I’m Not Giving Up Blogging…

23 Mar

…but I have to scale back

For a while, at least.

In the past few months my visits to your blogs have been intermittent at best; and in the past two weeks, almost non-existent.   I struggle to find the time but I don’t want to neglect you.  Not returning your visits is bad manners and I apologise.  Interaction is a huge part of what makes blogging fun; no interaction, and it’s just me talking at you.  I have battled guilt about it; guilt always wins. That has reduced my enjoyment of blogging.    

Peter Steiner's cartoon

Peter Steiner’s cartoon (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I have decided to take the advice I always give to other bloggers who make these sort of Help! I’m drowning in unanswered comments! posts – if you’re not enjoying blogging, then stop.  I’m feeling a little burned out by blogging and it’s not as much fun as it used to be.

If you see me as rutilant – as I hope you do – you will naturally be devastated by my announcement, so I should make one thing clear:

I am not giving up blogging

  • I will continue to post my daily joke
  • I will post at least twice a week
  • More, if I feel like it
  • I will answer comments if I can
  • I will not visit you every day but I will try to visit more than I have been doing
  • I will understand if you decide to leave me, but don’t be surprised if I cry

If you don’t want the hassle of checking in every day in the understandable but forlorn hope that I might have deigned to talk to you today, you can always subscribe – third widget on the right then straight on for mourning.

Subscribers up = visits down but taking a hit on my hits is the least I deserve for my despicable dereliction of blogging duty.

I hope this is just a temporary situation and you’ll hang around to find out.  But I’m selfish like that.

Happy blogging!

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The two previous words:

Pleonasticthe use of more words than are necessary to express an idea. Guilty as charged.  Always.

Quozsomething queer or absurd.  Again, guilty as charged.

 

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68 Responses to “I’m Not Giving Up Blogging…”

  1. laurieanichols March 23, 2013 at 16:03 #

    I, sniff, sniff, understand.Blogging should never become a chore, that is not what anyone signs up for, (unless you make it into a paid venture than if it’s a chore well it’s on you). I understand the guilt, I have the guilt thing as well. What is it with guilt, guilt is a very powerful emotion or state of mind, I don’t know which but I know that it has extraordinary power over me at times. Blogging should be a happy thing.:)

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  2. Food Stories March 23, 2013 at 16:06 #

    Very understandable ~ Blogging should be fun 🙂

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  3. terry1954 March 23, 2013 at 16:14 #

    I understand, and enjoy your break. We all go through periods like this

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  4. viv blake March 23, 2013 at 16:15 #

    Dearest Tilly, blogging should never be a chore you feel you MUST do. I have no wish to see you disappear like a rocket with a glowing red tail into the ether. But neither do I want to see you give up: just take it more leisurely! I only answer comments when they contain a question or I have something pressing to be said. I do a sporatdic pick and mix when I read others’ blogs, depending on time, energy and volume of posts. We are only too grateful for any crumbs that fall from your talented pen (or rather keyboard).

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  5. Al March 23, 2013 at 16:17 #

    I certainly understand and have missed you. However, I’m not sure I can live without you. My email is in my profile so hope you can drop a line now and then. As an incentive, your years worth of free Maltesers, delivered weekly right to your door, should start arriving soon.

    Forlornly,
    Your pal, Al

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  6. keiththegreen March 23, 2013 at 16:30 #

    May your wandering on other paths bring you back refreshed and with a sense of energy and your old smile returned. Enjoy your break from blogging.

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  7. countingducks March 23, 2013 at 16:36 #

    I don’t always comment but I do always enjoy your Blog, and its nice to have a reliable source of cheer.

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  8. sanstorm March 23, 2013 at 16:46 #

    Hope you have fun in the blogging vacuum.
    🙂

    Not vacuuming though 🙂

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  9. slpmartin March 23, 2013 at 17:00 #

    I know how you feel..take good care.

