May has been a lovely month – it was shaky at first as I came off the pills and dealt with the final symptoms of Seasonal Affective Disorder, but once those had evened out I started to really feel myself again. I’ve been focused on self-care but also orientated around my goals, and I feel ready to up my game over the next month!
MAY Wrap Up
I’ll admit that I got a little stressed out about my blog this month as I did the classic mistake of getting fixated on the numbers once I noticed they weren’t going up. I rectified this with a giveaway which brought loads of traffic to my blog, but now I need to keep it up! I was perhaps too ambitious with my social media goals given that I was on holiday for a lot of the month so I’ve tried to be more realistic this time around.
During May I read just two books – both non-fiction, but wildly different! The first one was the Culture Smart! Colombia travel guide published by Kuperard, which I really enjoyed and became inspired after reading to write my own series of travel guides focused around British and Canarian locations. Very early days but looking forward to working on this soon! The second book I read was a much more spiritual book by Ann Marie Ruby entitled Spiritual Lighthouse: The Dream Diaries of Ann Marie Ruby. Not a book I’d normally pick up but I loved it. Both of these I reviewed this month as well as Moxie by Alex Poppe.
Because we went on holiday this month we were quite excessive with eateries, visiting eight in total! Three of those were in England including LEON at Stansted Airport (which I also reviewed this month), The Rose & Crown in Wivenhoe, and Patisserie Valerie in Colchester, and five were in Corralejo – Hamburguesa, La Casita, Retro, Cordon Blue, and El Pescador. La Casita will always be my favourite in Corralejo for their beautifully authentic Spanish seafood, and Patisserie Valerie stood out to me back home for their rather delightful afternoon tea which I shared with my Mum.
Time for British experiences was sparse this month so I visited just one, which was the annual exhibition from the Colchester Photographic Society featured at The Minories in Colchester. It was fantastic, showcasing a real range of talent from the area.
This month was a Fuerteventura month, which might be why I feel so great! We trialled having a more budget, relaxing holiday this time round which I enjoyed, though I think I’m more suited to jam-packed adventure holidays… I get a bit bored of sunbathing after a while! It was lovely to get away though and I got loads of good review content, from a complex review of Maxorata to an excursion review of Jandia, situated on the south of the island.
It wasn’t quite as busy as April for miscellaneous posts but there were still a couple! I didn’t write any product reviews but I was nominated for the Sunshine Blogger Award, which was possibly the lengthiest award post I’ve written in my life! I was really grateful for that as it now means I’ve been nominated for four separate awards since I started in February.
Several of my guest posts and contributions were also featured this month – What I Love About Britain for BritVoyage and Let’s Talk About Pets for Little Tinkablee. I also contributed to Favourite Travel Destinations by World Of Lina.
June In Focus
June is hopefully going to be a busy month! I’m planning on going self-hosted towards the end so my site may be down for maintenance at one point, however it’s going to be bigger and better once done! I’ve also got lots of planning to do, such as an email list that I’d like to develop and ways that I can be working with other bloggers and featuring them on my site.
I’m starting off my reading today with The Cleansing by Anton Eine, a sci-fi short story written purely in dialogue which I’m interested to read. I’m participating in a blog tour for One? by Jennifer Cahill in the middle of the month, and I’ll also be reviewing Matt Haig’s Notes On A Nervous Planet which I read in April.
I think it’s fair to say that I visited a whole myriad of restaurants in May, so for June I’m scaling that back a little bit. I’ll be posting reviews of The Rose And Crown and Patisserie Valerie, and hopefully will visit Caffe Sala in Colchester towards the end of the month.
My first visit this month will be to the Naze in Walton, which is very local to me! This is a place that is very special to my heart and perfect for both sun worshippers and nature lovers. I’ll be reviewing it mid-month as my main British experience for June.
Sadly I’m not travelling anywhere this month as I can’t really justify it, but I’ve got loads of content to share! You’ll be able to read reviews of Hamburguesa, a brilliant place in Corralejo for burger fiends, plus a more close-up look of Timanfaya which was mentioned briefly in my Lanzarote Grand Tour review. I’ll be going into more detail of what to expect from the first Timanfaya visit we ever did.
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I’ve got one guest post scheduled for this month which is part of the Meet The Blogger series with Fraser’s Fun House, plus a contribution to Inching Forwards. I’ll also be writing two guest posts up – one for Brighter Craft on galleries in London and another for Emily Eva on Colchester. I’m hoping to do one product review but it’s not confirmed yet so we shall see!
I feel like I’ve really got into the swing of things now with blogging and I’m excited to finally go self-hosting at the end of this month. May has been crazy for ideas generation, so let’s see how much of that I can start working on in June!
What are you most looking forward to reading about in June?