It feels like forever since I sat down and wrote a blog post. Well, that’s not technically true; it’s ages since I’ve published a blog post but I’ve written many. My list of draft blog posts is impressive, to say the least, but for some reason, I’ve not managed to hit publish on any of them. I think I’d lost what bloggers call their mojo; it deserted me and I didn’t know where to find it. Truth be told, I’m not sure I even looked for it that hard. I’d been focussing a lot of my attention on Instagram and YouTube, and while that’s great and fun and all that, it meant that the blog suffered. Heck, I hadn’t even been posting on here whenever I posted a new video on my YouTube channel.
Oh, the number of times I’ve sat down with a great idea for a blog post, but then, for some reason I can’t fathom, it never materialised. I’d even have the photographs ready to go, but still to no avail.
I think, like all of us sometimes, I just needed to take a break. Take a step back and realign myself and the blog. Where the blog had come from, where it is now and where I want it to go. My Instagram has become more and more a mix of all the elements that makeup a lifestyle blog – fashion, health& fitness, beauty, my style, travel and basically my daily life, yet my blog didn’t reflect that. And I think that disconnect is what was getting me down and disconnecting me from my own blog.
I’ve just got back from a much-needed trip to India. I hadn’t been for 8 years, but growing up and as a single woman, I used to go every year and I’ve missed it so much. (If you haven’t seen me talking about my Indian heritage, click HERE). I just didn’t realise how much until I got there and spent two weeks with friends and reconnecting with family (aunts, uncles, cousins – all the connections I’ve been longing for since both my parents passed away) and attending the beautiful and heartwarming wedding of one my closest friends.
I went without the husband or the children, managed to get some long-overdue me time (although I’m still annoyed I didn’t have time for even one massage!) and it’s done me the world of good.
It’s also given me the time away from social media to really reflect on all things social media – yes, I get the irony. And I think I know where I am and where I want this to go.
I’ve enjoyed creating content so much for Instagram (as much as I hate the Instagram algorithm with a vengeance) and I think it’s because I’ve let myself be myself much more. And because I get such great feedback and engagement on that platform – for some reason, although I can see how many of you read my blog posts, you’re not the most verbal of readers and followers, I hardly ever see comments from any of you, which I can’t fathom why not. I mean, I’ve kind of come to terms with it, but I’d love it if you guys would comment more and start a conversation with me here on the blog. And if not, why not? Please do tell me. Is it because you don’t have time? Or it’s too difficult to comment?
The point of this blog post is to say, I intend to be a lot more present here on the blog, but it’s going to be a little different from here on in. More me, more my lifestyle, less constrained by what I ‘think’ I should be writing, and more what I want to write or share.
Kicking it off with the first in three videos from my India trip.
And please, leave me a comment below to say hi, so that I know you’re out there!