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  1. Reading your posts like this just makes me breathe out. Not realising I have been holding my breath. I just read them, breathe out and then think "ah yes. That. It’s not just me".

    Great post with some really useful info.

  2. Smashing advice and I concur! I just sent you a rambling email about my mid life blogging crisis and a plan to collaborate and then I saw this πŸ˜‰ When Becky and I did a talk about blogging at Blog Camp we really stressed how there are no right or wrong ways to blog and that you have to do it the way that makes you happy – someone reminded me after that ‘comparison is the thief of joy’ – so true. I’ve found blogging at times when I am less likely to be distracted by email and social media, and when the mood takes me helps. Some of the posts I need to write from a paid POV are quite complex so it is immensely freeing to write a quick creative post where the words just fly and I don’t need to edit pictures or add links or fact check! The kind of posts i started blogging with, before it became my job. ButI remind myself daily it is an amazing job. Yesterday, instead of rushing making a cocktail for a post, I really took my time over the preparing, the photos and the drinking of it – my blogging mojo came back.

  3. I guess I need Handle to come out on Android. I too am a bit meh – I have lots to post and lots of pictures but I’m using my online time to try and work ahem coughs looks shifty and my evenings (when I used to blog) are a laptop free zone. Hope we can do the meeting up thang in the summer hols xxx

  4. I nearly spat my tea out at pits of satanic hell. LOVE THIS. Definitely the summer to reflect I think. I was away for a few days last week and for the first time in a long time didn’t feel any guilt in not posting for a week. I find keeping up with the platforms I love takes so much pressure away. So for some it’s FB, others Twitter. For me I think it’s a.ok. if I struggle to squeeze a post in, in a week because I have a mini blog over on IG. It’s a great relief not to have that pressure on ourselves and I would much rather post less some weeks but love it rather than feel I ought to. Because I can see when the passion goes downhill… ps we need that date in the diary don’t we!!! xxxxx

  5. THIS!!!!!
    How did you get inside my head oh wise one… it’s kinda freaky.
    You are turning into the Dahlia Lama of blogging. Change the blog name to Dahliasaurus or at least wear the robes? Free entry to Glasto, with every religion led.

  6. I think many people are feeling this way at the moment and oddly, it often coincides with the end of a massive blogging conference. I felt like this last year and made some changes to how I blog, what I read and how much time I spend in the whole blogosphere. I feel much better for it. I still sometimes get hit between the eyes by the comparison monster but try my hardest to push those thoughts to one side. Thanks for sharing this. x

  7. See, this is another one of those posts that’s likely to have me going off on a giant rambling comment that will end up longer than your original post! But, in a nutshell, yes to all of it.
    Yes to going back to the writing you love, Yes to me keeping Margot & Barbara as my blog name even though it makes NO sense to most people and is bloody ridiculous if I want to do more travel blogging – purely because I’m still the person who chose it in the first place. Yes to meet ups (at Yorkshire Sculpture Park, lets make a date!) and chatting to other bloggers, making friends and collaborating properly. And yes to an August of slow, thoughtful blogging and reflecting on what’s to come. I shall do August Break with Susannah Conway (if she’s doing it this year) and I shall BREATHE… But first, I’m going to have a look at your planning app, it sounds good.
    PS; Also a huge yes to your globe logo, it may well be my favourite one so far…x

  8. A very timely blog post and full of useful tips. I have been looking for something to streamline my poor organisation when it comes to my personal life. Just downloaded Handle, fingers crossed!

    I equally feel that when I see other great blog posts I’m critical of myself, why can’t i do that, i need to work harder, be better etc. So not good for any of us!

  9. Ha ha, yet another to add the "me too!" to the list. Hooray for the August wind down coming up… I am hoping for more inspiration to hit in September. Fingers crossed eh?

  10. You’ve pretty much summed up everything I think and believe – again! I’ve not heard of Handle – off to check it out now. Also love the new logo, brilliant stuff. I seem to live slightly further out than the bloggers I follow, but I’m definitely going to try and take part in a meet up over the summer!

  11. all valid points indeed. i like your blog this way. it is easier for me to navigate. and it may be because i am getting older and need glasses but i have a hard time reading this small font. although it does look really good! xx

  12. This is a brilliant post, and so helpful. I’m experiencing a life and blog ‘meh’ and trying to work out one is bound to help the other.

    The bit about making bloggy friends is so true, mine give me a kick up the bum when I need it and commiserate when that’s what I need.

    Handle didn’t push my buttons, my bullet journal is rocking my world right now, I think there’s a solution for each of us, the tricky bit is just finding it.

