Why I Haven’t Been Blogging

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If you couldn’t tell, things have been a little quiet around here. Truth is, this week was the first week I missed a blog post in over a year. I even had content scheduled and ready to be posted for the week, yet I decided to not post at all; and it felt good.

Being a type-A person isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. If I missed a post on Monday, Wednesday or Friday—I would have panicked, and would have went straight to work on creating good content for the next month to make sure this would never happen again. But I didn’t feel like a failure when I didn’t post this week considering all that has been going on in my life.

For those who haven’t been up-to-date on my current life changes, you can read all about them here. I talk about moving to Pennsylvania, finishing my Master’s, and beginning a new job. The last week especially has been rough with moving, buying things for the house, finishing corrections for my Master’s, and more.

It was a week where even though I was “busy,” I also felt extremely overwhelmed from the changes. The majority of the days were spent unpacking, cleaning, working on my Master’s. I was by myself for most of the time, which lead to a lot of self reflection.

I couldn’t find the time or energy to blog. And I wasn’t upset at myself for it even though most of the work was done. I truly felt like this was a “break” I wasn’t planning to take, but it felt extremely necessary in the wake of these life changes.


In the few days off from my blog, I write this post surrounded in piles of clothing that need to be organized as I wait for furniture to be delivered. I kept thinking to myself: Everything is going to change in a matter of days. I won’t be living in the house I called home for 22 years. I’ll be moving out of my home state away from friends and family.

The emotional aspect of these changes hit me really hard throughout this week, and it drained me from being able to do anything that wasn’t necessary. Of course, I knew school was my number one focus followed by moving/unpacking/cleaning/etc. The rest wasn’t necessary, and I knew it would be okay if I put it off.

I realized that I don’t allow myself time to adjust and comprehend what’s happening around me when changes are presented in my life. Although I love change, I realize that this isn’t a summer abroad in Italy. It’s a completely new chapter unfolding and they are HUGE changes happening at once. I wanted to allow myself time to get things done, and prepare for this new chapter I’ll begin this weekend.

Regardless, I know that blogging will have to take a back seat for awhile as I need to focus on bigger things in my life. Beginning a full-time career will be draining and it will take up the majority of my time. Because blogging isn’t my job, it’s not a necessity. So, I have made the decision to blog less until I can adjust to my job, living in a new place, etc.

I enjoy writing, and I don’t want to stop blogging, but I want to focus more on quality content posted once or twice a week instead of content I don’t love that I post three times a week. Quality over quantity has been a bigger issue for me as well, and I think this is a perfect time to work on this.

I hope you understand where I’m coming from, and can offer insight or advice on getting through big changes like this. I would definitely appreciate it. If you have posts on blogging and working full time, please share them below!

 

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  • Abby

    I so get this. Sometimes it’s important to take a step back and figure out if you’re posting something just to say you did, or if you’re posting something you’ll be proud of later. Plus, there’s no shame in taking a break when life gets busy. I’m a MWF poster, too, but I’ve decided to scale back this summer. And I have to say, the decision already feels good.

    • Thank you so much for your kind words, Abby! They truly mean so much. You hit the nail on the head: I want to be proud of what I post instead of feeling “okay” about what I’m posting. Taking a break felt more than necessary, and I thought I would regret it, but I know it is what I need! Thank you again!

  • I think it’s important for you to really take all of this in and allow yourself time to fully adjust to all the changes in your life. There have been stages in my life where I haven’t really sat back and enjoyed my accomplishments and I later regretted it. Try to really enjoy it even through all the hustle and bustle. Congrats on everything! 🙂

    • Thank you, Cara! I agree with you because I think I will regret it if I don’t take the time to enjoy the process. Although it’s stressful, it’s also incredibly exciting, so I should be able to enjoy this time as well. Adjusting will take time, but it will come eventually. Like you said, just need to push through, haha!

  • Georgiana Daniels

    It sounds like you’re going through so much! I took a long hiatus from blogging….several years, in fact. A lot changed in that amount of time. I certainly understand where you’re coming from. Quality really is important of quantity, but as a Type A myself, I get wanted to stick to a schedule. Be kind to yourself as you go through all these life changes!

    • Georgiana,

      Thank you so much for your wonderful comment! I’m so glad that there are other type-A people who understand where I’m coming from with my schedule and all that. But, I know quality needs to be my focus for now and posting a little less. Thank you for your encouraging words!

  • I completely understand! Breaks are important. They help you realize what means something to you and what was just taking up your time. Everyone needs this every once in a while. You have so many exciting things happening right now, too! I will definitely be here regardless of how often you post! 🙂

    • Erin,

      Thank you for your comment! Your kind words make me feel better about my response to all the changes currently happening in my life! Breaks are very important, and I don’t think we give ourselves time to take them because we are focused on being great in the next chapter. So happy to know readers will still be around during this time.

  • I can totally understand. You’ve got a lot of big life changes going on, and it’s OK to take a break and let yourself get used to the changes. I do think that writing will help, and even if you don’t publish everything, it may help to get your feelings out. I know it helps me when I’m overwhelmed.

    • I have a big fan of keeping journals, so I do incorporate writing in my everyday routine in addition to blogging. I think blogging will help me adjust, which is why I want to cut back, but still publish content I truly love.

  • Adjusting to a FT job and blogging is tough but once you get your routine in order, you should be good to go.

    xoxo, Jenny

  • Bree Hogan

    I can totally understand where you are coming from. Breaks are super important and you have a lot of change going on in your life right now. And, as you said, whilst blogging is extremely important to you, it is better to post less in a week but make those posts really high quality content, than to force yourself to push out a post just for the sake of it. You will find your groove amongst all the change.

    • Thank you so much for your sweet comment. It truly means the world to me! I feel like once I develop my routine with my job and adjusting to a new life, it will be easier to fit blogging into that routine. Thank you for the encouragement.