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  10. Elaine - I used to be indecisive March 23, 2013 at 17:33 #

    Oh no! Don’t consider giving up … but if it becoming a chore then it must be time to take a step back for a little while and have a rest. Put your feet up, read a book, eat some Maltesers, relax. 🙂

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  11. sarsm March 23, 2013 at 17:44 #

    Good for you.

    You’re an amazing blogger and an amazing person and I, for one, am thrilled to have got to know you.

    Take care of you. I’m sure everyone understands.

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  12. Tom (Aquatom1968) March 23, 2013 at 18:12 #

    I have no problem with you taking time out, Tilly… I take them occasionally (sometimes without saying which is bad on my part!), but like you say you have to enjoy doing it for it to be fun. Enjoy your you time more, and then enjoy your blogging more. You can’t give up completely though… I’m commissioned to do your Christmas banner again this year, don’t forget… 😉

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  13. faydanamyjake March 23, 2013 at 18:25 #

    Lots of bloggers myself included are slightly on the back burner for a while. Maybe it’s a seasonal thing? Be happy x

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  14. Grannymar March 23, 2013 at 19:05 #

    Tilly, if you were in paid employment, you would be entitled to annual leave to recharge your batteries. Take time out, go for walks, have away days, but bring the camera because you never know what is round the corner waiting to be blogged about.

    Enjoy some ‘Me’ time.

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  15. Ron. March 23, 2013 at 19:09 #

    Do or do not; there is no must. –Yoda, paraphrased.

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  16. viveka March 23, 2013 at 20:01 #

    Linda, blogging is what it’s – but it shouldn’t be a MUST and that we feel that we have to do things. Still it’s a two way relationship, but it should be because we love to do it. Your welcome to my world when you feel for it.

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  17. restlessjo March 23, 2013 at 20:22 #

    There IS life after blogging, Tilly, isn’t there? If you don’t come back I’ll know the answer.
    Take care.

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  18. robincoyle March 23, 2013 at 21:23 #

    I refuse to hit “like” on this post, but I certainly understand. I am wrestling with the same issue. Even tho blogging is writing, my real writing is suffering. There is only so much time in the day.

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    • The Laughing Housewife March 23, 2013 at 21:26 #

      Exactly! And other things are being neglected (but not forgotten), like critiques…

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      • robincoyle March 23, 2013 at 21:30 #

        Ha! When I glanced at this I read the word as “children,” not “critiques.” Get to it when/if you can . . . no pressure.

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  19. Maddie Cochere March 23, 2013 at 22:40 #

    This is the right decision for you at this time, and you’ll feel better for it. Sometimes, I’ll let a week or more go by while I take care of my own writing and life. And then, I don’t always try to go back to see what I’ve missed, I simply start reading those I follow anew. Everyone seems to understand and is still friendly when I come back. I’ll still be here laughing at your jokes and passing them on to my elderly mother. 🙂

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  20. Janet Williams March 24, 2013 at 01:10 #

    It must be the weather. You see, late March, snow and snow and rain…..
    It could have been hormones!?
    It could have been Lent? Giving up Maltesers (?), reducing blogging, cutting down desires,…

    Don’t worry. We’re all hanging around (just for a bit!). When you’re ready, please come back. You’ll be back. Take it easy. We all need to be recharged once in a while.

    Take care.

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  21. jmgoyder March 24, 2013 at 01:43 #

    I completely understand Tilly xxx

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  22. vastlycurious.com March 24, 2013 at 03:22 #

    I am enjoying it immensely and your blog too- breathe deeply !

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  23. timethief March 24, 2013 at 03:42 #

    Take all the time you need.
    Be well and happy, always.

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  24. benzeknees March 24, 2013 at 06:06 #

    I will miss you Tilly Bud (Linda)! But then again a lot of the bloggers I read don’t subscribe to my blog, so I’m used to not hearing from them. But I do enjoy hearing from you, so pop by once in a while & take care of yourself.

