My Blog & Me

Wow, it’s been a long time since I’ve written a blog post. I suppose I could be boring and tell you that yes, yet again it’s been down to a series of eye problems, haha. Sadly though, that’s not far from the truth; Corneilius (my second new cornea in case anyone thinks I bizarrely named my eye for no reason) hasn’t been making life easy for me. Strangely enough though, the problems haven’t been serious or causing any damage to my eyes, just bloody uncomfortable. Enough said about that, I’m sick of talking about my eye right now. Rest assured, we’re doing very well and on the road towards making a full recovery.

When I started my blog, I was nearing the end of one transplant recovery and knew a second was on the cards. However, it wasn’t until fairly recently I realised the influence my situation was having on my blog. If I’m honest, I started my blog at what was the loneliest, lowest point in my life. Even though I had friends around me (I’m forever grateful), many friends got bored and completely walked away. I desperately wanted to feel part of something and blogging filled that void.

So I blogged about everything. Everything. If you wanted to know my favourite lipstick or life changing body butter, it was coming at you served up with a side order of exclamation marks. There were book reviews, lifestyle posts and the odd fashion related post (I still cringe). And then, there were my beloved tea, craft and transplant posts. Every time I wrote about my transplant journey, I had tears rolling down my face because I was scared people were going to turn away from me.I owe you all an apology because not one single person did (or if they did, I didn’t notice). The friends I’ve made through blogging (and continue to make) have really been there for me.

That’s not to say I haven’t been honest in every blog post I’ve written because I have – brutally honest in some cases. There’s just few topics I feel are worthy of putting pen to paper for (or finger to key but that doesn’t really work). Gone is the over illustrated header, monthly favourites and embarrassing make up reviews I attempted to write.  My blog will now focus on my true passions: food, health, lifestyle and tea. I’m starting a new series entitled Tea & Cake; visiting different tea rooms (to enjoy tea and cake, obviously) and writing about various topics I’d like to open up for discussion. I’ll continue to document my transplant journey, along with my food journey as a vegetarian (recipes, restaurant reviews etc) and the usual lifestyle posts I love writing. Not a complete overhaul, but more focus on subjects that genuinely matter to me and well, good food and tea are at the top of the list.

I guess my blog’s change in direction goes hand it hand with the type of posts/videos I now gravitate towards. A few years ago, I could spend hours reading/watching monthly favourites (to the extent I sat down with a pen and paper writing down my next purchases) and I’d jump on any post that reviewed a new lip product. Yeah, if it’s something I’m genuinely interested in I’ll hunt down relevant blog posts, but the excitement factor of consuming as many beauty product reviews as possible has completely gone. Don’t get me wrong, I’m still as nosey as I’ve always been (can’t resist a good lifestyle post) but I started feeling like ‘you’ve read one make up review, you’ve read them all.’ After everything I’ve gone through, my confidence is slowly restoring itself to being proud of the person I am, being proud of my achievements and as pathetic as it sounds, being proud of my interests and the fact I’m definitely an acquired taste at the best of times. Losing my vision as abruptly as I did knocked my life off balance and now my sight is being restored to it’s former glory, I don’t want to hide behind the guise I’ve created since my diagnosis. I guess it almost became like a protective shield I could hide behind, if that makes any sense at all.

Where does that leave crafts? I decided this topic deserved an entire blog dedicated to it. I’m not sure whether I’m crazy, but with the help of some very good friends, I decided to start Scottish Craft Focus. All my craft related posts – fair/product reviews, gift guides, interviews and tutorials – can now be found on a blog of their very own. Yes, it’s a huge amount of work but I can genuinely say I feel like I’ve found my place in the blogging community. And even if no-one ever reads my posts, leaves a comment or likes a single tweet, it’s perfectly okay because I’ve now fallen in love with blogging. And after a long, long journey, I’m learning to love myself too.

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34 Comments

  1. July 31st, 2017 / 7:58 pm

    I am so glad you starting to blog 🙂 thank you for every chat. I think it does sometimes take a while to decide what you want to do, I went through a time where I tried to niche myself in beauty – it didn’t go so well 😉 Love the new blog as well.

    • August 1st, 2017 / 1:37 pm

      Aw that is so sweet. It definitely does take a while to decide on the right niche and see what you are most passionate about, Go you hun x

  2. July 31st, 2017 / 8:28 pm

    Awesome job and I love your confidence in this well done hunni I look forward to reading more on your new subjects xx

  3. July 31st, 2017 / 8:46 pm

    I am so glad to hear you’re blogging again, as I just saw your post over on Tomorrowland Thinkers and I knew I had to come straight over here and leave a comment for you. I’m so sorry to hear that you’ve had such a difficult time, and with transplant recovery as well, I really hope things are easing now and that you’re moving towards a better time with it. I love the look of your blog, and have made sure I’ve bookmarked it for the future, as well as your craft blog too – I love crafts and DIY! Glad to be able to add your blog to my feed and looking forward to reading more! – Tasha

  4. Gaurav kumar
    July 31st, 2017 / 9:52 pm

    I always believed in blogging. I always say that blogging is the most valuable asset that can change your life for good. It is a good decision that you are into blogging. Keep growing.

  5. July 31st, 2017 / 9:57 pm

    It’s great that you have started blogging again and happy with where you blog is heading! It’s great that you have finally found your place in the blogging community 🙂

  6. July 31st, 2017 / 10:57 pm

    That’s great that you are blogging again, good for you. Sometimes a break is needed to see where you are heading. Good luck with it!

