Hello all, and Happy July!
I’ve been wanting to get more personal here on my blog, because I think that’s one thing that’s lacking around here. I tend to get personal in my journal updates, but those only come around a few times a year. I wanted to let you guys know what’s going on behind-the-scenes, and this seemed like the perfect opportunity to do that.
If you are an avid reader of this blog, you may have noticed that instead of posting twice a week, I’ve barely posted at all in the last couple of weeks. And if you follow me on social media, you know I’m usually very active on Twitter, but haven’t been there much either. There’s a reason for that…
I returned from New Zealand about 5 months ago. I’ve been staying with my family in St. Louis (my hometown) since then, and I’ve been spending SO MUCH TIME working on my blog. I love this thing I’ve created. I enjoy dedicating my time to it, even if I don’t necessarily ~get~ anything out of it.
However, I’ve been spending so much time on my blog, that I neglected other parts of my life. I recently realized that all the time I spent focused on my blog was taking away my energy to do other things. I’m like that. I get laser-focused on one thing, and find that I’m mostly incapable of balancing out multiple parts of life.
Of all the things I wasn’t making time for (socializing, traveling, working on other parts of my career), the one that bothered me most was how I was feeling. I was spending way too much time inside, sitting in front of my laptop, typing away. I wasn’t exercising, and I was feeling really awful. My sleep schedule was moving back into nocturnal territory because I wasn’t on any kind of routine. I was feeling particularly anxious.
I needed a mental break, and I needed time to focus on getting my health back on track.
I’m still feeling all those things, though. I’m still anxious, I’m still having trouble sleeping, and while I have gotten back into the habit of working out, I still don’t feel my best. These health issues aren’t because of blogging, but they do get worse if I’m only prioritizing this internet thing over other things.
In addition to that, there are a lot of bigger projects and more in-depth posts I’ve been wanting to work on for a long time. I’m not getting any of that done because I’m busying myself with so many daily tasks just to maintain my blog as it is.
I’ve been more focused on quickly getting something ready for my next posting day, rather than diving into the more intricate stuff. Right now, I don’t think posting twice a week is as important as working on these other projects that will ultimately be more beneficial to both you (my readers) and my blog.
Another thing I haven’t been doing recently is traveling. That seems totally illogical since I run a travel blog. Being so focused on making the blog better, you’d think I’d keep traveling as much as possible. I did go on a short roadtrip a couple of months ago, but other than that, I’ve just been here in St. Louis. I told myself I’d go on a lot of roadtrips, I’d visit some nearby cities, and I’d get to know my hometown all over again.
But I haven’t done any of that.
I’ve been using the excuse that I’m too busy working on my blog, and I have too much content I need to get up before I can accumulate more content by going somewhere new. But traveling doesn’t have to be just for the blog. I could go somewhere and *gasp* NOT post about it. Take a real vacation. I should be doing this thing that makes me happy. I should be making time for adventures.
So that—all of that—is why I sort of disappeared recently. I needed those couple of weeks to step back from my blog and think about my priorities. I don’t want to stay away from my blog, though. I’m the type of person that needs to stay busy, and I just wasn’t busy enough without this blog. I’m just going to work on balancing it out with things like exercising, getting outside, and writing for other outlets.
All of that said, I’m not going straight back to posting twice a week (although I will eventually). I’m going to attempt to post once a week, and focus on creating bigger, better content. I’ve got a lot of big New Zealand posts I want to get out soon, but it just takes a lot more time than a quick photo diary.
Thanks to everyone that does read this blog, and everyone who follows me on social media.
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Thanks for sticking around. I’ve got more travel tips, guides, and stories coming your way!