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Saturday, March 20, 2010

Blog-cation?

So, you may have noted my absence on the blogospehere the last couple of days, and there's a reason for that: Frankly, I have been mulling over my blog and considering taking time away from it.

Honestly, the thought of quitting altogether has crossed my mind more than once in the past few months, and my reasons for this are simple: I don't have the time for it. Between my family, work, running, and all the various other aspects of life, I often find limited time to devote to this blog, and especially, limited time to devote to reading and commenting on your blogs. And, at the end of the day, when I find that I have an hour or so to myself, sometimes blogging is the last thing I want to do.

But, I am reluctant to quit altogether since I have invested a lot of time and effort into blogging (this blog is nearing 5 years old), and at its heart, I enjoy writing my blog and reading your blogs, and I know that if I just go and "retire," I might come to regret permanently leaving.

So...I'm contemplating a break: A vacation from blogging. However, I don't know how long this vacation would last or if I even really want to take a sabbatical in the first place; it's just a thought that keeps repeating in the forefront of my mind, so I thought I'd share it with you.

34 comments:

D10 said...

I have been taking many blogcations lately. Sometimes life just gets in the way. Go out and have fun! But, do keep us posted every now and then.

RunningLaur said...

You have to do what's right for you - of course I'd love to see you around the blog world periodically, but don't feel like you have to cave into making your whole life about just the virtual 'requirements' of blogging :)

L said...

Enjoy the blog-cation! Hopefully you'll still make it on now and then to put up cute pictures of Norah! Keep up the running; you're quite inspiring~

Agate Lake Girl said...

I understand that. Sometimes blogging feels like a chore, but mostly I love it. Sometimes I think about just blogging once or twice a week so I don't feel pressured to blog daily. It's certainly harder to find time when you add work into the mix...

Anyway, I hope it's just a blog-cation. I do love to read your posts and see Norah pics of course! :)

Erin said...

I like reading your blog and seeing pictures of Norah. It's easier to keep track of than FB but if you take a blogcation, keep your status updated and post pics there. I am a terrible blogger so no pressure to maintain because of this fan.

Rio said...

I think many of us have been there at some point! (That's why my posts vary so much in frequency.) Life is too short for pressure. Enjoy what you do and do what you enjoy. If you need a blog-cation, I hope you take one! I'd miss your posts, but would feel good knowing that you're doing what you need to do!

Aka Alice said...

When school is in session, I try to post once a week...twice on a really slow week (or if I feel like I have something really interesting to write about, which admittedly, isn't often), but I hear what you're saying, I usually only read other's blogs (and I don't always post a comment) about once a week or so...or sometimes between classes when I need a break :-)

It's OK to take a break, or to cut back. We've all been (or are) there.

Running 365 said...

Do what you gotta/wanna do! Whenever I feel bad about not blogging or commenting enough I remember that I have a lot of things in my life that are requirements and I don't need one more! Blogging is optional and for fun.

I do enjoy hearing about the adventures of you and Norah though, so I'd love to keep seeing y'all around, at least occasionally!

Xenia said...

I've been considering the exact same thing.

Listen to everyone here--do what you need to do. The blogosphere will always be here when/if you return.

Badgergirl said...

Do what you need to do and if that's a blog-cation? Enjoy it!

teacherwoman said...

I have been thinking about the same. I struggle to think of what to write about, and by the time I post something, I don't have the time or desire to sit in front of the computer any longer to read others blogs (sometimes). I spend a lot of time on my computer at work and sometimes thats the last thing I want to do when I get home at night. Sometimes a break is just what we need... :)

shellyrm aka jogging stroller mama said...

I can remember being a young newish mom. It is a lot to manage without the time needed to blog. I feel quilty when I find time to post but not get to all the blogs I like to read. I try and remind myself I write to share my experinces to those who care to read and I read those I do because they give me something I need, encouragement, inspiration or education.
Taking a blog-cation sounds great! I know you will do what is best for you and your time. Maybe cutting back on posting will lift the stress that the lack of time creates?!
I enjoy following along with you and the family so if you post everyday or every week or every month I will look forward to seeing what you are getting into and watching Norah do all the great little girl things.

