this platform, I tend to rather go silent during this time frame than offer up half-arsed pieces about bullshit blah blah blah. And the silence is set to continue for the next few weeks as I take a much needed break away from all things which require a plug and charger. It’s that special time of year in Cape Town when the beach beckons and the soul responds and I dare not suppress the need to have the sand between my toes and the sun on my back.

Whilst I have you, let me express how awesome a year 2014 has been! What a journey, what a ride. From start to finish, you and I have given it our all and boy do I have no regrets.

I remember sitting to one side at a heaving New Year’s bash last year as the crowd around me counted in 2014 and meditating very briefly on what I wanted to achieve this year. The quiet moments are something I’ve come to appreciate on New Year’s Eve. The opportunity to reflect on what has been and what is to come. In that moment one of the things I told myself was that I wanted to engage with those who followed The Noblest Rogue on a personal and regular basis. I wanted to create content which engaged my followers and in some form enriched their lives. It’s a tightrope to walk but I hope that in some small way, I achieved this in 2014.

Speaking of tightrope’s, The Noblest Rogue is on one this very moment. It has reached a point where brands are showing an interest in my content and questioning how many followers I have, how many people are reading my articles, how many click-through’s I receive etc etc. Now because The Noblest Rogue is not self-hosted – and hosted by WordPress.com – I am unable to give truly accurate and reliable answers to these questions. WordPress.com offer their own form of analytics, which are great, but most brands need the backing of a larger analytical application the likes of which Google offer. It’s a conundrum to figure out but a good place to be nonetheless.

The natural solution is to move The Noblest Rogue over to WordPress.org as that offers the possibility to plug Google Analytics into the site, however the biggest headache with .org is that the entire site needs to be built from scratch. Think of WordPress.com as a ‘blogging for beginners’ platform and WordPress.org as a ‘you should know your shit by now and be able to write code’ platform. Daunting as hell! Regardless, it is the natural next step and I have agreed to explore this avenue over the next month. It may all sound like a bunch of mumbo jumbo to you, which it essentially is, but the message I am trying to get across is that The Noblest Rogue is going through a transition phase and some changes are int he pipeline.

Moving swiftly along, if you’re keen to keep up to date with my movements this summer, you can follow me on Twitter or Instagram, where I will remain active.

In closing, let me offer you a truly awesome poem written by Dale Wimbrow. It’s a poem that struck a chord with me and I hope it inspires you too.

“When you get what you want in your struggle for pelf,
And the world makes you king for a day,
Then go to the mirror and look at yourself,
And see what that man has to say.
For it isn’t a man’s father, mother or wife,
Whose judgement upon him must pass,
The fellow whose verdict counts most in life,
Is the man staring back from the glass.
He’s the fellow to please, never mind all the rest,
For he’s with you clear to the end,
And you’ve passed your most dangerous, difficult test,
If the man in the glass is your friend.
You can fool the whole world down the pathway of years,
And get pats on the back as you pass,
But the final reward will be heartache and tears,
If you’ve cheated the man in the glass.”

See you in 2015.

You stay classy,

NR

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