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February 10, 2014


Hello. Hello?

Wondering if anyone is there?

 I took a bit of a hiatus from my blog. Not really planned but just done on a whim. I am sure you have read the conversation on many blogs for the past few weeks, how the world of blogging is taking a shift. I was feeling that in the fall...after blogging for 4 years. Yup...4 anniversary came and went, and I wasn't sure why I was still blogging. I originally started blogging after moving back to Canada, and living in a rental home, not being able to find work in my profession of teaching and just felt I needed a creative outlet. Blogging did just that. I learned so much that I didn't intend to, such as a bit of HTML coding, how to take better photos (please don't look at my earlier posts - I cringe!), how to improve my writing (you might not know, that I loathed English in high school - I hated writing....) and made such amazing friends! I became connected to people I never dreamed I would, met and befriended such  incredibly talented people from all across the globe. Blogging has connected me to so much, it was the first time in my life I did what I loved and found me. I married young, had children young and was so caught up in that world, that I lost a bit of me. Blogging gave me the avenue to find myself. My blog was mine and my creation. It was a piece of me, that at first was hard to really show everyone who "me" really was but eventually as I become more confident, I let "me" loose.

But after 4 years, things change, life changes. I got a job, now working full time as a kindergarten teacher. Last year was grade 2.  We are still renting. And still hoping to find "our" house so I don't feel like painting walls, etc. Which leads me to my angst, I feel I have nothing exciting to blog about. Sure I can take on sponsored posts - I am inundated with requests but then there isn't any authenticity. I feel like I am in a rut. But I am going to try to keep at this blog of mine. Not sure where it will take me and what "feel" it will take on. So pardon my absence. I do hope to be back on track, blogging and sharing whatever catches my eye.


Hugs.
Barbara

12 comments:

  1. it IS so much harder to blog now, with original content, to keep someone's interest, when instagram has come along and made it all so easy and immediate. (my favorite social media, by the way). So, I hear you. I have been to your blog many times in the past years, and it's nice to see you back!

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  2. Barbara.....I often wonder how people who are not designers find stuff to blog about. When I am not working on a project it stresses me out because I can't think of what to blog about!!! It is 4 years for me also and I can't believe I'm still at it.....keep at it even if it's random because maybe one day you will have that house and then you will want to tell us all about it��

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  3. I am coming up on my 4th year also... and when I was renting I stubbled to come up with things to blog about, but now I am in my new house. Tons of things to blog about, but just not enough $!! HA! I will always read your blog, so post when you can and want to. The worst thing is to feel like you have to an then post something that is half assed! Good luck to you new adventures and check in whenever you can!

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  4. I totally know how you feel - this is my 7th year blogging so I often ask myself why Im still doing it. But ultimately, I blog for myself and I will stop when its no longer something that motivates me. We all put a lot of pressure on ourselves to be blog worthy but I think you will find that your biggest fans will keep coming back even if there is less to say provided what you do share is authentic.

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  5. I still have lots to say as gardening season is upon us, but I do miss reading your blog. I hope you find inspiration soon :)

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  6. I m still.here and reading your blog!! Life is just...life! We have to.enjoy.it!
    xo
    Ozana

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  7. I'll always be a follower and a reader of your blog, no matter what you write about or when you write. I'm proud to call you my friend. Life changes and so should you. Blogging is blogging. I can relate.

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  8. It should not feel like a job or add extra stress. That is when you know you need a break. Come back and check in when it works for you. Miss ya!

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  9. Hello Barbara, I'll be here too when and if you post! Thanks for checking in and for keeping it real. Hugs!!

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  10. definitely here you. I have been taking more time off of the blog lately. much needed.

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  11. I am so with you...and by reading this post realize that I missed my blogiversary completely this year. Woops. The question is - Do I care? Not really. I'll blog when I have something to say, otherwise I'll read what others have to say.

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  12. I totally hear ya! There used to be so much to blog about and I loved sharing pretty pics I came across as well as things I was doing but now with Pinterest, sharing other people's pics just seems like something everyone has already seen somewhere. I"m still plugging away at projects here and there which I share but blogging has definitely taken a turn. I"m almost feeling like it's the Beta vs VHS version of social media!

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