Can I let you in on a little secret? I took a bit of a blog break during the month of October. I was not completely out of the loop, still online a little bit. However, I totally scaled back my social media presence, and spent a lot of time scheduling posts out for the week. I have to say that it was an amazing break.
For years I have struggled with technology usage. I have such a strong desire for older times, times when things were not so complicated, there was less stress, fewer distractions. Of course, I realize that times were also extremely difficult back then as well. There was a lot of disease, people were actually working to feed themselves, not to get the latest gadget. It has been a struggle for me to figure out how I really feel about the internet. Funny coming from a blogger, I know, but it is still something I think about.
I did not want to completely disappear from the internet, because I really value the community I have in this little space. I love my hello mornings group on Twitter, I like to be able to find out if soccer practice is cancelled through Facebook; but I definitely felt a bit burnt out. I needed a break. I needed a better routine with my kids.
So I was not around much in October. The verdict? I loved it. I absolutely loved it. I loved not thinking about what I would blog about, and I loved having the time in the morning to just drink coffee and not think about all those blogs I should read and comment on, or link up with. At the same time, I missed it. I missed the conversation and the community.
Where does that leave me now? I have no idea! I think that I have gotten a better handle on blogging over the past month. I realize that I do not have to completely remove myself, but that I should probably have better time management when it comes to blogging. It is so easy to get lost in it, it really is. I have a lot less time for that now though with more formal schooling for Emma, and also all of the activities that seemed to jump out at us this fall.
I will definitely still be here, but maybe the format will be different, or maybe I will not blog every day. I have not quite decided yet. However, I do know that this is a busy time of year, the holiday season, and it is also my favorite time of year. I hope to share some of that with you. Who knows what will happen come January! Maybe I will be completely refreshed and able to turn out a bunch of great blog posts. For now, I hope you will bear with me as we go through some growing pains at Townsend House!
Have you taken any prolonged internet breaks lately, blog or social media? What strategies to you use to keep it all in check?