Thank you and all the best for 2023

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

Author: Janet Carr

Fashion, beauty and animal loving language consultant from South Africa living in Stockholm, Sweden.

12 thoughts

  1. Dear Janet, Happy New Year to you! Thank you for all your wonderful posts and thank you for your kindness when you went out of your way to show me Kanken sizes! Everyday, I look forward to reading your posts. I wish you and your family (both human and furry) plenty of happiness and health for this new year!

  2. Happy New Years to you, too. I have learned so much from your blog. I love the snippets of your life that you share. I found your blog through Philofaxy. I also love planners, cats, fashion, makeup, and funny jokes! Thank you for writing this blog. It has meant so much to me during the bad times and the good.

  3. May you have a blessed 2023, keep writing and keep doing what you love. I hope you enjoy the New Year whatever you are doing today and I always enjoy your posts, even if I don’t comment on them.

  4. Happy New Year to you and ur family!! I enjoy reading ur blogs daily!! I enjoy ur tidbits of life and ur love for ur purry kiddies that you share with us!! Thank you for the joy and laughter and knowledge too!! Much blessings for the New Year!! 💕

  5. Janet, happy New Year to you too! I am grateful for you and the time you always manage to share with us all. Your posts have taught me a lot of things. And I’ve laughed til I cried over your funnies! I so enjoy the artists you introduce. Writers, painters, sculptures, jewelry makers and etc!! And your love for your cats as well as all animals makes you so relatable and authentic. Thank you for allowing us to join you in so many things you experience in your life. I admire and respect you greatly!

    1. Thank you so much. I am so glad you like the funnies. A good laugh is the best medicine sometimes and I am so glad that others share my sense of humour!

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