I've recently taken a bit of a sabbatical from blogging. Did you notice? Did you miss me? No, probably not. That's ok though...we are all busy!
I started blogging in 2008 because I'd found a few blogs out there that I thought were fun, funny, light-hearted, everything that I wanted MY blog to be. I joined an awesome blog community. Some really great gals started reading my blog and I felt like a sortof friendship was formed. I read their blogs too and found other great people through them.
Then I got a little blog obsessed. I found myself constantly thinking about my next blog and feeling sad if I couldn't think of anything funny to blog about. I started following people because I thought it was the thing to do, getting obsessed with how many people were reading me, commenting, etc. I'd stay up late every night reading blogs, commenting, moving on the next blog. Then there was a little "episode" that I read about on someone's blog where she and another blogger were in a terrible argument and disparaging things were said by each other about each other. I started thinking...what in the world is going on? These people didn't even know each other in real life... and they became enemies over a BLOG?
I felt myself becoming disenchanted.....falling out of love with blogging. I felt like it was taking over my life. Isn't that crazy?! Yet as I was reading a few other blogs here and there I discovered that other people were feeling the same way. I realized that blogging is a "soft addiction". You know, like checking your email a hundred times a day even though you JUST checked it 2 minutes ago? Or checking your phone to see if you missed a text in the 45 seconds that it took you to go to the bathroom. Or dreaming about vanilla creme donuts from Dunkin Donuts.
So I took a little time off. I un-followed a few people. I only read the blogs of the people that I really cared about. I decided that from now on I would only follow people that I really felt a connection to. That I felt like we could be friends if we ever met in person. And I would go back to blogging for me...not for what others might think. I try to keep my blogs light hearted and fun. I don't really think anyone wants to hear about my problems, mostly because they are inconsequential and minute compared to some of the things that other people have to deal with.
I am a happy person and have a great life. I am surrounded by friends and family that love me. I have a job that I enjoy most of the time and keeps me in a comfortable life style. I have a roof over my head and a huge yard that I get to play in and create flowers and vegetables. I belong to a wonderful church and am loved by a Father in Heaven that has accepted me for my flaws and forgiven me for my sins....of which there have been plenty.
I am going to work harder on balancing my blogging life and not let it invade my real life. Because there is so much in the world that I want to do and see...... Life should be an adventure, not to be wasted sitting at a computer and dreaming of the life that we don't have.