Did You Miss Me?

If you hadn’t noticed, it’s been just over a month since my last post. Why the hiatus?

Around the time that I last posted, a lot was happening for me including moving into my new home (which is amazing by the way…). Also around that time, my one year blogging anniversary came and went, I reached 500 followers, and one of my previous posts was published in an online magazine. Pretty exciting stuff, huh? So why did I stop? You’d think that after all these successes in my blogging journey, I would have a new passion for this hobby; that I would have more desire to write, but the truth is: not so much.

Sure. I still have ideas for blog posts. Are they written and saved in my drafts? No. But I’m sure that if/when I sit down to type out my thoughts, they wouldn’t take much effort. So why the break?

In a way, I suppose I’ve just fallen out of love with blogging. I adore the friends I’ve made and I’m proud of the pieces I’ve shared, but I feel like my sparkle is gone. You know… the one you feel is in every piece of work you put up- the reason for hitting that ‘Publish’ button…

Maybe I just became burnt out.

When I first started out, I felt as though my fingers couldn’t keep up with my thoughts. I was publishing 2-3 posts a week, but I knew I would never be able to keep up that pace, so I limited myself to one post a week along with a challenge or awards post. Then I stopped participating in challenges and awards posts. I enjoyed receiving the recognition (still do), but it reached the point that I felt my name was only being thrown around because I was a some-what active blogger and in turn, I was nominating people based on the same reasons- a participation award at it’s finest here on WordPress.

I started my blog because I had a story to tell; a story unlike any other. A story that I felt could help someone, in some way. Sharing my story was a way for me to process my past and provided me with a type of validation I didn’t even know I needed. Then I started sharing my thoughts on different topics and reliving stories from my life that have stuck with me. Before I knew it, I was blogging about my reality: leaving the country for the ‘first’ time, getting engaged, Β buying my first house… My blog morphed into my public diary where I shared my exciting life events.

Now I’m not sure what direction my blog is heading. I plan to continue making posts and keeping my groupies up to date with my house projects and wedding plans, maybe share my thoughts on other topics like I’ve done in the past, but there won’t be a schedule. I don’t need that kind of pressure on myself.

Just know; I’m still here- just living my life to maybe blog about in the future. πŸ™‚

As for a personal update, I’ve been on steroids for the past week and half because I have poison ivy all over, I’ve started refinishing Fellas desk (can’t wait to share the transformation), and one of my dogs was recently sprayed by a skunk (yay). Oh! And I’ve planned a bucket list destination mini trip during the holidays. No details worked out just yet, but hey, it’s something to look forward to. ❀

25 thoughts on “Did You Miss Me?

  1. I hear you- this summer really messed up my blog flow- I lost a bit of steam for it so I am not posting as often as I used to or I would like! I am sorry to hear about your poison ivy!! Ouch!! I look forward to your house updating and wedding planning blogs! I hope you keep going with this! I enjoy your work! πŸ™‚

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  2. Heyyy!! I’ve been on a little bit of a hiatus too. Life loves to happen! Lol. Congrats on your new place! That’s awesome. I’m curious to know which blog was published in a magazine??? That is AWESOME! Anyways, don’t forget about us πŸ™‚ Can’t wait to see what you have next.

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  3. Congratulations on all of the wonderful things that have happened to you, and will happen! I can understand how some things need to be put on hiatus. As long as you were happily occupied with doing other things, no need to worry about your blog. When you want to write it will be here for you. It’s nice how there is no minimum post requirements. I’ve had some months with fewer posts than others, myself.

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  4. Well, I hope this transition goes easy on you. (Though doesn’t sound like it with such a nasty bout of poison ivy!) Please know you have been missed and will be missed, but you need to focus on yourself first and foremost. You’ll still have support wherever life takes you. All the best! πŸ˜ƒ

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  5. I have never encountered poison ivy but it sounds extremely unpleasant. I hope you get better soon! As far as the blog… in a way I think the whole community goes through these waves of activity and inactivity. I was sick and found myself in a huge slump the last couple of weeks and my schedule went haywire. I’m considering scaling back to twice a week but don’t want to admit defeat, so I haven’t decided what I’ll do…

    I’ve missed you. I’ve missed the updates on your life, although I’m glad I still get to chat to you through my blog at least! I know what you mean about the awards, and I don’t think you should pressure yourself to post when life gets on top of you. Just…. check in every so often! I miss your posts and your online voice. Don’t drop off the face of the earth please!

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  6. I am lucky if I write a blog post every 3 weeks, I can’t imagine writing 2-3 a week! Wow. Glad I found you and I am looking forward to following your blog and learning more about you. And what the hell?? Poison Ivy?! Yikes!! Good luck, hope you are itch free soon!

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  7. I know exactly what you mean. I kind of just fell of the blogging bandwagon when my friend got sick and I just don’t find the same thrill I once did when I post something. Now it feels kind of like a chore instead. I too, still have ideas floating around but just putting pen to paper (or fingers to keyboard) is a bit of a struggle right now. But if it helps.. I did miss you πŸ˜€

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  8. Sometimes a hiatus is exactly what we need to recharge and have even more stuff to blog about when we get back to writing. Looking forward to your posts as always and well done on getting published in the online mag! xx

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  9. Glad for the update girl! I understand the losing the sparkle feeling and I’m about 7 months in lol. I love your posts and totally understand – go live!!!! And share your fabulous projects and wedding plans – you know we will send all the love and share in the excitement :).

    So sorry about the ivy though and smelly pup!!! Take care and I look forward to your posts when the come!! ❀️

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  10. I wish I could handle a hiatus with this much grace and chill. I envy that! You’re amazing and we should NOT pressure ourselves with schedules. This is part of my breakdown girl: not writing but feeling the pressure to keep up with my blog and not having to “start all over again” after all the hard work I put into this thing! I’m so hard on myself and maybe if I relaxed about it, I’d be better at this writing for fun thing. It’s not fun if it feels like work right?! Wishing you all the best and we will be here ready to support you! And congrats on all of your recent accomplishments!!!

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