I've never regretted the decision to finally take the plunge for one minute. While I'm the first to admit that blogging takes time (a lot of time) and dedication, it has been nothing but a joy for me.
And while I'm blogging for myself in the first place - my blog is, after all, my on-line diary and photo album combined - it is you, dear readers, who make the experience worthwhile.
Back in March 2018, I wore this dress which used to be in a Flemish film
To celebrate this third year of blogging madness, I trawled through the archives as I thought I'd show you some of my favourites from year three. I was rather spoilt for choice so it wasn't an easy task. In the end, I went with my gut feeling and picked one or two (or three, in one case!) from each month.
I'll be weaving together my answers to Veronica's questions and my favourite photos in this post, so let's waste no further time and get started!
Pattern mixing on an early Summer's day in April 2018
1) Why did you start blogging?
I'd been following various blogs behind the scenes for a couple of years, which inspired me to start my own. I have always regretted not keeping my teenage diaries and have considered starting some kind of diary many a time, as I felt I could do with some structure to my day-to-day life. Apart from holidays and any special occasions, the years just seemed to roll past, leaving me with only the vaguest recollection of what I'd been up to during a particular year.
Walking among daffodils in Bruges, May 2018
Blogging seemed the perfect solution, as it would give me an incentive to keep it up.
Being a keen photographer, I also wanted an outlet for my creativity, as most of my photographs were just languishing in digital files. And, finally, it would give me the opportunity to share my passions, in particular my vintage and second hand finds.
A lawn full of daisies, May 2018
I came up with my blog's name in August 2015, though it still took me until March 2016 to actually take the plunge.
It's only fair to thank my lovely friend Inez for nagging me until I finally gave in!
Frilly blouse and floral trousers, Shropshire, June 2018
2) Has your blog changed since you started it?
Definitely! I thought I would just share some photos of me posing in one of my vintage frocks once or twice a week and show you my latest finds, adding only a few words.
Never in my wildest dreams did I imagine that words would flow so easily, that I'd be blogging about so many different subjects, or that I would be writing series of travelogues. It's not just all about vintage fashion anymore!
And never in a million years did I think that my blog would attract so many readers and followers.
Meeting Vix and Lynn, Chester, June 20183) Blogging is time consuming - what are the challenges you find in finding the time?
I am passionate about my blog so, even if I do admit blogging is time consuming, I don't consider this a challenge.
In spite of having a full-time job, I will always find time for things I'm passionate about.
I'd move heaven and earth to get a blog post finished and published, as the rewards far outweigh the time I'm putting in.
Vix and yours truly, Attingham Park, June 2018
4) When do you write a post - in the morning or the evening?
Even though being a full-time working girl means the brunt of my writing is being done in the evenings, I do keep adding to my posts constantly. I often jot things down during my commute, which I will then quickly add to my draft once I get to the office. I find that once I have an opening line, the words just keep flowing.
Instructions for a heatwave, July 2018
Finally, I add photographs and edit my flow of words.
I think outfit posts are and and will remain the main staple of my blog, but travelogues have become a close second. I can't wait for our next trip just after Easter!
But I'll write about anything, really: childhood memories, the seasons, walking, nature, my home ...
I love putting a bit of poetry and things that please the eye in my posts, as I think there is enough ugliness in this world as it is. My blog is my happy place!
I love the fact that I can share my passions with you, my readers, and I treasure each and every comment I'm getting from you. Blogging is such a great way to meet kindred spirits. I was lucky enough to meet two of you in real life last year. Meeting Vix and Lynn definitely was one of the highlights so far and thinking about those days back in June still makes my heart sing.
What I didn't expect to happen is that I love writing part of it so much. I did try to put pen to paper before and once even started writing down some autobiographical notes, some of which have already made it into my blog, but I never thought I would do anything with them. I certainly hadn't the faintest idea whether I could actually write or that people would appreciate my ramblings.
7) What's the thing you like least?
There isn't anything really. Apart from the odd, annoying, spam comment, I haven't got anything negative to report about my blogging experiences.
Walking on Christmas Day 2018
I'm not in the habit of thinking too far into the future. I'm living in the moment and I'm only thinking ahead in bite-size little chunks. But I'd like to think I'll still be blogging then. Hopefully with a bit more time to spend to spend once I'm no longer working full time.
Double trouble, January 2019
I've thought long and hard about whether to nominate anyone at all. In the end, I decided not to nominate anyone in particular.
1. What inspired you to start blogging?
2. How does your blog influence your daily routine?
3. How long does it take you to write an average blog post?
4. When and where do you take your photos, and who is your photographer?
5. What is it that you enjoy the most about blogging?
Answers on a postcard, please, or you could just mention them in your comments. If you're a blogger, you could even write a blog post featuring my questions. It's all up to you!