Posted by Kate Phizackerley on Friday, July 16, 2010

To those who are asking, he was a great guy - a really nice person.  I'd like to see him again, but I doubt it will happen.

Posted by Kate Phizackerley on Thursday, July 15, 2010

No matter how old one is, first dates are a nervous time. Inevitably so I think. How could it be otherwise unless one is apathetic about the outcome, narcissistically over-confident or take the other person for granted? So I'm nervous.

Will he like me? Who is so self-secure they don't wonder that?

But we all have our quite personal concerns. Some people may worry whether they will be able to keep the conversation going; I worry whether I'll remember to let him get a few words in. I worry that he won't wish to see me again; I'm equally concerned that I'm so busy next week that fitting in a second date will be tricky and I wouldn't wish him to think I wasn't keen - assuming by then I still am keen.

It will, of course, be OK. It should be fun. I enjoy talking with new people, especially intelligent ones. And, if there are reasons for me to be nervous, there are reasons for him to be nervous as well if he's the right guy for me.

I'm also open-minded about outcomes. An exclusive relationship would be fun; another friend for the occasional dinner would be good too. One mistake I made when younger was not dating until very seriously interested. At that point transitioning a platonic friendship into something more is fraught and rarely successful. I'm sure it's much better to see someone and from the start be open to any outcome. That way there's no need to push at a relationship, just let it go where feels natural

What's his name? Now that would be telling, and I won't. I'll talk about myself here but it would be terribly rude to talk about someone else.

Posted by Kate Phizackerley on Tuesday, July 06, 2010

I was doing some Internet traffic analysis to find out how mant people search for gingerbread cookie cutters, as one does - lol!  (It's my latest Squidoo creation - I'll do a couple of proper posts about my work on there sometime soon).  Just before turning off, I thought I'd see how many people a month search for Phizackerley on Google.  Apparently about 1,000 people a month do that.

What suprised me is that it displayed the largest related search which is Kate Phizackerley.  That's searched for140 times a month.  No of those I might account for 3 or 5.  Once a week or so I do have a look to see whether my Business blog has been notices for instance.  The other 135 times aren't me - nor are any searches on Bing which are extra to these figures.  Now I have worked out that there are at least two other Kate Phizackerley's, one of whom was part of the Phizackerley inheritance tax case (which has nothing to do with me) so I doubt that 135 people were all looking for me, but I guess some probably were.  I know my various writings are read by a few thousand people each week, but people searching for you in Google is still a strange sensation.

I know many people dream of being famous.  I don't.  I'm flattered by the number of people who read what I have to say but were I a famous Hollywood actress (dream on Kate - you've neither the talent nor the looks!) then I'd be like more like Greta Garbo than Katie Price - picking two opposites.

Incidentally the next biggest Phizackerley search is John Phizackerley with 91 montly searches.  That surprised me as I guessed it would be (leaving aside the fact I hadn't expected Kate to be first) Stephanie Phizackerley who is (or was) a senior manager at PWC.  I've never met her but I am told she is a nice lady.

So  that was my strange tangent from my research into search patterns for people wanting to buy gingerbread cookie cutters.  I guess many of you are wondering how many people search for that phrase?   That's a surprising 5,400 searches a month.  An amazing 14,800 searches a month for gingerbread cookie cutter (singular).  Wow!  Maybe though the odder one is that 1,600 people a month search for horse cookie cutters.  I hadn't realised they even existed.

I know you think it's sad that I can find numbers interesting but I am a mathematician at heart and numbers are interesting.

Posted by Kate Phizackerley on Monday, July 05, 2010

I only follow one 'celebrity' on Twitter, Ruth Lorenzo. I'm anxiously awaiting her album.

I'm seriously impressed by Ruth. Most of her Twitter feed is normal stuff - love of her mum or excitement at the latest date. In and amongst she'll promote some of the charity events she attends. I suspect she does more charity work than many of the stars.

Very occasionally she'll promote her own work but usually it's not self-promotion at all, just excitement at a gig that went well.

I love her voice but increasingly I follow her tweets because I think Ruth is a genuinely nice person.

Posted by Kate Phizackerley on Thursday, July 01, 2010

Are we finally set for a hot summer? We can hope so. I even bought a new sun dress. The only problem is it has narrow straps and, since I hate visible bra straps, I don't wear one under it. That's fine - I have great natural shape ;) I'm just afraid of dropping out of it. Sitting down is the most dangerous as it pulls the dress down at the back ...

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