I’ve been blogging on and off since 2016, and lately, it’s been more ‘off’ than it has ‘on’.
You may or may not have noticed, but I’ve been pretty absent here on my blog since mid-October, and there are a number of reasons for that which I will get into, but I wanted to let you know where I’m going from here, too.
In October, I participated in ‘Blogtober’ which I was much less prepared for than I had originally thought, and so halfway through the month I became very burnt out by it, and blogging became more of a chore and a burden than it was something I loved and enjoyed.
Then, in November, one of my dogs got sick very suddenly and spent a whole week in veterinary care day and night, ended up at a specialist, and unfortunately had to be put to sleep a few days later. This, of course, was absolutely devastating – she was a part of our family for eight and a half / nine years and was the first dog I had ever lost, so this definitely threw me off my game in all aspects of my life.
And of course, December, a hectic month as it is. I had originally hoped to be a part of ‘Blogmas’, but after Blogtober I didn’t think that would be a good idea, and would push me further away from blogging than I already was.
So, I’ve had a lot of time to myself and time to think about what I want to do with my blog in 2020, because I obviously miss it and want to jump right back in!
To get back on track, I want to make things easy for myself. I’m planning to only post once a week (as opposed to twice), and only if the content I’m creating is meaningful and organic – not forced.
I’m also starting up my bookstagram again (now named @longroad.bookclub) to motivate me to read more, write more, and listen to more podcasts, as all three of those are my main goals for 2020.
All-in-all, I’m really hoping I can fall back in love with blogging again in the first few months of the year, and to really start creating meaningful content which I am proud of, instead of trying to follow the crowd.
So without any more rambling: I’m glad to be coming back.
I hope you had a great 2019, but if you didn’t, 2020 will be your year (and hopefully mine too) – I’ll see you there!