I once read a quote that went something like “You have to decide whether to turn the page or close the book”. Like many quotes that can be found on the internet, I don’t know the origin of this but it does kind of sum up how I have been feeling about blogging recently.
Over the past year I’ve lost my way a little with blogging and that has made me sad. In recent months, I’ve totally abandoned it as ‘real life’ just go too busy to even contemplate squishing another thing into my already-busy life and I’ve even considered just giving up blogging altogether. During this unsettled time, I have made commitments to people that I haven’t met and I am sorry for that – I will contact these people to rectify that as these things play heavy on my mind – but all this has told me that I need to re-evaluate my blogging position and what it is I am doing here.
I really want to get back to the reasons why I started blogging in the first place, I want to get back to 2005 – when I cared not who read it, what my stats or rankings were and I wasn’t doing reviews or sponsored posts and the like. Back then, I was just writing as an outlet. Not always creative, but it was something to do, for myself. Sure, I still like doing the odd review and the occasional sponsored post when I need a few extra £££ is all good but these have been taking over my blogging and I have been feeling obligated to blog rather than choosing it as something I want to do. Something that I enjoy doing.
Over the past year, it has become a chore.
Which means, something is wrong, right?
2016 is going to see me taking a different approach to blogging. I am going to be saying NO a lot more. I’m not going to say that I won’t do a review or take part in a challenge – because I will if a) I can fit it into my life and b) it’s something that is actually of relevance and interest to me. Saying NO also frees up my time to do more reading and commenting of other people’s blogs – and I am refreshing my blog reader today, and looking for new blogs to follow.
I’m going to do more blogging about what I am doing, my thoughts, activities, holidays, trips, things that interest me, things that piss me off. Which is where I started.
I feel that cutting off these shackles is somewhat a weight off my mind and I am now looking forward to blogging during 2016 again.
I’m not closing the book, I am turning the page.
I just hope I’ve still got some readers out there to read it!