Hello lovely people! For those of you who don’t live in the US, this weekend is Memorial Day weekend. Which means 2 days off from work and a nice, long break.

And I’m actually going to do that. Take a break.

I almost posted for this week’s Sunday question, “What do you do when you’ve lost your motivation?” Because I feel I have. When you ask bloggers why they blog, they invariably answer, “Because I love it.” And I’ve gotten to a place where I’ve marveled over other people’s ability to respond with that answer, because more and more lately, it’s felt like an obligation.

Mind you, an obligation I’ve put on myself. No one has put any pressure or expectations on me except myself. I’m blaming no one, and I’m not complaining. But indeed I have put this pressure on myself. I’m not quite sure why. I’ve felt this overwhelming drive and NEED to “make something” of this blog.

And it’s true. If you are trying to build a following and get more well known, it helps to post a lot. I know that it’s possible to do, because I read blogs that are updated daily, sometimes more than once a day. If they can do it, why can’t I?!

Though, I’ve started to wonder lately, HOW do they do it? No one tells you going into it how much work is actually involved. People think it’s easy, but it’s not. I go to work, come home, and do work on my blog. Many mornings I’m doing work on my blog (taking photos) before I even leave for work. I work on my blog on the weekends. And, yet, the only time I managed to get ahead of myself with posts was when I was going away on vacation.

But this past week, I discovered that some of the blogs I’ve been trying to match are written by people who are now full-time bloggers. They don’t go to a day job and come home and do this, they just DO it. And I’ve been trying to keep up with that. No wonder I feel burned out!

And I do. I want to be able to just not work on my blog when I don’t feel like it. I want to go out with friends after work. I want to knit. Hell, I want to sit on my sofa on a Sunday and do nothing.

So I’m going to take a break for this holiday weekend and recharge the blogging batteries. And when I come back, I’m going to start doing things a little differently. No more trying to blog every day. I’m going to try and switch to the 3-times-a-week model. (Though I won’t hold back if there’s more that I want to write about or if something comes up unexpectedly.)

This means that I most likely won’t be doing the weekly features anymore. Don’t get me wrong—I’ll still post music when I feel like it and you’ll definitely know when there’s something I’m lusting after, but it’s not going to be on a weekly basis. (You wouldn’t believe how hard it actually is to think of a song every week. It’s even hard thinking of something I want every week!)

This also means that I’ll hopefully be able to focus on quality content, less filler, better, more interesting posts. I hope. You’ll have to tell me. (Of course, some filler is always fun. Celebrity Fashion Lust, anyone?!)

I know that I could have just made these changes without writing this post, and maybe I should have, but I truly value each person who reads this blog (even if you don’t comment—although I would really love to hear from you more, and I know from all the votes in the polls that people do read!). So I didn’t want you to be alarmed when things suddenly got a little more quiet, or if things you looked forward to stopped showing up on here. Hopefully you’ll follow me along on this journey of blogging self-discovery.

Have a great weekend! x

4 comments on “Weekend break”

  1. I can relate to some of the things in this post for sure. Comparing yourself to full-time bloggers is always going to be a losing battle because (a) they can focus all their energies on it and (b) most of them probably have been at it for at least a couple of years. That means lots of time to build up readership and get good at it. Sometimes I get frustrated when my photographs come out kind of so-so, but then I look at stuff I posted when I first started my current blog (about a year ago) and the level of improvement is astounding. Anyway, my point is that you'll keep improving even if you only post 3x per week.

    I've been trying to shift my blogging focus a bit lately, but it's hard when you're in a routine! Blah! Oh well. Anyway, enjoy your break. 🙂
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    • I'm glad I'm not the only one! 🙂 I can't imagine that even those bloggers who only do it "Because I love it" don't also want to be successful at it. But you have a very good point. I should go back and look at my earlier entries and feel good about myself. Plus, I'm working on changes for the best, so hopefully that will make me feel better as well. And shifting focus is hard. Especially when you're still trying to find things that can set you apart. But, ultimately, you have to be happy with what you're writing and that should help you want to keep doing it. At least we have a nice support system. 🙂

  2. As that old advertising jingle goes: "You deserve a break today!"

    But yes, it's totally cool that you take a break to chill out and relax and then regroup to figure out how to blog in a way that works for you and for your blog. As much I as I look forward to your daily content, I think that posting fewer times in a week will just make your readers appreciate each individual new post even more.

    This is a labor of love for you, and yes, there is labor involved, but since you don't rely on this for your income, you are free to do it just for the love of it. So if something feels good, then do that! And if something else doesn't feel good, then don't bother with it! Enjoy the process and expressing yourself.

    Have a great weekend!

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