Sunday, 30 March 2014

Catching Up With Emm in London

Eynsford Viaduct

Why hello there! It feels like an age since I’ve been here and in a way it is. At the end of January, I began to talk with my fellow blogging friends about taking a break from Emm in London. I was feeling overwhelmed and burnt out and I am sure many of us have felt that from time to time. I was thrilled when I had the chance to host the Colour Me Urban competition because that gave me a chance to take a step back while the competition was running. The problem was that the competition ran its course and I still didn’t feel ready to come back! It seems that my instincts back in January were right and I definitely needed a break.

Part of it was that I was dedicating all of my creative energies to Emm in London when I definitely have other interests. When I finished studying last year, I had a long list of things I wanted to do in 2014 but the only thing I’d achieved by the end of January was posting more over here. In the past couple of weeks, I’ve taken the time to work on my other blogs, to see my friends and family and to work on further studies*. I’ve also rekindled my love of reading despite standing on and breaking my old Kindle! I’m hoping to maintain these other activities in future.

Another big part of it is that, for me, blogging is not just about churning out posts. It is about visiting other blogs, leaving comments and replying to comments on my own blog. It got to a point where I simply couldn’t keep up. I’ve had days this year where I barely had time for a toilet break and where I was setting my alarm to wake me up before my stop on the train home. I felt that if I couldn’t be a good blogging friend then I needed to take a step back until I could. (Because as you know, bloggers are powered by support).

So what changed? At one point I thought that I might never be ready to come back at all but then I was looking through my photos from Italy and I realised I still have so much I want to share with the world. In addition to that, I’ve received a couple of really exciting invitations lately to museums, exhibitions and art galleries that I really want to support and share too.

Eynsford, Kent

So what next? Taking a leaf out of Lady Loves Cake’s book, I’m going to be super strict with myself in future and only post once a week, on Tuesdays. I’m going to continue mixing my posts up so you’ll continue to see posts from previous trips to South Africa and Italy, posts featuring events and happenings in London and soon, posts from our upcoming road trip to France.

Our next outing is this Saturday 5 April to the London Sewing Machine Museum in Balham. Please do get in touch if you’d like to join us, we’re meeting there at 2.30pm.

And finally… a long time ago, I had a really nifty blog roll that populated directly from Google Reader. With the demise of Google Reader, my blog roll turned into a mess of ugly code and stopped working. I’m finally going to set up a new blog roll so do let me know if you’d like to be added. I think it goes without saying that this is only open to people who read and comment on Emm in London.

The photos above were taken at Eynsford in Kent. The first is of the famous Eynsford Viaduct, built in 1862 as a railway bridge to cross the River Darenth, and the second is looking across the river to the countryside.

* In case you’re interested, my other blogs Addicted to Media and A Passion to Understand. My further studies relate to required Continuing Professional Development now that I’m qualified and I’ve finally designed my own self-study course in Comparative Genocide Studies.

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