Monday, July 30, 2012

Off It




I've been a little off this blog lately. Writing posts has felt like home work and my River Cottage bestie, Yoss always says that if your blog feels like homework, then it's time to kick it.

I've been thinking about kickin' it.

Life has been busy and i've only had a smidgen of time each week for this little space here. Instead of providing me with a creative outlet I've felt like a slave to stats and comments. My posts have been boring, even to me and my heart has been elsewhere.

But today, as I took a breather from responsibility and intentionally focused on relaxing, I gathered my thoughts and meandered through my archives. 

I stumbled upon this post and it reminded me of why I started this blog in the first place.

 It's a personal journal for my family. A trashy keepsake for my children. It holds their stories, their chubby baby cheeks, their firsts and their lasts, the sweet things they say and do.

So amongst the never ending chaos (which i rather enjoy), I shall blog. 

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  1. Yoss sounds wise ;) we will chat anon..

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  2. My following & readership is tiny compared to yours :) But whenever posts feel forced or like too much effort is required, I too take a step back & re-look into why I'm doing it. My blog is a journal of our life. One day I hope my kids can read back over YEARS of posts and reflect back on their childhood - the good times & the bad! That keeps me going....keeps me inspired.
    Do what makes YOU happy :)
    x

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  3. so glad you will still hang around. the posts about recording those real life moments are my favourites. and i also need to know how the organic/local/supermarket shop-off ends. ;)sarah

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    1. Yes, i've taken a break from that for this week- we're eating organic for a second week (it will be 3 before I get back to it) and then we're going local

      xo me

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  4. It's ok to take a break. We'll be here when you get back. I have felt like this many, many times in the past. Including right now xx

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  5. I think the tip to taking a break is not to announce you are taking a break - just take one. So there is no fanfare, no apologies. Just slip out of the party without saying goodbye (a la 'French goodbye') then come back when you're ready - or don't if you're not.

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    1. yes, i do that from time to time It's rather thrilling to be a little bit french from time to time, but i'm not planning on a structured break at all. I'm planning on persisting and loving it again, you know?!

      xo em

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  6. I love your blog, I love all the different aspects, the mish mash of ideas, the kindness of your words, everything. Writing a blog, as my sporadic nature of my entries are testament to, is kind of like a marriage in my book. Sometimes lots of enthusiasm and light, laughter and general easiness and other times, bloody hard slog and "why am I doing this?". Persistence is a virtue and I'm glad you are sticking around. xx

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    1. Tracy 'busy, busy'June 30, 2013 at 6:47 PM

      Oooh I love that - like a marriage! Maybe you need to have a good old barney with your blog - shout abuse, slam the door and go and have a good cry! The making up is always fun, the air will be clear, you can take a deep breath and carry on. I for one am glad you are not giving up :-)

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  7. I know the feeling... It's hard to balance it all isn't it?

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  8. I so get this like you wouldnt believe. some days, some weeks it's fun and I feel inspired. Other times I feel like it has become another fulltime job and I irks me. You are so right though Em, sometimes we need to remindourselves why we started in the first place and get ourselves back there.
    Dont go, I know I dont often comment and I am sure there are so many like me, but we are here and I for one always enjoy checking in on the shack and would miss you so. xx

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    1. And this is why I dont comment, because typing comments from my iPad makes me look like I spent far too many days at the beach when I should have been in spelling lessons at school :)

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  9. Love your honesty. I can totally empathise. I've been wondering on and off whether or not I should just 'kick it' as well, but every time, in the end, I'm compelled to return and keep blogging! I can't seem to work out whether it's a bad addiction that I can't wean myself off or a healthy outlet for creativity…
    I've been reading all your posts of late - don't find them boring at all. :)
    Ronnie xo

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  10. glad you're going to keep blogging, yours is my fave :)

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  11. YES. I totally feel this...I get more and more behind with what I think I should post and then I just feel like giving up. So I do, for a little bit.

    Then magically, a great idea will pop into my head at the most unexpected time and off we go again...!

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  12. O like all the time!

    Yesterday I wrote the dullest post ever and deleted it. I quite often take a random break here and there. Stats bore the shit out of me. Sometimes I wonder who reads my drivel..... xx

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  13. I think just about everyone can relate to this, but I'm so happy you're staying! I've really quite enjoyed your blog.

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  14. Fab post Em. I know precisely how you feel. I am waxing and waning with my blog at present also. Winter, illness and too much on my plate all contribute to my less than enthusiastic feelings towards it. BUT, like yourself, I started it to record ALL the bits and pieces about our family... as boring and mundane as some of them are. So, I just keep reminding myself of that fact.
    If it's any consolation, I think your posts have been entertaining and I haven't noticed your heart may not have been in it xoxo

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  15. I love how honest you are! People really like your blog. I do, anyway. You're so refreshingly candid, and funny. But only blog if you want to. When I look at the uber-blogs by the professional stylists/designers etc I feel inadequate but then I remember why I started mine - a happy little diary of my life, my makes, my kids etc. Sometimes it helps to think small with blogging. Take care. xx

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  16. Breaks are good. I've been taking it slow getting into blogging. It is work to document. When it becomes work that isn't fun then you are right that it's time to step back. thank you for sharing your life and those precious moments with all of us.

