Reasons for Taking a Blogging Sabbatical

by Michelle on February 25, 2013

Where did you go?  Some of you might be wondering this thought about my blog…  It makes me a little sad to say I just haven’t been able to make blogging a priority.

Here are the reasons why:

  1. My family comes first.  I am many things, but my most important titles are mom and wife.  I have a busy, fun, and super cute toddler, and I like to spend time with her.  I don’t plan to miss her childhood.  As much as it is important to put food on the table, my little family has been and will continue to be my main priority.  I will only sacrifice so much time and so many things to ensure our security.  Money is important, so it’s a delicate balance, one I will continue to improve but will not sacrifice entirely prior to improvement.
  2. My faith is right up there.   I didn’t grow up with church and don’t find it necessary to physically go to church to be a person of faith; luckily, either does my husband.  At the same time, I found a church I really like with a true feeling of community and a solid message of both faith and inspiration.  It is wonderful family time too.  It’s become really important to me to make time in my schedule to go a couple times a month.
  3. My business is growing.  I absolutely LOVE my business – I’m impacting lives in multiple ways I had never before imagined before.  And this business IS the other part of my balance, providing for my family both in the present and the future.  Very happily, I get to do it very part-time and around my hectic life, and I am so thankful for that.  My personal growth in life and business is why I want to continue to blog but also why I don’t have time.
  4. I still work part-time.  I have a part-time j-o-b.  It’s one I like so I don’t want to give it up – yet.  I won’t be in this job forever because I know I don’t need to be and won’t always want to be.  But for today, I do enjoy what I do, and I love what it gives my family on top of it.  Plus, my husband and I have specific plans for the earnings I make from that job so “heigh ho, it’s off to work I go!”  :)
  5. My health.  Fitness and taking the time to eat healthy.  I know it seems crazy, but it can be time-consuming – smart shopping, cooking from home, and the cleaning that comes with it…  Plus, hitting the gym and adding in 30 minutes of exercise a day.  During this time, I come up with TONS of content for blogging.  But it’s putting pen to paper (or fingers to keys) which I can’t seem to find the time for.

And isn’t that enough?  :) 

When it comes down to it, I’m just like everyone else – I’M BUSY!

I sat down and mapped out my hours for the week to see what I had left for blogging and the truth came out.  I placed all of these things above into my calendar and noticed I was not leaving time for other important things – like showering!  I’m not even kidding!  I packed so much into my calendar, that if you looked at it, I didn’t leave time for hygiene!  Of course, I still managed to shower and brush my teeth every day – no worries!  But if you think about this, by doing things I had not planned for (such as showering), I was getting behind on what I had I mapped out because I didn’t plan for enough hours in the day.  I finally realized, something had to give.  And when I mapped out my true priorities and got real with myself, blogging was one of those things that had to give.

The Truth About Who I Am

If I were the type of person who could throw together a post, I would still be blogging, as I see so much benefit to it.  And traffic and the feedback I have been getting has been incredible and motivational, to say the least, especially for a novice blogger.  I’m glad what I write speaks to so many – that was (and is) my goal!

At the same time, while I love to write, it’s not as easy as throwing together a post.  I am an analyzer who has a little attention deficit disorder.  Okay, I’m an OVER-analyzer and I can easily get SUPER distracted.  Additionally, I went from being a somewhat lazy kid to a busy young adult, who never wanted to be lazy ever again, which turned me into someone who has a prior of over-committing.  This fault is one I have been working hard to rid for the past few years and I’m not giving in now!

I’m also a bit of an introvert, which means I spend a lot time in reflection.  I think before I talk and that really stunts my blogging growth!  It’s all a dangerous combo.

In becoming a successful blogger, one must not only be relevant, but consistent, and the consistency was stressing me out because of my personality traits.   I simply needed more than the hour I was setting aside for myself each week to put together a blog post you – my readers and subscribers – would want to read.

I’ll Be Back

So, when I have fewer distractions in my life, or more wiggle room in my schedule,  I will be able to blog again.  In the meantime, I might just throw out a random blog post for fun (like this one!) and see what happens.  I’m not certain when my sabbatical will end, but I am certain of this – I am doing the right thing.  All I have to do is look at that list of five things to prove it.

“You need to make time for your family no matter what happens in your life.”  ~ Matthew Quick, The Silver Linings Playbook 

“Most of us spend too much time on what is urgent and not enough time on what is important.”  ~Stephen R. Covey 

“Desires dictate our priorities, priorities shape our choices, and choices determine our actions.”  ~Dallin H. Oaks

“Things which matter most must never be at the mercy of things which matter least.”  ~Johann Wolfgang von Goethe


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