7 Things on Sunday, things I focused on while not blogging

I’ve been blogging in one form or another for over fifteen years. Mostly as a hobby, but over the past six or seven years also as a part-time job, creating a nice additional income for my family, while also working a day job. As much as I love blogging, which is a lot, or I obviously would not still be doing it after all of these years, I recently found myself in major need of stepping away. So, I took the past couple of months to focus more on other things, to try my life without blogging, without stressing over deadlines, photos or counting social updates. Only updating here and there with simple posts, smaller posts that I enjoyed. If you know anything about blogging, this is not an easy decision. At first I stressed over seeing my numbers move in the wrong direction, stressed like someone was stabbing me in the heart with a hot dagger. I worked so hard to get where I am, watching it slip, even just slightly was painful. So I did what any blogger would do, I searched out a few guest posts so I could be away from the computer, but still see activity on my domain. That was actually pretty awesome, and kept my traffic moving nicely, but it wasn’t enough. I then started to remind myself that if blogging is still the path I am suppose to be on, I will return when I’m ready, my numbers will recover, and everything will be OKAY. So, here I am a couple months later, and I’m ready to get back at it, feeling refreshed, and filled with creative ideas. I may have lost a couple of contracts while stepping away, and I’m not going to lie, that stings a little, but I’m focusing more on the positive, and looking forward to what comes next.

This week I’m listing seven things I focused on while not blogging.

1.Helped my parents move. After years of living just minutes from us, my dad and step mom moved to the other side of the state. Not long before that, my mom and step dad also left the area. Even though I am grown with a family of my own, and the end result is a happy one for both sets of parents, this has been a huge adjustment for me.

2.We hired and worked with a contractor to do some upgrades on our house. A new roof on both the house and garage, sided the garage, replaced cement in the back of the house, sided the peak of our house and as if that wasn’t enough we re-carpeted both floors inside our house.

3.Added a new puppy to the family. Technically he is our daughter’s pup – a Redbone Coonhound named Link. Not a small dog. Sweet, but I forgot how much work it is to start over with house training and upkeep. Our daughter works evenings, so we take care of him every night. Wears me out.

4.Camping. We spent a week on a campground with my husband’s family. We had a great time!

5.I spent a lot of time with our granddaughters. Both girls are growing so fast, 3 and 10 are such great ages to spend time with.

6.Planned and hosted our youngest daughter’s graduation party. If you have ever done this yourself, then you already know, it was crazy stressful and full of details. Not much went as planned but it was good. (blog post coming soon for Orientaltrading.com, which was a great source for supplies)

7.Watched TV, watched movies and read a book. Not that I wasn’t before, because I love to binge a good TV show while writing, but over the past couple of months I have actually gone to the theater with friends, closed my laptop and put my feet up while watching at home or while reading. I need more of this in my life.

Maybe you noticed I was gone, maybe you didn’t, but either way, I’m thankful for the readers and followers I have, and want to thank each and every one of you that take the time out of your busy life to do so. It means a lot to me.

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Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it. – Ferris Bueller

Comments

  1. Liz
    Twitter: yesnofilms
    says:

    I think sometimes a break is needed. I only update my blogs about once a week (sometimes twice if I am ambitious, lol) and the book blog is updated every 1-2 weeks (whenever I finish a book) – I’ve been seeking out guest reviewers for that one in exchange for books recently.

    Welcome back :).

  2. I did notice you were gone and I’m glad you took a step back and enjoyed a little while of life without blogging. I actually took a good portion of July off. I refused sponsored posts and just enjoyed my family and a tropical vacation. Sometimes, we all need a break. Welcome back!!

  3. Blogging is a hobby for me too and helps me make extra income but as hard as it is to take time away from it I think it’s important to utilise some no-blogging weekends and just focus on current life. Enjoy the moment. Congrats on the new pup

  4. robin rue says:

    Sounds like you have a lot going on. I am focused on my family when I am not blogging. And volunteering.

  5. Life must go on and what will you have to blog about if we don’t get out there and live life. Sunday is our go to church, slow down, family and rest day. Get ready for monday morning.

  6. Love the Ferris Bueller quote and YES you are right. I had no idea that you had granddaughters. Your grand babies are adorable. You must spend time with them of course. The week spent camping also sounds heavenly! WTG. I also took time to stop and camp and connect with niece and nephews. That was awesome!

  7. You would crazy productive. Breaks like this are necessary because we are required to adult in life. You make excellent use of your time. Family time is so freaking import, our babies are growing up and our elders are getting older. We need to take in time with both.

  8. It is important to take breaks! No matter what you’re doing, if you do it all the time, burnout happens. I’m trying to to stress over numbers because it is too easy to do that! If they go down, they go down. I just do my best and hope people notice! Glad to have you back 🙂 PS We got a new puppy too. Our dog died unexpectedly in June 🙁

  9. It sounds like you had a lovely Sunday away from blogging, I try and have Saturday as my day I don’t turn on the computer at all. Good luck with your new puppy as well.

  10. Pam Wattenbarger says:

    It sounds like you had a great time when you stepped away from your blog. I haven’t been camping in ages, I bet that was nice.

  11. New puppies are so much work. We got crazy and added two here. But you are right, these are the moments that make up or lives.

  12. It’s awesome that you were able to do so much on the time off. I love when I’m still very productive in other areas when taking time away from work.

  13. Claudia Krusch says:

    Sometimes we need to step back and take a break. Sounds like you got a lot done during that time. We are going camping for a week and I can not wait for the break.

  14. I think it is important to have a life outside of blogging. Blogging could consume ever waking minute!

  15. Sandy N Vyjay says:

    Blogging is definitely serious business, but it is all about our experiences. So to be able to blog we need to go off blogging and immerse ourselves in lifes experiences from time to time.

  16. Jaime Nicole says:

    It sounds like you had an amazing break! Camping and spending time with a new puppy sounds like a great time to me- glad you got some time away!

  17. I was gone for a week from blogging. It’s kind of hard to get back to it lol. Your hands are full with those list.

  18. Getting upgrades to the house is the number one thing I do with time off. It is work, but it is so satisfying to see the end project.

  19. Catvills says:

    I blog and take care of my family at the same time. Talk about multi-tasking! Haha. Seriously though. I work hard on the weekdays so I can focus on my family during the weekends. We all look forward to Pizza Pasta Fridays and Game/Movie Night (or Netflix Binge Watching) on Saturdays. Sundays are special days with my family who lives a few minutes drive from our place.

  20. It’s okay to take a break once in a while. Congrats on what you’ve been getting accomplished.

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