It’s been no big secret that I’ve dropped out of the blogosphere recently. For reasons that would literally take days to list, I haven’t spent much time focusing on writing, but rather on living. Yes, it’s true – even bloggers need a break from writing recipes and reviews and all the other things we do that, contrary to popular belief, actually do take time. So this is my story about why I took a break from blogging.
Last month, the anniversary of my blog came and went without any fanfare. I’ve officially been a blogger for a year. I’ve written about my life, I wrote about dating (SO glad *that* is over! LOL), I’ve written recipes, shared products I love, talked about my kids, and told tales of my fitness attempts and hopes. I learned quickly that there is more to blogging than just a few pictures and paragraphs. I learned that your flash will NEVER make your food look good. I learned that not ALL product reviews are created equal. And I learned that sometimes this “hobby”, as some would call it, comes with a bit of pressure.
In the last month, I haven’t written anything.
The cool thing is, I’ve actually enjoyed just spending time with my kiddos. We’ve taken walks, we’ve gone to parks, we’ve eaten popsicles and made root beer floats, and we’ve read books and sang songs. And while those things aren’t unusual for us, what made them special was that I did them without trying to figure out a way to show it on social media. I didn’t do them as a blogger. I did them as a mom. Now don’t get me wrong – I am NOT saying mommy bloggers aren’t focusing on their kids. Not at all! In fact, most of them do this because it allows them to be home with their kids all the time. What I am saying is that I am not great at balancing both kids home full time, plus blogging plus all the other tasks we moms have to do. Maybe it’s because I’m still quite green at this. And perhaps I’ll get better at juggling it. But this summer, I just couldn’t give the kids the attention and interaction and activities they needed while writing as much as I was. Again, that’s just been my PERSONAL shortcoming. I am by no means saying other people can’t do it. Just me. Not them. Please don’t think I’m trying to start a fire.
In addition to trying to keep my kids occupied and my house in order, I’m also trying to maintain a great deal of time spent Skyping with my new husband at night after I put the kids to bed. Under normal circumstances, this would be the perfect time to crack out a blog post. But instead, I have some face to face time with my man. Marriages are hard enough without having to live 10 hours apart. So we made the commitment to spend our evenings together, and have movie dates (thank God for Skype and Netflix!). And I’ve enjoyed that time we have.
So while I have been mostly absent from Mom of the South, it has been to recharge and reprioritize and reorganize. I have new recipes to share, new adventures to tell of (I’m now an Army wife!), and I have new goals to accomplish! I know you haven’t seen much of me, but I’m around. And I’ll be around. Thank you for reading, and continuing to read. And for letting me take a break from blogging. It’s been very refreshing. And now I can’t wait to get back to it!