As this year moves to its close, I want to thank you all from the bottom of my heart. For reading and commenting on my posts. For teaching me so much. For brightening the darkest days. For becoming friends.
The first time I blogged was on TypePad in about 2008, when web logging was in its infancy.
I enjoyed it so much that This Bug’s Life was started in 2012, to help me recover after burning out at work. I was off work for nine months and I really fought to go back to the career I loved so much, despite a gloomy prognosis from the doctors. To train my concentration and my writing, I wrote about my days, handbags, Filofaxes, animals, and silly small musings. When I went back to work, I began writing about English grammar and usage.
As blogging has declined in popularity, in favour of YouTube, Instagram and TikTok, I remain here on WordPress. Partly because my love remains the written word, partly because my blog is so much part of my life now. I work full time, have a relationship and I do work for charity. But my blog is one constant in my life. Because of my readers. I make time to write whenever I can, scheduling posts in advance during my busy periods at work. This is because I know I have readers who enjoy my posts, and I am so grateful to you all.
These past three years have been awful – two years of covid, followed by a year of war in Ukraine, energy crises, a fuel crisis, soaring prices, inflation, and a recession. Sweden has, in the face of explicit Russian aggression, done what I thought they never would – applied to join Nato. Covid cases are rocketing in Sweden as I write this, leading many to fear the return of restrictions.
So I wish us all a better 2023. Where things calm down and life can return to whatever we used to regard as normal. I wish you all peace and love and hope.
Thank you for reading me