Well blimey, I am back after the LONGEST hiatus I’ve ever taken from blogging!
Not blogging or updating my social media on a regular basis came very naturally to me this past year. Ever since I started Natbee’s back in 2007, posting a couple of blogs per week, if not daily, was my mission.
I’d have a blog calendar with all the major holidays and national celebrations marked down to build content around them and then I’d have my sponsored posts, too.
Moving from Scotland to Greece last year though made all this seem like climbing Kilimanjaro.
All of the sudden, I lost my interest in sharing bits and bobs of my life. Coming out of a long-term relationship, moving to a different country and changing my daily habits, all took its toll on me. I felt the need to shelter myself and not share anything about the struggles and changes that happened behind the scenes.
With my life changing, my blog identity changed too, and so did my brand. My Instagram followers were not interested in seeing anything other than Scotland so swapping this for some sunny Greek scenery was detrimental. Rude messages and losing a bunch of followers aside, I felt that my social media life came to an end.
But the loyal readers of my virtual scrapbook were still there, messaging, emailing me and asking what happened to me and to Natbee’s, especially once I didn’t renew the hosting server and my blog went down.
The thing is, I rarely share my lows, not because I don’t have them but because by next day I forget all about them and go on with my life.
‘What’s the point of blogging now?’ I asked myself multiple times once the sponsored content dried up and I had no Cruzy to take on long walks in the Scottish countryside, or my William Morris collectables to show off and create content. Heck, I didn’t even have my beautiful flat in Aberdeen to post about the renovation work I put into to make it the lovely pad it was.
Last night something changed inside me. I had the loveliest time scrolling back through my old blogposts, the day we adopted Cruzy, documenting my PhD journey, my travels around Europe and I was reminded of how joyful it was to blog about all that stuff.
Now that the fog fades away though, I feel like as if the weight of the past has been lifted from my shoulders. I feel ‘me’ again, I feel sociable, chatty and excited to get back to blogging, even if from a sunnier location this time.
This morning, I flicked on my laptop and, to my utter amazement, my fingers run like spiders across the keyboard as I was writing this post.
This is a fresh start and I’m already excited to pour myself into blogging and share this new adventure, my life in Greece, with you.
I’m so grateful for all the support you gave me through this past year, it means the world to me that you stayed in touch while respecting my privacy.
Now that I am back, I hope you are ready for some new content.
Let’s hope this excitement lasts! X