The Hels Project: Where to next?

June 17, 2018Hels

“I declare after all there is no enjoyment like reading” Jane Austen

This blog started out as a way to help me deal with my anxiety, and then when I found out I was having Dougie, it turned into a pregnancy/parenting blog, and gradually became a “whatever I want to write about” blog. This was great, but I was starting to get a bit lost over what I was doing and where it was going.

I love writing parenting posts, but the posts never perform particularly well. I know it isn’t about the numbers and the comments etc, but it is a bit disheartening when I’ve worked really hard on a post and no-one has any interest in it. I do understand that parenting posts aren’t for everyone, and that’s fine (although the protective Mum instinct in me wants to scream: “My child is amazing, why doesn’t everyone want to hear all about him!?” – similar to when Instagram posts of Dougie flop: “Why doesn’t everyone adore every single photo of my son!?”)

Also, now Dougie is getting a bit older, I want to take a step back from posting as many photos of him as he obviously doesn’t have any control over what is being shared. I still want to feature him, but I will be much more cautious and selective over any photos I post.

At the start of 2018, I challenged myself to read 50 75 books this year. I started uploading more book reviews, and each month I join in with the Blogger Book Nook. I found that books were featuring in my posts and photos more and more, without me even really thinking about it. I’m enjoying blogging more than I have in a long time, I’m excited about writing book-related posts, and for the first time in forever, I even have a list of ideas for posts. I’d been a bit uncertain about having such a focus on books, but I reminded myself that this is my blog, and if that’s the content I want to create, then that’s what I should be doing!

You may notice I have a beautiful new header, created for me by the lovely Graphics By Soph and this blog is starting to veer much more towards becoming a book blog. I’ll still be doing the odd parenting post, travel posts whenever I visit anywhere and monthly updates but you can expect more reviews, author interviews, recommendations and book posts on here, and I’m so excited!

Thank you to Corinne for the photos!

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