So this time about three years ago I decided to start a food blog, you see several months beforehand I had discovered Pinterest and quickly become obsessed with all the pretty pins especially those food ones.
I started reading the blogs that were attached to the pins and discovered some fantastic sites, at the time I had just been made redundant, job hunting was going badly so I found myself with a lot of time on my hands.
Maybe I could blog too!
I could become a food blogger because how difficult really is it to take a nice picture of a cupcake or a tasty pie.
Holy crap it is hard to take a decent picture, I quickly decided that I was out of my mind if I could be the next Pioneer Woman so decided that the one thing I did know inside and out was books, I like them, I read them, I own them, a lot of them. Maybe I could talk about them,
So I did.
My first review was Article 5 by Kristen Simmons and as I type this I revisited it for the first time in three years and to me it looks awful but hey it got 44 views! I was happy!
I didn't understand anything about commenting on other blogs, sharing stuff on social media, I really just learnt as I went along, I'm still learning now, blogging is like learning another language.
To begin with I loved blogging, even if nobody was reading it felt good to sit down a just blah out my thoughts, gradually I gained the courage to start popping by other blogs and people started commenting on mine, I felt part of a community.
However a job came my way and my kids got older and my blog started to feel more like a chore than I joy. Books that I had looked forward to reading I was dreading, I was tired and reading was far down my list never mind blogging. However I prevailed and managed to muddle through.
Anyway that last bit sounded gloomy. so I will say this blogging is hard and I have huge respect for all bloggers that consistently manage to get post after post out but I really can't compare myself to them, blogging has taught me that we are all different aren't we? It is easy to compare yourself to other bloggers, but don't that is the worst thing you can do, be yourself and be original.
So to save myself from blogging burnout I am embracing scheduling, it will kill me but hell I am an adult I can plan. It seems to be the way forward and it will help a lot, heck I could be a smart arse and do my 4th anniversary post after this one!
I have also embraced a couple of wonderful sites that are proving great for graphics which I will talk about in posts to come but they have made life easier and prettier looking.
So happy anniversary to this random redhead and if you are thinking of giving up your blog, I'd advise take a break, take a long hard look and take a chance.
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