Hello dear friends and readers!
After months of irregular, infrequent posts, I’ve decided to call time on this blog. It didn’t feel quite right to just stop posting and not say anything, plus I want to let you in on what I’m doing next, so I figured a final blog post would be a good way to go.
Blogging was a huge part of my life for many years. It has opened my eyes to a lot of interesting people, some of whom have become great friends, and has given me a platform through which to share my thoughts and opinions, something I value a lot. Over the last six months, I’ve had many things going on in my life (most notably, moving house and switching to a job where I get to write every day for a living!) and blogging has taken a backseat. I resisted this at first: I felt guilty for not posting, tried to come up with ideas, but ultimately they didn’t pan out how I wanted them to. Now, I have finally reached a place where I’m willing and happy to accept that my heart is not in this anymore; that this blog is not where I want the content I create to live.
There’s a slightly more negative side to my decision which it’d be disingenuous of me to not mention. As someone who blogs exclusively about cruelty-free, vegan and ethical living, but from an intersectional perspective with ongoing critique of these subject areas, I have found my voice a little drowned out in the crowd. I don’t have faith that this angle of activism has a place in the blogosphere right now, and it’s been important for me to stay true to what I think matters and how I want to conduct myself as a positive vegan advocate. I have not been prepared to let the problematic opinions of others within my community go unchallenged and I think this has impacted my ability to be part of that community at all, or have my content amplified within it. That’s fine – perhaps it just isn’t for me anymore.
In the meantime, I’ve found Instagram to be a wonderful platform for sharing my thoughts, opinions and food snaps. Over the last year or so, I’ve put a lot of effort into being as creative as possible on there, and my next step is to hopefully make this the primary platform through which I post. There are still so many topics I want to discuss; whether I do so through posts to my feed, Stories or maybe one day even IGTV, I don’t yet know, but I’d love to have you along for the ride. You can follow me here or by searching @notsoquietgrrl.
Mine has certainly been a smaller, hobby blog in the grand scheme of things, which I’ve always been proud of and happy about. This has meant that I’ve had few but very supportive and engaged readers. I appreciate everyone who’s read my posts and left me comments time and time again; your support means a lot, so thank you.
After umming and ahhing about this decision for so long, it feels great to be in a place where it’s come easy, and I’m excited for what I will create going forward.