The three weeks I was away in America, I did not take my laptop. I planned to edit any snaps from the road on my tablet that is well stocked with photo editing apps.
But I didn’t.
I thought I would be able to use my fancy phone and upload my 10 on 10 as seen through Instagram from New York City.
But I didn’t.
I had every intention of staying “connected” as I traveled.
But I didn’t.
And my blog stats dropped.
I always thought I would care if my stats dropped as this is a big part of my business now, but I didn’t. I didn’t care. That is not to say that I am at all taking the ability to do what I do here for granted. Just the opposite. I needed to be refreshed. In the nearly EIGHT years since I joined Flickr and began my photo-blogging journey, I have never taken a break. We took laptops to Japan when Gemma was a baby (before phones had fancy cameras) and shared pictures from the road. I found a way to upload the first images of the twins the evening they were born despite not having internet at the hospital. Not once have I felt obligated or pressured to do so. I just did. I loved to share.
I blog and always have blogged like no one is looking.
But the fact is, people ARE looking and I take that responsibility of what I recommend here and share with you to heart. I don’t have a blogging schedule (other than the 10 on 10 that I missed so much this month!) because that has always seems forced to me. I am not an obsessive analytics checker, but I do have an idea where I stand on a monthly basis. I never let posting here get in the way of living my daily life, so I would never storm off the internet in a dramatic “taking a break” fashion. It has always just intertwined easily. But I was bored. I needed to get a new/sharper focus.I actually needed a break and had no idea.
So I am back and I am happily blogging and there have been lots of changes (I took up running!!!!) and I am excited again about my work. That includes the blog and what I am going to be sharing with you. I am giving myself a loose schedule so that I don’t get to the point of burnout again. I am scheduling balance. My work for Tamron is just starting to come out and it is forcing me to shoot new things…like wide angle in NYC! At home we are firmly ensconced in a world of American Girl Dolls and The Avengers. You might even see a new American Girl doll category on this blog…
I am glad to be back.
I will be running my first 5K in December of this year and I am doing it to raise funds for Breast Cancer Research. I will write more about it all soon, but if you have a dollar to donate, please click here and share.
Thanks for sticking around all these years…I appreciate you.