Blogging and Me
Long time no see! It's been three months since I last updated my blog and it's not even as if I have a good excuse - or any excuse at all for that matter.
Since leaving university I've found it almost impossible to balance full time work with keeping this site running. Committing myself fully to both would mean giving up having a social life altogether, which for obvious reasons doesn't seem very appealing.
After four years of dedicating time to this space pretty much on an everyday basis, it's safe to say that I've fallen a little bit out of love with blogging. I've felt it coming for a long time, not least because the industry has changed so dramatically since I started. I'm not even sure there was a blogging industry when I started, which I suppose speaks for itself.
I've spoken about my struggles with comparisons before and it's something that has certainly had a lasting effect on me. Blogging was once something that made me feel inspired - yet now I find myself feeling pretty run down by the whole process. I'm not writing my own blog, but nor am I feeling compelled to engage with anybody else's. It's safe to say that there are people out making some truly amazing content. I'm forever torn between feeling like I can't possibly compete - and that I don't really want to.
This definitely isn't a sign off from blogging completely - in fact I have a couple of posts coming up that I'm genuinely really excited to put together. This space will always have a place in my heart, not least because it's been such a positive, creative outlet over the past few years. I've been through ups and downs the same as everybody else and, without wanting things to get too heavy, writing this blog has undoubtedly helped me through them all.
In all honesty, I'm not entirely sure what this post is trying to say, other than hello - I'm still here. This blog will always be a part of my life, it's just not the biggest part of it at the moment. I'd much rather focus on making content that I love as and when I have the time and space to make it, rather than stretching myself too thin and producing something mediocre that I don't feel passionate about sharing.
I hope this at least makes a little bit of sense to somebody other than me. In a lot of ways, taking a break has been exactly what I needed - but I'm not going to profess it as some kind of fresh start. I will be back with new content soon, but who knows when - or if - I'll settle into a regular routine again. For the time being, I just wanted to say a huge thank you to everyone who's stuck around.