Well the dust has now well and truly settled after the big bathroom excavation. Despite the fact that I mentioned that things had returned to normality last week, only now can I see that there was a lot of catch up to do what with a super big house clean, no time to do any batch cooking, and children in a state of excitement and full of the novelty of their shiny new bathtime! The knock on effect of all this madness was that I had very little time to do my normal level of blogging, and whilst I joined in with some of the week’s linkies, I was unable to devote much attention to other people’s posts and offer up a decent amount of comments. Even in such a short space of time it is very noticeable when the traffic to your site drops off and it actually felt a bit lonely!
I was still feeling upset about my stupid oversight in double booking our holiday over the BritMums Live dates but I’m happy to report that I now have a buyer for my ticket and I’ve resigned myself to the fact that I’ll just have to hold out til the next blog fest, blog camp or blog on to meet some of the lovely people I’ve got to know in the blogosphere over the past year.
I managed to write some nice posts and join in a lot more with the community this week and I’ve also cooked a (hidden veg!) lasagne sauce, a curry for myself and the hubster and some chicken, courgette, apple and sweetcorn burgers for the kids (recipe to follow!).
I finally managed to get my cervical smear done and I was prompted to pick up the good book I’m currently reading (Life after Life by Kate Atkinson) as well as think about the little things that I can focus on to make me happy throughout any given week in order to join in with ButWhyMummyWhy’s Love the Little Things linky. I realise that focussing solely on the blogging is not necessarily a healthy thing and I need a bit more balance in the things I do with my precious little ‘me’ time!
I also had another long think about blogging in general – and feel more settled about the fact that I don’t need to push myself over the edge to transform what I already have at this stage. I am enjoying the small writing and photography challenges as well as having a play with post production photo editing now I’ve finally stumbled across PicMonkey! Not having an iPhone or Android I’ve never had access to Instagram so this is like a whole new toy to me!
It does seem like those bloggers who are garnering a lot of attention and award nominations are paying the price of success – it would be amazing to be running a successful linky but I can’t help but wonder just how exhausting and pressurised it must be to read 50+ posts each week and comment on every single one. Kudos to those who do this, they truly do deserve an award!
Maybe when my children are both of school age this kind of challenge will become more appealing but until then I think I’m just going to maintain a steady course at a settled pace and enjoy the journey, happy to let others enjoy the limelight and taking this pressure of constant comparison off myself.
So that’s settled then…