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  25. Katherine Gordy Levine March 24, 2013 at 06:38 #

    Having to do the same. Like your promises, think I will steal them. Stay strong, I have to work hard to do and I do not always succeed.

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  26. bevchen March 24, 2013 at 12:51 #

    I’m glad you’re not giving up blogging and will look forward to your return. Everybody needs a break sometimes. Oh, and I don’t mind if you don’t reply to my comments.

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  27. mairedubhtx March 24, 2013 at 13:24 #

    I don’t know what rutilant is (did I even spell it correctly) but I understand you’re swamped. I don’t know how you do it all and have a family. I’m glad you are not giving up blogging. I don’t ming if you you don’t reply to comments or don’t visit my blog. I love your jokes. Don’t go away. I’d miss you.

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  28. sharechair March 24, 2013 at 13:25 #

    funny thing about blogging … it’s GREAT when the mood is right, but a CHORE when the mood is off. The actual blogging hasn’t changed, but for some reason, our approach to the whole thing has. I’ve not yet blogged a year, but my anniversary is coming up and I am considering whether or not I want to continue …… hmmm. I guess cutting back is always an option. I’ll be looking forward to the days you do show up in the Reader. 🙂 Take care of you, first.

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    • The Laughing Housewife March 24, 2013 at 13:27 #

      Thank you, Sharechair. I’m coming up to my 4th blogaversary, so I’ve done well to get this far.

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  29. adinparadise March 24, 2013 at 14:28 #

    I’ll still look out for you, Tilly. I’m also drowning, but as I can’t swim anyway, so what can I expect? 😀 Enjoy the break. xx

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  30. Helen Cherry March 24, 2013 at 14:32 #

    Tell me about it.. the more popular the blog ( and yours is VERY) the harder it is to keep up with commets, posting and other peoples blogs that you like.. we can only do our best and it should be fun!!

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  31. Three Well Beings March 24, 2013 at 18:14 #

    You’ve got the right approach, I think. I appreciate it when fellow bloggers just say what’s going on…”I need a break” is sufficient. Commenting and keeping track is very challenging and sometimes things click better than at other times. Take care of yourself, and do pop in from time to time just so we know you’re okay! 🙂

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  32. kateshrewsday March 24, 2013 at 20:08 #

    Tilly, I am where you are. I shall be chuffed to see you when I do, however intermittent: and I shall pop along whenever I can. Strange how real life tugs in cyberspace. It reminds me of the feeling the children got in Narnia when it was time to come home. Next thing they would find themselves on a railway station platform or some such mundane place.

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  33. Rorybore March 24, 2013 at 22:58 #

    So Many Feels on this one. I am all memed out myself personally, and have been scaling back too. I don’t visit as much anymore — instead of daily, only a couple times a week. and I don’t always leave a comment.
    I notice many people go really hard the first 2 years..and then crash and burn. It IS supposed to be enjoyable. the day it isn’t fun anymore, means a break is required.

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  34. SchmidleysScribbling March 25, 2013 at 18:46 #

    I know how you feel and i do miss you when you are not around. I cut back and then decided I was not going to have a rule I could or could not blog every day. Now i just blog when I feel like it. Sometimes I should probably not write a post at all, but I do. I figure if someone wants to give it a miss, they will. I write for me, darn it. This is not a job. Dianne

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  35. colonialist March 26, 2013 at 21:09 #

    Withdrawal symptoms from Malteaser deprivation can be very horrible to see. Avert your eyes!

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  36. eof737 April 13, 2013 at 08:47 #

    I was gone for almost almost all of March and a chunk of April so I never left you. I simply left the platform to tackle other demands. Your words spoke brilliantly to what I was feeling too. Thank dear one! 🙂

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I welcome your comments but be warned: I'm menopausal and as likely to snarl as smile. Wine or Maltesers are an acceptable bribe; or a compliment about my youthful looks and cheery disposition will do in a pinch.

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