Blogging Burnout

I began the year full of promise and ideas. I had planned on being consistent with my blogging, creating lots of new content and hopefully increasing my views and followers.

I have gained a lot of support through my blogging this year which I am really grateful for. I managed to blog a lot in the first three months of the year which I am happy about.

As we approached April, I began to slow down with my blog posts. I got to a point when I realised that I had run out of inspiration and that my blog content wasn’t particularly interesting. I had began to get fed up with all of my ‘what have we been eating posts’!!

I have seen many fellow bloggers taking a break from blogging at the moment. I think that we are all similar in that we have tried so hard with blogging from the beginning of the year and now we are a quarter of the way through it is hard to keep up the pace. A break is definitely needed to gather thoughts and reconnect with what makes us happy.

I don’t have a great deal of spare time. All of my blog posts are written on the WordPress Reader App. Which isn’t the same as writing and editing posts on a laptop. I find it quicker and easier but I suppose I am not able to use as many tools by doing it this way. I probably need to spend more time looking at the layout of my blog and editing it.

I have been trying to figure out what sort of things to blog about and ways to improve on my writing style.

My goals from this point are as follows,
I would like my blog to look more professional in design, layout and content. I would like my photos to be attractive, sharp and professional looking. I need to focus on backgrounds and styling of the things I photograph.

These are my basic goals to begin with – perhaps as time goes on I will work more towards having a blogging schedule and planning what I am writing in advance. Also I think that I need to interact more with fellow bloggers.

I have been wondering recently whether blogging is for me. I don’t have a lot of online presence – I don’t particularly use social media and I’m not an outgoing person or confident with using social media outlets. I also feel that I am running out of ideas to blog about!

Have you found that taking a little time away from blogging has helped?

Thanks for reading, and I appreciate any input. Although I began my blog in 2016, I blogged for about a year and then didn’t get back into it until the end of 2020 so I still feel very new to blogging.

Katie

Is Blogging for Me?

I had been really enthusiastic about blogging since I started back again in October but recently my blog posts have had hardly any views which is rather disheartening and discouraging!

I didn’t start this blog to be popular – believe me that couldn’t ever happen to me! I have never experienced popularity! It’s just nice to know people are interested and do like to read my content. It’s hard to not keep looking over the statistics!

I spent a while writing my February 2021 Review and packed it full of different things I had been doing including photos, thoughts and goals for this month. I am very appreciative to those who did read it so thank you. I was a little disappointed to see my views statistics dwindling!

I’m not sure where it is going wrong! I use tags, I have quite a few followers now but perhaps virtually I am just the same as I am in reality. I am quite a shy person and not very good socially! I have no social life and that’s not because of covid! I love my family and enjoy being a wife and Mum. I keep in regular contact with the wider family which is great. But generally the only people in my social circle are family.

I had other blog posts planned – one about toy storage sacks I have been making and one about the seeds I have been sowing and growing. I also have other ideas. However I am unsure whether to post them as I just seem to be losing an audience!!

Perhaps this is a sign to take a break from blogging? And maybe come up with ways to improve my content and connect better with people? Is my blog too random!? Who knows! I shall ponder on these thoughts.

I don’t want to see this as a negative. I am just going to see this as a challenge and look at it as a means to improve and better myself but also as a chance to step back and reflect on what I want from my blog. Anyway, here’s a shout out to all those who do follow, read and like my blog. I really do appreciate it. You can read my post of gratitude here…Thank You

Thanks for reading and any words of advice, or any thoughts would be great!

Katie

3 Things I am Doing for my Well Being and Self Care

As a busy stay at home Mum to a 3 year old and 11 month old it can be easy for me to neglect myself. I am always making sure my children have what they need and making sure I keep on top of housework. Obviously my children come first and I will always make sure that happens but I know how important it is for me to spend time on myself.

I know that I need to take better care of myself so that I feel better about myself on the inside and outside.

So, here are the 3 things I have started doing to take better care of myself;

Practising Yoga Every Day
I have always been interested in yoga but have struggled with self motivation and discipline to follow it through. I have started by doing a 15 minute regime every morning – I am currently following a video on YouTube. I hope to extend the time I spend on Yoga by perhaps doing a workout in the evening also.

Time is a little difficult for me and I have to admit that on several occasions I have had two small children climbing on top of me whilst trying to do downward facing dog!! This is why an evening workout might be beneficial. If I got up before my daughter to do yoga it would mean being awake at half 5! Perhaps to improve self discipline I should start getting up this early…

I hope to increase my fitness which in turn will make me feel better about myself. It also helps with practising mindfulness so it’s a great thing to do at the beginning of the day so I can start in a calm manner.

Eating More Healthily
I consider my diet to be quite good anyway however I have started to incorporate more vegetables and pulses into my diet and cut back a little on sugary foods and also reduce my dairy intake. Over the last few days I have been eating stir fried vegetables for lunch and trying to make sure I eat fruit with every breakfast. I have fruit with breakfast most mornings but want to make it an essential part of my breakfast.

