I am the queen of blogging breaks.
I have started and stopped blogging more times that I can count. I’m the first to admit how terrible I am at staying consistent. How my blog immediately takes the back seat when life just gets too hectic.
I essentially stopped writing nearly a year ago. I had a few posts here and there in 2018, but nothing substantial. I wasn’t publishing content I was proud of it. It felt like filler.
So I stopped.
About 3 months ago, I went to log onto my blog, only to find it gone. Somehow, in the midst of an update, I was no longer able to access the backend of my blog. The blog itself still existed, but there wasn’t any way for me to get to my dashboard. I scrambled to copy and paste any posts that I actually wanted to save, and we did a restore, only to lose everything.
I should have been sad.
But I was relieved.
You see, this version was from completely re-branding my first blog. While I liked the content I had posted here, I wasn’t thrilled. It wasn’t exactly what I was looking to write. It was close, but I felt like I was just putting posts up, instead of really thinking things through.
Yes, this version looks exactly the same as it did before it went down a few months ago. However, it’s now on an entirely new hosting platform, and the only posts currently on here are a few of my favorites from the last few years. Everything else is gone.
3 years ago, I would have been panicked.
Today, I’m thrilled.
It’s a fresh start. I feel… optimistic… about having a blog again. While a good majority of my mind didn’t miss this at all, there’s still a small part of me that felt like something was missing. It was this.
Blogging has been part of my life, in some form, since 2011. I’ve never been fantastic at it. I’ve never been well-known or well-read, even during times I tried to be. But what I’ve come to realize is, at least for me, none of that matters. What matters to me is writing. Putting out content that I enjoyed writing and that I’m proud of. Whether it’s a thoughtful how-to piece on social media, an essay about my anxiety, or a post from one of my dogs.
So, I’m planning to give this another shot. I truly miss blogging.
Welcome back, ItsErynE.