久しぶりですね, long time no see.

It’s been a while.

I took an unscheduled break, and the longer the break went on, the more I felt like I had to come back with an amazing post. The Queen of all posts! And consequently, ended up putting too much pressure on myself and not posting.

I toyed with the idea of closing my blog entirely, the blogging scene is pretty much non-existent now and most bloggers have moved on to greener pastures. There’s no sense of community anymore and people seem to read but never comment. That kind of saddens me until I remembered that I blog for myself.

Having people read and comment is fantastic, and I’m always appreciative of that but I primarily started up my blog as a way of keeping up my English skills when I left university. I always blog with that in mind, as I’ve never been a particular strong writer. But it became even more important when I moved to Japan, as teaching children English for nearly 2 years really took it’s toll on my own English, in that I lost a lot of vocabulary and writing continuous prose was near impossible.

My absence recently I think was primarily to do with natsubate. A term which I only heard about this year! Despite living and working in Japan for nearly 4 years, this summer was my first summer actually working. Previous summers, thanks to ALT contracts, I didn’t have to work during the summer and I hide away to avoid the heat and humidity.

Natsubate is summer exhaustion/ fatigue, where you have no appetite, trouble sleeping and in general, just feel utterly exhausted.

Which pretty much describes my summer.

But summer is nearly over and Tokyo is slowly coming into Autumn now. Which I am ecstatic about, as Autumn is my favourite season and Autumn in Tokyo is especially pretty.

So I’m looking forward to the cooler weather and hopefully more time to work on my blog.

Thank you for reading.

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  1. I’m so glad that you didn’t close your blog! I always love your posts 🙂

    I could literally kick myself in the head for closing mine years ago (along with all the followers I got from it, sad face), I got so caught up in the negative that I didn’t think it clearly through (along with personal stuff happening) but blogging should be something for yourself, like you said! I do feel like blogging in general has been dying but I still do enjoy reading blogs and have just made a new blog myself because I missed it so much haha. I think people don’t like to comment because blogging has somewhat turned into what magazines are: simply looking through and quickly moving on.

    When I’d look up swatches or specific beauty items for reviews, I always tended to just look at the blog post, assess whether I really wanted the product or not, and then just click out. Nowadays I do leave a post thanking the person for writing the review and leave a little commentary or something.

    And it’s a great idea to keep up blogging also because of your environment with teaching in Japan, along with using blogging as a tool to better writing skills and the sort.

    I think it’s also really important to take a break when needed, as blogging can at times become so robotic in a way? Or the pressure to create content or the sort can really be such a burden to deal with.

    Look forward to more posts! 🙂

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    • Thank you for all you kind words :). I agree with you on so many points, especially how important it is to take breaks. And you really are right about people seeing blogging more like a magazine now, flick though and then discard :(. I’ll have to try harder to comment too. 🙂

      I’m really glad you’ve return to blogging…though your Charlotte Tilbury collection will make me poor:D! Must buy all her lipsticks!

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  2. I’m glad you decided to continue blogging, because I enjoy your blogging and your photos! It’s true that many people don’t comment and maybe just give blogs a glance before moving on, but if you enjoy it then you should continue writing! Welcome back ^^ お疲れ様です。

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  3. Yay I’m so glad that you’re back 🙂 I love seeing what you get up to – like where you go to eat and what you and Ksk get up to 🙂 I’m quite nosey like that! So please keep enabling my nosey ways :))

    Dannie x

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