Hey pals, how's it going?
You might have noticed a not-so-small absence on the blog. I'm sure you weren't crying about it, so I won't apologise, but I wanted to take this opportunity to catch up with you all! It's been too long, don't you agree?
Blogging is such a bizarre hobby. It's like giving yourself a part-time job for fun, sometimes. Or at least, it can feel that way. I know that a lot of people are hustling to make their blogs into their jobs, but that is not something that I want, so when I'm feeling burnt out, my real job has to take precedence. The people who pay me deserve my best self at work, so the blog has to take a back seat so that I don't become a total mess.
That said, although it can be time-consuming and stressful, blogging is my favourite thing. I've been doing it for almost ten years in various forms and I can't imagine my life without it. So, however much I like having lots of free time, I always come crawling back. The Internet is a cruel mistress, sometimes.
However, blogging does get a bad rep sometimes. It's definitely not all bad, and the sense of achievement I feel when a blog post comes out the way I wanted it is better than anything else. My blog pushes me to improve my writing, my photography, my recipes, and even my life. There are so many things I wouldn't have done or opportunities I wouldn't have taken if it hadn't been for blogging. So, for better or for worse, we are tied together, me and this blog.
So, what have you all been up to whilst I've been away? I'd like to say that I used my absence for life-affirming and life-changing things, but I really didn't. I read a bunch of books. I baked a bunch of cakes. I saw my friends a bunch of times. I worked at my real job a whole bunch. And that's pretty much it. It's been a quiet and yet somehow at the same time ridiculously busy summer. I needed some downtime, that's for sure.
But now I have that back to school feeling, so I'm channeling it into a whole load of new projects - which I'm sure you'll get to read about in no time! How about you? Tell me about your summers!