Wednesday, 3 January 2018

Year in review

 "I am very sane about how crazy I am." Carrie Fisher

2017 was a tumultuous year for me. From re-branding my blog last summer, to purging the old one, there were many significant changes for me.

Many of these changes were personal. I was having some difficulties with my son. I had to change his school because the one he was previously enrolled in was shit. I also could no longer handle the stress of being a working mom. I was having panic attacks, went on medical leave and then quit my job! With that being said, it annoys me how many offers I received (not from the Goth community but the mainstream) since I wrote about being a stay at home mom. For some reason, many PR agents thought this would make me a mommy blogger. The thing is, I do not plan on being one. In my opinion, there are way too many mommy blogs out there and the main reason why I re branded was to get away from that! I don't mind sharing a recipe every once in a while or even get a little personal with regards to my family life. I don't mind if they were alternative parents like me because we have more in common but I never played well with the mainstream mommy club either. Also, if you are a company looking for sponsorship, I would be interested only if it is something my readers would appreciate. It always amazes me how many PR companies find blogs, pitch them a spiel without first checking the blog's content!

I started 2017 on a sad note. With having a lot if celebrity deaths in 2016, I was still bummed over some of them, particularly David Bowie and Carrie Fisher. I know I never met these people in real life and I don't really follow their personal life either. I was inspired by Bowie's music and Princess Leia taught me some valuable life lessons. I was also still in mourning over my cat, Pippin who died. I have owned many cats over the years but Pippin was my best friend. In fact, my entire family was (and still is) grief stricken. By May, I felt like we needed to still grieve but we also needed to move on. I told my son, Philip that Pippin wouldn't want us to always be so sad.  I told him it was OK to feel sad but it was important to be happy too. Our cat wouldn't want us to be sad all the time. Once I had that conversation with him, we noticed some improvements with his behaviour, mood, and attitude. This is when my husband and I decided it was time to adopt a dog. The dog, whom we called Storm has adapted well in her new home and is often the queen of her castle. She is a very spoiled and pampered pup!

I apologize for not blogging so much during the Holidays. In previous years, I tried to keep up but one thing my anxiety has taught me was to take some time for myself. I did just that! Now that the Holidays are over, I look forward to resuming my regular blogging schedule. I also plan to continue my monthly music spotlights as well as to feature a blogger every month. I apologize for not giving a shout out for December but will get back to it this month.

One of my goals for 2017 was to get something published the traditional route. That goal was a quasi-success. I cannot give too many specifics right now. I did hear back from a publisher but am unsure whether or not it would be worthwhile for me to proceed with this certain publishing company. My advice to anyone who wishes to be published the more traditional route, read the contract carefully. Like any business transaction, especially within the writing field, I learned the hard way several years ago to know my worth. I am not going to settle on the first publisher who throws a contract at me! I will leave it at that.

I have a lot planned for this blog this year and do plan on some videos as well. I am looking forward to 2018 and I sincerely wish the best to all of you, my readers. Here's to another year!


  1. I've never received an unsolicited offer about anything on my blog. Guess I appear to fit in NO categories, LOL! Happy New Year, Syl, and best wishes for an outstanding 2018!

  2. Wow that's awesome about the book offer. Try pitching to agents if the direct offer doesn't feel right to you.

  3. Happy New Year! I am glad to hear you had a restful holiday!



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