Anknel and Burblets signing out and signing back in

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If anybody is reading this who thinks I am or was ever an interior blogger I am quitting being an interiors blogger. See graphic below.

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If you have links to my blog on your blog I will not be remotely offended if you remove them now. In fact, I actively encourage you to do so because I am going to be highly un-professional from here-on in.

My blog is now going to become a place where I write nonsense about the books I’m reading. And the places we shall be visiting. Back to the old way when I began blogging. This time though with the general theme of English folklore, mythology and Arthurian history, including Atlantis. I might also write about my amazing return to Callanetics – the best exercise in the history of the world.

I shall take photos of the family and put them up here for my aunt to see because she misses us and we haven’t been back to New Zealand for four years. I miss New Zealand and try and avoid looking at any pictures of the beach, or the beautiful glänziges Licht auf’m Wasser.

I’ve bought some amazing things lately for the new house. And I’ve made the best makeshift curtains out of bits of Liberty fabric I bought when Astrid was a baby. And every day I travel through the Sussex countryside on the train to get into London where I go to work in Canary Wharf.

We are truly blessed.

The choice to return to work and give up life as a writer or blogger or photographer was a very conscious one. And I couldn’t be luckier. My year off was an absolute blessing. And my return to work even more so.

Just the last weekend I went into a craft shop and the owner said I should come down on a Friday to bring in my Japanese craft books. I told her I worked and she asked what I did. When I told her I design software for a bank she looked at me and said, oh well, never mind, I guess it pays the mortgage.

It was strange. I don’t think she could imagine how much I love my work designing software for bankers. I don’t think she realised this is the job I was born to do. How, at the age of 20 I’d go and sit with the IT guys in the weekend in their office and voice chat to people in the states on their old Mac Classics. In 1993. Yes, I have grey hair.

Anyway, as nobody is reading this it doesn’t really matter what I say. And this is what I want to write. And this is how I’m going to write here from now on again. As if nobody is reading. Because that’s how I write best. When I’m not deleting hours worth of writing in case it’s the wrong thing to say.

Interiors blog agonising over two days shoots for £100 worth of free stuff = gone.
Charlotte blog of whatever bollocks = yes.






30 responses to “Anknel and Burblets signing out and signing back in”

  1. Michelle avatar

    Do what makes you happy right! I can’t say your job sounds that interesting to me but as the saying goes “it takes all types!”. I love blogs where I can just nosey into lovely peoples lives so feel free to just be you.

    1. Charlotte | Anknel and Burblets avatar

      Hey Michelle. Yep, that’s it. I’m on the other side now. I am working mum as opposed to stay at home mum. And I love it. This is going to be blogging from a different perspective – where I don’t need blog sponsors any more. It’s going to be fun!

  2. Mali avatar

    Very glad you’ve found what works for you; I’ve missed your writing and look forward to more of it. As an aside, structuring information for websites and deconstructing how others have done it makes me as happy as make and do. I like to think both require a mind that blends creativity and analytical/logical thinking! 🙂

    1. Charlotte | Anknel and Burblets avatar

      Hi Mali – oh yes I just love mixing creative and a bit of technical. Nice to hear you’ve missed my writing. There’s plenty more to come 🙂

  3. Lorraine avatar

    Please blog about whatever you chose, its lovely to find happiness in things that interest you and I wish you lots of interesting adventures. Enjoy now.

    1. Charlotte | Anknel and Burblets avatar

      Hi Lorraine. How nice to see you are still here after all these years!

  4. nicky avatar

    Awesome. It’s the same dilemma I’ve been having with my blog, I tried to make it a newfangled focused one instead of the blather I’ve written about for years and it didn’t work.anyway I’m here where I’ve been since I was in London and you were in NZ and I’m glad you’re back too.

    1. Charlotte | Anknel and Burblets avatar

      Ha – yes, remember you won a Liberty zip pouch all those years ago when we were in Mt Albert when Astrid was a small baby!

      1. Nicky avatar

        Yep! I still have it, and I still use it to keep my ipod in too!

