Mummy’s been in time out and she likes it, likes it, yes she does.

Hi blogging world!

How goes it? I’ve missed you all terribly but I have also really loved my little hiatus. It has given me the head space I needed to think a few things through and figure out what to do with business ideas and blogging and the fact that 24 hours in any given day doesn’t seem to be enough.

I basically figured out that when it came to blogging I was constantly compromising on my posts. I have a bunch of things I really want to write about but all require research and research takes time and I just feel I don’t have it. So in the end I’d sacrifice the research piece for something I can post in less than hour and while sometimes this was good and it was fun, I was never really reaching the goal I had in my own mind.

So, where to from here?

I will still be blogging – HOORAY! – but not as regularly as before. I will aim for once per week but we’ll see how we go. I might not even make that initially.

I might not get to read as many blogs either so if you are also a blogger and I normally read everything of yours then I’m sorry, it might not always be that way anymore. I will try but I can only try. I can’t promise anything more.

The thing I enjoyed the most about my break was the lack of pressure. I didn’t realise how much pressure I was putting on myself to either constantly write or read other blogs. It was a lot of pressure. Like a big ol’ weight of it sitting right on my head and making me slouch. A LOT. (which is always two words btw…if you are looking at A LOT and thinking it should be ALOT then think again. It’s never ALOT. It is always A LOT).

alot is not a word

You need to go here: http://theoatmeal.com/comics/misspelling and check out this post

/rant over/

Anyway, the pressure thing. I need less of it. So I’m giving myself that gift. Less blogging + less reading = less pressure. We’ll see where it goes from here.

I hope you have all been splendid and doing wonderful things and not missing me too much. I’ll see you next post which may or may not be next week. Keep your eyes peeled for it (if you sign up with your email address it will make it straight to your inbox – just sayin’). Β That’s at the top far right of the screen ————————>

Got it? Good.

See you later alligators.

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40 thoughts on “Mummy’s been in time out and she likes it, likes it, yes she does.

  1. Sounds like a very productive hiatus. I can relate to a lot of what you say here about pressure. I am thinking of taking a little break myself or pulling back a little. Welcome back!

  2. It can become stressful maintaining a blog, but it shouldn’t be. It’s meant to be fun. I think we put more pressure on ourselves than we need to. I think it’s great that you are removing some of the pressure, I am sure you will feel better for it. I will look out for your posts. πŸ™‚

  3. Good on you madam. I know exactly where you’re coming. In fact, I don’t press the ‘Like’ button anymore. I long decided that the day blogging becomes a chore is the day I will just quit – life’s too short! Best of luck with everything and go live your dreams. πŸ™‚

  4. Sounds like a good plan indeed! I am right there with ya on the research thing. I have been reading a lot and taking notes on different topics I plan to write on when I come back. It has been so nice to do it in stride instead of needing to write and respond to comments WHILE researching as well! πŸ˜‰ I look forward to your researched posts (you are a great writer!) XO

    • Awwww thanks, Valerie! So are you!!! I am looking foward to reading more of your stuff when you come back.

      I was reading some guys tips on how to start a great blog the other day and he was saying have 3 months worth of content up your sleeve (obv the amount would depend on how often per week you were going to post). And that way when you are having a busy week you have some posts to publish. I liked this idea and if I was starting all over again I would do it. You could definitely do something like that with your current lead time. Just thought I’d pass it on in case it was of some interest. x

      • Wow, that’s really funny because I AM planning for three months (June-August)!! Thanks for the tip – I think it’s a good one! πŸ˜€

      • It just seemed like a good number of months to plan for. πŸ™‚ I’m first writing the titles/ ideas for the posts and then I choose a few to spend time on during the week (researching, planning); finally, I start writing. It will be much more relaxed on me once I come back.

      • I do that, but for different reasons. I usually have a few posts sitting in my notes , but because I’m never finished with them… Until I’m finished. It just always takes more time than I’m planning on, if the post makes the cut in the end at all. I’ve got some serious b-sides in there.

  5. I HAVE missed you! πŸ™‚ But I totally understand, you need to take the time you need and I’m excited to hear about your business venture, I hope you’ll tell us! I know I put pressure on myself to write and read daily but I am still enjoying it so not ready to take a break but I know my day will come. It is hard to keep up and it could easily become a part time job. When it becomes more pressure than fun, it is time to pull back.

    • I’ve missed you too!! As long as you are still enjoying the daily reading and writing and that it works for you then that’s great. It could totally be a part-time job! Heck it could be a full time one! If only someone would pay me!! hehe

      As for the business idea I’m still thinking about it. I like it, just trying to think of the right way to do it. In the meantime I might actually be starting to manage someone else’s online business (a great way to get some experience in the online business thing) so that’s pretty cool.

  6. Oh my Gosh!! You’ve written today about the exact thing with which I’m struggling right now!! I’m feeling so much pressure. My inbox is inundated with things and I feel like I have to respond to every single one….plus, my own posts are being compromised as well. So, it’s such a relief to hear that someone else struggles with this too:) Thanks for posting this and I’m so glad you enjoyed your time away:)

  7. Mummy, you should blog because you enjoy it, not because you feel you have to, and you should read everyone else’s blogs when you get a chance and you feel like it.
    Last time I checked, this blog was not your primary source of income. It’s downtime, and no one is going to fire you if you miss our latest posts. You do you. If you burn yourself out trying to write and read every post that comes your way, you’re going to… Burn yourself out. Then I will have no mummy at all.
    Don’t feel bad. Take your time, write and read when you have time. That’s how it ought to be. And everyone will still love you. Promise.

    • Thank you so much for this comment. It is truly awesome. I think you may have no become my Mummy!!! I feel so much guilt for not reading everyone’s wonderful blogs as I enjoy them so much. I don’t want them (and this includes you) to think I don’t love them anymore. But like you say, I have to get over that. So I will keep showing my face around the joint, just a little more infrequently. And it pleases me to know that you won’t all hate me for it. πŸ™‚

  8. This goes for the rest of you ladies too. NO MORE PRESSURE. I know we all put pressure on ourselves constantly… It’s part of the DNA, but I like you guys. I don’t want anybody to start thinking of their blog as work. Listen to me. It’s one of the thoughts I had during naptime.

  9. I’ve been doing the same thing over my way and I agree—less pressure is lovely! I’ve even taken a bit of time to work on some fiction. Glad you’ll still be around! Enjoy your little bit of extra time. πŸ™‚

  10. Darling, this resonates so much with me. I have had to renounce reading and blogging for ages because it was driving me mad just not having the time to do it, and i didn’t even have e proper posting day/scedule like you so i can imagine the pressure load being immense. Reading your posts has always been a pleasure, so if they are fewer and far between they will just become a rarer pleasure…which is no bad thing ;0)

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