I must confess, like most people that link up with Kirsty from My Home Truths each Monday for I Must Confess I’m really going to miss this linkup. Some of my favourite personal posts here on AMC are part of that confessional, especially the ones where I took over hosting the linkup here while Kirsty was off exploring the world with her little family.
Interestingly in writing my final I Must Confess post, there were a couple of unexpected turn of events that stopped me in my confessional tracks.
Firstly, a young girl from my eldest daughter’s school collapsed and died at school late last week. Clearly, not my story to tell and my heart goes out to the girl’s family and friends. We really only knew the girl in passing but even still, death especially when it involves someone so very young has the potential to stop you in your tracks and make you take stock. And that’s what I’ve been doing for most of the weekend, feeling shell shocked and taking stock.
The other event was much closer to home and once again not really my story alone to tell right now. It too rocked me to the core, stopped me in my tracks and had me craving time out and offline, as well as wanting to hit the pause or rewind button. If only life worked like that.
I must confess it is times like this that your priorities, the things that matter most to you, the things that get lost in the chaos of being busy come to light. Things you may have been neglecting or taking for granted. Things that could really be taken from you in an instance with no remedy for recovery.
To me there really are only four possibly five things in life that matter the most to me… my husband and our marriage of almost 21 years, our three girls and the gorgeously eccentric Ragdoll cat that decided to adopt our family and turn me into a crazy cat lady. Everything else is a distraction.
I MUST CONFESS…
With the events of the past week, my farewell post for I Must Confess now looks a lot different to how I imagined and I’ve decided to take some time out from the personal blog to collect my thoughts. Just two-ish weeks. It will give me time to take stock.
In the scheme of things, saying goodbye to the confessional party comes at an interesting time, with my Blog Agency taking up more and more of my time. I’ve been in two minds about how to proceed here with the personal blog and losing the confessional linkup almost seals the deal for me in terms of a way forward. I’m certainly not ready to retire AMC completely, it’s a great outlet for me, not just to test the blogging waters but also to keep in touch and support my fellow bloggers. I do feel however, that I need to get my priorities in focus which will mean a slight change in proceedings is in order.
When I return, I’m assuming there will be less of the personal posts and more of a focus on reviews and giveaways. There will also be two new linkups added to the menu here. Both sponsored in part with major giveaways up for grabs.
A little snippet of what is on the agenda…
AUSSIE REVIEW CREW
A one off linkup dedicated to review blogging. Kicking off at the end of September and running through till December.
My way of directing all of the review enquiries I receive each week to more suitable bloggers. With a giveaway to reward seasoned bloggers, as well as an opportunity to give new bloggers starting out the chance to dip their toes in when it comes to blog reviews and working with brands.
My Worth Casing Blog Awards will make a comeback from October, with a name change. This time, I will be looking to recognise and reward new and up and coming bloggers as well as seasoned bloggers that perhaps fall through the cracks (or niche guidelines) when it comes to mainstream blog awards.
This linkup will run from October through till December. Bloggers will be encouraged to link up their stand-out blog post from the past 12 months or write a new one specially targeted for the awards.
I’m currently in talks with a couple of sponsors for this linkup and giveaway but there is the possibility a cash incentive could be on the cards.
WORTH CASING WEDNESDAY
As I head into my 4th year of hosting Worth Casing Wednesday, I feel a change is in order for this linkup. It will remain (for now) but I’m thinking of using it as a platform to share my ‘one new thing’ each week. A personal challenge I’ve been partaking in for well over four years now.
My ‘one new thing’ very rarely makes it on to the blog but I think it might actually be a great way for me to up my review game, keep my personal challenge alive and potentially keep a small amount of the personal on AMC, if somewhat more professional.
Who knows, I may even drag a couple of bloggers along for the ride on occasion. Anyone want to jump out of a perfectly good plane with me? Actually… not going there. Not now. Not ever. That saying ‘never say never’ doesn’t apply here.
Now with added co-hosts which means just because I’m taking a little break from blogging this fortnight, doesn’t mean this linkup is. There are already some fab prizes up for grabs with more bloggers and businesses linking up daily.
Before I head offline… I would really love your help naming the two new linkups and their dedicated hashtags. If you have any suggestions, I would love to hear them, especially in terms of what prizes you would like to see up for grabs!