This is a strange first blog post title, well it isn’t actually my first. Up until 2 months ago, I had website filled with lifestyle posts, events, reviews and topics I discussed/shared on my blog Dawndancers.com.
Blogging has been a hobby of mine for a good four years! When telling my friends and family about an amazing product I had tried, a place I’d traveled to or a restaurant I’d eaten at just wasn’t enough, I also wanted to share this information with other like-minded individuals further afield.
I soon started Dawndancers.com on WordPress. My first ever post was inspired by a pair of leopard print velvet loafers I’d bought from Dune. This was a very fashion-forward purchase for me at the time 😊 They felt so edgy and chic I simply had to share! I became addicted to sharing my latest finds. Due to having too many interests, Dawndancers.com never had a niche but skin care was the one thing I found myself writing about time and time again.
In 2015 I moved away from the retail sector into an office environment in Bristol, I was over the moon that I would no longer have to stand for 8 hours a day like I did in my previous retail job! No more sore back and feet! Hooray! (If you work in retail you will know the struggle). This job was brilliant, to begin with, but my long travelling distance meant that I was up at 6 am and didn’t get home until 7 pm. I’m a girl who NEEDS her sleep so this meant blogging took a back seat. After work, I was having to choose between going to the gym and cooking a meal OR blogging. I would try to blog before work or during lunch breaks but it’s difficult when people are chatting to you/looking over your shoulder. Over time work really started getting to me, the pressure was upped, targets became unrealistic, I felt like I was constantly chasing my tail and struggling to find balance. This is when I stopped caring about my blog, I really did. NOTHING inspired me, nothing got me excited. My lust for life had vanished along with a healthy diet and exercise. I was so exhausted that my weekends became about socializing which was needed! (after a week of staring mindlessly at a computer screen, repeating the same thing over and over) and of course sleeping. So when I received a notice to say my blog’s hosting was due to expire in 60 days, through catching up on sleep and trying to live, I kind of forgot about it and as the weeks went by, my email inbox filled up over the next month and it was out of sight, out of mind. It’s only when I tried to log on to my hosting account that I was locked out. I attempted to get my blog back but it was too late. I made the ultimate blogger mistake, I didn’t back my blog up…. I foolishly thought my hosting server would have me covered. *face palm* I didn’t know if I should laugh or cry (I laughed then got pretty angry).
I couldn’t stop thinking about all of the hours and effort I had put into those posts, all of the places I had visited and the events I had attended, the research that had gone into making up each post and all of the lovely images I had painstakingly spent time perfecting. ☹
After going through the motions, I could do nothing but suck it up and forget about it or learn from my mistakes, get back to the drawing board and start again…
I feel like I have a new lease on life and I’ve got my oomph back! I have a real feel of what I want to blog about and the experience I hope to gain from it. I know what I want to discuss and my voice is stronger. I’m so excited about the future of ClareDaily.com! So here I am! Back to the beginning, Having another shot at this blogging thing 😊