The Times They Are A-Changin’

Time. Goodness me, where does it go?

We’re already over a week into 2018, so it’s not before time that I wish you a happy New Year.

My sincere hope for you is that the coming twelve months will treat you with kindness, fairness, and lightness.

May your best dreams come true, and your worst fears prove groundless.

I last wrote a Moodnudges post on December 17th, explaining that I’d be taking a break from writing until the New Year.

As a result, a veritable multitude of readers got in touch to wish me well.

This was a delight and surprise.

It was also a joy for me to spend 10 days back in the UK, almost entirely with my mum, and my brother and his wife.

Although I adore my life in California (it’s been four years now) and do keep in close contact with my family at home, nothing beats being in the same room as the people you love.

Having a few weeks to take stock of things has also enabled me to start weighing up what might be next for Moodnudges.

Some readers have joined us recently (thank you) while others have loyally followed me since I began writing my daily newsletters for Moodscope in (hold your hats) 2008, a whole decade ago.

One heck of a lot has changed in that time, and although there have been good times for us both, I hope, I’m not so sure that the world in 2018 is much of a happier place than it was ten years ago.

Among many other monumental evolutions and revolutions, the way we communicate is very different.

In 2008, for example, email seemed – and was – a fantastic medium for someone such as me to communicate with a reader like you.

Not so much today, I think.

If you’re anything like me, your inbox has become virtually unmanageable.

The sheer volume of emails has made it all but impossible to deal with.

The Moodnudges email list used to grow consistently, but during the past year it has remained pretty static as some new people subscribed, while others left us – usually explaining a bit ruefully that they were just generally getting too many emails all-round to cope with.

Part of my thinking about taking a break over Christmas, therefore, was to give you a break from at least four messages a week, even though I suspect this would have been but a drop in the ocean.

Partly because of this, and also partly because my own work situation is in flux (in a good way, I hasten to add) I’ve concluded that it may be time to reimagine Moodnudges.

I have some exciting ideas, and I also want to involve you in the process. After all, we’re in this thing together – and I hugely value our friendship.

Over the next few weeks, therefore, I’m going to trim back the frequency of my messages, to just one per week, but I’m going to step up the openness of our communication, giving you more insight into what’s going on behind the scenes in my world, while also doing my best to prevent this becoming self-indulgent.

I hope you’ll find the next few weeks interesting, and that you’ll witness the evolution of something new and exciting.

More importantly, perhaps, you might take advantage of this experience to think a little about stuff in your own life which could benefit from a change or two.

Although stirring things up can sometimes feel uncomfortable, it’s frequently good to make a change or two.

Next week, I’ll tell you a little about what happened to me work-wise in 2017, and what I foresee developing in 2018.

See you next Thursday.

32 thoughts on “The Times They Are A-Changin’

  1. Well, I for one, will miss the four nudges! But am happy you are still able to do at least one a week…and if it helps you and others cope with a rapidly-filled Inbox, so much the better.

    I’m really glad you had a super break with your family who you love…such a great revitalising time for you which you and they needed!

    Happy New Year and I look forward to seeing what changes are a coming!
    Karen x

  2. Happy New Year, John and I’m glad Moodnudges is still around, as well as Moodscope, both of which continue to inspire, engage, motivate and comfort me.
    Although our inboxes are overflowing, there will always be some messages that take priority and yours is one of them. I happily delete all sorts of irrelevant e-mails but not these.
    Good luck with the changes you are thinking of making in 2018 – looking forward to hearing more about them

  3. Happy New Year Jon and glad to hear you enjoyed your break with family. I’ve missed your messages but understand you need a change and look forward to hearing about your plans.

    One thing I always do in the New Year is review my email subscriptions and decide which ones I don’t really need popping up regularly in my inbox. So I unsubscribe a few knowing I can always visit their websites if I want information.

    I too am also planning some possible changes in my life which I hope will be for the better but depend on some factors out of my control which is tricky.

    Standing by my inbox to hear about your future plans.

    1. Sounds as though you’re going to have an interesting 2018, Christine, so my very best wishes with everything: let’s indeed hope that they’re changes for the better.

  4. Happy New Year Jon. Best wishes for the new projects. It is great that you realise that things need to change, and you have been so generous to us with your time and expertise for so long. I’m looking forward to hearing what’s next .

    1. Thank you Sally, and – of course – happy new year to you, too. It’s kind of you to suggest that I’ve been generous, but I think the truth for me is that I’m hugely grateful to have had such kind, warm attention from so many people who read and engage with Moodnudges, and Moodscope before that. I’m very lucky.

  5. Happy New Year Jon.

    I would just like to thank you for all your time and messages over the years, it’s helped me so much especially at difficult times.

    I for one will be waiting to hear from you next week and looking forward to any new ideas you may have.

  6. Welcome back, Jon! I hadn’t realised I was missing you until I saw ‘Moodnudges’ in my inbox, and smiled a huge smile of welcome.

    Good to hear you had a satisfying break, and I agree that a shake-up every now and again is entirely necessary to keep the energy flowing. I look forward to working together to make it the best it can be.

