Where have I been?

*Trigger warning for grief*

I’ve been away from A Literary Cocktail and social media for the past couple of months because I haven’t been able to face it. Late last year I lost a close family member, and then I lost my Dad this January and it’s been one of the most difficult periods of my life to date.

Doing things like blogging or posting about my day on social media has felt completely meaningless and vacuous – what was the point, I’d wonder, as I’d scroll through others’ stories, feeling my own online persona dissipate.

I’ve had this blog since 2015, and it’s brought me a lot of joy and some incredible experiences. I’ve been on holidays, I’ve attended events and I’ve worked with some exciting brands to review products. And, funnily enough, one of my biggest fans was my Dad. He’d always ask me how my blog was going, what ‘freebies’ I’d got this week (sorry fellow bloggers) and he was so proud that I was making money through my own business.

But, something has been missing recently. I haven’t felt like attending any events, or writing a post reviewing a product (even wine – I know, I know!), and I’ve become increasingly worried that nobody really reads blogs anymore. With the rise of YouTube, Instagram stories and social media influences, is there a place for the long blog post? Is link-building becoming more important than old-fashioned PR? I’m not sure, but what I do know is that my Dad believed in my blog, and me, and so when I’m ready, I’ll be posting properly again.

Have a cocktail for me in the meantime. x