Thursday, June 27, 2013

Why I'm Not Blogging Much

You may have noticed that this blog has been pretty quiet these past few months.  It has been on purpose.  I am going to be very frank: Blogging takes up WAY too much of my time that I would rather be spending with my family.  I didn't realize this when I began blogging.  It was a new hobby and it was quite fun learning how to cut and paste, add pictures and links and write about things I loved.  But then it began consuming my every thought and action.  I couldn't wait to get up in the morning to write more posts or I would think about posts I wanted to write (even when I was at church!) and make lists.  I could never keep up with those lists and I still have a huge list of drafts that may never get written. 

You see, I am mom of two precious little kids and when I am on the computer, I shut out my "real life."  Not only that, with reviews, I was reading several books at a time, writing reviews and having giveaways that took up HOURS of my time.  I felt stressed and I just hated that I was always thinking about the blog. 

It's been on my heart for several months to stop blogging.  I am even resisting signing up for new blog tours.  I am turning requests away.  This is huge for me!  I love books, but I love my family more!  This is not to say I will completely stop blogging, but I might do 1-2 posts a month. 

Here are some of the things I am doing instead of blogging:
*Playing with my kids
*Finding creative ideas and going on dates with my husband
*Reading books I have sitting on my shelf that I "want" to read
*Getting ready for homeschooling
*Bible study
*Going to parks with my kids and connecting with friends
*Sleeping! Yes, I have taken several naps lately.
*Cooking...well, I do have a cooking post I really want to share!
*Spending time praying for my family

I have to choose these things first!  I am so thankful for all my readers and I'm sorry that I just can't keep up with the blogging world.  I promise I won't go away, but I honestly need to put up boundaries and this is one area I can say no and not feel guilty.

Blessings to you, Shonda

PS. I have a cooking post I will share and I have another book blog tour in August, but I will probably stay pretty quiet in July!


Annette Whipple said...

I've cut back, too, esp on reviews! Have a great summer.

theconfidentmom said...

Totally can relate!!! I pray your time with your family is especially blessed - it is hard to say no - your doing the right thing!

Patty said...

I totally understand this. You are making the right choice here.

InTheKnowWithJoJo said...

When I comes down to it whats most important your family I can completely relate I do twitter parties sweepstakes and contests it is so addictive I often have to step back and remember the 3 n 4 year old that I am trying to win things for. That my time is the most important thing to them!