My accidental blogging hiatus…

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Is there anybody still out there?

You may, or may not have, noticed that I have been on somewhat of a hiatus recently. It wasn’t planned, I was just busy and lost my mojo. In fact, I have been losing my blogging mojo for quite some time now and during May, just got to the point where I would rather play pointless games on my iPad then fire up WordPress and write a blog post.  So I have decided a few changes need to be made.

I am no longer going to be running Meal Planning Monday. This was the hardest decision to make as I’ve been doing it for so long but it’s really become a bit of a chore to squeeze in over the past 6 months when I’ve been busy with other things. I used to have more time during the week but I now work 5 days a week and the pressure of keeping to a blogging schedule is just more than I want to take on so something has to give and I feel I’ve been letting people down. So, does anyone want to take over Meal Planning Monday?

Blogging is going to go back to being more about ME and what I want to post, without too many other commitments. I might still do reviews and sponsored posts from time to time but only when it is something I will get personal value out of or it’s worth my while.

I’m taking blogging back to the start. You know, word vomit about what’s going on around me or in my head. Pictures of nice things I see, covet, dream of. Recipes I’ve made and other cool stuff.

I’m not going to worry about being a crap blogger. I am shit at photography, I doubt my food photos inspire anyone to cook but it’s real life, real food. I cook it, I eat it. I am not going to be fannying around with photography equipment to get the best shot of a cottage pie. You’ll get a quick snap on my iPhone before it goes cold and that’s about it. I’m not a professional photographer, cook or food stylist. I am me, busy working mum of two trying to feed her family.

I’ll blog when the feeling takes hold and not because I have to. That might be once a day, once a week or sometimes once a month but I have to stop letting it consume and control me. It doesn’t pay my bills or take care of my children. I need to focus my energies on the important stuff and see blogging for what it is – a hobby.

I’ve joined too many commenting rings and the like, and not got around to completing them which lets others down. This was driven by the desire to have more comments, likes, shares as I was feeling that validated me more, but while I have found several other blogs I read often and I enjoy reading the comments, it’s fake isn’t it? Which means it’s quite meaningless.

As well as letting people down, I too have been let down by PR companies and brands, most recently when I had been approached directly to attend Camp Bestival again but this was pulled – annoyingly I had spent my free time writing posts promoting the event on here and social media, and of course had told my children and got them excited about it (my own fault, lesson learned) but I am not going to get into that situation again.

So there you have it – hopefully living by these ‘rules’ will help me find my way back to blogging, because I really do want to, and I do miss it. I’m going to kick start myself with thinking about a 40 before 40 list (cliche I know, but I have a lot I want to achieve and need some motivation – three years to go!) and maybe a small blog redesign as that always gets my blogging juices going again.

I just hope there is still someone out there reading!

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6 Comments on “My accidental blogging hiatus…”

  1. I think sometimes it’s good to have a rest, to let you decide what you want to do with your blog. I’ve emailed you re: MPM and would love to keep it going.

    Such a shame about the PR brands letting you down, it’s awful when that happens. I too have been burned recently so don’t mention anything until it actually materialises, saves the mega disappointment!

    Keep going, would be a shame for you to stop after all this time x

  2. Blogging should be fun; it’s not meant to be a permanent mill stone. I applaud you for stepping back. And MPM will keep going, if the call for it is there. I’m looking forward to more personal blogging from you, lovely to hear from you again.

  3. I read this on my phone the other day but finally at a PC to reply!

    I am sorry to hear you are retiring from MPM but I do completely understand your reasons – I’ve been blogging nearly 10 years and it does go in waves. I got rather fed up and tired of the PR side and its not for me that route and I’ve been shifting back towards why I started the blog – to write recipes! Life exists outside blogging and its nice to touch base again with it 😉

    Ps – you’re not a crap blogger, so please don’t put yourself down! Photo’s are often a burden! I have finally bought some light deflector things and I have no idea where to begin so they are still in their case! In the mean time its trusty iPhone!

    xxx

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