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  17. It is good to stop and take a look around to re-organizate our things.
    Happy you have so clear what you want about your blog, it will be an amazing gift for your kids :)

    x

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  18. Em, I hear you when it comes to stats and comments and finding myself drifting away from the reason I started blogging in the first place. I felt that way a few weeks ago. Now I'm focusing on how wonderful, as you say, a diary my blog is for our first years as a married couple and now as a family of three. So many things would go unwritten, unphotographed and unremembered if it wasn't my my little corner of the blogosphere, and that would be the saddest thing.
    And actually, since deciding this, blogging has become fun again, and not a chore. I hope you feel the same. Because, woman, the blogging community would be so less fruity and hilarious and honest without you. Much love xxx

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  19. I love your blog Em. Can only leave comments on my phone now it would seem, so I don't say much. I was loving following your organic journey. I love what Nell wrote & it's so true. If I blogged for comments & stats, I wouldn't blog! Ha ha. I blog for me...& for my family. X

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  20. A few months a go I started a little blog, I've told virtually no one about it because I thought the lives of my family would only be interesting to my family, like you my purpose is to record the growing of our family, and at times it has provided great cathatic relief. Like your blog mine is first and foremost for me for us, if others get enjoyment from it that is a bonus. I'm glad you blog for you and for your family to me that is what makes your space real and engaging, it is what draws me in. The icing in the cake is that so so many people enjoy your blog. x R

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  21. I do think we forget why we came here. It wasn't commercial, it wasn't driven by stats and comments - because Lord knows, there weren't any when we started. I blog, in the main, for me. The extras are lovely but when I drift from what I have to 'show and tell' (because, come on, let's face it, it is) and it feels forced or "have to", then, yup, it feels like homework and I don't like it.

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  22. I love that you come out and say these things. I started a blog, and gave up, because really - I was starting it for the wrong reasons. I would have loved my mum to keep a blog when I was a litte one, I think I would understand her better now if if those thoughts were down on paper. I think because of that, I'll start my own blog (again) when I have little ones because it's the day-to-day stuff and the ups and downs that I want to remember and want them to be able to read about. I hope you find your blogging mo-jo again - it's such a refreshing and honest place to visit!

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  23. Great sentiments. I think we all should ahve the courage to re-assess when we need to. x

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  24. Em, your blog is actually my favourite. Ever. One of the things I love the most is your honesty. I like that you're a human. I'm so glad you're not going to kick it, but I hope you still take the time to rediscover your passion for it too. There's nothing worse for killing creativity or productivity than obligation. (Wow, I should have tried to fit a few more big words in that sentence, huh?!) Love to you! x

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  25. Emily I always look forward to your blog too!
    Don't doubt yourself or your posts. We all love it.
    Kate x

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  26. like everyone else here, i'm glad you're sticking around too. it's a delight to read your beautifully written blog and i haven't even once thought it was boring. your blog makes me wish i was your next door neighbour. x

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    1. yes i only think about me .. obviously its awesome for your beautiful family too. best ever way to keep track.

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  27. don't be silly em, keep blogging your blog makes me feel good when lots of other blogs have started to make me feel a bit crap x

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  28. Appreciate your honesty. I find that do many blogs are starting to make me feel inadequate in my own life (which is really no the reality) because they only project their perfect lives, delightful kids, loving husband, clean house etc. it feels like its all a big competition which is tiresome. I like reading about the good the bad and the ugly. All of it. Just blog when you feel like it. Well all still be here and loyal. Just keep being honest :)

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  29. I'm glad you're not going away, cos I like reading your blog! But I know what you mean, sometimes it's hard to get motivated and think of what to say... I write when I'm in the mood, and don't when I'm not. Sometimes I'll write three posts in one day, and then I'll go a week without writing anything. That's what works for me :)

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  30. i just found you! so happy you are sticking around.

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  31. I'm glad you're still blogging.
    ~FringeGirl

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  32. don't leave me!! (hee... glad you are going to keep blogging - but only if it's fun of course!)
    lots of love sian

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  33. I absolutely love your blog!! Just came across it today. I'm your newest follower!!
    xo

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  34. Please, please don't go off it. DO NOT GO OFF IT. Kellie xx

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  35. I've been fighting the same battle, wondering whether I should just give up. If it feels forced, I won't post. Then I'll post something totally unplanned and from left field, but something which puts a fire in my belly, and it will strike a chord. I did that on Friday, posted something which I kind of didn't want to, I didn't think it sat well with what my blog is 'about' (in my head anyway) - turns out I don't know shit about my own blog, it was one of my most popular posts with my most ever comments. I've made a decision to keep blogging about what I damn feel like, and stop trying to box myself into a 'niche'. Blog on Em, I don't comment often, but be assured I am always reading :)

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Thanks so much for your words of encouragement, advice and solidarity.

xo em