Hello, I’m Carrie, the author of this very lax and intermittently updated website. November rolled around and I realised I still wasn’t happy with my blog and it just wasn’t working for me. I’ve explored many options, including stopping altogether, but realised that would make me sad, as although I can’t seem to find the balance, the thought of not doing it any more seems like it would be a real shame. We can’t deny that the blog world has changed drastically. It’s an entirely different place to where it was a few years ago and that while that isn’t necessarily a bad thing, I can’t help but miss the online space I was in when I first started.
My blog was started as an outlet in many ways. Something to do, a project to work on, an excuse to be creative at a time when I needed it the most and ultimately, that’s what it needs to be and that is how it needs to stay. There are so many incredible bloggers doing so many amazing things, but I’ve realised that isn’t for me, and that’s okay. I don’t have huge aspirations to travel the world or create the next super-site visited by millions every day, and that’s okay too. Because that ‘goal’ as become the norm, I feel I was putting pressure on myself to create life changing content, which in reality isn’t possible from my sofa in Mid Sussex, and so in not doing so, I felt I was failing, and then lost the love for creating any content at all. I’ve been trying to post things on and off for months but just haven’t found the right rhythm, but I think I may have stumbled upon the answer: to head back to basics.
Something I find particularly helpful when things are difficult is to remember why you started, and that applies in this instance too. I started a blog to write and to take pictures, and so that is exactly what I need to be doing. Yes I love sharing my best work, but just because I haven’t taken a perfect image for a post, doesn’t mean I shouldn’t post it. So I’m going back to basics. I’m going to post what I want, when I want. I’m going to take pictures on my phone, or my camera, or maybe not even include a picture at all if I don’t feel like it. I am going to stop worrying about the end result and enjoy the process, and post for me, because I enjoy it, and not for any other reason.
So yes, here is just a little ramble of where my head is at at the moment blog-wise, and hopefully this will be the start of getting things back to how I like them!