Oh yes. Yes I just wrote that.
And I mean it.
I haven’t posted in awhile which is very abnormal for me. What happened however was pretty simple. One day I woke up to do my usual routine of breakfast and browsing blogs. I was already under the weather for some time so that didn’t help my mood. And then I noticed the over 1500 unread blog entries in my Reader.
And then I went to Twitter. And then Pinterest. And then Facebook. Then back to Bloglovin’. And oh yes there’s this giant place called the Internet and they have tons of non-blog websites that I check all the time too. News perhaps. You Tube? What?
Somewhere in all this information overload of Matrix symbols blurring into in the palm of my hand, I thought this is ridiculous. I could easily spend all morning, if not all day staring at my iPhone screen.
So I did what any rational blogger would do. I turned off my computer and lived my non-computer life for almost 3 blissful weeks. With some tweeting exceptions. 40 characters was all I could hack.
Oh she can’t admit that. That’s terrible of her. Did she just write that?
Come on now, bloggers LOVE blogging. We’re supposed to be ‘on’ all the time. Reading. Tweeting. Writing comments. Responding to comments. Taking photos. Pinning, pinning and pinning. Planning our next craft, our next link party contribution, networking with companies to promote their brands, ours brands, cultivating our image damnit! We eat, live, breathe and drink social media. We would never ever admit that sometimes it’s kind of nice…to say…stop for awhile.
But it is. And I have no regrets. And even learned a few things while on my unscheduled vacation.
1) The world will not implode around you.
Bloggers will continue to blog. Your blog will continue to get visitors. And views. People will still find you and all your good content that you’ve already written. Heck you may even find some new followers at this time. Life will go on.
2) People will miss you.
New blogging friends took the time to email me when they hadn’t seen a regular post from me in awhile. That my friends, was simply awesome. To have people who less than 2 years ago were virtual strangers, take the time out of their day to see if I was ok. Really super cool. I mean it. Thank you. Blogging is a community, don’t ever let anyone tell you otherwise.
3) Your family will be happier for it.
Mom’s not on the computer again? Score! Bike rides for everyone. Yeah remember that. Non-computer activities. Did lots of those. Gardening season starts next month.
4) Things will feel and look new when you come back.
All the redundant pins and crafts that you thought were going in circles? Oh wait, there’s new stuff on Pinterest. And in your Reader. Lots of fresh new stuff. And you’re actually excited to see it and read all about it. But at the same time it will help you hone in on what you truly want to read vs reading it just because it’s there. That’s a good thing.
5) It will inspire your creativity.
When I stopped looking online for inspiration and starting looking outside my living room window and around my house to see what we could do, what we needed to, it opened up a whole new type of window in my mind.
But don’t get me wrong, this wouldn’t be a proper blog post for me if I didn’t share some photos of my missing in action life.
So here’s what I/we did do.
We started by taking apart a nursery and began the merging of two bedrooms to one.
Did some major spring cleaning of toys and donated boxes and boxes to thrift stores.
Began a half bathroom makeover. In a very tall, hard to paint bathroom. Love you James!
Took a day trip to our old stomping ground of downtown Toronto with the family, where we spent almost a decade living in the core.
The girls newly shared bedroom was getting updated. So lots of decorating to do and I started by spray painting letters to put up and fixing up old mason jar lamps.
Took a purple wall (BEHR Bloomsberry)…
And made it blue (BEHR Refreshing Pool). Again, love you James (my husband did all the painting).
Put together a bunk bed. This is the Malibu Bunk Bed from The Brick which we scored on sale.
Emptied out the basement to prep for its full renovation this May, so that I can give that gorgeous MCM credenza hiding in there its due credit and display it properly.
And spent as many days outside as we could, teaching Little C how to ride a bike.
Cabin fever meet the season of Spring.
There was so much more painting, organizing, bird feeder making, backyard cleaning, etc. Which I’ll totally get to as we’ve got a ton of projects on the go. In Canada where we live, I affectionately call this spray painting season because unlike the user friendly temperatures of warmer climates, we get maybe April – Sept to get any major painting done in the garage.
But it’s nice to see all the great entries I need to catch up on and projects to go admire. And most of all to reply to comments (which I am very behind on so my apologies) from my last entry, The Challenges of Being Creative as a Blogger. Which for the record really hit a nerve with a lot of bloggers (in a good way) and I was really happy to have that conversation started. Blogging while rewarding in many ways, can be very time consuming. Key word is consuming. And sometimes it consumes the wrong things – your time for example – that could and should be spent off of your computer.
Sometimes, in order to be a better blogger, you need to step away from your blog (and other blogs), to get a fresh perspective.
A blog vacation.
Try it one day. It may just surprise you. And if you’ve tried it, I’d love to hear about how it impacted you. Because it has definitely changed my perspective on how I want to go forward with the pages of this virtual scrapbook of mine.