Prior to this blog I had Short. Cute. Compact. where I wrote about food and lifestyle. Prior to that was Bry Jaimea Recipes which was solely for recipes. At the same time I also had a Tumblr account for my short stories and general musings. Prior to both of these was Autocorrect Asphyxiation (home to some webcomics and Queenie McEvil), as well as The Twitchin’ Kitchen (home to recipes).
The predecessor to these was my webcomic Queen of Stealth, and prior to that was, uh, another webcomic whose name escapes me. There was also my LiveJournal account and a Deviant Art account, both going back to age 18.
Prior to that it was pen and paper journals for as long as I can remember.
What I am trying to say is I have been blogging and journaling for a hella long time, and it is a huge part of my life.
However, just like everything else in life – I need a break.
This break has been a long time coming and was triggered mainly by the Instagram “attack” (for lack of a better word) that occurred a couple of months back. I mean, I do this for fun y’know? Having my credibility attacked has kinda killed that fun. Knowing that close to 1000 followers of my account are fake, and knowing this kills my engagement for the algorithm meaning my friends don’t even see my posts half the time?
And although that’s Instagram and not my blog, unfortunately it has had a knock-on effect.
Social media drama aside though, I also have a lot going on in my personal life and I feel as though I haven’t actually had a chance to relax in a fair while.
I find writing a completely relaxing exercise and it’s always come easily to me. However the promotion of posts, creating graphics, etc, is a time consuming exercise, and right now I just don’t feel I have the time and energy to dedicate to that.
My partner, my friends, my real world life need to take priority right now. I live in a country where I have no family and although I have a supportive boyfriend, I only have maybe two friends who live locally with the rest all located, obviously, in Australia. This all means everything I do and undertake I have to essentially do on my own and that can be quite exhausting.
Over the next month or so there’s a lot going on in my life, and over the next 18 months it’s going to get even more hectic, and that has to be my focus especially as I won’t have the support of my friends and family. I know Ben and his family will be there, and I couldn’t appreciate that more, but y’know, it’s not easy being away from the people you grew up with for such a long time.
But don’t worry, I won’t be gone forever and I am in no way abandoning this blog!
I’ll just be taking a break. Maybe just a week or two. Maybe a month. I don’t know. I just need to get my “house” in order before I can devote any more time to the blog. I’ll still be on Instagram and Twitter though, and will still be reading and commenting on your posts.
However, for now I think I need a break from my own blog.
So yeah, see you on your blogs xx
xx Bry Jaimea