Let’s try this again, shall we?
First of all, Happy New Year! I hope you all enjoyed spending Christmas with your families and didn’t have to work too hard. In case you hadn’t already guessed, I vastly underestimated the reality of working in retail during the Christmas months: I’ve barely had a day off in the past six weeks (until today) which is why I completely abandoned blogging towards the end of 2018.
In fact, I almost gave up the blog entirely. 2018 was hard, far harder than I’d expected it to be. I knew having a baby was going to be time consuming, but I hadn’t anticipated how difficult starting a new job, getting a mortgage and moving house would be, too.
I failed Blogtober spectacularly because we didn’t get the WiFi set up before we moved, and then I failed NaNoWriMo, too. I’m a bit of a perfectionist, so as soon as I failed to complete those challenges I was really hard on myself. I didn’t want to touch the laptop, let alone think about blogging, because as soon as I did I just felt useless: if I’ve been blogging for six years and I still can’t get everything right, is there any point in blogging at all?
The answer to that is an unequivocal yes. I enjoy blogging, and even though I think I’ve gone off the rails by not updating as regularly as I used to, I follow people who have taken much longer breaks and as soon as they return and update I get so excited to see what’s going on with them. Hopefully there are a couple of you out there still wanting to hear from The Bumbling Blogger – you’re my motivation for coming back, and the reason that I’m going to come back in a slightly different way.
I’ve decided that I’m not going to be as strict with myself as I was before. If I feel like taking a night off to play Spyro, watch The Good Place or just wander around town with my boyfriend and my baby playing Pokémon GO! then I will. If I don’t want to write an in-depth review of a book, I’m not going to bother – reviews that are forced are less fun for me to write and less fun for you to read, so I’m only going to post about books which light a fire in me (whether that be in a good way or a bad way).
I’m also using 2019 to properly launch Baby Bumble. I had this great idea that I would document life with a newborn baby, passing on hints and tips to all of the other new mums who needed advice or a friendly ear, but the reality is baby’s are bloody time-consuming. I don’t even mean that in a bad way, because sometimes there’s honestly nothing I’d rather do than curl up on the sofa and watch her as she discovers a new thing in the house to be fascinated by. But this year I’d like to set aside a little bit of time each day – even just half an hour – to check in with myself and look after my mental health, so I can be the best mum possible.
Hopefully I’ll be able to commit to the blog again, because I’m filled with joy and contentment even just writing this little recap post! I’ve gotten myself a cozy little blogging nook, and I feel more creative than I have in as long as I can remember. I know it’s cliched, but it genuinely feels like this New Year can be a new start – so let’s try this again, shall we?
Anyway, what’s been going on with you? Did you have any big life events that changed up 2018 for the better (or worse)? Leave your comments down below. I’ve missed you all so much!
(featured image by Annie Spratt via Unsplash)