Wednesday, 3 September 2014

Taking a step back


As you will have noticed things have been quite quiet on here recently.  There's two reasons for that.  The first is that my personal life is just crazy at the moment.  This past month has been hectic to say the least.  I'm working pretty much every day and have my dissertation to do.  I've actually been given an extension because some personal stuff really caught up with me and gave me quite a knock.

The second reason is that I don't feel that connected to blogging anymore.  

Maybe it's just because I'm so busy that I just don't have the inspiration or the energy to rustle up a good post.  I think I know the main reason though.  I've seen the blogging community change drastically these past few months.  The rise of the 'super blogger' and being able to make real money off your blog is something that's turned this corner of the internet into something I don't recognise.  I really applaud all bloggers who have worked and slaved at their blogs as their business.  Seriously, well done you.  But what it has created is a slew of people who think that blogging is all about getting freebies and snatching up samples.  I'm bored of seeing gifting suites (I didn't even know that was a thing!), I feel like organic posts are so hard to find.  I'm bored of swatches photographed against white and acrylic make up storage.  I'm also very conscious of the fact that we pick and choose which bits of our lives we display which then creates all sorts of problems.  I just feel that a community I used to feel very close to has become bitchy and a 'grab what you can for free' source of high school drama.  I avoid twitter chats because so many become taken over by bullshit and pettiness.  I feel like some people talk about products only because they were gifted and not because they want to support the brand or designer by using their own money.  There are of course people who do amazing jobs with sponsored posts and I can't knock anyone for trying to make money but I feel the blogging world has lost some of it's heart.

There's a whole host of internet related issues I have but at the end of the day it's just the bloody internet.  There's a whole real world away from my laptop.  I'm planning trips to the theatre and opera with friends in a bid to put some energy into a life that isn't just tied to blogging.  It's time to take a little step back before I become frustrated with something I really used to enjoy.  I'm probably to blame as well, my interaction levels and commenting on blogs is low.  I aim to better myself but right now I only have enough energy to get myself out of bed at 6am every morning.  

When I get my life back there's going to be a different attitude on here.  I still want to blog because I love to share my life.  I feel like I'm in a different phase of my life and I want to share that with you.  But I can only do that successfully if I'm not bitter which I'm in danger of becoming.

Long story short: I'll be back.  Just not too soon.

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