9 Years of The Girl Who Games

Today I have been blogging for 9 years, it still feels like yesterday when I sat down to write my first post not expecting anyone to read it but 9 years later and this blog has had over 93 million views!

The past few years have been very difficult for me, for those of you who don’t know my mum died early 2021 and this year I was diagnosed with depression. My mum was my best friend and I miss her every single day, I spent 2021 keeping busy, bottling it up, not thinking about it and this year it became too much. I felt lost, overwhelmed by even the simplest of tasks and isolated myself.

The good news is I got help and today I am feeling much more like my old self, I still have a long way to go but things are looking brighter.

I want to take this opportunity to thank you all for sticking with me over this hard time, I know I haven’t been around much recently and I hate letting you all down but I had to focus on myself.

Looking to the future; I’m committed to keeping this blog up to date, I will try harder to reply to comments quickly and some posts will be getting a refresh including my catalogue posts (there will be more catalogue posts, covering separate aspects of the game so they load better and are easier to keep updated!)

Thank you again for your support and kindness for the past 9 years 💛


32 thoughts on “9 Years of The Girl Who Games

  1. I have followed you for at least the last five or six years. So glad you were doing better. Depression is a hard thing and a lot of people have to deal with it so we all understand what you’ve been going through. Welcome back 💙

  2. so glad you’re feeling more like yourself again and please never worry about letting anyone down, you should always be your own number 1 priority!

    thank you for continuing this blog and making the game a little better for all of us!

  3. Such a lovely post from you!
    I’m so pleased you’re feeling better, time is a good healer along with friends and family who can help simply by being there.
    Thank you for your blog, your commitment is outstanding, I honestly don’t know how you do it!
    I’ve been playing the same Sims game since May 2017. I love it and amongst my busy life I find time for my Sims each day. Apart from these past 2 weeks as I’m in the midst of decorating my house.
    Keep up your good work,
    Lots of love Julie (aged 62 and retired)
    All the best ❤️

  4. Congratulations on 9 years! Your blog has been invaluable to me in playing FreePlay. Thank you so much for all the time and care you put into it.

    Big hugs to you on dealing with the loss of your mom. My mom passed away nearly ten years ago, and it is still hard. You’ll have good days, and you’ll have bad days. Grief may hit you out of nowhere, but it is normal. Be gentle on yourself. Take care!

  5. You’ve had a very difficult time, losing your mother, missing her, so grateful that you are working to get through this. She would want you to have a life filled with light and happiness.
    So grateful you have continued your blog. The Sims FreePlay, in stressful times, is a sort of virtual mini getaway and I have always looked forward to your posts.
    Wishing you continued healing and inspiration!

  6. Such an inspiring post! So happy you sought help and found your way back to yourself. Sometimes growing pains are difficult but beautiful when we emerge from it stronger and like you with a story to share and encourage others.
    Thank you for your dedication here. I appreciate your blog! I appreciate you. Big hugs and send you love.

  7. So happy you’re feeling better. I went through the same thing when my mom past in 2015. I still fight depression but it is so much better. You have to take it one day at a time. Sometimes it’s just a moment at a time but you stay strong and know your mum wouldn’t want you to go through this depression. God bless

  8. Hey girl! I have been been struggling with mental illness for many years. It can be so challenging getting the meds right and and getting stable. I lost my mom in June 2020. She was my best friend as well. Hope things get better as time goes on. I can definitely relate to what you are going through. I will definitely be praying for you.

  9. I’m so sorry about you Mom! I understand how overwhelming it is to lose a parent that is your center…your life. This happened when my Dad died. Depression is no joke & not something you just get over. It is hard to come out of there in a minute…..I’ve been @ it for 6 yrs. This game gave me a reason to get out of bed which I hadn’t been. This game, my sim friends, you & my therapist 🥰♥️🙏 Stay strong glad you’re on the mend. This blog helps me so much with the game! Ty

  10. So sorry about your mom’s loss and all you have being through. Maybe your depression is caused for the same reason. I have suffered depression since 12 years old and I feel all as you describe just at this moment. Perhaps, my problem is the resistance to understand this new world, where relationships has become online. You’ll be better and better everyday. Many people loves you and all of us are very grateful for your amazing help. Congrats on your 9th year of an amazing blog, which has been very successful and will continue this way. A huge hug

  11. My mom passed in 2019 and I still miss her everyday.
    My church family and especially my pastor are a huge support system. We also have a group called Grief Share that was helpful.
    Loss isn’t something you ‘get over’.
    It’s something to embrace and manage. It gets easier with time, but it will always be a part of you.
    Your blogs helped me alot with my SimsFreeplay. If I have a question about something, I’ll check your page first. You make it easy to understand. Happy 9th anniversary!!
    Prayers for you as you navigate a new normal and so sorry for your loss.💝

  12. Blessings! I’m happy to hear you are caring for yourself. I have been in your shoes, and then some. Take care and remember, you are the most important person in your life. And pets are truly angels. :o)

  13. I have only been playing the Sims FreePlay and Sims Mobile for a little over a year. Your website was the first one I read and I come here quite frequently. Your blogging style is the best and you explain things in a way that I can understand.

    I’m so, so sorry to hear about your mom, I can relate. It is beyond difficult to lose a parent especially one that you are close to that really were so much more than a parent. Mine was my best friend too. I can definitely relate to the depression. I’m glad that you got help.

    I just wanted to say thank you! Truly for all you do it is so appreciated. I understand that life and circumstances happen beyond our control. If that happens, take care of you because I can assure you that we will keep coming to The Girl who games!

  14. Wow! That’s an amazing achievement and milestone!! Congratulations!!!
    If you can imagine each of those 93+ million visits instead as seconds being taken to say “Thank you”, that’s more than 1077 days (nearly 3 years) of you’d be showered in non-stop Thank yous! Even while you sleep! 😛 haha Not bad considering the 9 years you’ve put into it 😉 Come to think of it, I’m probably responsible for … a few million visits myself! 😅
    As for the rough patch in your life, I’m sure I speak for many (amongst the thousands of people who you’ve undoubtedly helped) when I say that we really appreciate you sticking to the blog and doing what you do for us, especially throughout your difficult period! Getting help isn’t always easy either so I’m glad that you are 🙂 I hope it helps. I also hope you have better days ahead… Regardless, you can count on my support! 🙂

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