It’s been another busy week – though even more so than usual, if that’s possible.
Baby Girl also had another sick bug – that’s been fun.
I’d been looking forward to BritMums Live for so long. Two whole days of talks, sessions, networking, chatting to like minded people, sharing a passion for parenting & blogging – & there was promised to be tea & cake. What was not to look forward to!?
But in reality, the whole thing was quite intense & overwhelming.
And on the Saturday morning, they ran out of tea!!! Thankfully the venue were quick to rectify this insanely rookie error (it’s a mummy conference for Pete’s sake!) & peace & harmony was restored.
But I’m sad to say that overall, I left feeling uninspired and exhausted, asking myself, “why do I blog?!”
I met some lovely people and it was great to catch up with some old faces I’ve met at previous events but I also met some people who weren’t so friendly, which was disappointing.
Where as back in November, after BlogFest ’14, I came home absolutely buzzing, raring to go with hundreds of ideas for how to take my blog forward, this weekend I came home feeling as though I might just throw in the towel altogether.
In hindsight, I think I’m tired. Between looking after Baby Girl, job hunting, interviewing & blogging, I haven’t had a moment to myself for some time now. Any spare time I have is spent trawling job listings or trying to pull a blog post together – I’ve been lucky to get one live a week this past month.
I feel I need a break. Those who don’t blog won’t realise the amount of work that goes into it. A single post can take multiple hours to put together; writing, editing, re-editing, designing, photography & photo editing… Then there’s the promotion; Facebook, Twitter, multiple blogging networks to add your latest post to… whether a post goes live or not, I spend at least one to two hours per day keeping up with other blogs I follow online & finding new ones, networking via Twitter, etc.
A fellow blogger recently called it a hamster wheel & I can think of no better analogy.
Amidst all this, I feel guilty if Baby Girl catches me on my phone or those days when I’m watching the clock til nap time when I can get stuff done.
I’ve said before on the blog I feel I would appreciate the time with her more if I had some time away. In truth, I think I would appreciate the time with her more if I wasn’t constantly thinking of everything else I had to get done in a single day.
So, it’s decided. I’m taking a break.
I’m on holiday with the girls (no Baby Girl or Oh! ah!) next week, which originally I had expected to take my laptop and do one or two hours of writing a day – probably in the morning before the rest of the gang are up because my body clock doesn’t allow for lie-ins any more! But instead, I think I’ll take a book & actually take some proper time out for myself.
Of course, I’m completely addicted to social media, so you’ll still find me on Instagram – my happy place – & no doubt Twitter (either as myself @amiecaitlin or as my blog profile @bumpbabyme). But Facebook & my other platforms will go quiet over the next few weeks while I take some time to recharge & reassess what I really want from blogging.
Thank you so, so much to everyone who has read & supported the blog over the last 18 months. You’ll probably never know how much it’s meant to me that someone more than my mom & the OH reads my blood, sweat & tears (though I do also appreciate their never ending support as well).
While I take a little break, why not check out some other awesome parent bloggers and some uber cool fashion bloggers:
Mama Duck Quacks – @mamaduckquacks
Colour Me Woman
Giggles Family Vlog – @thegigglesblog
Budding Smiles – @buddingsmiles
Mothering Mushroom – @MushroomsMum
Run, Jump Scrap – @runjumpscrap
Single Mum Ahoy! – @singlemahoy
Running in Lavender – @lavenderheledd
Side Street Style – @laurasidestreet
Wacey Style – @waceystyle
Style Me Sunday – @stylemesunday
And an Instagram shout out to New Young Mum who’s photos of the beach always make me happy (& uber jealous!)
I’m so sorry if I’ve forgotten anyone!