3 Years in Stationery

As I said last year, this isn’t a new year’s resolutions post, it’s just that 2nd January happens to be ATS’s birthday and it’s always nice to reflect on one’s achievements isn’t it. To be honest, when I was planning this post in my head I was going to start by saying:


Which is kind of true, but actually, in looking back on my posts over the last year, I’ve not been quite a rubbish as I thought I had. So I think I’ll start by talking about a few things I’m proud of  from the last year…

I opened my own shop!
I’m sure you’ve heard me blather on about this elsewhere already so I’ll keep it short. I opened The Stationer, an online store selling a small selection of beautiful stationery. The first month has gone well, and after launching only in the UK, as of yesterday I am now shipping all over the world – so that’s exciting!

I travelled for ATS!
The lovely people at Insights-X took me and some other bloggers to Nuremberg, Germany to visit their expo and learn about lots of brands that are still manufacturing in that area. I wrote about the experience here, if you missed it first time around.

I appeared on a podcast!
Myke and Brad invited me to be on the Pen Addict. I was so excited, but so nervous! We talked about lots of things including my stationery map, why I got into this in the first place, and my plans to open the shop.

And the bad stuff…

Well, that can’t be summed up quite so succinctly, but as I’m sure you know by now, I lost my mother very suddenly in August. The shock of that seemed to knock out any desire I had for blogging. It all seemed so pointless after that. And kind of still does a bit, if I’m honest. Once I was slightly more back on my feet I threw my energy into the shop, so not only have I not had much motivation, but no time either. And it’s not that I don’t have ideas – I have about 30 ideas for blog posts, I just have total bloggers’ block. I just can’t write anything. But I’ll get there, I know I will. So please do stick around! I’ve got a big pile of products on my desk for review, and a list of things to write about. Life should (touch wood) be fairly quiet over the next couple of months, so I’ll be getting back on it. Promise!

So that’s what I’m focussing on for 2017 really… Getting my passion back. Quality, not quantity. There’s no point publishing things for the sake of it, you guys won’t be interested in that. And of course, I’ll be hoping to make a success of The Stationer. I want to keep the 2 things connected, but separate, if you know what I mean. I’m not 100% sure how that’ll work out, but that’s one for me to mull over, I think.

I’ve been feeling so negatively about ATS that in my head I thought I’d hardly posted this year, but looking back I’ve actually done loads! Especially in the first half of the year. So here, as I did last year, are some of my favourite photos from posts I’ve done in the last year, each linked to the post they are from.

Thank you so so much for reading ATS in 2016, and I hope you’ll stick around to see what’s next!

Tessa x


Sounds to me as though you’ve achieved a lot and had a few ATS firsts this year! Your blogging mojo will come back all in good time. Take care of you first and foremost and Happy 3rd Birthday!! xxx

Posted 4 years ago by joanna Schild Reply

    Thanks Joface xxx


Congrats on three years, it’s a heck of an accomplishment.

I’ve found that over the years (nearly 4.5 now for me), the desire to blog can come and go. I think the most important thing is to do it on your own time, or else you’re going to feel obligated. Once something turns from a passion to an obligation, your like for it will probably fade. Don’t feel pressured to get posts out, and take some time off if you need to. I did an entire episode on the Pen Addict about blogging burnout (https://www.relay.fm/penaddict/211), it’s a very real thing. Last year I only wrote 47 posts, compared to 2015’s 67, and my stats show it. But if I didn’t cut back, maybe I would have stopped altogether?

Either way, keep up the great work!


Ed Jelley

Posted 4 years ago by Ed Jelley Reply

    Hi Ed, Thanks so much for your comment! Yeah, I suppose it is burnout, I just hadn’t thought to define it like that even though I did listen to you talking about it on Pen Addict. Thanks for the advice, I think taking the pressure off myself is definitely a healthy attitude. I do already feel the fire getting back in my belly though (it’s amazing what a couple of weeks off the day job does to you…) so I hope that continues. Cheers! Tessa

Happy anniversary! Don’t worry about taking breaks from blogging. I second Ed Jelley’s opinion and advice – my blog will turn 10 in June and while it may be disappointing to look back on weeks without a single post now and then it is not recommended to put oneself under pressure or to feel obligated to blog. – Keep up the good work!

Posted 4 years ago by Gunther Reply

    Thanks Gunther! You are so right. I certainly don’t mind if other bloggers don’t post for a while, I’m just pleased to see whenever they return. I don’t know why I put so much pressure on myself! I’ll try to be kinder to myself for 2017 I think 🙂

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