    Good luck with un-‘meh’-ing yourself xx

  13. Annie, by heck girl, you are a bloody genius. You manage to convey all the thoughts in my head and get them written down brilliantly. I too loathe the name of my blog and have done for years, but feel a bit stuck with it for all the reasons you’ve given above. Love your ‘M’ logo and the description of your blog nails it too. I’m so looking forward to the summer holidays and am just going to post when I have something to share, but more importantly I’m looking forward to embracing the moment, lazy breakfasts, camping under the stars and a break from the norm. Have a good summer. x

  14. I’ve been TOLD many times by ‘professional’ bloggers I need to reinvent my blog, name and stick to one theme………grrrrrrrr I’m sure people are only trying to help in their mind but I’m sick of advice about my blog. I enjoy what I do and why I do it.
    I usually only read blog posts if they pop up in my timeline. I’ve enjoyed the linkys and joining up every week actually gives me a purpose to get out and do things to fit the blog post. As an expat for 5 years, I’ve been unable to work and now the kids have left home, blogging has become my saviour. I am careful who and how I interact though as I have been slated publicly for leaving comments on some blogs when I’ve disagreed with something. I don’t do platitudes and sucking up.

  15. Aah such wise words Annie.

    I’ve not yet experienced this state of lethargy myself. Since I took my blog self hosted back in January of this year I’ve been full of enthusiasm but quite a few of my blogging buddies have spoken about feeling exactly this way, quite recently.

    Such great advice about not setting up another blog. Good that you’ve done it and can speak from experience. I think the biggest knee jerk reaction, when folk find themselves out of love with their blog, is to set up a new one. Although to me, that smacks of ‘same shit, different location’.

    The most interesting for me is that you’ve moved from WordPress to Squarespace – why is this? I read one of your posts about the merits of WordPress, before I went self hosted; what is it about Squarespace that’s made you change? And has the transition been an easy one?

    Apologies for the essay xx

    Caro | http://www.thetwinklediaries.co.uk

  16. It’s rather freaky how you manage to capture what many of us are thinking.
    I’m in such a a blog funk, with honestly no idea where to go with it. I shall take to heart some of your tips here and just focus on why I’m blogging and what I love about it.

  17. You don’t half make sense Mrs Spratt, I am struggling with the juggling (am a poet and didn’t know it)

    So not only do you have a gorgeous blog, you talk a lot of sense too! might have to stop reading your blog! ha ha – just kidding x

  18. Good questions Caro!

    For me, I loved WordPress to bits but when Squarespace came along I liked the styling of their templates. But I stayed with WordPress for 6 more months, looking at Squarespace all the while, not really sure about making the move.

    For me the downside to WordPress was the same as the upside – the vast choices it gives you. A gazillion plugins, so many themes and styles. I was hacked at one point and that made me very wary of plugins – always ensuring they were up to date, never installing ones that weren’t tested with my current version of WordPress and so on.

    Squarespace only have a few templates and no plugins (or the need to ever update anything again) just seemed like a simpler life for me. I still have Love All Blogs on WordPress but that’s only because I can’t run it to do what it does now on Squarespace (long story), but in the future if I can I will move it.

    The transition was easy but like anything it took a while to get used to how it works. I would always recommend anyone makes use of the free 14 day trial Squarespace has to offer because it is very different to WordPress and some people are better with change than others.

    I hope that all makes sense and answers the questions x

  19. This is me. I have been hiatus and I dont know how to go back. I never thought that I would struggle. Its always easy for me to bounce back into writing before =(

  20. There’s nothing so divisive as the phrase ‘pro blogger’ is there Suzanne? I think the thing with any blogging advice is to take it very much as ‘what worked for someone else’, you instantly know if it’s helpful or just going to cause you stresses. I always used to get the guilt re: the ‘don’t change your theme’ thing, as I change my every couple of months. I work to the ‘if it please me I’ll do it’ ethos – sounds like you do too.
    Sometimes I wish there was more open discussion in comments – people tend to think that if they don’t agree with a post that they can’t possibly leave a comment explaining why, polite open discussion is good for everyone I think x

  21. Love that ‘there’s a solution for each of us’ line Em. It’s so true right across the whole blogging board – what works for me might not work for you and vice versa, but we share and muddle along and get there in the end together πŸ™‚

  22. Heh heh now I remember your old font being tiny too – I wonder how long before my mum emails me to tell me she can’t read it!!! Thanks for the feedback Claudia x

  23. Ah I like the sound of Handle. And I totally agree about remembering what you love writing about. It’s hard not to get dragged in to other stuff, but the posts you really want to write are the ones that read the best too.

