I have an odd relationship with blogging. I love blogging and consider it one of my favorite hobbies. But I also understand and recognize that sometimes it takes its toll on me. Sometimes I just want to retreat and be a little reclusive. The great thing is that I blog because I love blogging – not to make money or fulfill any professional obligations. There are times when I am very consistent in my blogging – I even go through phases where I’m posting twice a day. And then sometimes I’m lucky to post twice a week.
I’m okay with that.
To me, blogging is cathartic. It is a release. And if it ever starts feeling like pressure, or if it starts feeling forced, it’s time to pull back.
I think new bloggers get very anxious about the idea of taking a few days off. But something you all have taught me is that your readers will still be there. And if my reasons for blogging are primarily personal, then taking some personal time is exactly what I need to do.
I’ve spent the past few days stepping back a little. Not only from blogging, but from social media too. Don’t get me wrong – I’m a self-proclaimed social media junkie. But one morning I caught myself catching up on my Twitter feed while I sat at the breakfast table with my son. That’s not the mom I want to be. That’s not the example I want to set.
I realized that when I woke up in the middle of the night (as pregnant women are apt to do), I would be checking my email. While sitting at a stop light, I’d be checking Facebook.
Life is too short.
While blogging and social media is one of my favorite hobbies, it is just that – a hobby. And sometimes it’s important to step back and be present. That doesn’t mean be present by instantly uploading whatever you are doing in the present to Instagram. Sometimes it means putting the computer away, putting the phone in the other room and just focusing on the people around you.
Can anyone else relate?
If so, I challenge you to take a step back today. Maybe go sans technology at lunch. Take a walk without taking your phone. Challenge yourself to put away all electronics until your baby goes to sleep.