I’ll be the first to admit. Blogging and writing doesn’t come easily to me. There are days I struggle to find content, time, writing style and perhaps most importantly direction.
Birds instinctively know where to go. Seagulls being amazing opportunists. Maybe I should be more seagull.
Yesterday (I started this last night and gave up!) marked my 2 year blogging anniversary! Thank you to my regular readers for keeping me going. You know who you are! Few family members and friends know I blog. I get the impression, what do you have to write about and there are some suggestions I don’t need. They’re aware, I have some sort of blog and I’m happy to leave it at that!
What started out as a diary with no direction, still has no direction and I’m still trying to get away from being a diary. I’m not the most exciting person. I crave being outside and free, but you can set a watch by schedule. I’d love to be witty, sarcastic, be word clever, however that doesn’t happen. Create a blog you’d like to read. Thank you to those who do read and enjoy my blog. When re-read posts I cringe and sound like a drone. I’m sure I wouldn’t follow!
Time is an issue I struggle with. I enjoy blogging and would love to spend more time on it than I do. I try to blog weekdays, but life happens, which really does bug me. I feel like I’ve failed myself if I miss a post, but I have to remind myself, there’s only one of me!
I do have a vision of my blog. Some sort of lifestyle blog. I’d love to be a fashionista. I love clothes, am an avid reader of a few fashion blogs and Instyle magazine. However I’m a tomboy, hardly a fashionista who loves reading National Geographic! I’m slowly letting my love off all things skincare and beauty come through. I’d love to be a travel writer, as I love exploring new places (when I can break away from groundhog days and being a drone!). Fitness is my work, though I’m always hesitant to share workouts, tips in fear of being a fraud!
Shameless, Tomboy changing room selfie. Hardly fashionista!
I’d love to help people to switch over the plant based side, knowing how meat arrives on their plates. I’m a vegan, but I’ll come across too strong, scare readers away or there she goes again vegan bashing. I truly believe it’s the way to eat. Why kill something, let it suffer for you to eat it and flush it away the next day? What type of person works in a slaughter house. Do they enjoy it or was it the only job they could get? How the animals are treated on a commercial scale is horrific. Why only eat a few animals but the others it’s crime to eat (TED talk Beyond Carnism explains it spot on. I wish more people would watch it). But people don’t want to know or say it’s their right to eat meat. I haven’t got time for that. Their minds will never change. If asked I’ll talk about it, but I don’t have to justify begin vegan. It’s who I am. And I’m meant to be this nice girl!
Then there’s this issue which doesn’t help. I’m British, living in Spain with most of my readers being either Canadian and American. I can relate more to the North Americans than the British and Spanish. Everything I read is almost virtually American. That does’t help things!
One thing that has come out of 2 years blogging is that I have a thing for photography. Now I can’t leave the house without my camera phone or camera in hand! Somedays I think, just post photos. Become a photography blog. They get the most interaction. Words just fill the blanks spaces between the photos. Never content! I have posts planning in my head, that when I write the next day have no further relevance. But I like blogging. I love reading others blogs. I get taken all over the globe in just a few short minutes from *Taiwan to North American to Australia. I find I’m following more non related fitness blogs than when I started out. Fashion blogs, lifestyle, the animal kingdom, diaries, the clever ones who can write, tell tales that make me laugh and inspire dry humour, ex pats and DIY blogs. Why be in a box? Inspiration is everywhere!
Always camera at hand
So thank you those who stop by regularly. I value your readership, input and feed back. Write about what you know. I know my crazy life, though reserved in sharing it (I should write how I talk. That’ll add some spice!). I can write about that! 2 years later I still am. I’ve changed, readers have changed. I’m always trying to find direction, that’s one thing that hasn’t changed. Regular readers, please tell me what you think works, I value your blogging know how! Anyways, here’s the next year of balancing blogging, life and letting my personality shine more. Oh and trying to get posts under 500 words. Ha!
*Constance, from the From Sanctuary also celebrated her 2 year blogging anniversary this week. She’s written an amazing post on what it takes to be a blogger, the highs and lows, who can explain it much better than me. Please pop over and check it out!