  7. August 1st, 2017 / 1:27 am

    Aw well done for following your heart and heading your blog in the direction that you are most passionate about. Sorry to hear about your eye though 🙁 sending hugs x

  8. August 1st, 2017 / 5:46 am

    Wow you have started blogging again. Hopefully your eyes are now recovering. I will to see your craft section as I love crafts.

  9. August 1st, 2017 / 8:16 am

    I’ve just changed my blog direction too, my blog has always been a tool for me to express myself and find direction. I’m glad you are finding your way through your writing. Keep up the passion!

  10. August 1st, 2017 / 9:16 am

    Welcome back to the blogging community. I went through some of these issues as well, and thought about blogging about anything like you, but it wasn’t right for me. But I wrote anyways (not on my blog) Welcome back and I hope your eye gets better.

  11. August 1st, 2017 / 9:46 am

    Welcome back! It’s lovely to hear that you’ve fallen back in love with blogging as sometimes we need time apart to do so x

  12. August 1st, 2017 / 10:03 am

    The ability to express is a virtue that everyone doesn’t possess. We all as bloggers and writers are lucky to have it. Good to know that you used to blog and are back now. Looking forward to read your blogs.

  13. Besties Notepad
    August 1st, 2017 / 10:59 am

    Tea and cake; Scottish Craft Focus..both sound great!
    am new to blogging, will really like to these two as both capture my interests.

  14. Joanna
    August 1st, 2017 / 12:18 pm

    I think that blogging is a great way of expressing yourself and it’s great that you decided to pursue with it. The topics you have chosen to write about are really cute and they will help you as well. Writing about tea and cake will take you out of the house, to a tea house, to enjoy a cuppa in a social environment. And that can only do you good.

  15. August 1st, 2017 / 2:52 pm

    Great work! Welcome back to the blogging community!! Love the design of your blog and wish you good luck at the same time! Do what’s make you happy!

  16. August 1st, 2017 / 2:52 pm

    Great work! Welcome back to the blogging community!! Love the design of your blog and wish you good luck at the same time! Do what’s make you happy!

  17. August 1st, 2017 / 3:45 pm

    It’s great to have you back! I’m sure you’ll be more than thrilled now that you’ll be blogging about your passion.

  18. August 1st, 2017 / 5:22 pm

    Glad to hear you have returned to the blogging world. It’s great fun and a good way to express yourself through work. It’s best to write about what you enjoy, my problem is I like too much stuff and it’s hard to whittle things down. Have fun writing!

  19. August 1st, 2017 / 5:56 pm

    I’m so glad that you finally feel that you’ve found your place in the blogging community! Can’t wait to read more of your posts! xxx

  20. Razena | Tantalisemytastebuds.com
    August 1st, 2017 / 7:19 pm

    This is my first time on your blog and I giggled all the while reading your post. It took me a long time to define my niche, and it is still a work in progress but I don’t feel so at odds any more. All the best for your continued recovery…

  21. August 1st, 2017 / 8:46 pm

    love how your confidence is coming back and that youve found your place in the blogging community. i always find blogging more enjoyable if you blog about the subjects that matters to you. well done you 🙂

  22. August 1st, 2017 / 9:15 pm

    Welcome Back, hopefully now you’ll be happier with the shake up

  23. August 1st, 2017 / 11:42 pm

    Blogging is wonderful bandit certainly does fill that void where you can just be yourself and talk about all those things that matter to you

  24. August 2nd, 2017 / 1:19 pm

    I first want to say I am so happy that you are blogging again. I have missed you loads. You know how happy I am for you and how proud of you I am because of your eyes and how they are healing. You’re such a strong woman babe.

    I cannot wait to read all of your up and coming blog posts about all the things you love. The cup and tea posts sound fabulous!! ??✨

    With love, Alisha Valerie. x
    http://www.AlishaValerie.com | http://www.twitter.com/AlishaValerie

  25. August 2nd, 2017 / 7:59 pm

    I love the honesty in this because I think that this is something every blogger I know has struggled with. Yet, you sharing even that makes you more relatable and I know I appreciate that. I am glad your recovery is going well.

    ~ http://viabella-thebeautifullife.blogspot.com/

  26. August 2nd, 2017 / 8:19 pm

    Blogging is nice and that’s how it should stay meaning do it only when it’s fun for you. Great that you are back and found your niche – mine is a bit lost…

  27. August 2nd, 2017 / 9:42 pm

    It is so lovely to hear that you have decided how your blog is evolving! 🙂

  28. August 3rd, 2017 / 11:58 am

    Congratulations on finding your place. “Everything” is a song by Sleater-Kinney. Check it out if you haven’t already!

  29. August 3rd, 2017 / 3:25 pm

    Sorry to hear about all your eye problems, I hope things improve soon.

  30. August 4th, 2017 / 10:46 am

    Hi Sarah!
    I know EXACTLY how you feel about the beauty reviews, I’ve been there! 😀
    really looking forward to your Tea & Cake series in particular (you only need so many lipsticks but you can never have too much tea and cake!)

  31. Laura Hartley
    August 4th, 2017 / 2:40 pm

    Great that you’re so passionate about something that you can dedicate a whole blog to it! Hope it goes well 🙂

  32. August 4th, 2017 / 4:38 pm

    Yay! I absolutely freakin’ love this! I love your blog and I love you. You are such a strong woman, and you’ve overcome so much. I’m just so so happy that you’ve come to love yourself and your blog after all you’ve been through! Sending so much love your way. I can’t wait to follow your journey here! <3

  33. August 6th, 2017 / 12:30 am

    Just wanted to come back across and say thank you so much for the lovely comments you left me! – Tasha

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