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Tuesday, 9 June 2015

Is it too late to come on home?

Is it too late to come on home? Are all those bridges now old stone? - Florence + The Machine.

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Isn't it strange how sometimes something that enchants and delights can simultaneously be the catalyst, or at least contribute to wandering down a path that gradually leads to discontentment. And it's not necessarily the thing itself, but more so falling into the trap of doing it how you think you should, rather than how your heart is really telling you to.

I've been writing here for a long time, but I don't really know much about blogging at all and I'm not sure if that's okay. I mean, I think it is. But it's not easy to tell myself that when there are so many resources telling me how important it is to dig around in analytics and SEO and whatnot if you want to grow and prosper. And I suppose it all really depends on each individual's definition of  prospering. When I think about what it means to me the first thing that comes to mind, speaking as a serial quitter, is continuous dedication. I've stopped doing a lot of things in my time. Ballet. Piano. Tennis. Choir. Writing letters. Pilates. I could go on, it's a ridiculously long list that I probably should be embarrassed about.

But something has kept me here, and although I've felt it waning over the last couple of years I didn't know how to fix it. But I think I've figured it out; I haven't been being authentic. And by that I don't mean I've been dishonest. But there's all this other stuff that I have completely edited out. So here's to going back to sailboat's roots. It's like going back home after an extended period of time away. Comforting and a little unfamiliar because it's never quite the same as when you left. But it doesn't feel like it's too late to go back, so it's got to be worth a try, right?

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18 comments:

  1. I think you have a wonderful blog, even without doing all that seo type stuff! You get so much engagement from loyal readers and I think that's awesome! It shows that people really do care :) I've been reading your blog for so long, and I suppose it reminds me of those old school blogging days when things were simpler! xxx

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  2. I know exactly what you mean, Jennie and my blog will definitely be heading home again soon. I started my blog as a diary, but now it's a blog for people to read lists, reviews and other things. I guess it develops and changes because we think that's what is expected of us? I know that's my reasoning. However, next year I'm going traveling again so I've decided it will go back to what it once was, and if that's not OK with everyone else, then they don't have to read :)

    I'm looking forward to seeing where your ship is sailing to xxx
    Sam // Samantha Betteridge

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  3. Aw, this was a lovely post! I for one am looking forward to seeing the roots of sailboat

    x
    https://siobhanrothwell.wordpress.com/

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  4. I'm glad you're going back to your roots, I feel that in the blogging world there are so many blogs that are based purely on topics that are aimed at getting hits and comments and very few lifestyle type blogs that stay true to the authors heart. Keep at it, I look forward to seeing the change at sailboat.

    Mel ♥ everyword

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  5. I love your blog ! Your writing style is so unique and it has always got original content, you definitely have a "voice". Looking forward to seeing it go in a new direction, back to it's roots! Blogs are bound to evolve and change but as long as the writer, as a person, remains true, then you have nothing to worry about :) x x x

    Zoe Newlove Beauty Blogger & MUA

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  6. I ❤️ this post and can't wait to read more!

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  7. I haven't been reading your blog as long ago as some others, but I can say when I first discovered your blog, I instantaneously became a fan and I'm not just saying that. I mean it, because nowadays when I scroll through my blog lists, I've noticed I tend to just loook at the pretty pictures but with yours, I always want to read the written content.
    I feel that it's already quite authentic and it can only get better and I always enjoy reading your posts (and your pretty pictures) :b I look forward to how it'll change in the next post!

    whispersofanarcissus.blogspot.co.uk

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  8. Falling in love with the idea of something and falling in love with the actual thing itself is very different indeed! It's so easy to get caught up in the "glamorous life of blogging" with all of this content we're constantly bombarded with, so I think it's very important to realize your purpose so that you can accurately determine your own "success" based on your own goals rather than on the goals of others. Sometimes it's okay to quit; the Nectar Collective wrote a very interesting post about it here. But I'm really glad that you haven't quit blogging! Yours is one of my favorites <3 and I'm so excited to see you go back to your roots. As you find the balance between what to and what not to share in order to find and present your most authentic self, I hope that in the midst of that you also rekindle your passion for blogging! -Audrey | Brunch at Audrey's

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  9. Stay true to yourself and do what makes you smile. Blog from the heart and focus on what you'd like to say rather than what others want to hear. x

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  10. It's never too late, don't worry!

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  11. You don't even need SEO, your blog is incredible Jennie! Keep doing what you're doing. :)

    Tara x

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  12. It's so easy to get caught up in all the 'shoulds' of blogging and forget why we loved it in the first place. It's never too late to do what you think is right x

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  13. As long as you keep writing, I can pretty much guarantee that I'll keep reading Jennie - your blog is one of my absolute favourites :)
    I hope that you're able to find your way back to a blog you love!

    Jess xo
    http://just-jesss.blogspot.co.uk

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  14. I think this is a really good post. Blogging is a place where it is easy to lose yourself and conform to the trend. I hope you go back to being you!

    The Runaway Journal

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  15. I have always always loved your blog and your writing voice so I'm excited for what's coming in the future. I've found that the bigger my audience, the more inclined I am to edit myself. I'm very hesitant to share or to be open. The internet is quite scary after all. It's been bothering me for a while.
    I also don't like to measure my traffic or look at its sources closely (which people tell you to do if you want to make the best of it and utilize your biggest traffic tools). I just found that it made me anxious to see how people stumbled upon my blog (specially if it was from a discussion board or something of the sort). I don't know if that sounds ridiculous. So now I just leave that alone and let people come when/how/if/from wherever.
    xx

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  16. It's never too late to go back! And I know what you mean I don't know hardly anything about SEO & all that I just write :)

    hellomissjordan.com xx

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  17. I found myself doing just that with my old blog or trying to and do you know what it didn't make me happy! So this time around I am just being me, plain old Emma, and if people love me and stick around great, if they don't then I'm writing what makes me happy and at least I'm happy ;)
    I am looking forward to the new/old Sailboat :)
    x

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