    Speaking as one who’s been with you from the earliest days (after I heard you on Midweek with Libby Purves), I regard you as an old friend now, and one who has helped me and many friends immeasurably.
    Happy 2018 to us all.

    PS when my inbox becomes unmanageable I unsubscribe to stuff. It only takes a moment but it really helps to cut out the dead wood.

    1. Super to hear from you, Mary. And yes, you and I have been fellow travellers for a long time now, and old friends indeed. That interview with Libby Purves on Radio 4 was definitely a very significant life event for me.

      Such good advice to cull your in-box from time to time. I know it can seem like a big task, but the results the next day can feel magical. So happy not to be included in your dead wood category!

  7. Well I’m glad I read all the previous messages as the last one reminded me that it was exactly your interview with Libby Purves that put me onto Moodscope and now Midweek is no more which I totally don’t understand, perhaps like you they could have cut back, maybe to a longer programme once a month?

    My inbox is unmanageable and that despite using for subscriptions I don’t want to read all the time. Moodnudges is not included in Unmanageable of course. Happy New Year and I agree about family time especially as my lot are all over the world!

    1. Lovely to hear from you, Lostinspace, and lovely to see you regularly commenting on Moodscope, whose blog I of course still read on a pretty regular basis.

      I’m ashamed to say that I didn’t know Midweek had been taken off the air. I try to keep up with things in the UK, but that one passed me by. Seems a shame. Libby Purves is an excellent interviewer.

      I, too, have tried – slightly mixed feelings about it, as I ended up not seeing some things that I DID want to see. It’s a clever service, though.

      Happy new year.

  8. Thanks for all the Moodnudges that you have written and sent over the past 3 yrs.

    They have helped me through difficult days and made me look at things differently. I think the analogies you use are great and I have even printed off some to remind me of the messages.

    Its good that you are looking to make changes though. I like changes and looking at new ways of doing things, which funnily enough is just what your mood nudges has helped me to do.

    Looking forward to seeing the new format 🙂

    1. Thanks so much, Sam. It’s rewarding to hear that you’ve found some of the Nudges helpful, and indeed an honour to hear that some have even been printed out. I’ll keep you in the loop about progress over the next few weeks.

  9. Hi Jon – first of all many many thanks for all of your moodnudges – I must read about 90% of them and they are a welcome addition to my inbox. Many times you give an insight which I am able to use with my clients (I work as a psychotherapist). I would be completely supportive of whatever changes you choose to make but understand that you have already been a major contributor.

    I could be stick in the mud and say don’t change but what I will say is change and I’ll be excited to see what you do…

    Adrian Longstaffe

    1. Thank you for your generous reflections, Adrian, which mean a lot. Nice to get praise from a psychotherapist, too!

      Change is always a tricky thing, isn’t it? I plan to tread carefully, and of course pay very close attention to the wise people of Moodnudges-on-Line.

  10. Thank you for this, and all the inspirational things you share. Have never replied to be of your blogs before, or looked at the site! Will do so more from now on

  11. Looking forward to what 2018 brings for us all, so don’t worry about change, after all “the only constant is change!”

    Glad you had a great (well deserved) break but good to have you back with us all now.

    It was a real treat to see your first message of the year today.

    As always keep up the great work and I’m looking forward to your new ideas in the coming weeks.

  12. Hello, Jon. Happy New Year, and at this perfect time of year to think anew, can’t wait to find out what you have in mind.

    I’ve started too – not sure when I became a driven personality but enough..!

    I’m looking forward to Moodnudges’ invaluable help along the way.


    1. Happy 2018, Gill. Great to hear you’re weighing up your own changes. As for being a driven personality, nothing wrong with that, just as long as it’s you in the driving seat. Thanks for commenting!

  13. Happy New Year Jon!

    I was actually getting a little concerned and tried to work out when you said you’d be back, so I was delighted to find this. I’ll miss the four emails but look forward to hearing about the changes. Thursdays will take on a new significance!

    I first ‘met’ you through the article in The Times (London) and have introduced you to various friends over the years, some of whom still follow you.

    I wish you well, and will always be grateful for your sensitive and often humorous nudges.


    1. Goodness gracious, Siobhan. The article in The Times was w-a-y back, although I still have, and wear, the shirt I bought for the photoshoot.

      Thank you SO much for loyally accompanying me for the past ten years, and it’s nice to know that the Moodnudges emails were missed. Happy 2018!

  14. Hi Jon, welcome back and a Happy New Year to you. I must admit I will miss the more frequent nudges, they were the first thing I would read when I got up, but fully respect the need for change, after all ‘change is growth’ and that’s a positive thing. Looking forward to seeing what you have in store for us all and thank you so much for inspiring and helping myself and many others .

    1. Well, thanks Janis. Good of you to say that you’ve enjoyed my four-times-a-week visits to your in-box, and equally nice of you to be open-minded to change.

      Actually I’m already learning a lot from the comments on this post. It definitely shows the ginormous value of listening to what others say.

      If I’ve inspired you even a tiny bit, I’m a happy bunny.

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