15/08/2017

Going At My Own Pace


About a month ago I was saying on Instagram how I'm going to quit blogging.  How the race to keep up with the crowd, the stats, the constant noise on Twitter within the blogging community was getting too much for me.  Blogging and social media was wearing me down, and I'd had enough.

In that time, apart from working on my Etsy Shop, I deleted the Facebook app from my phone (I only keep my account active to keep in touch with my family in America), I came off of my personal Twitter account for a while, and sharing photos on Instagram has been intermittent, and probably will continue to be that way going forward.

The thing is, I don't want blogging to take over my life like it feels like it has over the past five years.  I don't want to spend a big chunk of my weekend trying to get that 'perfect shot' for an upcoming blog post.  I don't want to worry about shorter days as the Autumn nights start to set in, and I don't want blogging to feel like such a chore.  Like 'I have to write that blog post to keep up with everybody else'.

In short, I wanted my life back.

I know how dramatic that sounds, but I genuinely felt like blogging was taking over my life. I felt like it was taking priority over my relationships, and I was feeling resentful of time that I believed was being wasted that I could be working on my blog, when in fact, I was spending time with the people I love, making memories and doing exactly what I should be doing after a long week at work.  Taking it easy.

Even during my break from blogging, the urge to write is always there.  It never goes.  Writing is my passion.  It's a part of me.  Just before starting to write this post I read this post by Jennie who it seems is feeling very similar to myself in terms of blogging and writing at the moment, and she's put her feelings far more eloquently than I ever could, but basically that's how I've been feeling.

So I've decided to return to this blog again, but things will be different around here.  I'm scrapping the reviews and the more "professional" attempts at blogging.  I feel pretty inadequate at it, and no doubt there will be hundreds more who have reviewed whatever I've decided to review far better than I ever could.  I really am going back to basics this time.  I'm going to treat this as more of an online diary.  Much more raw; somewhere for me to get all the feelings I bottle up in my head out in the open.  I find nothing more therapeutic than writing my feelings down, and I don't have any issues with sharing anything to do with my mental health.  I'm a huge advocate for being more open about mental health in fact.  I'm going to rely on less than perfect little iPhone snaps opposed to spending forever taking a photo of the perfect shot.  Most importantly, I'm going to blog when I want, how I want, with no pressure.

I want to share my travels, thoughts, feelings, days out, and all the little snippets of life in between, and most importantly, I want to find pleasure in the simple joys in life again.
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  1. I am honestly really looking forward to the posts that you come up with! I can relate to exactly how you feel, sometimes you do feel as though you aren't enjoying yourself and spend time with your loved ones focusing on other things. My favourite posts are the raw ones written from the heart - as much as I love a review, I'm starting to get a bit sick of seeing the same products reviewed over and over again. Today whilst scrolling through Instagram, I saw the same sponsored post from 3 different people in a row.. It is definitely far to common now!

    Abi | abistreetx

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