I’ve been looking at my long list of draft posts for the last few weeks and been struggling to know which post to finish, or alternatively which idea to write about. But it’s been a struggle. Writers block? Perhaps, I’m not sure. But I think it’s maybe more to do with the fact that I am not happy with the focus that this blog has been taking recently.
Where is this going? Well, I started blogging as a small hobby, to diarise our life and the children’s upbringing. To share funny stories, document parenting fails and to let off steam about the stresses and strains that come with the parenting role. But as the kids have grown older, I’ve realised I want to write less about them, and more about other things that I am passionate about. As the readership grew, so did the offers of work and collaborations all of which I am grateful of but I think I’ve reached a crossroads in terms of niche.
So what does this mean?
Well, I am still going to be a ‘Parent Blogger’ per se (as much as I HATE pigeon holes..) but, I am likely going to focus more on my life, my opinions and the local community. I will of course, still write about the kids and our family life but this will most likely focus on days out, events and rites of passage. In 2017 I will also covering more festivals too, which are a huge passion of mine, as you may have guessed by now!
Also, instead of having a separate website for my shop, Minnies Macaroon I am slowly adding the products to this site, to keep everything together. (Bear with me… it’s a HUGE job! I will be adding a launch for this soon, so watch this space!)
Community wise, my Local Folk-Us series will continue and I have very exciting interviews coming up. I am also adding my Keighley People site (You can find more about this HERE) to this blog too. I love Twitter and the concept of rotation-curation fascinates me. The account ran successfully for two years so I think it’s about time it returned, I also want to tie the two sites together so they are easier to manage, for now anyway!
For local and not so local but interested people, I am also hoping later this year to create some content for Haworth village so keep your eyes peeled for this too. For those of you interested Haworth is where we moved to June, it’s a beautiful little village in West Yorkshire, and where the Bronte Sisters both lived and gained inspiration for their novels. You can find out more about Haworth here.
So yes.. lots in the pipeline for the rest of 2016 and well into 2017 and it’s pretty exciting. I’ve enjoyed my time blogging, I’ve met some fabulous and inspirational people and been given some amazing opportunities, but it’s good to have a focus again!
Thanks for all your support and ongoing readership, despite the reduction in posts this last year or so. I appreciate you all!