Well this last week I have inadvertently taken a week off from my blog. It started last Saturday when I celebrated a friend’s birthday in style and dined at Marco Pierre White’s in Birmingham. It was a delishious, relaxing Saturday mum’s afternoon off. Some bubbles and cocktails later I swiftly passed out post Eurovision (celebrating like a mum eh) and did not get to the blog. Sunday, Mr TM’s only day off, was spent buying and building slides for the little ones and an early night post the previous afternoon’s bubbles and cocktails shenanigans, definitely a mum.
Come Monday I still hadn’t been on the blog, I was starting to get the shakes. But come my usual evening blog time my step daughter appeared with GCSE biology revision asking for help. Not one to shy away from a challenge we crammed the entire biology module into one evening. My science revision hadn’t ended there either, we had chemistry awaiting us and physics later in the week. I also had a toy kitchen to build, life admin to catch up on and I admit come my one free night I had myself a reverse lie in (a phrase coined by the fabulous Motherhood the Real Deal). I went to bed at 8 o’clock and sat there for 3 straight uninterrupted episodes of Grey’s Anatomy. It was bliss. I cannot remember the last time I sat without even glancing at my iPad, the blog, a Linky.
My point being, yes life did get in the way of the blog, which will happen from time to time but when given the opportunity to delve back into I chose not to, for the first time in a long time. Ironic really as I had just written posts about blogger brain – where the blog has taken over my every thought process yet not wanting to step away from it and celebrated my 6 month blogiversary and written about how I wanted to progress my blog. During the last week I did not write a post, did not join my usual linkys or catch up with my fellow bloggers wonderful posts, by the end of the week I wasn’t even checking my stats. It was refreshing.
I had been so deeply involved in my blog world that I had started to ignore my ‘real’ world. I didn’t realise that actually some time away was just what the doctor ordered. I feel revitalised toward the blog and the constant demand it has on my time, I have some posts in mind to put into words and I want to read more posts and get back into the linkys. If at the start of the week you had told me to take a week off I would have violently shook my head and clung to my iPad with the gusto of a small child holding onto their bag of sweets. In a digital world that is very much about your presence and networking the thought of being offline was always daunting and made me worry my rankings would fall, my following would pack up and leave and my stats would become non-existent. But having been forced to step away I learnt my blog didn’t fall out of the big wide web into oblivion (at least I don’t think so) my usual haunts will still be there this coming week and hopefully my lovely blogger buddies too.
So actually going incommunicado was not the worst thing that could happen, quite the opposite actually. So lovely busy bloggers I know it sounds scaring facing the cyber abyss, but if you feel like you need it, take a step into the unknown and give yourself some time off. I can certainly recommend.