  24. Annie you are a very wise woman, some great advice that I think everyone can take something from.

  25. What great advice and so spot on. I’ve only been in the ‘game’ for 15 months or so but I know what you mean about this. I have only recently been thinking about changing my blog name because I am no longer blogging about the twins as much. BUT you’re right, starting again means a lot and it’s not as easy as setting up again. Really enjoyed this. Jess x

  26. I’m enjoying watchign you find out what suits you Annie. Isn’t it great to be your own boss and pick and choose what/ hwo you blog? Mich x

  27. I enjoyed reading the comments to this as much as the post itself Annie.

    I recently re-assessed my blog plan (not that it’s an actually plan yet!) and decided that I wanted to make a change. I cut out the things I didn’t enjoy about blogging which for me that was Twitter, Stats and writing posts that I thought people would want to read rather than posts I wanted to write.

    I’m still not completely where I want to be but I’m getting there!

    Thank you x x

  28. I totally agree with you on naming your blog. I hate my name now because I swear people think it’s some sort of safety tool for babies when it was more like "Ah help, I’m pregnant. Mummy alarm!" I’d love to have a new name now, but have decided against it for the reasons you’ve mentioned in your blog post.

  29. you summarise it so well. I have a few other sites but i love my Romanian Mum Blog because I started with it. I started to read less blogs because i was comparing myself with others too much. I am the way I am and for now i am happy with it!

  30. Nodding in agreement here.I started a new blog because it was time for me to move on and my blog was technically broken, don’t regret it as me and the kids had physically lived those memories we shared.I did a blog audit when Karin from Embrace Happy shared her blogging advice on BritMum’s a few months back and I’m working through that plan now.It takes time, kids, housework and a crippling back condition don’t make things easy for me.I have made myself go out and connect with other people over the past year, through the Friday At 11 hangouts and meeting local bloggers who live in my town.I’m certainly more happier with blogging but not blogging, I mean I’m do more reading, crocheting, drawing over the past month during my social media detox.

  31. Oh I enjoyed reading this! For all the reasons so eloquently put already. My problem is I’m a bit of a flbbertigibbet. I do stick to writing about stuff I love, but that’s turned out to be quite a lot of varied stuff! A little muddled and confusing sometimes I think. Because I’ve always blogged gently, it hasn’t bothered me that much over the years – until now really, when being more focussed would have helped! Feel it’s too late to change though. Or maybe the desire’s not there.
    Great advice about the benefits of meeting up with other bloggers, definitely something I’d like to do now.

  32. Totally agree about the name thing, I had to change my original one as I really hated it, it was beyond being saved in anyway! I like Mammasaurus though, it’s original and different which I think is always a good thing. I’ve naturally had to step back from reading lots of blogs as with running two and home edding the kids I just have no time, it definitely helps with the comparing situation and as much as I feel bad for not being as active in the blogging community I also feel like I wouldn’t want people commenting on my blog just because I had commented on theirs. It might mean I don’t receive as many comments due to non bloggers not really leaving them but that’s okay with me πŸ™‚ x

  33. Oh Annie, I really relate to this and I was nodding along agreeing with everything you have said here. I am the worse at loving and admiring beautiful blogs but then secretly thinking why can’t my blog be that beautiful and amazing? It’s so hard not to compare and I am so happy for those that have successful amazing blogs and I try to read and comment on as many as I can to show support. It’s good to step back sometimes and rethink why I started my own and what I love about it. Positive thinking I suppose. I already realized my name with have a shelf life and I wish I would have known that about my blog way before I started. I love reading this from you and knowing I am not the only one that may think this way about their blog. While it’s my third baby and means so much to me I really like to keep learning and making it better too. πŸ™‚ Great post Annie as always love how you write from the heart.

  34. Oh Annie you always know the right things to say. I am actually feeling that I don’t care what others may feel about my blog etc anymore and have really gone back to the roots of doing what I want AND more importantly spending time making myself healthier and actually living life with my family.

    Off to check out that app – thanks.

  35. I did feel very MEH about my old blog which is why I started a new one. I am feeling more comfortable with it though and hope it works. It feels like a new lease of life to me as I have grown and changed over the last 6 years. It has made me fall back in love with blogging again x

  36. This post really resonated with me. I’m currently running around like an idiot, trying to balance family commitments, a fledgling career in writing and art, a house move and blogging. As a result the blog has taken a backseat of late and I’m just about managing to keep things ticking over.
    But I do want to continue with it, to make it great (in my eyes). It is indeed about being true to yourself. Not comparing your blog to others or trying to compete or writing about things you think might make you successful. I too often worry about whether people will get bored with photos of my outdoor ramblings but that’s what I’m passionate about, along with snippets of family history and the little details from our lives.
    I’m thinking of making the leap to Squarespace (again) once I’ve met a few deadlines. Hopefully in a month or two. I almost did it once before but this time am feeling ready to be brave and go for it.
    Thanks for the post Annie, really inspiring reading.
    S x

  37. What Squarespace template are you using? I currently have Avenue and found it’s very limiting,

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