A blogging holiday

Relaxing under a palm tree on remote beach

My blog is pretty much a year old this month and, particularly in the past six months, I have become more and more invested in it – both time and even money wise. I tend to find myself binning off other activities (of an evening) in favour of concentrating on either writing, reading or commenting on other peoples’ blogs. And that’s without even factoring in partaking of a little tweet here or there or fiddling about with picture editing.

I enjoy it. I like writing; sometimes I even love writing if the muse has really struck me and I am 100% invested in my subject. But sometimes my commentary and involvement with others suffers because I have set myself these high writing and posting targets and it has felt like I am ‘failing’ in some way if I’ve missed out on a regular linky or the stats have dropped off because I haven’t written and then promoted a post properly.

I am currently on holiday for a week (physically, with the family!) and I told myself I would attempt to have a bit of a blogging holiday too. All I have done is write and draft a few ‘easy’ posts and scheduled them in advance so that things don’t lay dormant for too long. I know that this is a good thing. I know that I will benefit from this headspace. Sometimes these blog targets we impose on ourselves become so all encompassing that we can’t see the wood for the trees (and for me – why? Its not even like I’ve attempted to monetise my little corner of cyberspace or even engaged with PRs).

I recently read The Blog Lowdown on the lovely Reading Residence courtesy of Hurrah for Gin this week and took a lot of notice, for here is a blogger who appears to post relatively sporadically, but who is well known within the circles I blog in, receiving twice, three times or even four times more comments on a post than I have had on even my most popular posts and nominated for recent prestigious blogging awards (rightly so and nominated by myself too I might add!). And she doesn’t appear to do it for money or stuff or any kind of gain really. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not comparing or questioning – the fact of the matter is that she writes very funny, dry, honest and heartfelt pieces very well and is clearly a lovely person who others warm to – one of those people who you think, “yeah, I’d want you to be my friend” after five minutes familiarising yourself with her witty, beautifully self-illustrated, charming blog.

So I was interested to read her take on what makes her blog tick and her list of tips on blogging in general. The one that struck me the most was the advice to avoid blogging too much to the linky schedule. She says ‘It’s your blog, nobody else’s so you should be in the driving seat’. This one really resonated with me because nowadays, I find it hard to be bothered with a post unless it’s attached to a linky (this being a case in point I guess although Jocelyn & Iona’s theme for The Theme Game this week happens to fit in perfectly with things I have been thinking about a lot lately anyway!).

I suddenly feel like I am getting it all wrong; that I am missing out on more relaxed personal space of an evening, more variety of entertainment and more time to actually engage with my family rather than getting increasingly frustrated if their neediness delightful and continual interruptions jar my blog flow. Its just not good karma – it feels like my cosmic microcosm of life is out of balance somehow. I need to write less, read and engage more. Its probably as simple as that. You take the pressure off yourself and you focus on doing what you love (whether it be writing, socialising/cyber-socialising, reading, cinematic pursuits, baking, knitting, singing, ukelele or skydiving).

So watch this space (but not too closely, I’m on holiday, remember πŸ™‚ )

PS the picture above is less a true representation of my current holiday than a picture of a toddler with chicken pox crying at a very large adventure playground would be… :-/


The Reading Residence

20 thoughts on “A blogging holiday

    • Thanks Mike. You must read a wide variety of stuff! Do you come to blogs like mine through the WordPress Reader (just out of curiousity?) Just popped over to yours for a quick read too πŸ™‚

      • I do read a lot of stuff. I did find your blog through my reader. I really enjoy reading blogs. It’s sort of like taking a trip into someone else’s head space temporarily.

  1. Interesting post. I feel the same way sometimes about finding the balance, especially now I’ve started becoming more passionate about my blog and taking it seriously. I got myself in a pickle a few weeks ago and decided to relax about why I post. I feel better for it.

    Enjoy your holiday, including the crying child πŸ˜‰

  2. Great post, it’s interesting to read that tip about keeping yourself in the driving seat of your blog. It’s hard to not get caught up and I guess even feel a little competitive in the blogging world!! I hope you enjoy your holiday and keep that relaxed mentality about blogging too πŸ™‚ xx

  3. It is so tricky to find that balance, I find. I’d definitely agree to only join in with linkys if you want to, rather than feeling the pressure to do so. I was away last week and so linked up with a lot less and the world did not end, so I’m thinking all is fine! Enjoy your holiday and blog break x Thanks for sharing with #thethemegame

    • I’m thinking cutting back to maybe three linkies a week, then I’ll know that I will have the time to read and comment on as many other people’s posts as well. I also want to have time to hang out on Twitter a bit more too! I like that you plan everything in advance and so then you know what your strategy is. I need to be more like that! X

  4. Oh honey you’re being incredibly hard on yourself here. I think a blogging holiday (and actual one) has come at just the right time for you… enjoy Norfolk, enjoy your break and your kids (boo to the pox!) see you soon (well kind of) xxx

  5. Oh no, chicken pox-no fun! I can totally relate to much of what you say here. I write because I love it, and often because I can’t help it-otherwise it sits in my head and just hangs around being annoying! But I have fallen into the trap of writing for the sake of it or because I feel I ought to. I really want to take a step back and remember why I started in the first place.

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