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Making a Return

It’s August 2019, and I have written a whopping 13 blog posts.  Whoops.  But I’m here today, so I guess that’s a start.

 

I guess all I can say is blogging has changed a lot in the last 5 years for me.  When I started, it was an outlet for me as I started university.  It then took another year for me to discover the amazing blogging community that existed online for us all – and don’t even get me started on the Twitter community! I finally felt a connection, and there was a genuine desire to sit and write posts until 3 or 4 o’clock in the morning, even if it meant falling asleep in lecture theatres the next day.

 

Then I made face-to-face friends through blogging and Twitter.  I loved every second of being online.  Yes the drama was beginning to make an appearance, but we just either stayed in the background reading it all and laughing at the pettiness of it, or we muted the people causing drama because who needs that in their life?

 

Soon after that, I moved back to Northern Ireland, and work took over.  Not that I have a lot to do when I get in from work, or that I don’t have time to sit in front of the computer, but the fun of it was gone and the idea of staring at a blinking cursor as I tried to think up content just wasn’t at all appealing. So I took a bit of an unforeseen break.  Multiple attempts at comebacks happened, and then before I knew it, my domain was up for renewal and I found myself seriously considering taking down my little corner of the internet.  All that money, and I wasn’t even posting. Did it make sense to continue?

 

But as you can tell, I decided to renew the domain name, reduce the plan I have on WordPress, and keep with it.  Even if it’s one post a month, it’s still something I enjoy doing and miss when I’m not.

 

And that brings us to today’s post.  It’s the first day of a new month, and we are definitely over half way through the year now.  I had 2 years of a strict posting schedule, back when I posted 4 times a week, spent hours scheduling tweets, instagram, figuring out Pinterest as a way to promote, and toyed with the idea of this full-time blogging that so many people are able to pull off. But that’s not for me.  As I’ve said numerous times before, any time I try to make my blog more serious, I find myself pulling away from it.

 

I now have a little notebook of post ideas that I want to write, but I’m not going to keep myself to a routine.  I’ll be on and off, and trust me I actually feel so much better having just even typed the last 400-odd words. It’s amazing that something as simple as typing your thoughts can improve your mood, but here we go.

 

Normally, anyone who has been with me over the past 5 years will know that I would be setting goals for the month, taking a look back at previous months, and just having a good old ramble.  And I will do that again sometime.  But for now, I do think I might have rambled enough.  I’ll bring you up to date on everything that’s been going on at another time, because there really hasn’t been a lot but I do want to tell you about it.  For now, I’ll leave you with some words that stuck in my head writing this post – Donald Miller once said “Everybody has to leave, everybody has to leave their home and come back so they can love it again for all new reasons.” I like to think that’s why we all take breaks from our hobbies every now and again – to remind us why we loved doing it in the first place.

 

Speak again soon xx

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Hey :) I'm 24, from Northern Ireland and no longer new to blogging. I love all things TV, books, food, music and film as well as going out with friends. This is hopefully somewhere you'll be able to come if you feel you need a laugh or even just to stay in touch. Life can be hard and confusing, so

9 thoughts on “Making a Return

  1. Welcome back! What a beautiful quote. I too drift away from blogging sometimes but I always come back to it. I love the blogging and Twitter community and get overwhelmed with the support there. I’ve never kept a schedule and just write when I feel like it. That way I enjoy it. Good to have you here.

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  2. Welcome back Katie! I feel the same as you – it is August and I only wrote 23 posts – of which 7 happened in the last two weeks as I am now on holiday. I don’t have any regular posts either as I don’t want to take the joy out of the blog. I still have to figure out the Pinterest thing! 😀

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  3. Welcome back! I think sometimes breaks are definitely what we need. I used to be the same as you and posted multiple times a week and was always scheduling tweets etc. Over time I felt like it became a chore. I stripped everything back and now I just post when I want to and enjoy it so much more! Xx

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  4. This is really inspiring and shows the true side of blogging. We sometimes find ourselves questioning why we do it and our everyday life, more often than not, takes over blogging, especially if one is doing it part-time.

    This years has been hard for me too, in terms of consistently writing posts, since I was sick for the first 4 months of 2019. I had lost motivation, lacked energy and found it hard to feel inspired but now I know that it’s perfectly normal to struggle.

    So thank you for sharing your story, because it helps to not feel so alone and guilty for struggling. I really loved the quote you shared. It nailed it.

    Have a great comeback and I can’t wait to read your posts in the future.

    Faërie Lifestyle

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  5. I love it! I think I should take more of that approach somewhat. Cause I’m trying to post 3 times a week and I’m slacking. I need to take the time and post what I care about and also put the quality into my work instead of having quantity. I look forward to your newest posts! :]

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  6. Thanks so much for your comment 💖 it’s one of those things – it’s drilled into us that we have to post frequently, but quality over quantity right? I hope you find your way with it again soon xx

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  7. I’ll have to pop over and have a read! It’s scary how quickly the blogging scene can change, but I suppose we have to welcome and accept change

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