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A mum of two still trying to get the balance right

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Blogging break again

I love blogging. I love writing, editing photos, reading other blogs. Blogging has made me think about things to try with the children, trips to go on, food to make, crafts to attempt, how to parent my children. It’s really made me change the way I photograph things and I’d love to get better at this, Instagram is now one of my favourite social media platforms.

Blogging break

I just can’t get the balance right!

After a blogging break at Christmas I didn’t want to fall back into blogging during all my spare time which amounts to Bodhi’s nap times (when Charley is at nursery twice a week) and the evenings. During January I was blogging most evenings which left little time for anything else including writing for myself or commenting on other blogs. I felt like everything was being done for the sake of blogging and that wasn’t what I really wanted. I couldn’t keep up with all the linkies that I wanted to join or comment on them.

I was also addicted to looking at my stats, I hate to say. It did make me smile everytime my views increased and it was a challenge to see if I could increase them month on month. I’ve only ever had a small amount of views on my posts, and mostly due to joining lots of linkies but to see the stats increasing and moving up the TOTS100 each month made me feel like I was achieving something.

So, with half term around the corner I thought it would be a good opportunity to have another break from blogging as its quite hard to get much done with two pre-schoolers around anyway and we had a busy week planned.

However, at the end of half term I decided to stop doing my weekly post of what we’d been up to as although we go out and about every week, it seems to be to mostly the same places and it began to feel like more of a chore to be doing it every Sunday evening. I’d really enjoyed writing them when I first started them back in June/July 2015 and I wasn’t getting the same pleasure from doing them now. I planned on doing a monthly round up instead, but I haven’t got around to this yet!

I know I don’t want to stop blogging completely. I still think it is a great way of recording our family life and Charleys progress with her arthritis.

The trouble with having a blogging break is that the longer you leave it the more difficult it becomes to post something, hopefully this one will ease me back in.

After having children and being a stay at home mum, I’ve really enjoyed having something to do for me and I don’t want to give this up. I’d really like to find a balance with blogging and home life. I’m sure there has to be a way!

 


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A blogging break

So, I ended up having more of a blogging break than I indended over Christmas. I initially thought I would cut down a lot, still write a few posts but the few weeks before Christmas day were so busy getting the last Christmas presents, the house sorted out for the big day and other bits and bobs that I can’t even remember now that I just didn’t have the time or energy to write or link up with anyone.

I had been hoping to get a few posts drafted over Christmas and sort out a few things on my blog but this didn’t happen. Even when we had a week away at Coombe Mill, Cornwall  (hoping to do a post on this soon!) I was planning on getting some stuff done for my blog but again we were busy every day there and the children weren’t settling very well in the evening.

Of course the pressure to blog only comes from me, and mostly I do really enjoy doing it, but there are also the times when I wonder why I am doing it, what’s the point, does anyone read it. Then I remember why I started blogging in the first place, to record memories of the children.

However, it has been really nice to have this break from blogging although I have missed the community and reading all the other blogs too. It was starting to take over my life a bit and I could do with working out what I want to do with my blog.

In November I was spending every evening writing a post, linking up and commenting and therefore not getting much else done. I don’t want to fall into this pattern again, but it is very addictive so this is something I need to think about in the coming weeks.

I’d like to start reading books again, having a relaxing bath in the evening, maybe start doing some crafty thing! I do love blogging but I don’t want it to take over the little ‘me’ time I do have. It’s so difficult to get the right balance.

I have a few ideas for my blog that I need to spend some time thinking about but as we are back into the nursery school routine next week there will be more time. I’m hoping then to decide on a few things and work out how to get the balance right going forward.

Have you worked out a blogging/work/life balance yet?

A Cornish Mum