New Beginnings…

A photo I took in 2019 in a nearby park. Thought it symbolised the beginning of this journey nicely.

Hello, I’m Emma and welcome to my blog. It’s the 1st of January 2020, so I imagine today…the day of fresh beginnings and new starts…is a day when a lot of new blogs are starting and this blog is embracing and jumping on that age-old tradition.

This is not my first blog. I have had a few over the last six years. I needed to start one for university, to track progress on an extra-curricular activity I was doing. I enjoyed blogging that experience, writing over the summer for an assessment-based element of the programme I was taking. It is a blog that still exists, it has never been made public.

My second, very brief experience of a blog, started where I attempted to have the random musings of a second-year history student blogging about the current trends of historical thinking, various topics, gaps in the literature. However, in truth, two blog posts in and I had run out of momentum, run out of steam and honestly, I did not have the best university experience. University for me was a battleground, turning up to classes, writing assignments and generally trying to survive it to get to the end goal of getting a degree became an extreme challenge. The blog was just too short narrow a subject, in a field I just was not enjoying at that time and an additional task I did not have time to do. It died a death very, very quickly. I may revisit those two blogs and incorporate them into this blog at some point.

My third blog was my most successful. I started it in August 2015, two summers on from my first blog. It achieved 201 posts and my last post was in October 2018. I’ve not blogged since then. To overcome the problem of a lack of content from my second blog, I incorporated a lot of my life into that blog, various things I was doing, experimenting with and writing reviews of films I saw at the cinema. I think that including elements of that blog, such as the film reviews was a mistake. I saw a lot of films. I had a cinema card where you pay a set amount a month and watch as many as you like for the set monthly price. Often, I could not keep up with the blog posts of each film and in reality, I was not that into films, directors, cinematography from a point where I could contribute meaningfully to a discussion on Films and cinematography. I felt that I was hard-pressed to review a film and I did not enjoy writing the reviews. There were also other elements, a No-Poo Hair Journey (I abandoned that and I am currently full on #TeamShampoo, if there is such a thing?!), I loved using a Filofax and planning, making pages and some of my most successful elements of that blog where those (with the help of Mr Philofaxy himself, Steve Morton who helped to support my blog writing and try to get me into the world of youtube filming). However, life, depression and anxiety got in the way and the blog did die a slow death this time around.

I discussed with my penpal and friend Nicole, about wanting to blog but whether to revive my third blog or start again, I gave her my pros and cons of starting a new blog versus reviving the old one. To her, it seemed like a no-brainer to start again, although she did not quite agree on my waiting until the 1st January 2020 (I kind of agree with her because I actually started writing this blog post on the 9th November 2019…) but there was something positive and amazing about a new start for January that I always try and embrace. One of the cons though was I had posts on the other blog, themes that I might want to continue and I was not ready to abandon them. The work around to that is that you may see elements and reworked posts from that blog come into this one. I still have similar interests from that blog, I still want to write about the same subjects, but I needed that break, that new journey, that new start. However, like everything, A new start comes from somewhere and it is often part-way through that journey of life, so there is a history there. As I have established with this post.

I enjoy writing and now that University has gone, I do not have the forced need to write and research anymore. They are wasted skills; I want to expand more about that. I want to journal and maybe this blog is a digital way of journaling.

What direction is this blog going to go in? I do not know. I cannot tell you. It will be very organic it will grow and reflect my life, my interests, things I have visited. I would like to include some photos if and when I take them. Watch this space. Come on my journey with me and hopefully enjoy the ride. I will try to keep it organised, categorise themes and topics so you will be able to explore elements of it you want to explore and not filter through bits that do not interest you.

I feel that the words of J.R.R. Tolkien resonate with me now…

“It’s a dangerous business, Frodo, going out your door. You step onto the road, and if you don’t keep your feet, there’s no knowing where you might be swept off to.”

― Bilbo Baggins to Frodo Baggins J.R.R. Tolkien – The Lord of the Rings

I very much would like to be swept off with this journey, this blog, my life, but I think I might need to keep my feet a little bit slow and steady to try to work on consistency and to keep this blog going.

For now, I’ll leave it there for my first post, I hope you enjoyed reading it. I hope you enjoy what is to come.

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