Krissy said...

Isn't it crazy how you feel like your letting down your readers?!?! I totally here where your coming from, enjoy your break! Life gets busy you can't do it all :)

JojaJogger said...

Hey, take a blog-cation, but we won't mind if you post a picture or two once a week or once a month.

inmytummy said...

I think that you should post when you feel like posting. If blogging becomes a chore, it takes all the fun out of it.

That said, I love reading your posts and will be sad if you take a permanent vacation.

xm41907 said...

I'm pretty new to this blogging, but I can see how it could become consuming. I've enjoyed reading over some of your MANY posts, and would hate to see you quit. You've got a way with writing that's inspiring and motivates me to run. Although, having a family, work, and time for yourself is more important than blogging. A blogcation would definitely help. Also, you could try for just a weekly update instead of nearly daily posts. Take time away, but also strive for that 5 year anniversary!

Kelly said...

I understand what you mean by finding the time. And, I'm all for what you want to do. :D

ajh said...

You have to do what is right for you and your family! It does take mega time, that is for sure!

Lisa said...

do whatever makes sense to you. right now you blog almost every day, maybe you just need to back off to less frequent updates?

Marci said...

I am on a long blog-cation... and have thought many of the same thoughts.. I kept my blog, to return to eventually, but I am lovin' my vacation right now.
Take a vacation and we will see you when youn get back!

Nicole said...

I've thought of quitting all together myself for the same reasons. That is why I went on hiatus from Jan to Mar. Who knows what will happen when I return to work. No matter what happens best wishes.

lindsay said...

i've felt the same at times... and i don't have any kids depending on me! def do what works for you -- if you cut back and blog weekly, monthly, whenever (hopefully never, but i'd understand). sometimes i have to cut back on commenting-on-others' blogs. i try to pop in every now and then so they know i'm still reading.

good luck finding a sense of balance, and i hope you don't leave for good!

Anonymous said...

If I have to wait 5 years to see another cute picture of Norah I may go into withdrawl.

Carly said...

I hear ya! I am kind of in the same boat. Enjoy your blogcation!

lifestudent said...

Im on a bit of one right now ... for the same reasons. I got over the feeling that I "had" to post and am working on posting because I WANT to or because I have something real to say.

I know that makes readers go away, but if someone is really interested in ME they'll stick around ;) Its the same for you too.

Do what you need to do. If you want to come back, those that matter will know you do. If you dont come back, everyone will at least know you're in a better place (figuratively, not literally).

lifestudent said...

Im on a bit of one right now ... for the same reasons. I got over the feeling that I "had" to post and am working on posting because I WANT to or because I have something real to say.

I know that makes readers go away, but if someone is really interested in ME they'll stick around ;) Its the same for you too.

Do what you need to do. If you want to come back, those that matter will know you do. If you dont come back, everyone will at least know you're in a better place (figuratively, not literally).

Jamoosh said...

I am in the same boat. I tried to quit my blog once and got so much flak it was almost embarrasing.

My biggest concern is how to maintain the several great relationships I have with runners in other locations without having to join some other service.

N.D. said...

it does take up alot of time, I just take breaks when I can't find the time !

Oz Runner said...

enjoy the break, we all take them and need them...

Marlene said...

Understandable... but you would be missed! I always enjoy your posts and appreciate the comments, but I definitely know how time consuming it can be.

The Devil's Starchy Fingers said...

Blogging should never feel like a chore. Enjoy your blogcation if you decide to take one. However, I hope you come back because I enjoy reading your posts.

Viper said...

Take the breaks when you want them. Nobody is forcing you write every day. Life is more important. The blog world can wait. Cheers!

buttersandroses said...

Just blog when you feel like blogging and when you have time. No one will fault you for not updating everyday. It shouldn't feel like a chore.

aron said...

blogging definitely can be time consuming and if you need a break definitely take one! if i didnt sit at a computer all day i dont know how i would get a lot of it in :)