I Must Confess…I Think I’m Done, For Now…

Hi guys, just a short and to the point confession this week, for a change!

You may have noticed I haven’t been around much on the blog lately.  Real life has gotten in the way and will do so for some time to come, while I have also felt ‘blocked‘ in what I felt I could blog about – not a very productive combination at all.

So I confess that this will be my last I Must Confess post for now. The linkup has never been all that successful and it has run it’s course for me. I may bring it back in future but for now, I’m done.

It’s also time for me to take a little step back from blogging. This is not a decision I take lightly, it’s been on my mind for some time now. I’m not planning on giving up altogether but I need to have a break for now. I need to embrace and live a real life again rather than focusing on analyzing it and recording it.

I need to be more present for my kids, for my husband and for myself. I confess I have been spending too much time blogging and doing the rounds of social media and commenting and linking up. Time that I should be spending being more kind to myself and my family.

Life is for living, after all.

Blogging is my hobby and I still enjoy it but I’ve felt the weight of expectation and obligation more often than not of late. And that’s not how a hobby should make you feel. It’s all self-imposed stress, of course, but that doesn’t make it any less real or heavy.

So it’s farewell for now but not goodbye. I’ll still need some outlet for my musings as well as somewhere to over-share from time to time but I hope it will be a slower, more meaningful pace of blogging. Once I’ve had a rest and dealt with everything going on in my real life

I just want to take this opportunity to thank everyone who has ever linked up, shared or commented on any of my posts. You are the reason this is not the end. This blogging community is strong and supportive and generous. I am proud to be a member of it.

So tell me, have you considered a blogging break? If so, did you follow through? And, most importantly, did you return?

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7 Responses

  1. Alice says:

    Similar story with me Kirsty! Real life ( family, friends & new job) have had to take priority. I enjoy reading your blog, so I’ll hang around no matter how often you post 🙂

  2. Debyl1 says:

    I think it is wonderful you spend your time how you feel is best spent.Like you said life is for living.You need to do what you feel in your heart you want to do for you and your family.Blogging needs to be a joy and not something you feel you have to do so I am glad you will still post when you feel you want to.Nice not to have pressure.
    I wish you all the best and may everything turn out just the way you hope for.You deserve it to.xx

  3. Hi … I think I take little breaks all of the time. Life just intervenes and I find it is hard just keeping my head above water and balancing everything I ‘must’ do … let alone include any of the things I ‘want’ to do. (I think anyone with kids with special needs knows this story). So far I always come back … well so far.

    I agree with Debyl1 .. you need to do what you feel is right in your heart for you and your family. Everyone will be here when it is the right time to come back 🙂

    • Kirsty says:

      Bronwyn, as usual you are spot on. I think having a break has helped me see what’s really important and has shown that I really do want to blog, I just have to do it slower and with more meaning (if that makes sense). I experience enough stress in the other more important parts of my life, I shouldn’t feel it with my hobby.

      BTW, I always enjoy your posts, they are worth the break in between!!!

  4. I know exactly how you feel. When I first started blogging back in 2009 I dived in head first and was completely addicted. That addiction continued well in to the 2010 but after a trip overseas to America and not being able to blog that often while away, I came to the realization that I had been putting so much stress on myself to blog often and well, and gain followers, and be active on other social media platforms to support that, that I was actually relieved to not have to worry about it for a period of time. SInce then I have blogged way less and been living my ‘real life’ a lot more in the moment and it’s been great. I still blog, but not just the one or two times a day like I used to. Sometimes I’m lucky to blog one or two times a month let alone a week!

    I hope everything starts to turn a corner for you and ‘real life’ brings you much joy!

    • Kirsty says:

      Kylie, that’s exactly how I felt (and still do, to an extent), so very glad I’m not the only one. It got so bad I didn’t even want to come around to the blog at all and the thought of answering comments stressed me out. I’m finally able to face that again (hence my really belated reply to you!) and I’m ready to embrace a slower sort of blogging. I still can’t believe I let it all get to that state. I’m determined to only blog on my terms now and really live my live as I should – fingers crossed that’s how it all goes! Thanks for sharing your experience, it really made me feel better and more hopeful that I would be able to get through it.

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