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The last day of 2020 – some thoughts

Hey, we’ve made it to the end of 2020! I can’t wait for it to be over. Tomorrow we have a new year with new hope. At least I have hope that at some point during 2021 we will begin to see better times coming! 

2020 – music, friendships and technology

2020 was terrible, BUT the Covid horrors made some good things possible… such as my graphic design studies, new and different music experiences… I’ve missed the people and the music sessions in the pubs terribly, but when there weren’t  sessions, I could take time to start learning to play the guitar properly. I started that journey already in January, but it was in June – when I started learning bluegrass – that my playing took off for real.

During the summer we were invited to join an online music session with a friend in Sweden, through which we now have several new friends in different parts of Europe. We meet most Wednesdays on Zoom to play tunes and sing songs for each other, and to have a good chat. 

We’re also connecting more with some local musicians that we haven’t known so well before. Now we chat on Whatsapp and share tunes and songs with each other – imagine the fun when we can meet and play together again!

Virtual concerts became a thing. While live concerts are still much more desirable, online concerts can be quite cool. Noel Hill had a concertina concert on Facebook, streaming from his kitchen with the view over (I presume) Galway bay. And while enjoying his fabulous music, the audience could chat with each other. That is actually quite cool, although the live gig where Noel played with Liam O’Connor at Corofin trad fest in early March (just before Covid broke out in Ireland) obviously was a lot more enjoyable.

Tonight around midnight we’re going to have a New Year’s mini party on Zoom with some friends (a few from the music session) – and I just received a Whatsapp message from a friend in Italy who wants to invite us to join them on Zoom some hour earlier! Isn’t technology wonderful?! Now it’s normal to see friends on Zoom or Skype, which means that we can enjoy the company of friends in other countries at any time. Using this technology for social purposes was unthinkable before the pandemic, but now it’s a normal part of life and I really like this development. 

Online meetings will never replace good IRL social life, and I really miss our local friends and all the fun we’ve had in the pubs, but Zoom is a very good substitute during these times. I hope people will continue using it also after the pandemic, not to replace a real social life with local friends but as an addition, to be able to see faraway friends more often – we can’t travel to them every week!

Online decluttering and bringing music into the blog

Lately I’ve thought a lot of how I use my time, and started questioning everything I do online – do I enjoy using this or that platform? Or do I use them because it’s a habit? How does social media make me feel and why? Why do I want to blog? Do I still enjoy it?

This thinking process was good. I’ve reconsidered my online activities, cut down very much on my Twitter time, started looking over how much time I want to spend on my own websites (since all of them are just hobby projects), closed some social media accounts, tried to get the remaining accounts better organised and connected with my blogs. And talking about that, what about this blog? What should I do with it? It has been more a waste of energy than anything else lately. 

I want to keep running this site, but differently. I want to make it fun and enjoyable for myself, share something that I’m passionate about.

And do you know what is fun and enjoyable, and in addition makes me very happy? Music. My guitar. My concertina. Tunes, songs, new guitar licks. Reflections about music.

Earlier this year I thought of starting a geeky music blog, but I got stuck and never really managed to start using it. Now, in the process of decluttering my online life, I want to focus on what inspires me, and then music is an important element. And on this site that is my own little space on the internet (which sounds extremely cliché, but there’s some truth in it too), I want to include everything I’m passionate about, things that make me happy and that are important to me, and it only makes sense that I bring the music posts into this blog. What is a personal blog by Susanne without music? Music simply belongs here.

So I’ve brushed up the design and logo a little, added in my guitar post from March, and I promise I will have more fun here from now on, stop taking myself so seriously and just share what inspires me. Did I say this last year too? Maybe, but much has happened since then.

And with that I’ll close this year’s New Year ponderings. I only have two (ok, maybe three) main goals for 2021 – to stay healthy and alive, get the Covid vaccine, and to play even more music. Then other good things will follow.

11 Comments

  • Ashley
    30th November -0001 at 12:00 am

    Good luck with your goals. Have a happy healthy and wonder-filled new year! Best wishes, Ashley

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    • Susanne
      30th November -0001 at 12:00 am

      Thank you, Ashley! I wish you the same!

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  • Brian W
    30th November -0001 at 12:00 am

    Hi Susanne. Ireland looks really beautiful. I’m enjoying life in Gothenburg but photos like the above make me long to visit Britain again. It’s great to have found your blog and see how you are getting along. Hope 2021 is good to you.

    Brian.

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    • Susanne S
      30th November -0001 at 12:00 am

      Hello Brian! Fabulous to hear from you (both, of course!!)! I’m so curious about how you managed to find my blog. Since I’ve been so up and down with it, I haven’t linked it anywhere, just recently linked it to my Twitter account. But I’m glad you found it!! I hope you are doing as well as is possible and I hope 2021 will treat you well, too.

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  • Brian W
    30th November -0001 at 12:00 am

    It’s ridiculously simple. I googled “Susanne Swedish in Ireland” and you were the first entry.

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    • Susanne S
      30th November -0001 at 12:00 am

      Hahaha, that is so funny! But I love it! Sounds reasonable of course, I just didn’t ever think anyone would search on that.

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    • Susanne S
      30th November -0001 at 12:00 am

      For the second entry, I see I need to fix the description of my future business site, though!

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  • Brian W
    30th November -0001 at 12:00 am

    Ha ha. Do you have anything special in mind?

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    • Susanne S
      30th November -0001 at 12:00 am

      I just don’t want it to sound identical to the blog. I might actually rebuild the whole thing, and not have to use WordPress.

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  • Anne(2)
    30th November -0001 at 12:00 am

    Susanne, all of your posts showed up all at once in my Feedly! I was wondering if you had stopped writing for some reason. I am so glad you’re still here. And you know I’ll show up no matter what you write about! Just write what you want – on whatever you want. 🙂
    I have loved Zoom for connecting with my family back East. It makes such a difference to SEE people, particularly when it’s now been over a year since I have seen them in person. I imagine you feel the same way about your family, given their distance from you.
    Stay safe and be well.

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    • Susanne S
      30th November -0001 at 12:00 am

      Oh, that’s weird! I wonder if it’s because I’ve been fiddling a bit with the site recently? I’m glad to see you here again! I almost stopped writing before Christmas but had a feeling I didn’t want to quit, and when my brain could relax a bit, I made the obvious decision to bring music into this blog and that’s the best thing I’ve ever done with this blog. Now I love it again!

      Did you need to create another account? (I notice you have another username) If you want to use the account with just “Anne”, check my privacy policy for information about how to login etc, on your account page you can also add your blog link.

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