How blogging helped me through lockdown! πŸ€³πŸΌβš‘

Hi everyone! How are you doing today? Ready to witness me confiscate these thoughts to a part of the web that connects us all (I just made blogging sound mildly disgusting but okay πŸ€£πŸ•ΈοΈ). This blog post has been on my mind since the end of the first lockdown last year (I’ve forgotten how many there’s actually been tho! 🀯) so it’s bittersweet to go through these thoughts, add to them and gain a load of positives from a huge negative. I’ll admit, I won’t exactly be confiscating these thoughts as they’re what I’m moving forward with but I am glad to finally be voicing them and that also made for a great intro starter so sue me 🀣.

Here’s a lil backstory: Before covid I was going along thinking there were so many things I needed to do and back then I felt the pressure of it all but only looking back now do I see just how severe and unnecessary that way of thinking and living really was. Things came to a halt and during this time I’ve become more present minded and aware of my surroundings + what I actually want to do! ✨ I don’t think I’d be in as good a mindset had I not been able to see this difference and get to where I am now. I thought I appreciated the little things to the highest extent but I often got distracted by where I thought I should be and that took away from just living and enjoying life in general. Today I can say that I see everything in a different light. Maybe it’s just a Summer perspective but I truly feel as though I’m heading in the right direction (and hopefully announcing that won’t give karma free reign to tear the feeling to shreds πŸ˜…πŸ˜‚).

In the midst of all this change, the good and the bad, I’ve for sure noticed how beneficial blogging was for my time spent in lockdown and I knowing that we’re most likely heading in the direction of another one I want to acknowledge these positives. Back when it started it seemed to be thrown upon us and all of a sudden home was the place to be. I’m used to being housebound with my chronic pain but the pandemic made it all very different!

My idea of not being able to go out changed drastically and yet I’d constantly be trying to find comparisons between the two in order to get by. With us all being in the same boat pandemic-wise, those rose tinted filters and preconceived notions of how life should be on social media that make you think everyone else has it better than you do altered significantly. In this time I found solace in the fact that we were (and still are) in this together and there’s a reality behind the facade alongside the beautiful things in life that can truly happen. All in all, I could do with a trip to Specsavers but metaphorically speaking in seeing things more clearly now πŸ˜‚.

Throughout this time of stillness I’ve taken in things for myself and learnt to not let comparison seep in as much. Is it strange to think that in a time like this you could feel more like yourself than ever before? I don’t know but that’s how I feel and it’d be interesting to know if any of you do to? (It’s a weird one to lose and gain by way of perception alone when it could go either way). Part of me fears things going back to “normal” because I don’t want to associate with the mindset I held so closely before. Life is beautiful and in this moment in time I see it for what it is. Anywho! That’s a little bit on how lockdown changed my perspective on life, here’s how blogging helped me (and will most likely continue to do so!) get through it!

It kept structure in my life

I had my routine of posting and it really kept me going knowing I had that target to have fun with! I’ve always believed blogging has added a welcome structure to my life and in lockdown that thrived and I appreciated it more than ever. Even now it can be tricky to know what day it is but in the height of lockdown I didn’t even know when the weekend was 😬. Blogging was one for the timeline that I stuck to whereas a lot of other things switched around and it kept me levelheaded having that sense of responsibility where I had this thing for me to get to and look forward to diving into πŸ–‹οΈ 🌊.

It continued to be a brilliant outlet and way to vent

I love how I can write about anything and everything I want here that takes my fancy and there’s no limit in terms of singular niche (because I wouldn’t be able to abide by it for long without running out of ideas! Props to those who can and do πŸ™Œ). There were times when inspiration was running wild for me in the very first lockdown and right now I can tap into that but at one point it was at such an all time high I wished it could be bottled (sadly to no avail πŸ’«πŸ€£).

It made me look at things very differently…

…teaching me that my blog works around my life, not the other way round. With this outlook there is a steady flow of ideas because I’m forever moving forward so why not take inspiration from that? It’s very easy to put more of your time into one thing than is necessary and that was me with blogging for some time both physically in creating content and mentally through thinking about what I’d do next! I didn’t realize how quite a few other things were done on autopilot because of this. The whole process needed to slow down so that I could look up and see the bigger picture + gain an insight into how time can be used productively when I’m flareup free and that happened in lockdown. To-do lists can be spread out and not everything has to demand attention. It’s a constant battle to pace but in all this I’ve gotten a lot better at not being so frustrated with myself when things don’t pan out well. It’s difficult to explain but there was a before + a now and I know where I’d rather be! πŸ‘‡πŸ€£ At the end of the day you only live once as the person you are right now (I worded it that way incase you guys intend to come back as a butterfly or something πŸ™‚πŸ€£) and no matter how much I enjoy blogging, I don’t want to be glued to a screen 24/7 because of getting lost in the moment. Despite that being a timing exaggeration the point still stands!

It became a whole other type of escape than what I was used to!

Before it was a way to take my mind off of chronic pain and be involved in a community but in lockdown it became so much more than that! New faces appeared who wanted their own sense of escape and there was a closed in vibe of this being a safe space where people talked about their thoughts throughout this difficult time and what they were getting up to. In a way it mirrored how things started out for me here, no there wasn’t a pandemic going on back then but there was still a striking resemblance. The blogosphere is like another dimension and that magical aspect was new to me back in 2016, as I got used to the feeling it would come and go (in times of having a writing rut πŸ˜‘) but in lockdown it reappeared and that dimension became the place we were actually allowed to go! (Didn’t get to leave the house but it honestly felt like it 🀣). In a way you could say the lockdown kinda revived the blogging spirit!

It made things exciting again!

In keeping with that last note and there also being that wall healthily separating life and blogging, when reading other bloggers posts I felt not so alone in all of this. It made me wonder if I could possibly make readers feel the same way too and that was exciting!! (Looking back, the overall message of this post has all been one big nostalgia hit and I’m loving it πŸ˜‚βœ¨).

Thank you for reading fellow bean! I appreciate it πŸ€—

My question of the week for you is: If you’re a blogger, did lockdown affect how you create in any way, shape or form? It would be interesting to know just how much the blogging experience changed for everyone and if there were/are any similarities!

I hope you have a lovely weekend and enjoy doing something for yourself (to be honest, I forgot it was going to be the weekend which is odd considering I only post here on Fridays 😢🀣) take care and I’ll see you soon! πŸŒžπŸ’—


9 Comments

      1. I know what you mean…it’s amazing how much comes out when you make little random notes about what you’re thinking – and always keep a notebook with you on standby. πŸ€—πŸ‘πŸ’«

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