Helllloooo! Is anybody still out there? As you might have noticed, I took a break from the blog for a few weeks. The first week was accidental - I was sick. The second week was intentional - I was just not ready to come back. If any of you have ever tried your hand and this blogging thing, you know how much time it takes and how easy it is to get "blogger burnout" (a concept so real that even the New York Times has covered it).
I admit, I was was a little burned out. It's funny how what starts as a hobby and a creative outlet can turn in to yet another obligation - another line item on a never ending to do list. And especially when I am by no means a full time blogger. I have a day job that often has me working 10+ hours a day. I have a few hours each week to produce this site and I'm doing it with out a photographer, graphic designer, social media specialist, etc. It's just me and my iphone and sometimes when I'm feeling really ambitious, my DSLR camera. It can get a little discouraging when you compare my my little one-woman operation to some of the larger, amazing blogs out there - so many of which inspire me and that I read daily.
During my two weeks off, I examined my goals and my time (because isn't time the culprit for most of life's complications?) and thought long and hard about if I wanted to continue to curate this little site of mine. And the bottom line is that I do want to keep The Rose Record up and running.
I like documenting our life and sharing what inspires me. I've always been one of those people who feels better when I write down whatever is on my mind - and I think blogging does that same thing for me. And besides, I have two years of our lives journaled on here. I can't just stop. How will we be able to look back on the everyday memories I so often share (i.e. one thousand photos of Lily and me snugging). Not to mention the friends I've made and the people who have told me that they've tried one of my recipes, or bought something from one of my gift guides, or were inspired by something I wrote.
So that's it. I'm back. I might not be back as regularly as before since I'm still working out how best I want to spend my time, but I'll be here when I can and when I feel compelled to write and share. I was inspired by this line from a fellow blogger in response to 'blogger burnout'. It hits the nail on the head I think.
But if you forget to write from your heart, slow down and take a break when you need one and give in to pressure that encourages quantity over quality, you’re guaranteed to burn out. -Grace Bonney, Design Sponge
Thanks for sticking around and for coming back time and again to check out The Rose Record. It's nice to know I'm not just doing this for myself, but for you as well.
And believe it or not, I've already got a few posts teed up and ready for you this week (that's also how I knew I was ready to come back - TONS of ideas coming to me now). Tomorrow -a recap on what the heck we've been doing for the past two+ weeks. See you then.