Back in 2012, I decided to start a blog for something to do while I was briefly unemployed.
I never guessed that I would stick at it for this long!
As a fan of blogs, I wanted to have a go myself, writing about baking, music, vintage and decorating our house. I also wanted to improve my IT skills.
Fast forward to half a decade later and my improved IT skills are minimal!
And five years on, once again I am currently unemployed! Oops!
…..Although I am calling this period of being out of work my “maternity leave” as my last job was a temporary contract which finished before the kid was born. Once my Maternity Allowance pay runs out in July, I will
start to panic see if I can find a little part time job, maybe?
In the last five years my blog has evolved into a personal online diary. Its been a nice way to record my memories. And because I chose not to write about the negative stuff and moan on here (well, at least I try not to anyway!) blogging makes me focus on the good things in life more. – I was going to continue writing this post in the same vein, but then I realised that I had almost written an almost identical post two years ago when my blog turned three! So instead I am going to get a bit deep and personal for the rest this post. I hope that is OK? Please indulge me while I get a bit reflective on the last half decade!
…..Five years ago, when I started this blog I was pretty much a broken woman recovering from a near nervous breakdown. I was picking up the pieces and sorting my head out from the trauma of being forced out of my long term job in December 2011 by my bullying former manager and colleagues.
This sounds like such a cliché, but since leaving that job, I have grown so much as a person. I am now no longer afraid of change and I’ve had my faith in human nature restored again.
You have to be brave and try to improve your circumstances the best you can, as you only get one shot at life. At least I think so, anyway.
In the last five years I’ve had four different jobs, moved to the other end of the country, I’ve made new friends (then moved away and left them all behind! Oh dear!) and I have experienced so many different things (both good and bad) that never would have happened if I had stuck at that same-old-same-old, long term, secure, yet soul crushing job.
And I had a kid! Which is something that I never thought I would do, as I didn’t want children in my teens, twenties and early thirties. But I did eventually, slowly come around to the idea (which I kind of feel bad for, because I hate it when people patronise child free by choice women telling them that they will eventually change their minds). Maybe I should write about this subject at some point?
If anyone out there is thinking of having a go at blogging themselves, I say just go for it. You have nothing to lose and everything to gain. You don’t need a fancy camera, IT skills, a schedule and a shedload of readers. Just do it for yourself. If you are genuine and write in your own voice, I think that like minded people will find you and engage with you. Blogging is a hobby of mine and I hope to keep doing so for many more years.
I will finish this post by saying thank you to everyone who has read and commented on here. I never set out to gain readers etc, but it has been a lovely, positive perk. If I could, I would buy you all a drink, but instead I will rise my mug of tea to you all and say clink-clink, cheers!