I recently published my 1000th post! Scary biscuits! I didn’t even notice it at the time (this post is number 1011) but it’s a massive milestone. I’ve been going through a weird time recently (studying while working full time, wedding, honeymoon, straight into exam, now moving to Brussels. Dave’s job situation is no clearer either) and sometimes the blogging did feel like it was just a little bit too much. I know I’ve said this a million times before, but it is SO HARD not to get sucked into the pressure to watch your stats and grow your blog. I won’t go into it here because no one needs to hear me moan, but there was definitely a time last year where I was just struggling on, feeling overstretched and like I was out of the loop and not interacting enough with blogger friends or producing good stuff for everyone to read. And then feeling guilty.
In the end I did eventually get my groove back, after an extended Christmas break. I’m back to posting four times a week now, and I’ve published some big posts I’m really proud of and have inspired lots of discussion, which for me is pretty much the best thing about blogging. I definitely won’t increase my posting frequency now, because I know any more doesn’t leave me enough time to actually enjoy what I’m doing. I might reduce to three times or maybe even just two when I get to Brussels, we’ll see. I’ve also decided to only check my stats fortnightly. But the most important thing is that I feel more part of the blogging world again. I am still not commenting a huge amount, and I’m probably not distributing my comments very fairly among everyone I read, but I feel I have reached something of an even keel and a level I should hopefully be able to maintain for a bit.
Anyway, if you’ll forgive me that little bit of self-indulgent rambling, here’s the giveaway part to say thank you! It isn’t much, just a wee brooch thing from my etsy shop, but I hope you like it!
I’m trying to get to know my readers better, particularly the ones that don’t have blogs, so to enter the giveaway, please tell me a little about yourself. Who you are, where you’re from, a random fact about yourself, that kind of thing. That’s all! I’ll leave this open for a couple of weeks.