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New Year, New Blog – Same Ol’ Me

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Well, it has been a minute and a half, hasn’t it? When I first decided to take a break from blogging, I never in a million years expected to be gone for almost two years. But time flies by so fast and before you know it, more than twelve months have passed and we’ve said goodbye to an entire decade. Mind-blowing, if you think about it. But let’s not dwell on that too much. I’m here today to let you know that I am now officially back, and to tell you all about what I plan to do with this little blog of mine.

The truth is, I needed to step away for a bit because my mental health was deteriorating rapidly. I don’t think I ever shared any of this on the blog, but 2017 ended on a very low note for me. Due to a situation at uni, involving a group assignment (we all just love those, right?), I lost two of my closest friends; they decided to put an end to our friendship because, according to them, I was in the wrong in that particular situation. I’m not going to elaborate on it too much, because it’s in the past and I don’t really want to dwell on it anymore, but that is definitely what set off the descent towards the lowest point I think I’ve ever hit. To make it all even better, this happened right as I was heading towards an exam period, which is already a pretty stressful time, and I was trying to do Blogmas (emphasis on trying, here). Great timing overall, really. I was doing quite well considering the situation, but after my exams finished it’s like everything suddenly came crashing down and it was all a bit too much to handle.

For anyone who has been around since the start (January 1st, 2017, baby!), you might remember that this little corner of the web started out as ThatGirl. More specifically, the url for the blog was actually thatgirlonyt.wordpress.com. I still cringe when I think about it now. I also vividly remember coming up with the name as I was sitting in my bedroom in Naples during my Erasmus exchange and being so goddamn proud of it. Originally, I was meant to focus more on doing YouTube videos (hence the url), and I didn’t realise that YouTube doesn’t really have a lot of – or any – username restrictions. So while I sat there thinking I’d found the perfect name and wondering why no one else had come up with it yet, there were actually already a tonne of ThatGirls all over the place. It also turned out that creating YouTube videos wasn’t really my cup of tea after all. I’m an insecure introvert, and YouTube is all about being very happy and outgoing all the time, really drawing the viewer in with your confidence and ~quirky~ personality. That ain’t me, fam. Not that I was faking anything in the videos I did upload, but I was definitely turning it up a notch (or two) in order to appeal to the general YouTube audience. I do feel like that has kinda changed now, as I see a lot of YouTubers being more mellow, but I still think I won’t be venturing into the world of video anytime soon.

In any case, after only a short while I already started to feel like the name wasn’t all that great and it wasn’t really me either. So I decided to change it up a little bit and I went from ThatGirl to TGIFreya. Already a little less generic, since it included my actual name, but still kinda gimmicky. To be honest I don’t really know where I was going with it. I mean, I thought it was fun that it stands for ‘Thank God It’s Freya’, but… What does that mean, y’know? It’s a little bit arrogant if you really think about it, and arrogant couldn’t be further off from what I’m like (at least I hope so). I did like the branding around it, as well as the look and feel of the blog. Not only that, but I also feel like I really found my blogging voice and my stride, even though posting weekly was still not something I consistently stuck to. I was definitely getting better at it and it showed (in my own humble opinion, of course).

I’m starting all fresh now, though. New blog name, new design, new website. New everything, really. Except me; I’m still 100% the same – Just Freya.The only thing that has changed is that I have rediscovered my love for blogging, and I have a much clearer vision of what I want to do with this little corner of the internet; I want this to be a place where like-minded people can come together and read about or discuss quite a variety of topics. I know people always go on about the importance of finding your blogging niche, and I do get where they’re coming from; it definitely makes sense. But on the other hand, my blogging niche is, well, me. And I’m interested in writing about different topics, instead of limiting myself to just one or – at a stretch – a few interconnected ones. There’s just so much I have to say, and I know I could split it up into maybe a few different blogs that have a real one-track focus, but that just seems like way too much effort and I know I would definitely not stick to something as elaborate as that.

Anyway, let me just say that I’ll be writing blog posts on how to live a more healthy lifestyle – both physically and mentally -, productivity habits (something I’m still working towards every single day), sustainability, blogging and so. much. more. I’m telling you, there’s a lot of good stuff coming your way – you’re going to want to stay tuned, if I do say so myself. I’m very excited to take you all on this journey with me as I discover new things and finetune old habits, all in hopes that it might help out even one person.

Have you ever had to force a hard reset on life? Or maybe taken a prolonged break from blogging, for whatever reason? Tell me all about it in the comments down below, I’d love to hear about your journey, too. And if you’re new here (hello, welcome!), head on over to Twitter or Instagram and introduce yourself, I’m always up for meeting new people.

I hope you enjoyed reading, and I’ll see you again next week with a brand new blog post!

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