What I Learned from Taking a Blogging Vacation
Last week I decided to take a week-long hiatus from blogging and social media. It was the longest I've been offline aside from when I had my baby back in November.
I wish I could tell you that 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 my 6-month-old didn’t get the memo about me being on vacation and continued to wake up with the rising sun.)
For a brief second I contemplated not returning. Believe me, it was so, so tempting. But obviously I’m back. 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 my daughter is in childcare or sleeping). I read a really helpful post by Julie Deneen about building a social media routine depending on how much time you have. Assuming the baby will let me, I am going to try the 30-minutes-a-day plan.
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 once a week in the middle of the week. We’ll see.
Most importantly, being “away” made me realize how much time I spend when I’m with my daughter 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 my daughter 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.
My baby 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 and see it as part of my jewelry business, in the grand scheme of things, it truly 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 it all?