When I decided to quit blogging for good, I didn’t realise how quickly it’d take me to miss it.
If you’re wondering, “what is this blonde woman rambling on about? Who is she?” let me first point you to my About Me, so we can get acquainted. Now that you’re up to speed on who I am, let’s, as Julie Andrews loves to say, start at the very beginning. My first foray into blogging started in 2011. I’d always loved books, especially YA, but there was no-one else in my life who loved them just as much as I did. Blogging brought me into the folds of a community of like-minded people, and expanded my literature horizons beyond what I was currently reading. It’s safe to say that my life as it is right now would be strangely different if I hadn’t started blogging.
Like for most people, 2017 had been one shitty month after another. I’m not going to delve into too much of the personal side of why this year was craptastic (mainly because I’ll be sobbing at my laptop otherwise), but by July, I was at the end of my tether, and I knew I needed to make a change. A big life change. I started by quitting university (again) and transferring my degree to online study, and committed August to finding a new job outside of hospitality. After a few hits turned into misses, an amazing opportunity came up and within 2 weeks, I was accepting a job in my dream career. I don’t think I’ve ever understand the word surreal until now.
Because of my new role (my official title is Publicity Coordinator at Pan Macmillan Australia, but I like to think of it as The Gateway to Squealing About All The Books), I felt that continuing with book blogging (as Troy McClure says, you may remember me from when I called myself Hannah Plus Books once upon a time) was a conflict of interest in its nature. On top of that, I was frustrated with blogging, and my heart wasn’t in it. The natural way of things would be to stop altogether, so that’s what I did. And as I said above, it didn’t take me long to start missing it.
Deciding to get back into blogging was easy. Actually doing it was the hard part. I didn’t feel committed to just solely book blogging anymore. I also found that I was reading a lot more different style of blogs, reading different genres of books, and wanting to share more than just my thoughts on books. I wanted to share my thoughts on life, on travel just as much. Hence Musings and Wanderings has been born.
I hope you’ll join me along for the ride on this adventure. There’s going to be ups and downs, but I promise I will (hopefully) entertain you. Don’t forget to sign up by email to keep up to date, or if you want to say hello, my social media handles are all there too.