Friday 27th May 2022

The Month That Was: February 2022. 9/51. FINAL. #LifeThisWeek. #280. 13/2022.

The Month That Was: February 2022. 9/51. FINAL. #LifeThisWeek. #280  13/2022.

February 2022.

I was going to give away blogging. I was feeling stale and like I had already said what I wanted to share about in this forum.

I did let myself sit with those feelings and thoughts for a while as I have learned over the years not to act upon them quickly.

So I did some of this:

Be kinder to myself

What did I learn from the time spent?

  • That I need to keep my blog going as it is like a part of my life’s history
  • That I do not need to please others to keep blogging
  • That others actually understand more than I may have thought
  • That I can make a shift in my thinking, and blogging practice and run a link up too
  • That I have an outlet for my words and photos…

The History of Life This Week Link Up.

I was blogging most days of the week back in 2016 and there were quite a few friendly link ups. On Mondays, Kirsty used to have “I Confess” and when she was leaving blogging to concentrate on her business and busy family life, I thought why not have a go. I had already been posting  a topic each Monday called “life this week” so that’s where I went with it.

Life This Week is the new link-up from here, on Denyse Whelan Blogs.

Starts: Monday 12 September 2016.

Each Monday I’ve been using the topic “Life This Week” which for me has meant anything I came up with that seemed relevant for that week. It might have been something topical from the news, or something in my life and from time to time I joined in the link-up on Kirsty’s blog.

Started Life This Week Link Up. Sept 2016.

And the very first link up had….24 bloggers link up!! Yay for them…sadly many are no longer blogging but that’s life!

Moving on to the news:

It’s all in the blog post I have linked up to the FINAL Life This Week…so do have a read! Please.

Thank you for continuing to be part of this community. Here’s to seeing you back here on Monday 14 March!


and from Bernard who is pleased I AM still blogging…and Happy Birthday for 27th!


Life This Week. FINAL 28.2.2022.

This is opening 9 hours earlier for me to add my post…I am not awake at 5.a.m. Mondays! 

You can link up something old or new, just come on in.

* Please add just ONE post each week! NOT a link-up series of posts, thank you.

* Please do stay to comment on my post as I always reply and it’s a kind thing to do!

* Check out what others are up to: Leave a comment on a few posts, because we all love our comments, right!

* Add a link back to this blog in your post somewhere, or on your sidebar or let others know somewhere you are linking up to this blog’s Life This Week.

*Posts deemed by me, the owner of the blog & the link-up, to be unsuitable for my audience will be deleted without notice. These may include promotions, advertorials and any that are overly religious or political or in any way offensive  in nature.

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  1. Sometimes we do need to think about the why with our blogging and whether it benefits us and gives a valid reason to continue. You know very well that I’ve become an expert at thinking about blogging! I’m glad you’ll continue your blog in a way that suits you. The don’t-have-to-please-others is a big thing. After my own blogging chaos last year, since I decided to just keep blogging about (almost) all my topics on one site, for my own pleasure, without thinking of the “shoulds”, I have never thought of changing anything on the blog again.
    A monthly link-up sounds like a good plan and I’m looking forward to being a part of it.

    • Oh those words of yours could have been mine 5 years ago Susanne.

      I was blogging under far too many categories and even I didn’t find that helpful…so then made everything under the one blogging umbrella that is here now.

      It takes time to process much of this and in doing so, continuing to be kind to oneself despite being an expert at people pleasing.

      So glad for you and thanks for you support too.


  2. Denyse, Here’s my virtual toast to a fantastic run of #LifeThisWeek and a new beginning of Life This Month linkup, and happy birthday to Bernard! I hope you have a wonderful celebration.

    • Thank you Natalie. Your kind words of appreciation and celebration of Life This Week are very thoughtful…

      Bernard had a quiet birthday celebrating with a morning tea and hearing from his family too. At 73 we both like this quiet(er) time in our lives!!

      Take care,


  3. As I said, glad you are keeping the link up running. Happy Birthday to yuor husband, who we now know a little from his occasional posts. Have a great month, enjoy the time off and see you on the 14th.

    • Thanks as always for your kindness and words of encouragement and support dear blogging friend,

      It’s a good feeling to have made this change and I am already enjoying a more relaxed start to my week.

      Don’t get too wet!


  4. I’m so glad to know you are staying with blogging Denyse and you have managed to devise a plan that suits you best. It’s been an amazing time for you doing this weekly linkup for so long and now a new chapter begins with Life this Month! Thanks for all you do for the community of bloggers. Hope you are feeling good about things now 🙂

    • I am too Debbie. I just had to go through that process didn’t I? I am very grateful for the positivity I am getting from fellow bloggers as I make the change to share a link up from weekly to once a month…

      I am feeling very good. Right choice for the right reasons at the right time!

      Take care,


  5. So pleased you’re keeping on blogging, I for one would have really missed you. I think that’s the beauty of blogging, you can do more or less to suit you. I think you’d have really missed your blog (and us!) if you’d given it up. Thanks for being here! Hope Bernard had a wonderful birthday. Enjoy the Denyse Time and see you next month!

    • Thanks Sam, I am now too. Having a chat with blogging friends who ‘get it’ helped me. Thank you.

      Already I am feeling less pressure on myself so that is a good thing.

      Bernard had a quiet birthday but enjoyed the many good wishes sent to him via my FB page.

