Hello! Remember me? *waves sheepishly*
This year has not been a great year for me, blogging wise – personally, it’s been a fantastic year! But it’s been my personal life which seems to have had the most impact on my ability to blog and I have to be honest, I’m not entirely happy about that.
It started when my cousin arrived from Italy a little over 12 months ago, staying for two months. She stayed with my parents in Melbourne, and at the time I lived 1.5 hours away (a 3 hour round trip). I spent every weekend in Melbourne, every weekday at work, and was absolutely exhausted during the time in between. I started blogging less and less.
Then, I applied for a new job, got it, and moved back to Melbourne late March/early April. This is quite possibly the best thing to have happened to me all year, I love my city and I’m so glad to be home again. I’m close to my friends and family, and the toll of driving up and down the Calder Freeway most weekends for over two years was starting to get to me. I was also incredibly sick with the flu, so between moving and illness, my enthusiasm for blogging kind of took a back seat.
Until about a month ago, I lived with my parents is a small unit while their house was being built, and it was the most soul destroying place I’ve ever lived in my whole life. As overjoyed as I was to be home, I hated that place. We all did! It was WAY too small; while it was brand new and modern, it was poorly designed and we were too crammed in. My computer was in my bedroom but barely accessible, and that didn’t help when it came time to blog.
On top of that, I sprained my ankle in July and I’m still having a lot of trouble with it – weekly physio, twice daily exercises, and ongoing pain. We moved house again a month ago, which has been entirely time consuming and the unpacking is still ongoing (we had a lot of stuff in storage), and I was without internet for a while. I’ve been doing a lot more with friends during the week after work and on the weekend. Even my work has kept me busier than it did in my last job. Everything has conspired to truly sap my enthusiasm for blogging, which has been really disappointing!
But that’s it, I’m drawing a line in the sand. The way I see it, I either have to give it a red hot crack, or stop blogging full stop. Now that we’ve moved, my computer is in an office and is much more accessible. I’m not feeling depressed simply by being at home, and I’m finding that I want to make the time to blog. So that’s what I’m going to do.
I think I need to realise that I can’t be one of those people that blogs every day, and I’m okay with that. If I can do it even a couple of times a week, that will be enough for me. I just have to make the time, and that starts now. I’ve got plans for some posts this week, catching you up on all the awesome bookish events I’ve been going to lately, and we’ll go from there!