Initially I wasn't going to do a post like this, but I've reached a chapter in my blogging life I never thought I would and I feel like for that reason I need to explain it all.
Over the last year or so things have changed, some quickly, some gradually and I remember specifically in the months before my honeymoon in September, feeling quite unhappy with my blog and blogging in general. I was putting way too much pressure on myself - berating myself for not getting three posts up a week and for my blog photos which I never felt were up to scratch, taking on too many PR samples and struggling to meet posting deadlines, poring over my Google Analytics and scouring Pinterest for blogging/social media tips to try and work out where I was going "wrong". My honeymoon was a welcome break and when I returned after two and a half weeks, I wasn't ready to blog again, feeling like I needed more time away so I could come back later fully re-charged and motivated. The weeks turned into months, with the odd blog post every now and then, until the Christmas/New Year break when my blogging mojo came back. I remember feeling excited, positive and inspired, but with a more laidback attitude regarding numbers, setting myself the target of just one post to publish a week (two if I could) and a plan to alternate beauty posts with fashion and lifestyle posts. I also had a new photography set up thanks to my husband's new business unit. I was feeling bloody great about it all to be honest.
But as we all know, life gets in the way and sometimes you solve one problem and another follows all too soon. My next issue was time. My husband quit his job and set up his own business last year and it's going fantastically well and expanding quickly, but it means he currently works long hours, often 7 days a week. Therefore I've taken on more of the responsibilities at home, as well as helping out with the business by doing his accounts and admin work. Even setting up one blog post a week began to feel like too much and along with the normal 9-5 and trying to have a social life, I found that when I did have some time, I didn't want to blog. For example, sometimes by the time I stop on a normal evening it can be 9pm and then I just want to have a bath or watch Netflix and paint my nails. To those of you who blog every day and have the responsibilities of work, parenting etc, I bow down at your feet! Huge kudos to you, but I just can't seem to do it.
Therefore I have made the decision to stop blogging for the foreseeable future. It's hard because I have spent so much time and energy (and money!) on it over the years and I do I still have that passion for beauty and writing combined. But this isn't necessarily a permanent goodbye; I believe in never say never, so I do really hope that l come back to posting on this blog at some point, it just won't be anytime soon. It needs to be when I can give 110% and fully commit to it on a regular basis.
Thank you to everyone who's read my posts over the years, I appreciate it more than I can ever put into words and will miss interacting with you all on here. However I will still be very much active on Bloglovin, following, reading and commenting on other blogs and on my blog's social media channels, which I have linked below. I would love it especially if you popped over to my Instagram, as I'm treating it almost as a little sister to this blog, an outlet where I can still share my love of beauty but on a much smaller scale. So I'll be sharing empties, hauls, favourites, mini reviews etc along with some fashion and day-to-day life pics for good measure.
Thank you so much for reading.
Beauty Bird xx