I’m Back! Where I’ve Been and What I’ve Been Up To

I’m back! Find out why I’ve been gone, and what I’ve been up to, as well as what’s around the corner for my blog…

As you may have noticed, I’ve been away for some time. I started this blog back in July 2018, and wrote for a few months before life became too busy to continue. Alongside my final year at uni, I was juggling 3 part-time writing jobs, and my blog became my last priority.

That said, things are changing! Now that all that has finished, and I’ve now secured myself my first proper full-time role as a copywriter, I can relax a little. Now, I can take that time for myself to write about my passions and interests.

I’ve learned an immense amount over this year. It’s been a journey, but I’m back with a blog redesign, and a fresh take on blogging, and how to get it right. So, without further ado, welcome back! Here’s what I’ve been up to whilst I was away…

Family and Our Dog

I Graduated!

So I finally graduated! This July 2019, I walked the red carpet of Cardiff City Hall with a first-class degree in Ancient and Medieval History!

For anyone that’s interested, I wrote my dissertation on the TV series, Rome. I discussed how and why they represented gender, sex, and sexuality in the program, considering their modern take. It was extremely interesting to analyse how modern sensibilities and social ideas have affected the representation of men and women from the Roman period.

My thoughts for my dissertation were, if I write about something I’ll actually enjoy, it won’t be too difficult to spend an entire year writing it. It certainly worked, and I managed to spread out my work evenly throughout the year, handing it in early too!

If you’d like more information on how I managed my dissertation, do let me know in the comments, below! I’d be more than happy to share my experience, for anyone who’s worried about writing their diss. It may seem daunting, but there are ways to deal with the pressure.

Otherwise, my graduation day was great fun – the whole family came to celebrate, and we ate and drank all day. For many people, graduating is scary, and it can be tough to see uni life melt away, but I see it as a brand new chapter.

Life tip: the more positively you think of things, the greater your experience of life will be! Life so far has taught me that good things come to people who think good thoughts.

Woman Wearing a Graduation Gown

I Moved House

To top it all off, I have moved away from Cardiff to a brand new city, Bristol! I had never even been to Bristol before very recently, when I had to travel there for a job interview.

I would have liked to remain in Cardiff but, once I’d decided what job roles to search for, it turned out that there were almost none available in Cardiff. The next option was Bristol, as it was close to Wales, but offered a fresh beginning.

Luckily, there were a lot more opportunities out there for aspiring copywriters, and after interviewing a few times in Bristol, landed myself a job. Then, the next step was finding a decent place to live!

My boyfriend and I had decided we wanted to move in together. That said, my job began before we’d even be able to move out of Cardiff! My tenancy ended in July, and his ended in August, so I lived with him in his flat, commuting from Cardiff to Bristol every day.

One thing I would say to anyone thinking of commuting is that it’s really hard. It was alright for me, because I knew there was an end goal; moving to Bristol very soon. I really feel for those people who do it every day – it’s expensive, and tiring. I was getting home at 7.30pm most days!

Luckily, we managed to find an amazing place to live, which was a real steal – a 3-bed semi-detached house, with a garden, for a great price! I couldn’t have asked for anything better.

Now, my commute is half as long, costing around a quarter of what it cost before, and I’m getting home an hour earlier each day. Amazing!

Clifton Suspension Bridge
Clifton Suspension Bridge

So What’s With The Blog Redesign?

If you followed my blog previously, you’ll know that my blog looked a little dated, before. That’s probably because I had absolutely no clue what I was doing!

Since I started copywriting and content creating for a big company, however, I’ve learned a lot about design. I created the logo using a simple tool, and I’m so much happier with the aesthetics of the blog, now.

In general, I wanted the journey I’ve had over this past year to reflect in my return to blogging. So, along with the design, I also changed the name completely.

The blogs original name was inspired by my first ever blog post, a review on Daphne du Maurier’s novel, Rebecca. After being completely inspired by this novel, I chose to write a book review, and never looked back!

That said, I found the blog name caused major confusion, and people thought I was actually called Rebecca! So, I’ve changed the name to be a little more personal – new blog, new me, after all.

Joanna Journals Logo

What’s Next?

So, what’s next for me? Well, now I have a full-time job doing what I love, I will hopefully be able to post on here a lot more!

That said, I won’t be putting as much pressure on myself to post every Thursday, like I did before. If I have pressures like this, I know it’ll make me feel guilty for not posting if I don’t have time – I have to be realistic. Now, it’ll simply be a case of posting if I have something to post.

I hope you’re looking forward to what I have in store! What have you been up to this year that you’re proud of? Let me know in the comments below, and tell me what sort of posts you’d like to see from me. Until next time!

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