Hello, long time no blog! What’s new with you?
In the last seven years of blogging I’ve never taken such a long break. It was unintentional at first – from mid-September to January we had a steady rotation of visitors (which has been lovely) and I was busy getting to grips with my new job while balancing freelance work, neither of which left much room for blogging. It wasn’t until November that I realised I’d barely checked Twitter or Bloglovin or even taken my camera out of its case.
Instead of jumping straight back in I decided to hit ‘pause’ and here we are, several months later. If you can believe it, I started writing this post back in February in a hospital waiting room. Then I started another, and another. But every time I thought about logging into WordPress, I doubted myself, fretting about how long it had been since my last post and if my ‘voice’ would still be there. During this
three four five-and-a-bit month hiatus, I’ve had time to think. Like many (but by no means all) bloggers who’ve been writing this long, I’ve questioned the future of my relationship with blogging. So often I’ve sat looking at that blinking cursor on the screen or panicked at not hitting my (self-imposed) three posts per week rule as I fall to sleep on a Sunday night, or worse, rushing to hit that goal and not being 100% proud of the content I’ve produced.
I admire those bloggers who can post daily, have a strong Instagram game and maintain a healthy love/life/blog balance, all while holding down a demanding 9-5, but that just isn’t me anymore.* I’m also guilty of comparing myself to others, including full-time bloggers who have all day to write about lipstick formulas and their latest outfits.
So what does that mean for Ship-Shape? It means still blogging but blogging better, posting but posting in a more manageable way and crucially, not beating myself up when life
gets in the way is so bloomin’ awesome that I don’t have time to write about it.
But enough about me – how are you?
*’cept for Instagram, I like to think my game’s alright ;)
P.S. Like the new look? Unfortunately the site was hacked while I was on hiatus, so all my formatting got wiped. As a result, I’m working with a new theme, but it will take a while to update so bear with me…