In recognition of the arrival of 2012, I decided that rather than partaking in the usual hollow vows of quitting smoking, going on a diet or boycotting Facebook (though the latter especially sounds appealing), I’d resolve to do something a little different. I’d end my tenure as a blogger.
Huh? How can you cease to blog when you’re posting your first entry on a new…well, blog?!
The answer, of course, is to jump out of the ship that was your previous online home.
My current blog has run its course. It was an anonymous venting ground, until it became well-ish known. It was a support group, until subtle but nonetheless evident spite emerged from nowhere. It was a journal for me to explore some of the worst years of my life, until it became about writing for an audience.
I have always been incredibly grateful for its popularity and widespread recognition, and honestly believe that it is almost entirely responsible for my fledgeling writing career – but I want a different life now.
A life not devoted entirely to mental health issues. A life where I do things in my personal time because I want or need to, not due to the fact that others have expectations (which are almost always well-meaning, in fairness). A life with support, but not suffocation. Etc etc etc, blah blah blah.
This new venture may well come to nothing, but it’s here now in case it’s ever needed. In the unlikely event that anyone’s reading – thank you, and hello! 🙂