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A little life update and finding balance

It’s been a while since I’ve written anything on Miss Wheezy, or even shared anything on my social media channels. I suppose I’ve been suffering from a lack of motivation and wondering what direction I should be taking my blog, now that I’ve been writing it for so long (I started Miss Wheezy in April 2012!).

I find it hard not to compare myself to other people, who have been blogging for a similar amount of time but who are so much more driven, organised and successful than I am. I know there are a lot of things I’m not doing that I could be to improve my content and my engagement, but I have been struggling to know what my niche is anymore and what ‘sort’ of blogger I want to be.

Beki (Miss Wheezy) selfie on the beach in front of the sea

A Little Bit About Me

  • I am a 32 year old asthmatic, who lives in Hemel Hempstead in Hertfordshire with my partner, his daughter and chocolate labrador.
  • I work as a Communications Manager at the charity Women in Sport, a role which I started in April this year, after a disastrous few months in a previous job which definitely took its toll on my mental health. I commute on the train into London (Borough) every day, except Friday’s when I’m lucky enough to be able to work from home (yay!).
  • The school summer holidays are drawing to a close, which means there has been a little more time recently to enjoy the sunshine, including going on a well-needed family break to Kingsbridge in Devon which was lovely. See the pics in this post!
  • Over the past six months I have been trying to sell my flat in Croydon, helping my partner deal with a court case regarding which school his daughter is going to go to in September, settle into a new job and make sure I pass my probation period, train for several events including RideLondon 46 and the Royal Parks Half Marathon, and generally try and keep my s**t together. Needless to say the blog has taken a bit of a back seat!

I don’t mean to moan – it seems to be the case these days, and especially with my successful female friends, that we’re all juggling ten different things at once and trying to keep heads above water. Kudos to those people who are also studying alongside all this! I have also seen a bit of a pattern in my behaviour where I don’t put any effort into my blog and social media, come back and post an apology for being absent and keep the content going for a short while, before life gets in the way again.

Landscape of the beach at Slapton Sands in Devon

I’m not sure what the secret to maintaining that streak is – hell, if you’ve figured it out, give me a call! But I do know that I don’t want to let this blog slide just yet. I feel like it’s a part of my identity – there was a time when people would introduce themselves to ‘Miss Wheezy’ at blogging events, rather than using my name, which was fun. Mind you, the blogging world has changed so much in the last few years that blogging events as they used to be, rarely seem to happen any more (don’t I sound old!), and it’s more about how many followers you can channel on Instagram to sell a product.

It may be that my lack of motivation partly stems from becoming disillusioned with the world of ‘influencers’ (urgh, I hate that word). However, I know of many genuine bloggers who believe in sharing quality content and inspiring people rather than just being all about making money. I’d also like to think that there is still a place for blogs as a content form, despite people’s attention spans getting shorter and preferring to just look at pictures and videos rather than read words.

I’m not sure if I would keep my blog going should marriage and babies come my way (not that this will be happening any time soon, haha) – but I do enjoy being able to share my outdoor experiences and look back at some of the amazing things I’ve been lucky enough to be a part of over the last seven (!) years.

This has mainly turned into a bit of a ramble, but I wanted to try and give a little life update to anyone who still has an interest in my blog, rather than just diving straight back into ‘outdoor content’.

I’d love to hear your thoughts on how I might create a better balance, and regain some of my enthusiasm for writing and being a part of the blogging world over the next few months. I’ve still got time in 2019 to write some great pieces so perhaps I’ll manage to pick things back up!

Thanks for reading.

Beki x

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7 Comments

  • Reply Liina

    Good to hear from you πŸ™‚ The thing with personal blogs is that you can blog as little or as much as you want to! I haven’t written a blog post in a couple of months but I will again when I have time. Life comes first and blogging second πŸ™‚

    August 30, 2019 at 3:44 pm
    • Reply misswheezy

      Thanks Liina! So true, will try and remember that πŸ™‚

      August 30, 2019 at 6:47 pm
  • Reply Emma

    Beki, I’m sorry you’ve had a difficult time with work, the new(ish) job sounds fab. I’ve always enjoyed reading your blog and would put you down as a successful blogger. I’ve also fallen into the blogging comparison trap recently, it’s not great. I’ve been blogging since 2013 and feel like a bit of a failure of a blogger. I mean I’m yet to even land myself a free pair of trainers, what sort of running blogger does that make me.
    After spending a lot of time debating stopping blogging, I’ve decided to carry on for now and to simply write for myself. I do like having a visual record of my running and other life events. By the way, as a geographer I love reading about all the outdoor type stuff. I can tell you really enjoy writing the outdoor content :o)

    August 30, 2019 at 5:29 pm
    • Reply misswheezy

      Ah thank you Emma for your lovely comment! I definitely count you as one of the original genuine bloggers, so I completely understand what you’re saying. I will definitely try to focus on writing what I enjoy, for myself – it’s a good philosophy πŸ™‚

      August 30, 2019 at 6:46 pm
  • Reply Lucy Edwards

    Great post Beki. I also have become disillusioned with the world of influencers, and being overlooked for opportunities in favour of others who don’t even seem to do any sport!
    I went to Kingsbridge in Devon last New Years Eve- lovely place!

    August 30, 2019 at 8:10 pm
  • Reply Tess @ FitBits

    Try not to get sucked into the comparison trap, it’ll suck the joy out of blogging forever! Some people are more organised, driven and crucially have the time, money and energy to put into their blogs and yes there is definitely an ‘influencer’ influx at the moment (I so hate that word too), with a focus on production and filters and high profile opps and earning. But just remember why you started your blog, and what it brings to YOU instead of what it can give to others.

    For me, I just love to write. I want to inspire more women and girls into sport, cycling and moving their bodies in any way they can. I want to set myself challenges and record them on the blog. I want to use my blog as an extension of my freelance fitness writing work and additional portfolio when working with clients (and it’s working well, hence why I’m so busy with work and have no time for the blog πŸ˜‚).
    I have 1001 things going on in my life with work, family and various other commitments that keeps me from dedicating proper time to my blog but I keep it ticking over and I’m still enjoying it because I’m trying really hard not to get sucked into that comparison trap.

    For you – I think your niche is your outdoor stuff, the camping, hiking, running and general being outside and feeding your soul. I love reading your adventures, however big or small. Maybe take some time to plan out some outdoor posts from the adventures you’ve had or you have coming up, and see if you can get inspired again.

    I’ll be ready to read when you do! x

    August 31, 2019 at 8:57 am
  • Reply Maria @ Maria Runs

    Lovely to hear from you again! I think it can be so hard when you can see people online juggling a million things, but stuff online is an edited highlights reel so it can’t all be believed anyway. I blog as it’s a bit of a diary really, as I like to look back and see what I was doing, and if other people read it then that’s fab.

    September 1, 2019 at 1:34 pm
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