Graduation and Blog decisions

Well. What a wirl-wind eh? Who’d have thought I’d actually come out with a degree?

I still can’t quite believe I’ve done it, but must say I’m incredibly proud. And after a brilliant, yet slightly stressful and nerve-wracking day, I’m now a graduate.

But this isn’t what this post is about. This post is a bit of an explanation into where I currently see my future and my future of blogging.

I’ve been a bit slow on posts and social media lately and have found myself in a bit of a blogging rut. I love blogging and interacting with other bloggers don’t get me wrong, but I’ve found it difficult to keep up with. Nowadays, our entire lives are on the internet. All my details, contacts, emails are on my phone and often I spend most of my day staring at some sort of screen.

I don’t like it. I watch people everyday taking no notice of the world or the people around them because they’re glued to their phone or some other device. 

There are positives don’t get me wrong, it can do so much good and I seriously admire those who blog full time/alongside jobs and invest so much time into it. But as blogging is a hobby of mine, I’ve felt like it’s a lot of time and effort to keep up with other good blogs, taking thousands of photos, editing them all perfectly, writing and posting several posts a week, I just can’t keep up. 

I’m a millennial, yes. But my university experience has definitely taught me a lot about people and myself and my time. I (we) can’t afford to waste any minute of our lives doing something we don’t want to do, feeling bad about ourselves, putting off the people who mean something to us or the things we want to see. We can’t afford to not appreciate our lives. 

My blog and my social media reflect me, as a person and so if that changes slightly, I’m ok with that. I’m definitely a sucker for self-criticism and comparison and sometimes that’s ok and inspiration helps mould me and my blog into something better. But I’ve got a lot better at recognising when it’s not ok. Whether it be blogging comparison, body comparison or just life/career comparison – through uni I’ve met a lot of very different people. No one person is better than the other, but they take different paths, they like different things, they look different, but they’re still all amazing. Me being different doesn’t make me any less amazing. 

Ok, sorry that turned quite a turn in topic. But basically what I’m getting at is, that even though my blog/social media is slow and maybe lost a few followers, I’m happy with my choice to not feel like it’s a chore. I now tweet/post instagram/blog because it’s something I want to share, not something I need to get in to keep my stats up. And if that means I post once every month, that’s fine. It will reflect me at that time, not what I feel like I need to post.

I’m also taking the courageous, yet obviously smarter, decision not to take my huge Acer Aspire laptop (which is actually still going believe it or not!) away with me to Australia and so blogging will be extra slow I’m afraid, as writing and editing photos is just not the same on an iPad and I’ll obviously be a lot busier and have other things on my mind! (But be sure that when I get back – if I’m still loving blogging/haven’t got a job yet – I’ll have weeks worth of brilliant posts to make!) But I’ll do my best to keep you all updated and I’ll have my phone and the millennial instinct to share all the incredible photos I’ll be taking on Instagram/Twitter.

Cliche as it sounds, I’m sad to close my uni chapter (although be sure I’ll be back to York next year to visit everyone/fulfill a years worth of Brew and Brownies/Society), I’m ready and excited to start the next one! I’ve grown so much over these 3 years and have gone through and achieved so much that I’m proud of and that’s got me to a place that I’m ready to move forward on my own and to know myself that little bit better.

Any other graduates feel this way? Any tips for blogging whilst travelling?

And just remember how brilliant and amazing you are, no matter at what stage you are in your life. Everyone has different paths that they take and just because yours is different or not at the same stage, doesn’t make you any less awesome!


  1. Emma Bought What
    August 7, 2017 / 7:05 pm

    Love this post and congratulations on graduating! x

    • Josie Brownlee
      August 8, 2017 / 10:27 am

      Thanks very much Emma!

  2. Diana Maria
    August 9, 2017 / 2:17 pm

    What a wonderful post! I respect your decision to do less on social media, it should never feel like a chore and taking time away from that is really good for our mental health I think. I hate being glued to my phone too, so I always make sure to set time each day away from my phone and social media to just enjoy everything around me. Congrats on graduating, I wish you all the best with your future! xxSending light & love your way,My Lovelier Days

    • Josie Brownlee
      August 11, 2017 / 7:50 am

      Thanks so much Diana, I'm glad you agree! I think a lot of people are realising how much valuable time can be wasted on these devices sometimes!

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