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! 🙂
Here’s to the future…
The quote from Lovecraft at the top was so very beautiful and fitting and I love that you’re doing this. If an environment has become toxic then getting out of that environment is healthy. This looks wonderful and I’m so happy that you’re here.
I did say I thought were seeing the wind down of the former self, although I’ll admit that I didn’t picture this. It’ll be interesting to see what happens.
Wishing you all the best on this new venture:-)
This is kind of spooky, I just got finished listening to Radio 4 Extras reading of At The Mountains of Madness. If it wasn’t for the date this blog was set up, I’d think something supernatural was going on.
I look forward to new advetures and journeys. 🙂
Just on the off chance Paul, is it available on iPlayer? I can’t see it anywhere, but it could well be staring me right in the bloody face. We listened to The Shadow Over Innsmouth recently and really enjoyed it, so hearing AtMoM would be a treat too 🙂
It’s not on the iPlayer at the moment. I think I recorded it sometime before Christmas. I will send you an email with a little help 😉
welcome to your new home. 😉
Thank you all so much for your kindness and support; I really appreciate it, and couldn’t easily have gotten through so many difficult times without you.
I owe a few of you emails. Soon, I promise 🙂
Thanks again everyone. Huge (((hugs))) all round.
Viv ❤ xxx
Love & *huge hugs* right back 🙂 xx
You’ve got a nice place here 🙂 I hope you have a good future in your new blogging home 😀
Alice x x x
Hello! I’ll miss your old blog but completely understand why you feel it’s time to move on, I got the sense that’s where you were heading. However, this new blog is awesome and I need to read Lovecraft…
I am _genuinely_ touched that you have trusted me enough to let me know of this place. I will _really_ miss your old blog and can’t believe people were so cruel and disrespectful to you, but I had the feeling for a while that you weren’t happy there anymore anyway so I really hope this blog will be a fresh new start for you. You deserve good things to happen to you.
Thank you again