Blogging Insights — Year of the Pandemic

Dr Tanya over at Salted Caramel is our hostess for the Blogging Insights series.
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How do you think this pandemic year has been for blogging in general and your blog in particular?

I think several people may have found their blogs a lifeline during the lockdowns as a means of keeping in touch with people. FB and similar are OK, but I’m not on any of those, though I can appreciate that families have found them a godsend too, as is Skype and Zoom. If anyone started blogging since the pandemic began, I think they may have been able to cope better with isolation, shielding, and not being able to have visitors. Comments on blogs can be instantaneous, so conversations can develop, and that has its positive side too.

For me, my blog saw the best views in 2020 since I started, 121, 200 to be exact, and I thank each and every one of my readers who made it so.
My blog content changed as we could no longer go out on impulse, eat lunch in the car and people watch. We carried on having our walks, but were avoiding people to keep socially distant, masks became a must for us but a will they or won’t they issue for everyone else, and shopping trips were rescheduled to once a week because it was no longer a pleasure. Locally we were inundated with tourists even though the amusement arcades and most of the shops, pubs and restaurants were closed. I moaned about it all in my blog, and so it was no surprise when I got depressed with my own writing!
We don’t have a lot of visitors anyway, but the darts league folded, so there was another topic for blog fodder hit on the head, and my SW group went onto Zoom, though I have kept in contact by texting in my weight every week.

I started my Today is………….. posts following on from Linda Hill’s What Day is it Anyway idea, and to be honest, it has helped me keep track of the days. They all blended into each other, little change in our routine, nothing much to write about, and surprisingly, time just got away from me. I made cards, so many I ended up giving a lot away, and health issues  took a toll on both of us.
Losing Maggie left another void in my blog. It’s been six months now and I’m missing her more than ever.
The good news is that we both had our second jabs yesterday, and although we shall still mask up, socially distant and sanitize our hands regularly, maybe we’ll be able to go out more with the new camera and I can get to play with settings etc. My results will be another subject here in Pensitivity101.
I am glad to have had my blog though. I enjoy it, and look forward to reading other people’s input on challenges and questions such as this as it broadens my outlook.

About pensitivity101

I am a retired number cruncher with a vivid imagination and wacky sense of humour which extends to short stories and poetry. I love to cook and am a bit of a dog whisperer as I get on better with them than people sometimes! We have recently lost our beloved dog Maggie who adopted us as a 7 week old pup in March 2005. We decided to have a photo put on canvas as we had for her predecessor Barney, and now have three pictures of our fur babies on the wall as we found a snapshot of my GSD so had hers done too. From 2014 to 2017 'Home' was a 41 foot narrow boat where we made strong friendships both on and off the water. We were close to nature enjoying swan and duck families for neighbours, and it was a fascinating chapter in our lives. We now reside in a small bungalow on the Lincolnshire coast where we have forged new friendships and interests.
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13 Responses to Blogging Insights — Year of the Pandemic

  1. Sadje says:

    I think it’s indeed a blessing to have a blog in these days.

  2. I discovered your blog during this past year, and it’s been a joy to me, especially your card making, though I am blind so can’t enjoy the photos. I always appreciate handmade cards and gifts. I also love your 3TC and Today Is posts. Thank you for blogging! 🙂

    • Hello, and thank you for your kind comment. Always lovely to hear from you and read your takes on the challenges. I enjoy card making, especially when an idea actually comes together. Most of my cards this time had a butterfly on it. I love butterflies, and have a lot in my kit! May I ask how long you have been blind?

  3. KL Caley says:

    Lovely post capturing your journey ups and downs in the past year. I started my blog many years ago, maybe coming up 10 but I’ve drifted away onto other things and then come back to it. I imagine it will have been a lifeline for many this past year. KL ❤

  4. Carol anne says:

    Di, I love your content! I find it varied, interesting, and diverse! I look forward to reading your posts 😀

  5. I think the general consensus is that our blogs have been good for us in the year of the pandemic.

    Looking forward to seeing results from your new camera.

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