I’ll be honest – usually I hate these kind of posts. Which is why I haven’t done one until now.
I always think “in the time you took to write those monthly ‘sorry I haven’t blogged’ posts, you could have written one or two actual posts”. Plus they make a blog look dead.
But I’ve been well aware for some time now that this blog already looks dead, and I think it’s time to explain myself to any people who still read it.
There’s really 3 reasons (read: excuses) why I haven’t been blogging, and the third is the one that’s super exciting.
- I haven’t had the time/energy. Yep – crappy excuse first. I work full time, spreading myself across three part-time roles. I work as a social media manager for Sillman Thomas, as a marketing officer for Koru Architects and at the Post Growth Institute I manage the Post Growth Alliance and am also a co-director. Plus my work means I go to lots of workshops and talks and networking events in the evenings. Also I have actually been blogging – just not independently. I manage a blog as part of each of those three jobs. But this point wouldn’t be enough to stop me on its own.
- I’ve learnt so much that I’m overwhelmed. This is a bit of a weird one. During the last year since I graduated from uni and started working in digital marketing, (plus my own research from excellent resources like Problogger), I’ve learnt a dizzying amount about how to make a blog effective. From SEO to copywritng to CTAs to autoresponders, my head is full of best practices which are a million miles ahead of where this blog is. Having so much to update with so little time is kind of paralysing.
- I am planning a new blog. Here comes the exciting bit! If this wasn’t the case I could power through issues 1 and 2. But I have a new blog brewing. Well, more of an evolution of this one really. Refocused, rebranded and reborn. I’m not going to write much about it here, but it’s going to be a blog about the politics of one planet living. And by that I mean how party politics relates to sustainability, sustainability policy, but also the complex power relations around environmental issues. Basically a political ecology blog, but written in a casual accessible and hopefully entertaining style.
I’ve been percolating on this new blogging idea for some time. I’ve been brainstorming content ideas, researching the topics and researching blogging techniques. I’ve got high hopes for starting this in the new year. So watch this space in 2017!