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*yawns and stretches*

Ooh, hello! You still here? Was worried you may have all buggered off somewhere while I have been missing in action.

In the entirety of my blogging existence I have never gone so long between posts, and although it’s only seven days it’s quite a big deal for me.

 

take a break

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I had one of those epiphany moments you see, one of those sudden realisations that for a few weeks I have been juggling too many things and that it is time to put one down for a few days before the alternative of dropping everything happens.

I don’t have a great tale of woe – life is happy, we are all healthy, nothing major has happened at all. It is just that the pressure of house hunting (and it’s seemingly incumbent disappointments) combined with Syd hitting one of those spells that all toddlers go through where a bit extra parental involvement is needed, meant I suddenly found writing, or more specifically finding something to write about, was stressing me out.

For a few weeks I forced myself to do it, but it felt like a chore as opposed to the thing I once loved. Then last week I had a blinding realisation that if I stopped for a few days the world really wouldn’t end! And it hasn’t, and I have enjoyed not thinking about it.

Now I am back all refreshed and tanned. (Well, still pale and exhausted after, ironically, a weekend at a fabulous blogging conference). My posts may be slightly more intermittent still for a while, as I have remembered what life was like when I started blogging, you know, when I lived my life and then blogged about it, rather than blogging as a way of life.

It’s been nice not trying to pacify a now non-napping toddler while I piece a post together. He comes first, he always has, but there have been times (and I am sure there will be again) where I have found myself exasperated with him while I try to get my thoughts down in electronic form.

Come September he will be at pre-school three mornings a week, and I am determined to be the blogger I aspire to be then. One who actually uses her notebooks to jot ideas down in and then utilises my child free time to craft posts I am proud of, or at least moderately entertained by. I might even learn how to schedule posts. Until then, I will blog when I can or when I must due to risk of exploding if I don’t get a rant out or because I have biscuit love to share.

Sometimes you build yourself an unnecessary prison and forget you are the one with the key. I don’t have to write every day, it doesn’t always have to be big and brilliant and clever, it just needs to be me, I am enough.

*Gets urge to shout something about FREEDOM in a Mel Gibson-esque Scottish accent.*

Blogging – I look forward to falling back in love with you again now I have thrown off the shackles of my own overly high standards and expectations, and getting back to what I do best, being a bit crap, but charmingly so…..

 

Love Miss Cisco XXX

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  1. Saskia (Songs, Silliness and Such)
    June 23, 2014 / 10:31 am

    Thanks for sharing this. I’ve recently decided to part with what was once a passion of mine (my band) for the exact same reason – I’m doing too much and have fallen out of love with it. I was so passionate about it at one point, so I need to get back there before I can continue. Your quote is perfect! I think I might use it when I get round to writing about what I’m going through at the moment.

    May you fall utterly in love with blogging again soon πŸ™‚ xx
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  2. June 23, 2014 / 12:16 pm

    I completely agree. I used to stress about posting x amount of blog posts a week, but it just takes the fun out of things and I want to enjoy my blog and not end up hating it.
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  3. June 23, 2014 / 12:39 pm

    A blog can sometimes feel like a bit of a millstone around your neck, can’t it? Since the start of 2013 I’ve committed myself to posting just once a week (more if I feel like it) and have found it much easier and more enjoyable. I have also stopped checking my rankings, etc. The blog was always meant to be for my own enjoyment, so why worry?
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  4. June 23, 2014 / 1:03 pm

    Nodding in agreement here too. I’m a much happier old bird when I’m in control of the blogging rather than it being in control of me. When I threw my toys out of the pram last year and had a rethink about my direction it all fell into place – I love blogging again….most of the time πŸ˜‰
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  5. June 23, 2014 / 2:32 pm

    You are so right – I blog my personal blog when I feel like it, which can be twice a week, or it can be twice a month…it all depends on when the mood takes me. It is never as good when you force it. Hope you are back for good, but on your terms this time!
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  6. June 23, 2014 / 6:55 pm

    Totally get that. And dhtere is nothing worse than forcing something you dont want to do. You hvae so much going on that something had to give.

    A break is a great idea and hope you now feel refreshed and ready to go. But actually if in a week you don’t, well at least you know now it is okay to go again for a bit!
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  7. June 23, 2014 / 9:37 pm

    I haven’t been brave enough to slow down the blogging yet, but I know where you’re coming from. There are days when I feel it’s controlling me rather than the other way round. Ironically, Britmums Live was a bit of a break! Glad the break has done you good and look forward to more of your words of wisdom in future.
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  9. June 24, 2014 / 12:46 am

    I don’t know how people who blog every day do it, I really don’t! I’m like you in that I do it as and when I can, usually 2-3 times a week. I think you hit the nail on the head when you should live your life and blog it, rather than letting the blog run your life. Happy blogging (and may the property hunt become less frustrating soon) xx
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  10. June 24, 2014 / 8:03 am

    I have taken short breaks before – but I only like stopping if I’ve got a ‘good’ post at the top of the page! And then when I’ve written a post that people like, I get all confident again and keep posting…
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  11. June 24, 2014 / 2:27 pm

    Are you actually IN my head or summat!? It was so good to sit and chat at BML, but I haven’t written since coming back! My mind is full of stuff, but I don’t know how to put it down on paper/pc……..does that makes sense? Xxx
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  12. June 27, 2014 / 6:21 pm

    I’ve been very quiet this week – in recovery from last weekend, and only starting to feel a bit normal again now. Blogging breaks are very good for the soul. I am about to take two months off! X
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  13. June 30, 2014 / 3:06 pm

    I love your quote about being in a prison but holding the key yourself….and the one at the top too ha ha! But seriously, I’ve been feeling like this lately. Ironically, it came after Britmums. I need to get things back into perspective, stop worrying whether I drop in the Tots charts and be concerned more with enjoying my children over the summer. So that’s when I will have my break – not totally, but I will let myself off the hook and learn to enjoy life again πŸ™‚
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    • June 30, 2014 / 3:32 pm

      Maybe it’s a 2 year thing? Time to get back to why we loved it in the first place rather than being influenced by things like rankings or how beautiful other people’s blogs are , enjoy the rest xx
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