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Hope and Believe in 2019

My blog isn’t a year old yet but it has become very important to me. When I first started it was my intention to publish daily, and that’s still my aim (although there will inevitably be some gaps).

A little while ago I became secretly a tiny bit obsessed with my stats. In particular the number of views and visitors. Now we are at the start of 2019, some of the numbers have reset themselves, so maybe I won’t look too closely for a while.

I liked the way Ashley reviewed her stats here:

What really took me by surprise was how my following on Twitter suddenly has grown, and now I feel a huge responsibility to keep those people entertained. It’s so different to Facebook where I wore my invisible cloak for so long that when I finally just melted away I don’t think more than two people noticed.

There are a few things in the blogosphere I have chosen to stay away from. I have enjoyed reading other bloggers “12 Lessons in 12 Months” but there’s nothing relatable that I am ready to share about my life, so I’ve not taken part in that tag. I do appreciate being tagged though, so please carry on including me, because I find these things are useful for private reflection.

The next stage of my therapy will hopefully be Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, and if I can pass on what I learn from that then I most certainly will.

I’m joining in with a self care challenge this month, organised by ThoughtsWithN on Twitter. DAY ONE was to “read part of a book” and I read a few more pages of my Susie Dent book (the one which inspired me to write about our tribe’s language). At the time of writing this post I should be doing the DAY TWO activity, which is “go for a walk” but, I’ve swapped that for DAY THREE “listen to a podcast” โ€ฆ I have chosen a podcast about crochet.

Generally I don’t make resolutions, but I have written two words in my journal for the beginning of this year; hope and believe.

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15 thoughts on “Hope and Believe in 2019”

  1. My blog is important to me, but I don’t have many followers, so I view it more as my diary, and this year I am going to *try* to blog daily too. I do, however, feel that responsibility to produce my YouTube vlogs, even though I have less than 400 subscribers. Its an odd feeling really isn’t it?

    1. I’ve noticed that you blog daily and enjoy reading your posts. I have a YouTube channel with under 100 subs so I don’t get noticed much. I originally started my blog for me, and as a legacy for my son, and my YouTube is for my family mostly. It’s nice if others come along for the ride too.

  2. I try not to look at numbers too much, although I know its so tempting and it can be so disheartening when things are lower than before but I’m trying to concentrate more on the enjoyment of having a blog and creating content for it now, and also talking to all you lovely people in our group <3

    Chloe xx

  3. I love this Marie! I for one would notice if you disappeared from Twitter and I know many others would too. So I think you are stuck with us ๐Ÿ˜€ I did CBT a few years back, I found it a useful way of looking at things and still use the principles today x

  4. When I first started my previous blog I also found myself constantly checking numbers everyday. I feel so much better since starting my current blog. I barely check my stats now. Well, of course I still do, but maybe once or twice a week just out of curiosity and to see which posts have done best so I know what people are enjoying reading most. I’m so happy to hear your following on Twitter is growing. You’ve done so well. Wishing you the very best for 2019. Can’t wait to read more of your content now I’m back in the blogging game xx

  5. Its so easy to get bogged down under the numbers and it sometimes makes us feel like what we’re doing isn’t worth it but it always is and I always enjoy reading your posts! Look forward to seeing what 2019 brings for you, Marie! ๐Ÿ™‚ x

  6. This looks like a great start to your year, Marie!! Also, love this self-care routine by ThoughtsWithN. Will have to go check it out!! You are going to rock it this year!! <3

  7. I think resolution-ish things are most effective when they’re more about the direction you want your journey to take rather than endpoints, and hope and believe sound like really great choices.

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