Hanging up my blogging stocking

T’is the season.  For parties, family gatherings and good tidings.  For joy, good will, and hot chocolate.  For panicked shopping, cookie-induced bloating, and lame elf-rearranging.

And all of it makes me sweaty with stress.

Tack the task of helping out a former employee part-time on to this month, and I’m feeling over-scheduled and under-motivated.

The solution, I think, is to take a break.

From blogging.

blogging hiatus

Not that it’s why I started writing, but I’ve been at this blog over for two years now, and it appears to be going nowhere.

Sure, I’ve had a few things published here and there that I’m proud of.  But I’m not one of those famously popular bloggers who wrote a post that went viral overnight, received a shit-ton of followers, and the rest just fell in to place.

It’s easy to compare my small number of followers and readers to others success and think, “What’s the freaking point?

My blogging feels like jogging on a treadmill at a crowded gym, where everyone else is running with a smile on their face and logging in miles, while I’m sweating profusely and getting my shoelaces stuck in the track belt.  Dammit if it doesn’t smell like my dance career all over again.  The same insecurity and self-doubt and self-loathing I had to battle with myself as a dancer surfaced again while writing.

I started blogging because I wanted to write and I wanted a creative outlet.   But somehow it morphed in to this thing that doesn’t feel about the writing at all.  It became about the marketing and the tweeting and the pinning and the hand shaking and the “I’ll scratch your back if you scratch mine”.   All of that took a lot of time, exponentially more time, than the writing.

And because I’m so I’m horrible at all of that self-marketing and networking, it’s put a damper on the whole blogging process.

I’ve lost my passion for writing, and instead, have been approaching it half-assed.  It feels more like a chore than a joy.  I’m plagued by a writer’s block of momentous proportions.  I’m tired of feeling like I’m doing a mediocre job.

I need to step away for a bit and reevaluate why I write, who I write for, and what I want to write about, because I veered off path somewhere.

And I need some time away from my computer.  Time to readjust my posture from that slouched one I’ve adopted while stooped over my laptop.  Time to snuggle on the couch, warmed by a blanket and my husband instead of the heat of my MacBook Pro.  Time to work on myself – to work out, take a class or two, find a hobby, catch up on projects, find what fuels me.

I want to feel inspired, motivated and creative again.

So, I’m taking a step back and taking time off to refocus.  How much time?  Until I  can come back to writing and hitting “Publish” with the confidence that I will not measure my self-worth in shares, likes, comments, pageviews or retweets.

I’m not sure when that will be.  Maybe in a couple of weeks.  Maybe longer.  But I’m definitely giving myself a hiatus for the holidays.  I’ll still be present and accounted for on , , and , and if I find some rockin’ kids music you simply must hear, I’ll post it.

But for now, I’m hanging up my blogging stocking for Santa to fill.

Who knows, maybe I’ll get a box of inspiration, wrapped in hilarity with a pretty bow made out of sheer genius.

Or maybe I’ll just get coal.

I hope you’ll find your way back here when I do, and have a very happy holiday season!


  1. I know what you mean, Gina. Sometimes, I wonder what that magical thing is that other bloggers have that I don’t. I still have the motivation, though. But if you feel like maintaining this blog has become a chore for you, then you made the right decision. Happy holidays and the new year!

    • Thanks for your encouragement, Tarana, I really appreciate it. I’ve just lost my mojo and need to take some time to find it again. Happy holidays to you and your family, too!

  2. I feel like you read my mind. I started a blog to help me write more, and to give me a reason to keep at my photography. Now it seems like the only people who read my blog are my mother and my mother-in-law, which I know isn’t entirely true, but having them as my most vocal audience members definitely puts a filter on things, and makes me far more self-conscious than I was in the beginning when I was just writing into the nameless universe. The other stuff–twitter, pinterest, branding, whatever–is all too overwhelming for me to want to think about, but at the same time I know that is how you get people to come to your blog! Good luck with your break and I hope you tap back into your creativity and inspiration along the way. Whether or not it brings you back to blogging isn’t too important!
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    • Dani, it’s nice to hear that others feel the same way. I definitely feel like the day my mom found out about my blog, my writing changed a bit. But sooner or later, I had to stop censoring my writing because I knew she’d read it, and just write how I felt. Thanks for the support, and hang in there!

  3. Oh Gina, I hear you, girl. I have felt all of those blogging feelings over and over again during the course of the last three years. My focus in 2014 is going to be all about quality writing and building an email list. No longer are the days of social media referring traffic our way when the Facebooks of the world are moving toward requiring money to promote our posts. Doing the I’ll-scratch-your-back-if-you-scratch-mine approach doesn’t work either because it’s done out of obligation, not because the back-scratchers truly value what is being said in a blog post or the message the blogger stands for. I’ll be praying for you as you move forward with your blogging break. I pray you’ll have a blessed Christmas season and that the Lord will fill you with a renewed sense of creativity and excitement for the gifts He’s given you. :-) Blessings my friend!

    • Thank you, Rosann, for your support! Your words rang true, and I’m hoping the same thing comes to fruition in 2014. I like your idea about focusing on an email list. Do you have any tips for how to do that?

  4. Ahh Gina, I hear ya;) Everything stems from your content–the shares, the readers, etc. So, taking a break is good to find your mojo again. Once you’re back writing what you enjoy, all of the other stuff falls into place more. Have you considered turning your content into a book as a new and meaningful project? So many bloggers write and write, and they never do anything with it, so nothing ever feels satisfying. I just got up tons of info on book creation and publishing on Club-Content. It might give you some new ideas and inspiration:) Enjoy your break, and I hope to see you back and refreshed!
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    • Again, all great ideas, Courtney! I really do appreciate all of your helpful advice and feedback. I’ll certainly take a look at the club-content stuff about book creation. I’m really hoping this break gives me some perspective and focus.

  5. Finally…you are speaking my language! So refreshing that I am not the only one feeling EVERY single thing you wrote about. Please keep writing. You are so relatable. You put into words what I could not. Thank you.

    • So glad what I wrote resonated with you, Cortne! I appreciate your kind words and support, they make my blogging journey worth it.

  6. You are so brave for writing this, for writing everything we all feel, but somehow just can’t get off the treadmill. For some reason we prefer to let ourselves be thrown off, letting the other thing, or life circumstances, or divine intervention make the choice for us. (Kind of like a bad boyfriend). I am proud of you for having the courage and self awareness to take a break, and I hope you come back renewed — either that or with something else that feeds your soul. While your husband may not agree, I’ll take credit for being the luckiest recipient of your blogging, because if not for that I don’t think we would have met. Take care, and know that you are a damned good writer. Good and popular don’t always go hand in hand. . . It’s the Kardashian Effect…



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