Sunday, 29 January 2017

Why I Haven't Been Blogging

When I published my 'welcome to 2017' type blog post on 1st January I had a lot of ideas for posts and was full of motivation again for writing, which is something I've always loved doing. I assumed I'd be doing at least weekly posts here again, no problem.

Clearly that's not the case though as - oh hello - it's 29th January now and this is post #2 of the new year.

I have been a bit limited on free time this month and when I have had a spare moment I haven't necessarily felt in the mood to write. But the main thing holding me back from posting always is that I don't like photography. Controversial in the blog world but true. Of course I love pretty pictures and enjoy the gorgeous photography on so many other blogs. And when I take a photo that actually looks nice or comes off how I envisaged it then I'm really pleased with that image. But I'm just not all that interested in photography and don't have the skills, inclination or patience to spend time setting up shots with the right aesthetics. Or to plan photos in advance and wait for the winter sun to actually make an appearance for an hour so I can cram all my shots in then for various posts.I admire the many girls who do this and respect the level of effort that goes into that. But I'm just not very good at or that into taking photos. I don't have the patience, which I think is the main thing.

In addition I'm not great at matching photos to posts that don't have an obvious sort of image that should accompany them. And I'm not super photogenic myself, so multiples of my face are not the answer there for me.

And so, in the current day when blogs look so much more professional and the time readers typically spend on a page actually reading the words is less and less, I worry that without the images to back up my words I don't have much to offer. Or at least not for the instant 'grab' needed, before the reader can be hooked by the writing or personality behind a blog.

So there we have it. That's one of the main reasons I don't blog as much as I would like to, or as often as I have ideas to type up for posts. I'm going to try not to let this hold back my blogging so much though this year. 
Watch this space!

Sunday, 1 January 2017

Two. Zero. One. Seven,

As 2016 waves its last goodbye and 2017 rolls in I thought it would be nice to pop up on my blog again (yep, hi there, still here!) and briefly take stock of the 12 months that have passed and the next 12 yet to come.

2016: The past year brought some long awaited highlights for me . Mark and I finally moved into our first home together, having made a promise just after Christmas the previous year that we would have our own tree to decorate in a year's time. I'm not going to lie - the move has been hard. And lovely and fun and exciting in so many ways too, but still hard. We're starting to find our flow though.

Back in May we also spent an amazing 3 weeks travelling around Nevada, Arizona and California. We had been wanting to take this trip for so long and it didn't disappoint at all. I just need to get a photo album made up to remind myself of all the wonderful experiences. Here's to our next trip!

There has been sadness in the year too though. I lost my beloved dog Meggy back in spring and still miss her dearly. And my grandmother very sadly passed away just before Christmas, bringing the year to a very sombre end.

It doesn't do to dwell though, so onwards for 2017...

2017: I say it every January, I bloody love a new year. The fresh start, where nothing is yet either good or bad, amazing or disappointing, really works for me. I know it's just a mental thing and a new year doesn't actually mean you'll suddenly become this super version of yourself, but the 1st January still makes me feel like a girlboss and I'm not gonna argue with that. So what am I hoping for in 2017? (Other than a body worthy of a VS model with none of the carb sacrifices, or a miliion pound lottery win, or even just a daily train service which doesn't cost me 5K a year and isn't always delayed due to a points failure).

On a very basic and superficial level I'm hoping to upgrade my style in 2017 and really hone that wardrobe of key, reliable pieces. The hair is due an upgrade too.

I also want to continue using up the things I have. Moving house and having to find a new home for everything has really shown me just how many beauty/skincare/hair products I have. I do not need any more for the forseeable. So if you see me in Boots' shampoo aisle eyeing up a new release just give me a slap.

I am hoping this girlboss feeling hangs around for a little while. Or at least past the first week of January. This year is about re-taking control and re-focusing. And I'm again picking up my goal word from last year of 'lightness'. I'm hoping to make more time for myself and my loved ones and not over-worry or over-concern myself with things that don't matter.

So come on 2017, let's girlboss this shit.