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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.
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