Thursday, 28 December 2017

Goodbye For Now


This is a very strange and sad post to write. But after much consideration, deliberation and panic (spurred on by my lack of blogging in 2017) as of January 2018, I won't be posting here again. I'm not sure how long I'll be gone. It might be time to hang my blogging hat up for good or I might decide to come back after some months or years have passed. Hello Gwen (previously This Fashion Is Mine) has been running for over 6 years and in that time I have posted over 750 blog posts and collected over 4 million page views. That's insane! I've put a lot of time, effort and passion into my blog and it has served me well. I've had the pleasure of discovering the blogging world, meeting lovely people and working with fantastic brands. My blog has led me into some wonderful adventures that I'll look back on with pride.

I am leaving Hello Gwen behind as it currently is. A lifestyle, beauty, fashion and diy blog. But I'm doubtful I'll be saying goodbye to blogging or self-published writing forever. I may come at it from a fresh angle in 2018 and open a new blog. Or reinvent this one. Or do something completely different! I'm not excited to write about fashion and beauty the way I was 5 years ago. I'm not getting the same level of enjoyment out of it anymore so it's time to stop while the going is fairly good. I'd like to spend more time growing my photography business and myself as a photographer. I'd like to share more of my photography work and actually take more photos for me. 

I hope anyone reading this will continue to follow me and my passions elsewhere. I'm still posting on Twitter and Instagram and hope to do so in a more constructive and creative way in 2018.

I haven't decided what to do with Hello Gwen as of yet. I may leave it here for a while or forever as a reminder of all the things I did and who I was in my late teens and early twenties. One day I might be so bloody embarrassed by it all I just take it down! But nothing is really gone from the internet...

Finally a thanks to all those of you who've been reading my blog for so many years. Anyone who's ever left a comment, shared a post, liked a tweet or supported this hobby of mine in any way! I've had lots of encouragement and feedback over the years from readers as well as friends and family. I do feel a touch of guilt that I'm leaving behind something that I'm very proud of. But life is moving on and new things are ahead of me. I will go on, I'm excited to see what I do next!

Here are some links you might like to follow
www.photographybygwen.co.uk
twitter.com/gwenmcmullin
instagram.com/gwen.mcmullin
instagram.com/photographybygwen


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