That’s how long it’s been since I last published a blog post. My break from blogging wasn’t planned. In fact, in February I started posting weekly, every Sunday. But then I missed a week and just continued to do so. I think that for this first time since I started blogging in 2011 I was able to truly take a break and not constantly think about it or feel a sense of urgency to get back to it.
Over the past couple of months, I’ve been immersing myself in just living my life. I’ve been going to work, going to Uni, studying, seeing bands, booking gigs, posting on insta-stories, donating old clothes, buying books, getting to know new people, journaling and shopping.
I was still regularly on social media but I’ve been cherishing what I do when I’m not online a lot more.
Things like hanging out at the pub, hanging out in country parks with my sister, reading books, learning new things, getting lunch with my Uni pals, writing poems, making bracelets, chatting with my parents and catching up with old friends.
It’s amazing how the simple things in life bring me immense joy in ways that being online never could. However, I do still enjoy social media and blogging too.
In the time that I stopped blogging, I noticed that a lot of people were writing about the demise of blogging.
Part of me was a little worried that maybe blogging really was dead or at least in the process of dying out. I found myself questioning whether I should bother continuing with blogging especially as I’ve been doing it for quite a few years already.
I must admit that I can totally see blogging has changed a whole lot in the past 6.5 years that I’ve been posting and reading blogs. But I still love writing, expressing my thoughts and interests and sharing it online.
I still enjoy reading blogs and in some ways prefer it to Instagram which is what a lot of the fashion/beauty/lifestyle bloggers have shifted their focus towards.
I’ve also noticed lately that a lot of the blogs I used to read have either been deleted or the blogger doesn’t post very often at all. I’ve noticed that in others but also in myself as well.
I think one of the problems I have with blogging personally is that I’m always looking back on how things were. Regularly referencing to how I used to post 10-15 times a month, take outfit photos in my bedroom and balance it alongside fulltime education.
Instead of trying to get back to the way things were, I should be more focused on how I can move forward. My life is completely different now to how it was when I was in my ‘blogging prime’.
I think sometimes when we focus too much on the past we don’t leave any room for adaptability.
I want my blog to be a space where I share my life experiences, my career journey, useful things I’ve learnt with a little bit of beauty/fashion occasionally and for my Twitter and Instagram accounts be extensions of that.
Eventually I’d like for Words by Gemm to become as Zig Ziglar would say ‘a meaningful specific’.
In the process of becoming that I’m going to start practising consistency, planning ahead and creating with a purpose.
To end I’ll use another one of Ziglars quotes: ‘Anything worth doing is worth doing poorly until you can learn to do it well’. Click To Tweet