It is hard to believe that is has been 3 months since my last post here on the blog. I know some friends and followers thought perhaps Gee You’re Brave had gone into hibernation for good.
But I am happy to share for those interested that from this week onwards regular Gee You’re Brave Posts will be back on the blog. So where was I?
The 3 month blog was not a planned hiatus but it turned out to be really beneficial at sparking the blogging flame. When we returned from Tasmania my computer was experiencing some frustrating overheating issues. Loading blog posts and editing images proved to be a slow form of self torture. So the decision was made to save the pennies and invest in a new laptop come tax time. Finally my new shiny, silver baby has arrived and we are set to go.
Toddler vs Technology
Then to top off the laptop lagging my Tiny Dictator pushed the laptop off the lounge during one of his cage fighting practice sessions and bent my USB stick. All the photos of our latest holiday were saved there which brought my sharing of our Tassie trip to a grinding halt. The tiny USB was sent away and slowly all the information was recovered and returned to me. Phew.
Echo, Echo, Echo
Often when writing blog posts it can feel like you are writing in a black abyss. It was only when the posts stopped that people’s messages of support arrived. This reminded me that I read a lot of blogs where I don’t always comment and I was interested in genuine responses rather than just counting comments and blog followers.
Competition and Stat Overload
I was being emailed a lot of offers for writing work but they all wanted to know stats and would I be willing to run or hold product competitions where I had to sell the soul of my firstborn – or something similar. Everywhere I looked people were publishing e-books, building apps, running competitions. It just seeemed draining and something which I didn’t have the energy for. Things which were only going to soak up the energy which was needed to go and have the experiences to blog about.
So I have decided to return to blogging simply because it makes me happy.
I am returning to the blog with a reminder of why I began in the first place. Simply I love to share our stories and read the stories of others – whether I have 5 readers or 5000. I have realised that I love writing. Some people love to paint, others knit but for me playing with words is my creative outlet.
I am going to stop worrying about stats and competitions. The blogs I return to and follow rarely have those anyway. I follow the blogs I do because I love the voice of the blogger or have become attached to their families or the adventures they are experiencing.
If people want to comment, I would love that but it won’t stop me sharing our stories anyway – locking down our memories to draw back on in several years time. There will be more day to day reflections and some guest posts from friends who have stories to share. Not to boost reader numbers but because I happen to have awesome friends with super experiences.
Back to my happy place and keeping it simple.