Having a New Beauty Regime
This is where I need to improve a lot, in my personal opinion! I have never been one for wearing much make up and I have to admit that I did not really understand a lot of the beauty products on the market! However recently I have felt that I want to give myself a boost and increase my self esteem by spending a little time caring for my appearance. I have done a little research and had a bit of a splurge on beauty products which I am awaiting on in the post! I am looking forward to using these!

I am not only talking about the use of make up but also body lotions, hand creams and hair products. All of these can help to make one look and feel good.

I admit that from time to time I do suffer with low self esteem and self worth and I really want to fix this. I am only 25 and want to keep my mind and body young by looking after them. I really hope to become fit and in better shape from the yoga plus my daily walks. I hope that eating more healthily will add more vital nutrients into my diet and I will feel the benefit from this. I also hope that if I take more care of my appearance that it will increase my confidence.

Basically I want to be a better person all round and I am hoping that these steps help to improve different aspects of my life.

I realise that I have only touched briefly on each of these points. I could possibly go into more detail about each one and perhaps that’s something I could look into doing further on my blog.

Thanks for reading,

Katie

Sunday Morning Baking

This morning I did some baking inspired by my daughter. She had seen something on the telly where they made strawberry shortcake and wanted to eat some herself. This isn’t something I had made before but knew I had some strawberries in the freezer and a can of squirty cream in the fridge ready for pancake day!

I found a recipe online and made a few little tweaks to it. It made a very wet dough but I didn’t add any more flour as I didn’t want to ruin the texture. I put plenty of flour on the worktop and rolling pin and rolled out ready to cut. I decided to use heart shaped cutters because it’s Valentine’s Day so why not!?

I carefully lifted the heart shaped shortcakes onto baking trays, sprinkled a little milk and sugar on them and baked for 15 minutes until risen and golden. The recipe made quite a lot so I have wrapped some up and frozen them ready for a treat another day.

For the strawberries, I got some out early this morning and defrosted them. I then cut into quarters and mixed in a table spoon of sugar and set aside.

When it was time to assemble the shortcakes I cut them in half and laced a large spoonful of strawberries on the bottom half. I then squirted on the cream and placed the top half of shortcake on top.

These were a great after lunch treat and very light. The strawberries were the perfect addition the the fluffy shortcakes.

For another fun bake I made some spinach and cheese muffins with my daughter. These were from one of her recipe books. They were supposed to be decorated to look like faces so we gave it a good attempt! The muffins were really tasty and full of flavour. Another great lunchtime food.

Hope you had a great Sunday
Katie

Marriage

My husband and I have been married for exactly 4 and a half years. It is also National Marriage Week and Valentine’s Day is on Sunday so I thought this would be a fitting time to share this post.

I am so blessed to have a loving and caring husband. We met in 2011 and have been together ever since. We are each others one and only partner and I feel so lucky to have found the one at such an early point in my life. I was just 16 when we met and married at 21. We now have two lovely children together and have great plans for the future.

When we lived in our first house together we attended a lovely church. The vicar there held a special service about marriage which we were invited to and we were asked to share some thoughts on marriage. At this point we had been married for just 6 months. I decided I would write a poem for the special service and thought I would share this with you that I wrote 4 years ago….

Marriage is sharing our life together
A union, a bond to last forever
It is providing for one another
And taking care of each other
Feelings of joy and happiness
Looking forward to a wedded life of bliss
There will be times of sadness in our life
But we will support each other as man and wife
Marriage is loving each other every day
And knowing that those feelings won’t go away
We have rather a traditional way of life,
He goes to work and I am a housewife
We support each other in our roles
And together we try to achieve our goals
Our marriage is blessed by God above Who gives us everlasting love

Things may have changed a little since I wrote this poem, I am still a housewife but also a stay at home Mum however I do plan to find work once my children are in school. I feel that I need to be able to support financially especially with costs ever rising! However, what hasn’t changed is our love and support for each other.

Thanks for reading,

Katie

This Week’s Happenings

This week has been quite productive and I have been busy doing different activities – including cooking which I have made posts about this week. Here are some of the other things I have been doing this week.

Sowing and Growing –

I have been keeping a close eye on my seeds that I sowed last Friday. Over the last few days several of the tomato seeds have germinated, resulting in little seedlings that are growing quite quickly. There doesn’t seem to be anything happening with the aubergine or chilli seeds but it has only been seven days and it may be that it’s not quite warm enough even with the clear lid. I may have to move them to a sunnier spot – although keeping them out of reach of little hands may be an issue!! They are currently on the worktop under the boiler but the kitchen doesn’t really get a lot of sunlight.

I am also planning to grow some microgreens indoors and have been saving my used butter tubs to grow these in. I was inspired by an article in the November issue of the Kitchen Garden magazine and have decided I will give it a go. I have plenty of different seeds to try.

Sewing –

My cross stitch towel project is coming on well. I had hoped to have it finished by the end of March but with the progress I am making it should be finished well before then.

Crafts –

We didn’t get much further with Valentine’s themed crafts, my daughter lost interest and I couldn’t come up with many good craft ideas. I think I shall purchase a children’s craft book to give me lots of inspiration and ideas.

