Saturday, 10 October 2015

Honest To Blog

Guys, I'm back - and I'm a married woman ;)
I'm currently nursing a 3 week happiness high combined with some harsh jet lag (we've been up since 4am eating cold pizza & being soothed by Netflix!), so if this is just one huge ramble then I hope you'll bear with me!

In the 5 years that I have had a blog, I don't think it has ever been so neglected. Of course, it's been an accumulation of things - primarily planning a wedding and honeymoon - but I finally feel ready to get back into the swing of things. You can read countless thoughtful and poignant posts that will articulate far better than me on how much blogging has changed and how it feels these days (see: here & here) but here's how things are for me.

I love my blog: I love journalling, I love photography, I love DIY'ing, crafting, creating, baking, experimenting and sharing it on my blog. I've met some amazing people through my blog, made some best friends (see: Erin & Katie & Lauren & Sophie), been inspired by some incredibly talented and awesome people (see: Michelle & Bee & Ria) and worked with some amazing companies (see: Janome & White Tree Fabrics). I'm clumsy in real life, I stumble, I'm awkward. Online I am free of that. I still don't get as involved as I should (why I'm so bad at commenting on blogs I love is beyond me, but I'm trying), and I still censor myself - maybe too much.

But, that's the thing I've always struggled with the most. It isn't how to get more page views or turn my blog into a business, but trying to find the line between my blog and my real life. What do I want to be seen online under my name? Yes, I want to share parts of my life through my blog. Duh. But I don't want my whole life to be accessible online. My life is so much more than it appears online, and it is mine. I want to maintain privacy - and not just for myself but for the people closest to me too. And that's my choice.

It makes things tricky - for example, the wedding. One of the most beautiful, fun, special and creative days of my life. I want to share that on here; jeez, I spent months writing chalkboard signs and DIY'ing the crap out of anything I could for the day, of course I want to share it! But on the flip side, it was one of the most beautiful, fun, special and personal days of my life too. I don't know how I feel about that being broadcast on the Internet just yet. I need to find a way to keep that line solid, so that's what I'm working on (I pretty much talked about all of this last year here, but from a slightly different perspective!).

In the mean time, boy do I have some catching up to do eh?! Now that the wedding and honeymoon have come to an end, we have a flat to renovate (!) so you can sure as hell expect some fun posts there. I've got a whole bunch of posts planned - DIY's, recent loves etc. and I've also got some amazing collaboration posts lined up with some companies that make me happy.
Life is good, and I am oh so grateful <3

So now what I want to know is - how the heck are you all?! If you've read this far, let's catch up please x