Hello and welcome back!
Thanks for sticking around and popping your head in every now and then whilst I have been away.
I had some challenges in my personal life meant a break was necessary to help me get some energy back and refocus. I have decided to continue on this blogging journey for the foreseeable future anyway. I have however been making occasional notes and jotting down ideas when I was away and have content planned for the next while anyway
I also had the opportunity to review my rationale for blogging when it all started 5 years ago ( yes 5 years today 07/11/14!!) http://www.funkydaddy.net/blog/2014/11/06/in-the-beginning/ . Back then I genuinely knew nothing about blogging and some might say I still don’t but the perspective I have gained has allowed me to focus on enjoying it now rather than viewing it as a hobby with potential to grow and get a bigger audience and maybe even monetize it in the future.
In those 5 years however it seems that men are still not getting a great deal when it comes to paternity leave https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-50251179?fbclid=IwAR1zNH2O-bkAmL_fX9TQXxPdyMI80TWmEMRS6ga1-b_h0ymKHQS7QJNC_7I
My view now and two additional children later is that I will keep blogging until I stop enjoying it, free from plans and timelines. If it grows it grows, if it doesn’t, so what. During my break I muted several pages and bloggers I follow and whilst I have started the process of renewing these links the quiet helped me realise that you can’t compare apples with oranges, my blog will never be perfect as I don’t have the time, energy or commitment. http://www.funkydaddy.net/blog/2018/08/01/my-perfectly-imperfect-blog-and-blogging-envy/
So what’s that mean moving forward?
I plan to add new content when I can and only when I feel it is relevant.
I plan to revitalise some of my most engaging posts and refresh as they are either currently relevant or are timeless. (Brexit for example…..zzzzz)
I plan to start walking and look around rather than running through new posts constantly. I plan to engage more with the blogging world and review data. I didn’t do enough of this previously as I focused on content rather than the blogging network/community. On this note I received several requests to do guest posts on my blog or for me to do some for others in the run up to my break which I never replied to due to personal circumstances. Apologies and the door is now open for those.
So thanks again and here`s to the future and hopefully another 5 years!