So this is my last post here on Midlands Musings and I’m both a little sad and a little relieved about it. Today has been an emotional one for me as the cattle start to leave the farm and the staff begin to pack up their homes and our little house really starts to to look empty. But moving into a new online space is the push I need to get myself into the mindset that comes with relocating. I read a quote the other day that went something along the lines of “be like a tree and let the dead leaves drop”. I’ve been clinging to so much stuff over the last five years or so and for the first time I finally feel free of all the responsibilities and limitations I had placed upon on myself. I now know that there are so many more great things out there for me and I finally have the ovaries to reach out, grab them and smother them with soppy Keri-kisses. That’s not to say I haven’t loved every moment of writing this little blog – it has helped me in so many ways by getting my writing out there, sparking my love of digital communication and enabling me to build a career of my own by doing what I love. And you just don’t get better than that in life.
I looked back over my blog stats yesterday and in summary, here is Midlands Musings, in a nutshell, by numbers:
960 published posts (including this one)
134 draft posts (just lurking away… filled with words and thoughts too rude or silly to ever be seen)
10837 is the most views I’ve had in one day
2739 comments on this blog… that’s a lot of discussion! (And let’s not count the many troll comments that never saw the light of day)
469 209 all time views (that’s like almost half a million. I know it’s baby numbers compared to the big-ass blogs but I’m still like “wooooooaaaahhhh”)
84083 – views for my most-read and most-shared post ever, I Want To Talk.
But here are many other elements that come with writing a blog which cannot be counted by numbers or put into boxes. I look at my first posts which were literally me just me posting (tiny) pictures of random quotes and I compare them to my more recent posts and I think to myself, sheesh, girl got deeeeep, man. Maybe too deep? According to some. Who knows? Sometimes a writer gotta write. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again and again – it’s not easy putting yourself out for both praise and criticism, but I wouldn’t change it for the world. I like to think that my writing over here hasn’t been all cotton candy, peony-scented unicorn farts. I’ve written about hard and touchy subjects such as racism, feminism, sexism and veganism and I’m still fiercely proud of those posts. Sure, I sometimes don’t recognise the person I was, or the opinions I held, but I’m still on nodding terms with her. It’s only by looking back that we can understand how we became who we are today. And weren’t we always united – present me, past me and future me – in this very moment anyway?
Writing and interacting with fellow readers and writers involves a certain amount of self-analysis and while that can sometimes be uncomfortable, it sure does make you stronger. And wiser. Perhaps wearier. But definitely more thankful for your support systems. One of the best things about writing this blog is the people it has brought into my life. Technology is a wonderful thing and I love that Midlands Musings had brought me into real life contact with so many smart, like-minded, funny and beautiful souls from all over the country, and indeed, the world. I can count on both hands the amazing people I have met through writing here and whom I probably would never have come across otherwise and I’m so, so, so thankful to them. Tash, Chè, Lauren, Nicola, Andrea, Jane and Gaby have all become real life fixtures in my life and have been great sources of inspiration, advice and, well, sanity. There are countless other bloggers and readers who have always been amazingly supportive – Tash Marais, Cath, Emma, Mariska, Gaelyn, Stacey, Nicki, Lulu, Caley, Colleen, Bailey, Tamzin, Danielle, Kristi, Bryni, Chereen, Talya, Marketa, Veronica, Siobhan, Vanessa, Shannon, Lynette, Kerry, Christine, Tanya, Carolyn, Jacqui, Eileen and Kelly come straight to mind. And of course to my all my family and friends who have stuck by and supported me even if I used them for writing material (yes baby, I’m looking at you). Thank you everyone! From the bottom of my vegan custard pumping heart.
Some of the amazing friends I have made also happen to be fantastic photographers and Lauren of Glossary and Smitten Pictures, is one of them. Lauren and her man, Tall One (he really is blerry tall), came to stay a few weekends ago and, as usual, La had to get us out and about in the beautiful evening light for some snaps. I’m so grateful she did. Thanks La for these pics, I absolutely love them and I’m so glad to have some pictures of the farm and the hounds during autumn, which is my favourite time of the year in the Midlands. Check out Lauren’s blog Glossary for more pics from this amazing day and if you’re in need of a truly lovely photographer to capture your own special moments, Lauren is your girl. Promise.
So without further ado, click on over to my new online space, We Are The Wildflowers (thank you to Andrea and Nicola of Copperbird Media for designing and developing such a lovely little new home for my soul work) and add it to your browser or Bloglovin’ feed or even follow my new blog page on Facebook for updates. I’ll be hanging out over there from now on – do let’s catch up!
Thank you so very much again for being a part of my Midlands Musings – it’s been beautifully real.