Why Do I Blog?

As I am coming up to my one year ‘blog-anniversary’; this is question I have been pondering upon lately. But; before I delve into this, I just want to say a massive THANK YOU to everyone who viewed & liked my little ‘vlog’ (look at me getting down with the lingo!) Part of me was genuinely terrified to upload the film, but I decided to ‘bite the bullet’ and do it. I am SO GLAD I did, as you have all been so lovely, supportive and encouraging, so thank you for that!

Anyway, back to today’s topic: Why do I blog?

It started one day last June. I had made myself an outfit (you can view my first post here), and wanted to get some nice photographs taken of me in said outfit, to document it. I remember I had recently started to use Instagram a bit more during that time, but I found I wanted a platform in which I could upload & discuss pictures/sewing/fashion etc in more detail. Et viola! This blog was born.

From my very first blog post

From my very first blog post

During the same time, I was undergoing some major problems with my health, which I have touched upon in this post here. This meant that some days I would be doubled-up in agony, others I would be fainting & vomiting, and others I would be barely able to stand or move. In the midst of all this, I was backwards & forwards at the doctors and hospital having tests and consultations. I now have a diagnosis, although as it is a chronic condition, there is no known cure. This means I have what I call ‘good’ health days and ‘bad’ health days, usually on a 50/50 basis. Although sometimes if I have pushed myself too far on a ‘good’ health day, this will actually make things worse for me and I will have a succession of ‘bad’ health days as a result.

On the days when I am feeling fine; I really try to make the most of life and will either: work on my lingerie label, sew some clothing for myself, go on a bike ride along the seafront, mooch around the antique shops, or even just catch-up on the housework!

From a bicycle style blog post

From a bicycle style blog post

But on the ‘bad’ days, these often see me indoors, laying down and feeling completely useless and helpless, and like the whole world is ‘out there’ experiencing life without me. Of course, I know this to be untrue, and I have got a little bit better at handling my bad health days now (although I still get massively annoyed with myself if a bad health day mucks up my plans – but who wouldn’t?)

A very windy day on the seafront!

A very windy day on the seafront!

This is another reason why I blog. On my bad health days, if I am feeling strong enough, I can connect with the outside world at the swipe of my Tablet.

And I almost cannot put into words how important that lifeline is. At the end of last year, I had to undergo an operation (also due to my health condition), which saw me LITERALLY unable to sit up for about 10 days, and definitely unable to leave the house for 3 weeks. But I still kept this blog up to date. Why? To keep the connection going – my connection with the outside world, my connection with YOU dear readers!

From one of my more recent blog posts

From one of my more recent blog posts

That’s another amazing thing I have discovered through blogging. I have been able to ‘meet’ (in a virtual sense) so many wonderful, sweet, kind, like-minded people through this blog! People that live on the other side of the globe, and in all corners of the land.

So I hope that answers any questions about why I blog, now – why do you blog?

Until next time dears!



12 thoughts on “Why Do I Blog?

  1. wardrobe experience says:

    having a vintage blog meand alot to me … It is my little window to the world out there … to some other fabulous maniacs out there, that love to get dressed up like our granny’s and grandgrandmothers did, that love to collect olt things like I do …. Even if I live in a big city, I don’t find a big community of vintage lovers in real life, so the bloggosphere is a big help.
    thank you for blogging and thank you so much for all the vintage inspirations! 🙂

  2. Maja Ćorić says:

    You are, my dear Jenny, a fighter-girl!
    Conquering tihs blogoshpere. Conquering your health… you deserve lot more praises than we here give yopu. I wish you could see me: I’m giving this honest, hearty & pure post a massive two thumbs up.
    So: keep them coming, girl!


  3. Kate-Em says:

    Happy blog anniversary. It is always interesting to know why people begin their blogs. I am glad that you have found something which helps on bad health days.

  4. Jessica Cangiano says:

    Happiest 1st blogging anniversary, lovely Jenny. This whole post struck such a deep, personal chord with me, as it was my chronic health issues (I’ve been a multiple chronic illness fighter since my late teens) that was ultimately the biggest driving force behind why I launched my blog (and named it as I did as well). I was in my mid-20s at the time and felt like the whole world, myself included some days, was only seeing and defining me by my health. I didn’t want to lose touch with the fact that I was so, so much more than the sum of all my medical conditions, and decided that one of the best ways I could do that was to channel my focus, at least some of the time, onto a blog pertaining to a topic I’d adored since childhood: vintage.

    Chronically Vintage just turned six years old last month (on April 17th) and though there have been some major challenges on the health front over the years, I’m thrilled to say that I’ve been able to hang in there and that it and I are still here. I hope with all my heart that you’re able to continuing blogging for many years, if so desired, as well and commend you immensely for everything that you do, dear gal.

    ♥ Jessica

  5. Jenny Frances says:

    Thank you so much Jessica!
    I have followed your blog for a good while now, and indeed you are one of the bloggers I look up to & admire the most. Your words mean so much to me, thank you! xx

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