I will have been blogging now for 7 years next month. The time really has flown by. During this time my blogging has changed so much. I started with a crafting blog which I wrote for 3 years.
During this time I expanding to talking about baking, food and family. When we moved to Wales in 2013 I set up a new blog. It was a fresh start for us and what was needed was a new blog to mark our new adventure.
Whilst writing my crafting blog I was unable to earn from my blog due to being a Civil Servant. This wasn’t an issue for me for the first 2 years as I was actually unaware I could earn from blogging. Then I was offered work, sponsored posts, reviews. I politely declined them because of my work.
Over time I’ve had the pleasure to meet many bloggers and have gained knowledge from them on how to minutiae my blog. But this is where the problem arised. I suddenly wasn’t blogging for fun. When we lived in Wales my crafting time was dramatically reduce. Life just sort of took over.
I also found I was hunting too much for paid opportunities and blogging became a chore. I went from posting daily during the week and enjoying working on posts to struggling to post at all for weeks and not having any enthusiasm.
But along the way I lost myself. I tried to go back to basics and once again fall in love with blogging. Over the past 12 months I feel like I have fallen back in love with blogging but it’s nowhere near what it used to be say 5/6 years ago. I feel like I’ve become commercialised and driven to fit in. To fit in with a world that’s contains so many young people ten years or more younger than I am.
I have still lost my way. I want to have the enthusiasm for blogging that I used to have but at the same time I’d like to shift to earning more money from this blog but only if that desire doesn’t take over what I want to say.
I want to be me not a watered down version of everybody else. I’m going to set goals, then break these goals down in to bite sized chunks that are manageable. I’m going to get back to blogging about these goals both for this blog and also some personal goals.
I want to develop skills and improve my writing and photography. I know I’ll never be up there with the big bloggers but as long as I’m happy with blogging, to me that is all that matters. I don’t want to be pressurised to blog, I want to blog because I enjoy it and once again want to share the things that bring me joy. I’m hoping this means I can find time to do my once loved hobbies again.
What prompted you to fall in love again?