Today marks a whopping 10 years since I began blogging! I’ve taken a few breaks here and there, and the blog has certainly evolved from how it first began.
In the beginning…
Way back in 2009 (a time before parenthood that I can barely remember now) my blog was called Creative Therapy. I had been struggling with my mental health since 2007 and wanted a place to express myself. I mainly posted terrible poems and the occasional piece of artwork. I joined in with a lot of blog hops and fests, my favourite being the Blogging from A-Z Challenge, which I still take part in most years.
Over the years, I began to have less time for creative writing and crafts, so I shared my love of reading instead. At one point I was a very active book reviewer, and I participated in lots of blog tours and bookish memes. I really loved that busy stage, but after my daughter was born I found that I just didn’t have the time to dedicate to blogging anymore. So I took a long hiatus to concentrate on learning how to raise a kiddo (I think the stork forgot to deliver my instruction manual).
When I returned at the beginning of last year, I decided to change the blog name to Dusting the Soul and move all my posts from Blogger to WordPress. I LOVE all the features and flexibility you get with WordPress and highly recommend it!
More recently, I’ve been regaining my confidence with writing and have been sharing more of my work again. I enjoy being part of both the book-blogging and writing communities, and this blog has become a way of connecting with all the hobbies I enjoy.
I no longer put so much pressure on myself to stick to a schedule, and I try not to over commit myself by accepting so many ARCs to review. I like posting whatever I feel like, whenever I feel like it!
Looking to the future…
I used to have lots of goals based on statistics, but my priorities have changed. I’m no longer bothered about gaining high numbers of followers, I’m just happy if a few people read and enjoy my content.
My goals for the future are to share more of my creative writing and artwork, and to write more discussion posts. I am also considering having a go at vlogging if I can get my head around all the technical stuff!
Now that I have a story coming out in April and I’m working on a novel that I hope to publish, my approach to book reviewing might change. Some authors choose only to review the books they enjoy (3 or more stars) on their blogs, so I might go down that route.
A big shout out to all my followers, new and ‘old’-thank you so much for continuing to read and comment.
Before you go…
How long have you been blogging for? How has your blog evolved and what are your goals for the future?