      Enjoying the Denyse time is good already!!


  6. I’m so glad you didn’t throw the baby out with the bathwater Denyse. Finding the right balance in life is key – a little bit of this and a little bit of that…… and stepping back slightly can make all the difference (you can always do more down the track if you feel inspired). I think we sometimes take our blogging too seriously and when we pause and remember why we do it, then it all makes a lot more sense and becomes a joy again. x

    • Yes, good analogy. I couldn’t see a way forward when I was stressed about it so I knew I needed time to pass…as I have learned over and over…and I did!

      My blog is an attachment I love because it has seen me through very big life challenges and it would be sad to stop because “I was tired…” so, yes, with a different view and a change, I am staying and it feels right.

      Thanks for your wisdom.


  7. Hi Denyse, I just commented on your Friday post but will say again that I think you’ve made a wise decision and I completely understand it. I have nothing to link up today as I have not managed to get a post done. I look forward to linking up with your new Life this Month link up! xo

    • I think you are doing well considering the flood’s impact, Min.

      Take care and thanks for your kind and understanding words elsewhere.


  8. I’ve been very awol of late but glad you’re not giving blogging – or the linkup – away completely. xx

  9. Denyse, Finding the right balance is a challenge for so much about life. I for one am glad you’re continuing a link-up as I enjoy looking to see what others are up to. I like that it’s not more specific like many other link-ups. Kinda like my blog… and yours. I’m hoping to still connect to the link monthly!

    • Thanks so much Pat. Yes my blog is open-ended as is the link up because it’s about LIFE!!

      However, I do put some riders on topics, like politics and religion…lol…and more.

      I have always welcomed the kind of content you blog about because I learn from you and I can also see similarities on our stories.

      Now for me to remember the next time I do the link up is in 2 weeks: Mon 14 March

      Take care,


  10. Hi Denyse, I’m so pleased to read that you are continuing blogging. When I heard there was to be an announcement, I was concerned that you were planning to stop. I would have missed reading your posts. I’ve loved #lifethis week in it’s weekly form and know I will love it just as much now that it’s monthly. Life changes, and if we’re wise we change with it. I think this is a great decision for you at this time. I’ll be here for your first monthly linkup.

    • Denyse Whelan says:

      Thanks for your generous and kind words Jennifer.

      I am glad to be able to continue blogging but in a less “pressured” way…and it was me applying the pressure, no-one else!!

      I am glad you can see your way to being part of Life This Month too.

      Take care,


  11. I find that blogging is very adaptable! I first began as a homeschooling blogger– all my posts were ideas for crafts, book studies, science experiments, and weekly wrap ups where I listed everything we had covered in each subject each day. Then I adjusted my blog a bit as the boys got older and wanted less on assignments to more of my own crafts and cards and scrapbooking pages. I changed my name and became a lifestyle blogger just a few years ago when I saw my oldest two were going to be completely finished with homeschooling and I only had one son left at home doing workbooks (not very exciting to write about!). I almost stopped blogging altogether but I loved the community of friends I had found. I launched my new blog (and moved all my blog content over) and I’d say the majority of my “friends” and followers followed me! All that to say– whatever you want to share we’ll be here to read.

    • Denyse Whelan says:

      I did not know your full blogging story Joanne. How very interesting.

      Like you, I too started out with ideas of my blog being a place to share my expertise and interest but over time, made into a blog about my life and how I see life unfolding.

      It seems this more personal style is better suited for me now.

      Thanks for such kind words. Glad you are staying here with the change of link up intervals too.

      Take care,


  12. Glad you decided to continue. Looking forward to your monthly linkup.

  13. Hi Denyse, since I started blogging about 7 years ago I’ve seen many bloggers come and go and I have a core group that I still maintain contact with. We are about to make some changes in our life so like you blogging my need to take a back seat and that’s okay. In the past I would have felt guilty about ‘letting my readers down’ but I believe that our readers want the best for us. It is also easy to feel ‘stale and that you don’t have much more to say’. That is the sign that a break or cutting back might help. I’m so pleased you will continue blogging and look forward to your monthly linkup. It really is about looking after ourselves and doing what is right for us. Take care, Denyse xx

    • Denyse Whelan says:

      Oh yes Sue, I hear you on both adapting but also feeling like “we owe” the blogging community. To an extent that is true because without community I would be writing just for me.

      I know, as you do too, that the core business of blogging is connecting and in some ways maintaining relationships built through blogging but people do choose to come and go.

      That has happened to me with some very regular followers and bloggers who, without a word, stopped. Just stopped. I was a bit worried about a couple of them and tried to make contact but nothing heard back so I assume all OK and that was their choice.

      When BIG things and changes are happening, it’s important to scale back as you can.

      Recently with my changes of health and decisions to self-care better I now space out appointments and commitments in the month so I am not TOO busy.

      Take care,


  14. I’ve certainly gone through my periods of blogging more or less often, but am yet to give it up 🙂 Can’t see it happening. It is good to be aware and adjust as our lives and needs adjust though.

    • Thanks Vanessa for your insight and your experiences of this situation too.

      I am pretty sure I would find it hard to let it go completely but I am printing off ( so old fashioned!) the sets of posts that mark many of the events in my life and they are in book form now.

      I like that this blog can still be a reference point for any people wanting to read about my version of head and neck cancer.

      And, I am proud of the blogging series where 74 women shared their stories.