Your thumb is beginning to lose feeling from writing epic Facebook posts. You find yourself using words like “blogosphere” and “rss feed” while you talk to your children. You take about 45 pictures of your waffle at brunch with your family until you get one that looks juuuuuuuust right for Instagram and give anyone who dares to touch their food a moment sooner the death stare. You wake up in the middle of the night from a stress dream about your page views taking a massive nosedive.
It’s time for a blog detox.
It’s all too easy as a blogger to allow writing and social media consume your life. You fear taking time off — if you don’t maintain your online presence, after all, the world as you know it is going to come crashing down.
I can tell you firsthand that it won’t. In fact, you’re doing yourself a disservice (and your family) by now allowing yourself a break from your blog.
Recently I decided to take a blogging and social media vacation. I wish I could tell you I missed it all, but honestly, I didn’t.
Being away made me realize how much time I spend thinking about blogging and social media and worrying about when I am going to do it all.
Last week, instead of hitting the ground running everyday, I spent my mornings relaxing in bed a little longer.
(Or at least I attempted to. Apparently Eve didn’t get the memo about me being on vacation and continued to wake up with the rising sun. She is totally my daughter!)
For a brief second I contemplated not returning. Believe me, it was so, so tempting.
More than anything, being away made me realize that I need to scale back on some things, shift my priorities a bit and rethink how I use my “free” time (i.e. when Eve is in childcare or sleeping).
I also decided that I need to continue give myself real time off on occasion. Since I will be going on an actual vacation in September with my family on Cape Cod, I am planning on taking time off then. And I have been contemplating taking a full day off one day a week in the middle of the week. We’ll see.
And most importantly, being “away” made me realize how much time I spend when I’m with Eve just thinking about blogging and social media.
When I’m out of the house with her and at a playgroup or going for a walk I’m pretty good at being focused in the moment, but we’re in the house I can’t help but think about all of the things I “need” to do.
Last week I was so much more focused on Eve and being present with her.
If she was having a hard time going down for a nap, I felt less frustrated because I had nothing that I felt I needed to do. I held her in my arms longer after nursing and just enjoyed her. I was more relaxed and patient and I was really able to take in all of her amazingness.
Eve has been going through some incredible transformations in the past month. I see her becoming more of a little person every day with her own little personality. She has been babbling away and making new sounds, she is learning to blow raspberries and finds great amusement in spitting out her pacifier to practice her new skill, she is starting to sit up on her own for longer and longer periods of time, and she thoroughly enjoys eating real food (and letting you know if you are not feeding her fast enough).
Down the line, whether it be a year from now or 20, what is going to be most important: that my blog post got tweeted, or that I got to watch my daughter roll over for the very first time?
That, more than anything, made me realize that while I take my “job” as a blogger seriously and see it as part of my jewelry business, in the grand scheme of things it is not the most important thing in my life, especially not in this moment.
Have you ever taken a break from blogging or social media? Have you ever contemplated quitting your job?
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