I don’t know if anyone besides my loyal fans (aka my family and blogging besties) even really noticed, but I took a pretty big break from blogging.
It’s been more than three months since my last post!
Now thankfully nothing life-shattering took place to spur on “the break.” No one was ill, my dog didn’t die, and the house didn’t burn down — though you wouldn’t know it by how many times The Hubs set the fire alarm off making breakfast and terrifying the dog in the process!
“The break” started out unintentionally. I was bogged down by the details and happenings of everyday life – kids, family, friends, community, and work – meaning the one that actually pays me, what I call my “day job” as a television publicist.
In the little free time I did have, I found it hard to motivate myself to do anything blog-related aside from posting daily on my Instagram account. I liked that I could say it all with a picture, a few words and lots of hashtags, but that behavior became part of my downfall, and then that’s when writer’s block set in.
At first, I kept (foolishly?) telling myself that I would write something and post it “tomorrow” but then “tomorrow” turned into “later this week” and then “later this week” turned into “next week” and then…well, you know how that vicious cycle goes.
I knew things were pretty dire when about a month into “the break” The Hubs offered to write a post or two to help out. I told him “thanks” but “no thanks.” It was then that I decided I was going to take a blogging break and not feel one bit guilty about it.
I originally started this blog as a creative outlet for myself — to share the fun and funny side of family life. It was a way for me to talk about the joys and heartaches of being a mom and share with other moms (and dads) who were just as “harried” as I was.
Somewhere and somehow I lost my way and found myself “competing” (only with myself it turns out) to turn this blog into something it wasn’t — doing tons of sponsored posts & product reviews and writing about things I normally wouldn’t write about and stretching the bounds of what The Harried Mom was.
It’s also where I started to compulsively compare myself to other family/mom bloggers. I would read other mommy blogs, follow their social media posts and obsessively wonder why I wasn’t invited to this or that cool event, or why I wasn’t asked to participate in certain campaigns….I became whiny and impossible about it.
That’s when I realized that I wasn’t being fair or true to myself, my family or this blog.
I need to blog for me and the topics and subjects that I find to be interesting and relevant. If others come along for the ride, great, and I’m so happy and thankful to have you here….
So this “break” has been quite therapeutic and as a birthday gift to myself – yes, today is my 45th (gulp!) birthday, I decided to come out of my self-imposed exile to start blogging again!
My intention is to tell the fun, funny and sometimes the not so funny stories of being a mom, wife, friend and career gal. I plan on mixing those stories in with posts about life/family tips, recipes and yes, reviews – but not as many as before!
So here I am – renewed, recharged & refocused! I’m looking forward to what’s ahead, and I hope you’ll stick around!
Now it’s your turn to share…..What do you do to get renewed, recharged and refocused in life?
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