My daughter however is interested in the Easter story. It is her favourite Bible story and she can’t wait until Easter! Whilst there are plenty of Nativity play sets available, there just aren’t Easter story play sets (I guess this is to do with the theme of death). My daughter suggested we make a tomb ourselves and my husband came up with the idea of making it out of Papier mache. So, that was today’s craft project – we have made up a tomb and stone for the entrance and they are sat drying waiting to be painted.

Walks –

I have still kept up with my daily walks, although some days the walks have been short due to the very cold weather. We have had walks in the snow and ice and also sunny walks. I took some lovely photos of the sun shining through the clouds onto the sea.

Hope you had a great week.

Katie

This Week’s Summary

This week I have been quite consistent with blog posts and just thought I would write about what other things I have been doing this week.

– Crafts
I have started making some Valentine’s Day themed crafts which I hope to do more of next week. I had my 3 year old helping me and we listened to some love songs as we decorated hearts and then made them into a hanging display. Hopefully I will be able to make a few more decorations over next week and will be able to write a post about that.

I have also been getting on well with my cross stitch towel project. I hope to have this finished before the end of March

On Monday we put the Gruffalo inspired pictures onto some cardboard to make a story board. It still needs a bit more work on it but makes a nice display in my daughter’s bedroom and she enjoyed putting it together. We also made a treasure chest, filled it with treasure and made a treasure map!

-Gardening
We don’t actually have a garden but do have a very small patio. On Friday I sowed my first seeds of the year. These are in a seed cell tray with a propagated lid and will be kept indoors until the seeds have germinated, the plants are well established and the outdoor temperatures have warmed up. The seeds that I have sown are aubergine, two types of chilli pepper and two types of tomatoes. I will keep an eye on these and look forward to seeing the first signs of growth. Next month I hope to sow some more seeds.

-Cooking and Baking
I think I shared most of the things I cooked and baked this week but just wanted to share these pesto and cheese snails that my daughter and I made from one of her recipe books. These were fun to make and tasted great too!

-Walking
We have walked everyday this week and yesterday had a lovely walk to the harbour and enjoyed looking at all the boats. Unfortunately I didn’t take any photos of the harbour so shall have to take some another day. Today it is snowing so we had a short walk along the seafront and got rather cold! We had to warm up with a hot chocolate at home!

Hope you had a good week

Katie

Thank You!

I have been wanting to write this post for a while. But seeing as I reached 200 followers yesterday I thought it would be the perfect time to post it.

So, thank you to all of you who think that my posts are worth reading! I honestly value every single like, comment and follow. It is lovely to know that people are genuinely interested in the things that I blog about.

When I started blogging I didn’t even know whether my posts would be read and what sort of things people like to read about. I do question whether my posts are completely random or plain boring! I know that my photographic skills aren’t always great, especially when it comes to food – that is something I need to work on…But when trying to feed a hungry family, I don’t seem to have time to take artistic photos!

I write about a variety of different things and have increased my blogging over the last few months. I try to share things that I think are interesting and I am truly grateful to those of you who read my blog posts.

I really enjoy blogging and you have all made it more enjoyable!

Thanks again,

Katie

Why I will be Celebrating Valentine’s Day

I have to admit, I have never celebrated Valentine’s Day! My husband and I have been together for nearly 10 years and have been married 4 and a half years.

I guess I thought why do I need to celebrate Valentine’s Day when I can show my love every day of the year and also saw it as the buying of unnecessary gifts…

But, I have changed my mindset. I think if we can celebrate something positive then we should! There are so many bad times in our lives that get us down that we really should enjoy and celebrate every happy occasion that we can. It also gives us a time to focus on those that we love. Valentine’s doesn’t have to be romantically linked, it can be a time to reach out to those who we love.

So this year I am turning over a new leaf in relation to Valentine’s Day and I am going to celebrate it. I have decided that I will make some decorations to put around the flat. This is something I can do with my daughter and she loves the idea of being able to decorate again as it is like Christmas to her. It also teaches her about love which is a great thing for children to learn.

I hope to have a nice meal with my husband and maybe buy him a small gift to show my appreciation for him. Sometimes we get so caught up with what’s going on in life that we forget to just enjoy each others company. We take each other for granted and we all need that time to recharge and really appreciate each other.

So, let’s all spread the love and reach out to those we care for.

Katie

A Homemade Cake and a Refreshing Walk

I wanted to make a decent cake on Monday to get the week (and the month) off to a good start. I fancied using hazelnuts in the cake so searched for a recipe. I came across a recipe that I quite liked the look of but decided to change a few of the ingredients to make it my own.

So, here it is, my Hazelnut and Carrot Cake! A very moist and flavoursome cake.

I am trying to celebrate the small achievements at the moment as some days don’t feel particularly productive!

Today I got out for a good walk, managed to be out for an hour and a half which was a great achievement considering I had two small children with me! We stopped on a bench for a fruit snack and admired the views.

I felt very refreshed for having a longer walk and it was good to be out the flat for a little longer! We were able to walk further so had different views.

I hope your week is going well so far.

Katie