Lots of people go mad in January. Not as many as in May, of course. Nor June. But January is your third most common month of madness.
Karen Joy Fowler, Sarah Kanary
And so Christmas and the New Year has come and gone. I don’t know about you, but it always feels like it happens in a bit of a blur, like a photograph taken in motion, a fusion of colours and memories, over and done with, until the next Christmas. Hope everyone has had a lovely time, albeit the madness.
Ah January, hello you, broody-grey-skies and cold, you. It’s the time of the year where everything seems to happen in slow-motion, especially the days and all the noises, the ticking of the clock, a phone ringing in an empty house is amplified, as if the sound is in your head. No, I haven’t gone bonkers, at least, I don’t think so. But that’s how I feel at the moment. The Historian has gone off and dropped my cousin at the University of Reading. He also has a meeting tomorrow, so it’s just me, Doc and Boots bumbling along together in this cold-bleak January day. T comes home later, only then will the house awaken.
Back to Basics
I’ve also decided to go back to basics with this whole blogging business. Last year, I thought I’d give it a go and try to make it more “commercial”, whatever that means. I fell in a rabbit hole of blogging groups and learning about DAs, and pumping up your stats and all that and the more I did it, the more I felt that every fibre in me was protesting, so I’m done with that now. Don’t get me wrong though, while I loved the community and the bloggers behind them, in the end, it just became too much for me.
I guess it also comes down to personality. I’ve always been a solo person. I like doing my own thing and I’ve also been blogging on and off for more than a decade now. Does anyone remember blogspot? I guess that also shows my age…
I’m going back to writing the way I want, because I have this need to write.
I’m not going to be a hypocrite though and say that I’m going to stop accepting sponsored and collaborative posts. If they come and it’s a good fit with Little Steps, I will say yes. I’ve learned though to be choosy on what projects and fees to accept. At the moment, admittedly most of the time, I decline the offers especially when it is too low.
Dear PRs, I do value my time and what I do and write in this little blog of mine. No, I won’t just accept your offer, even though you all act as if I should be thrilled with the fact that you’ve gotten in touch. Sorry, but it doesn’t work that way and no, I don’t accept follow-links. Thank you for getting in touch with Little Steps.
I’m still going to join a few linkies like #countrykids, mostly because I’m friends with the blogger who runs it. I have a couple of other favourites too like #animaltales and #wotw. Linkies I’ve been joining in the past couple of years, I do enjoy linking-up with these lovely bloggers.
That’s what 2017 holds for me – going back to the basics, finding my voice again, being authentic. I wish I could declare that I have big dreams or plans for 2017. But I don’t. Like most frustrated writers, I still have that unwritten novel in my head, countless short-stories to edit and write, poems screaming to be written. I’m afraid I have forsaken my muse. I’m ready to go down on my knees and plead with her/him – so mote it be.
Any big plans for 2017?