Rants and Whimsy

Looking back at 2015

December 29, 2015

This year was an interesting year in blogging. I suppose I should take a stroll back through 2015 and mull it over. For personal growth. To prove to others that I have direction. To reminisce over burgers past. Stuff like that. So here’s what happened in 2015, Mayfairy styles.

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The Good

The good parts of this year were all about friendship. I feel like I met a whole heap of delightful people and cemented friendships with a few really amazing bloggers. I went to a bunch of fantastic restaurants, had way too many epic nights out and spent more than my fair share of time giggling. Well, for the first three quarters of the year anyway. The last few months have been a little bit shakier.

My five favourite posts from 2015:

You need to know what’s in your chicken

#TeaWithJesus

That PR email we all know and love

How to leave a restaurant and other food blogger problems

Things you can do in a ladies lavatory

Best events: St Paul’s Cathedral (see above), Oxo Tower, BBC Food Festival, Money Supermarket Epic House Party, Wine Tasting with Vignobles Foncalieu and Zomato Party.

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The Bad

I fell a little out of love with it all. OnΒ  personal level, it was a very bad year topped with a number of anxiety issues. Blogging wise: When I started blogging I knew that I liked writing and I read a lot of blogs, so figured I could join in the fun. I had no idea what I wanted to blog about, but figured I’d narrow that small detail down the further I meandered into this whole adventure. Well, the first year I kind of did that. This year served as a bit of an example of what I don’t want to be doing. Looking back there’s plenty of stuff I liked, but I feel like I didn’t dedicate my time to that, rather I took too much time to write posts I felt I owed people.

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The Future

I feel a bit shit about the state of my blog if I’m honest, and when you combine that with a recent monster admin problem that has been an absolute nightmare to solve, I’m about ready to drop this. Essentially, I’ve been dealing with this tech-based fiasco all through December and it’s ruined everything. I’ve been looking at moving to self hosted WordPress for a while now, and I’m considering speeding that process up and changing my domain name in the process. A fresh beginning. I know this goes against every piece of blog advice ever written, but I’m rebellious and fed up….

Basically I cancelled all of my December events and I have nothing on the horizon for January. Instead I have planned a long list of posts that I actually want to write… I feel much better about it all already…

Here’s to a better January!

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  • Shikha (whywasteannualleave)

    Oh Frankie, big hugs, I have been feeling rubbish about the state of mine too so can totally relate. I love blogging but sometimes (often) I find it totally knocks my confidence and I feel like throwing in the towel too. I hope you get it all sorted and I’m looking forward to reading all your posts that you’re planning to write totally on your own terms πŸ™‚

    • I think taking December off from “events” was the best plan ever. If only I hadn’t had the rest of this trouble I’d have a lot more posts in drafts πŸ™

  • Ahhh….I think it can be easy to fall into ‘what we don’t want to be doing’ and for me that was doing too many PR-related restaurant reviews. I’m finding it easier to say no now. Just a good idea to take a step back, a deep breath and remember what you want your blog to be!

    • YES! I feel exactly the same way. It started off as fun, then it was a cheap way to have a night out with friends. Now it’s just not what I want to be doing, at all. I’d rather be creating stuff for my blog, rather than reviewing other people’s creations…

  • adales8

    Pretty please don’t ever stop blogging. Thanks. xx

    • I’m not quitting blogging! I just might not be the mayfairy for much longer… we shall see xxx

  • Aww I feel your pain! It’s so easy to have a big of a blog crisis especially if there are posts that you dont want to write. You do you, we will still be here even with a new URL! x

    Jasmin Charlotte

    • Thanks. The URL thing will be decided for me in the coming weeks I think. I will blog about it because WHY THE HELL NOT?! Haha, may be a lengthy post πŸ˜‰

  • I was actually so glad to get away in December – I’m feeling the same as you, I think, in terms of feeling like it’s becoming more of a chore! It’s easy to compare yourself to others and judge yourself too harshly. I’ve loved reading all of your posts, they really make my day and I love your writing style – I can’t wait to see more in 2016! πŸ™‚ xxxx

    • Thank you so much! I will carry on writing, I think I’ve finally gotten to the point where I actually believe that I don’t need to be validated by others and I can just write what I want!

  • Go you for doing what you want as opposed to what you think you “should” do. I’m excited to read the writing that you’re excited about πŸ˜€

  • Happy January to the Frankiest Frankie there is, and ever will be. I loved these highlights (and reliving Gianni’s crab face). Here’s to bitching blogging for the better xxx