New Year Musings and Thankyous

I hope you’ve all had a Happy New Year and Christmas period for those who celebrate it. Did anyone do any First Footing at New Year?  This is the beginning of my 7th year of blogging and I’ve written before on how I’m not much of a believer of New Year Resolutions or indeed New Year Celebrations come to that.  If you want tottery some really good resolutions then you could do worse than look at my post from 2016 New Year’s Resolutions For Absolutely Everyone

Just looking at my first New Year post Why I did all my New Year Resolutions at Christmas It is easy to see what a lot has changed and indeed what a lot hasn’t.  Back in 2013 I had this crazy idea to write my second book and to create a tour company.  Several years on and I have around 10 books and my company is booming and still growing.

In fact for yet another year, I haven’t actually had a real day off in the whole of 2018.  There are days when I’m not working from 6am- 7 or 8pm but I’ve always got work to do and on the few days I stand firm and decide to put them back a day then inevitably some emergency will come from out of nowhere.

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Happy New Year!

I’m used to working a bit on Christmas and my birthday and yesterday (New Years Day), I was giving a tour, with several more lined up for the rest of the week.  Even when I walked Hadrians Wall for charity, I remember having to field phone calls and message from on top of the moors.

So if I have any sort of resolution at all, it is to try to set aside a day or two this year where I don’t do any work whatsoever, I can’t see how it will happen but it is something to aspire towards.   I now have 6 people working for Ye Olde England Tours so that is in some ways a big help and shows business is doing well but in other ways it shows just how busy I must be!

Many people use January to plan their holidays for the summer, many to visit London through , I obviously don’t have time for that now or in the summer.  I do allow myself the time to look at the travel supplements in newspapers and make vague plans and costings that I know will never come to pass.  If you’d like to see 100 really amazing places that I would like to visit or have visited then check out my 100 places I want to see before I die post.  You may have to click on the link to go back to 100.

I still have several more books part written on paper and in my head so it would be nice to complete at least one of those.  December is one of the busiest months and from the 6th of January I at least get to work on some admin and create some of the 6 or 7 new tours I have in head.  I’m particularly looking forward to my new cemetery tour!

I never thought my blog would last into its 7th year, I thought 7 weeks might be pushing it.  However I’d like to thank everyone for reading my blog.  As you can see once again the blog has been lifted to a whole new level with over 138,000 readers in 2018.

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I’m not sure we can match that total again but we can see what happens 🙂








About Stephen Liddell

I am a writer and traveller with a penchant for history and getting off the beaten track. With several books to my name including several #1 sellers. I also write environmental, travel and history articles for magazines as well as freelance work. I run my private tours company with one tour stated by the leading travel website as being with the #1 authentic London Experience. Recently I've appeared on BBC Radio and Bloomberg TV and am waiting on the filming of a ghost story on British TV. I run my own private UK tours company (Ye Olde England Tours) with small, private and totally customisable guided tours run by myself!
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3 Responses to New Year Musings and Thankyous

  1. SJTrebar says:

    happy new year!!!

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  2. Boyer Writes says:

    Congratulations! Your blogging history is impressive. I have a few more years on you, but definitely not the following. I don’t try very hard to promote, but I’m sure it is helpful for your business. Which, by the way, I am “impressed” with your growing staff. If and when we ever return to England, I will certainly look for you. We are planning a trip as guides to Greece and Turkey in April, 2019 (Following the footsteps of the Apostle Paul)…so England is on the back burner for a while. Best of everything for you in this brand new year! Nancy at Boyer Writes

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