  5. Rachel Naylor avatar

    Charlotte, congratulations on the work! That’s wonderful! I will continue to read the blog and have a peak into the life of someone so far away who seems to appreciate the beauty and blessings around her. 🙂 Best of Luck with everything, I’ll be following along!

    1. Charlotte | Anknel and Burblets avatar

      Hi Rachel. Thank you – that is lovely to hear. xxx

  6. Lindy avatar

    I think I’ve been around for 8 yrs- through courses in France learning about scents. Through moving back to NZ and back. The London years and searching for your place in the world. I’ve loved every last minute of it and I’ll be here for this new journey. Welcome back!

    1. Charlotte | Anknel and Burblets avatar

      You sure have Lindy – all those moves. God how exhausting! So good to be settled at last. And thanks for reading along – you have indeed always been here.

  7. erin avatar

    i’ve missed you! hope all is well and look forward to seeing you more here. xo.

    1. Charlotte | Anknel and Burblets avatar

      Hey Erin 🙂 I will be back here more. Just me and the fam and the house and the cats and things we do. Yay!

  8. Lillian avatar

    Yay! (I never really liked the interiors posts anyway) xx

    1. Charlotte | Anknel and Burblets avatar

      Yep – they were just weird!

  9. Tresa avatar

    How funny I should check back in with you today, when I’ve just come to this same conclusion for my own self! I don’t like what blogging has become, and I don’t want to chase that anymore. So I’m quitting the business of it all and going back to what made me love it in the first place – an exploration of my own creativity and sharing what motivated me. No more trying to appeal to traffic trends, no more SEO, no more sponsored garbage. The relief I feel is physical.

  10. Julie avatar

    Good for you! I haven’t looked at your blog in a while, so I didn’t know you were gone. I like family stuff and stream-of-consciousness better anyway.

    1. Charlotte | Anknel and Burblets avatar

      Hey Julie, yep, me too. I want to look back on my blog and see what we did. That’s why I started it 🙂

  11. suzy avatar

    So glad. I think I started reading here way back in the beginning – and they’re my favourite kind of posts, just the stuff-that-happening ones.

    1. Charlotte | Anknel and Burblets avatar

      You did. That’s how it was back then. It was so much fun. I think I like that kind of fun way more !!

  12. Alex avatar

    Congratulations on returning to yourself again, Charlotte!
    I wish we could turn back the time to when blogs weren’t commercial, just for the sake of the blogs! It’s different now and I accept that blogs have become a way to support a family – it just aren’t the blogs I am interested in.
    Great you are out of that system!

    1. Charlotte | Anknel and Burblets avatar

      Hi Alex. Funnily just an hour ago I got an email from the place we buy all the girls clothes from saying they’ve removed me from their affiliate program. Their reason was “Anknel and Burblets”. I am very curious to understand what that might mean in this context 🙂 Perhaps it now means “Non-compliant”. Ha!

  13. Julie avatar

    Speaking of books you’re reading, have you read the Phryne Fisher mysteries by Kerry Greenwood? The writing quality is very high and the mysteries are fun. If a book sends me to the dictionary 5 times, I consider it a nice challenge. It’s set in 1928 Australia, but in one book she does travel to New Zealand.

  14. Jane avatar

    Well done you, I would read your blog no matter what you were writing about as it is a joy! Jane

  15. Gillian avatar

    I’m reading! I still check in randomly, just to see what you’re up to. I’m glad you’ve not quit blogging – your new approach sounds ace and you sound so very happy. Yours was one of the first blogs I read, years ago. Xx

  16. Amy avatar

    I have recently dropped out of my old professional life and am still searching for my new professional life, but I love hearing from people who have done the same. I think our actual jobs here are to love the people around us and to try to find peace and joy in our lives. . . I’m always happy to read about someone accomplishing that. 🙂 XOXO

  17. ohAbigail avatar

    Charlotte – how lovely to hear ‘you’! So glad you are blogging again and very much look forward to your new approach. In fact you are inspiring me! Xx

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