When I started blogging a couple of years back, the whole sphere wasn’t as saturated as it is now. Nor was it as professional. There was no competition but a lot of patting each other on the backs. People who commented on your blog were usually your mutuals – you talked to them and became friends, rather than just having comments from passers-by. And the truth is: I miss it!
It is blogging and the internet that has brought some of the best friends I have into my life. It is blogging that has helped me get to know myself better than anything ever did before. It is blogging that has landed me a great job. And it’s blogging that has enabled me with so many amazing opportunities that I will forever be grateful for.
Trying not to lose myself in the superficial blogging world
Over the time, my blog somehow took up pace and enabled me to make a small living from it. Not enough to do it full-time but a really nice sum that put me through university. With my growing following, the gifts and parcels from pr agencies and brands also started to arrive. Coming from a middle-class family that never had it big in money, this was particularly exciting for me. In a nutshell: blogging has allowed me a glimpse into how the other half lives.
It did not make me happy, though. It changed me. It almost corrupted me.
One of the biggest take outs that I have from this past year is that money and things do not make you happy. In fact, at the time that I got the most stuff for free, I felt the emptiest emotionally. I pursued something that I really am not. Tried to fit in and mould myself into a version of me that would someway or the other succeed in this business.
I wanted to be a full-blown career girl, jetting around the world, wearing only designer clothes.
But that’s not me. And I realize now that even if that had happened, I would not have been happy.
With all that change in my life happening in 2017, it almost feels a need to change things up on Miss Getaway as well
So, that is why in the upcoming weeks there will be a change in things up here. I want to go back to spontaneous posting, rather than publishing curated content only. I want to be sharing moments of my life and thoughts that matter. I want to discuss things and talk about what’s going on in my mind. I want to discuss books and still, sometimes show you my favourite clothes.
It’s funny, how last year I thought what I had to do to be happy in life was to travel loads, lose weight so I can become more successful in the blogging world, go to fancy restaurants and show my face on each and every event to network.
What I really want to be doing, though, is find a nice place to live in, venture out into the wild, simply be and enjoy the moment. Share the little moments that make life worthwhile but also speak up about mental health and the problems I’m dealing with. I want this blog to be my happy place but also my little diary. What I want for the future is embracing who I really am and bringing a little hygge into this online presence.
The truth is, this place will probably keep on changing as time goes by. Because personal growth and change should also be reflected on a blog, I think. I do not know just yet where time will lead me, but it certainly will not be a big-fancy-rich-influencer-life that I will be leading. That much I can say for sure. And I’m okay with it. More than just okay.