Where to start?
Today is the five-year anniversary of this blog. In total, I have been blogging around 8/9 years. And it's just not the same anymore.
I know it's frowned upon by the blogging mafia to talk ill of the 'community' or whatever but I have found many others who agree with me that it is not the same. Most people see it more as a career opportunity, not a hobby. Talk of stats, DA, followers and 'opportunities' outshine the general passion for documenting our lives...which is what started it all really.
My first ever blog was a Project 365 one. I took, edited and posted a photo every day...it ended up failing and fizzled out. My next blog was in early 2010 and documented my first adult trip to Disneyland Paris. I actually paid to use the computers in our hotel and updated it each night so my Mam could keep up with me, then I carried it on upon our arrival home.
Then came a bad time in life and so it had to be deleted.
Underland to Wonderland then followed, when I moved into my first flat in late 2011.
Long story short my blogs have always been passion fueled, fun filled and to document my life. That being said it doesn't mean I am disregarding or undermining those who do blog for money or those who don't enjoy it and feel it a chore. I personally just think this kind of world isn't for me.
I don't think (and hadn't expected) people to notice, but I haven't used Twitter since the 20th and can't say I've missed it. Obviously, I had planned on getting a break from it while on holiday but I began my break early and can't see the end of it to be honest. Twitter is one of the main parts of the 'community' that I feel has taken a decline in recent years and I'm too old to spend my time on something that makes me feel so awful. You never know what you're gonna experience when you go on there and unless you're in with the in crowd, cool enough to have a following who hang off your every word, or are someone with super thick skin who can just tell people where to go when they get arsey with you, you don't seem to have a voice on there. Seriously, some of us have hard enough times in our daily lives without the stress of social media.
For too long I have tried to do something with this blog, gain more followers, make more friends but it's impossible. I guess I'm just an unlikable person like I have been my whole life, and so I'm stopping. 2017, my 6th year of Underland to Wonderland is gonna be just for me.
I love taking and editing photos. I love researching and writing up posts. I love my little blog and I'm not letting a so-called 'community' and it's judgemental, high school bullies make me want to stop.
So it's goodbye Twitter and goodbye sassy, sarcastic, stuck up, opinionated people who don't let others have an opinion if they differ to theirs.
If you are still reading and want to keep in contact more than just through blog comments I have a little group on facebook for like-minded, respectful bloggers who want to genuinely share their blog posts and give each other company and support. It's likely to be a very small group haha.
Yeah. In conclusion, this post was pointless. Just an update of sorts I guess...should have probably done something a little better to celebrate five years of Underland to Wonderland, but then again I'm not the giant helium balloon type.
Couldn't afford one even if I was.