Long time no blog

It’s been over two months since I last posted on my blog and it’s stressing me out. I don’t even have the reason of migraines to fall back on, I’ve just been… not really feeling writing, at the moment, so I haven’t forced it. I’ve either been pushing it to the back of my mind and ignoring, or feeling guilty/beating myself up when I do think about it – neither is good.

In the last 18 months or so,  literally dozens more bloggers have popped up in Brighton. People are using bots, vying for Google positions and likes on Instagram, etc, and I just feel like it’s all become very different and extremely competitive.

I guess, in a nutshell, I’m no good at, nor have any interest in playing ‘the game’. I’m one of the few not wishing to monetise, nor to gain work or use my platforms to do anything other than talk about food and Brighton life. To be clear, that’s not me dissing anyone who is (at all), fair do’s to you if you’re making a living from it, it’s just not what I want.

I’m not keen on a lot of  the politics in ‘the scene’ and networking makes me feel verrrrry uncomfortable. I’m not motivated by freebies, don’t get me wrong, it’s lovely to be invited to review and I’m super grateful for all of the amazing experiences I’ve had and lovely and talented people I’ve met, off the back of my blog. It’s just that more recently, rather than be enjoyable, it’s felt like a pressure to deliver within a time frame, or I’ll be letting people down, something I try not to do, in any part of my life.

The glorious thing about Rosie Posie’s Puddings & Pies being a hobby, and something I started, essentially for fun, is, that I don’t have to force myself to do anything. I don’t want to be under pressure to ‘perform’, because the second I feel like I have to, it’s the last thing I want to do, and I withdraw.

Thank you to all the (surprisingly large number of) people who have messaged me to ask if I’m ok/when my reviews are coming back – it’s so lovely of you (heart eyed emoji). This jaded feeling will pass, it always does, and I really do want to keep my blog going – I just want it to be fun again.

I really appreciate you sticking with me in the interim, and there’s always lots to look at on my social media, so head on over and follow me there, if you’re missing me.

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5 Comments

  1. Helen Lay
    August 1, 2017 / 9:17 pm

    Hey Rosie. I’ve been reading blog for the last 3 or 4 years and had noticed that you had been a bit quiet. Totally understand how you are feeling and hope you get your writing mojo back – but hope you are having lots of delicious foodie experiences anyway. Take care. Helen x

    • rosie
      August 2, 2017 / 2:16 pm

      Helen, thank you so much for your lovely comment, it made me all misty eyed! So pleased to hear you understand how I’m feeling and even more pleased to hear that you have been reading my words for that long <3 It'll come back, I just have a lot of stuff on my plate at the moment, but notes like this help to remind me of all the great parts of publicly putting my writing 'out there' too. Thank you again. Lots of love xxx

      • Helen Lay
        October 8, 2017 / 2:27 pm

        Hey Rosie. Actually I have always admired your bravery about writing online about food – your own cooking and restaurants. It can be a bit of a mean world out there. You partly inspired me to take part in My Kitchen Rules UK on the telly box. You. At have created a monster …. xxx

        • Helen Lay
          October 8, 2017 / 2:28 pm

          Should have said you may have – stupid iPhone!

  2. Lara Bates
    August 18, 2017 / 10:37 am

    Hello Rosie, I found your blog a few years ago when I was looking for the best roast dinner in Brighton. I found your reviews and recommendations really useful and have been reading it ever since. I have loved finding new places to eat but I also really enjoyed your blogs when things didn’t go to plan! (Although I am sure this was not so much fun for you). Please take care and I hope that the fun comes back. Lara x

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