Monday, May 30, 2011

Blogless


Finding my blogging groove seems to have escaped me of late. It's not that I'm not out there reading your blogs, because I am, it's just that I'm short on leaving meaningful comments and even shorter on blog topics to write about myself. And I know why....

Yes, life is beyond busy right now but it's not really about the time. It's more about feeling the need to edit myself these days so as not to invade other's privacy, break confidentiality or just plain tick people off by writing about what's on my mind.

Nothing is life shattering or tragic by any stretch of the imagination-- It's just that even though I'm smack in the middle of drama, drama, drama, the "drama-o-rama" isn't necessarily my story to tell and it's leaves me in a bit of a "blogless" state of mind with nothing but drivel left to write about. (Yawn.)

The last time this happened I announced I was taking a blog break to find my mojo again. Of course that meant that within minutes of publishing that particular post, I immediately thought of countless things to write about and my blog break lasted less than a few days. Go figure.

So I'm going to try that again, this time spending a week back home in Ohio visiting family, and officially say to all of you, my dear blog friends, that I'm taking a break from blogging but hope to be back soon-- With more than drivel to write about.

Until then.....

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55 comments:

Queen-Size funny bone said...

Hope you have many adventures to write about when you get back.

The Empress said...

I did this, took 2 wks off, earlier this month.

I did come back refreshed..

Good luck!

VM Sehy Photography said...

Hope you have a good vacation.

I understand the need for a break. I haven't exactly been able to get as much blogging in as I'd like either. On my end, I seem to be running out of time due to the fact that my life has become crazy busy.

Hope you have some fun tales to tell about your adventures when you get back.

Eva Gallant said...

Have a great trip...see you when you return!

RNSANE said...

Lucky you, Joanna, to be able to travel to visit friends and family. I wish you a joyful trip, filled with fun and happiness.

Cinner said...

Joanna, have a wonderful time in Ohio, it is probably just what you need to do. Getting away from it all,
enjoy your family time. will be here whenever you get back. hugs dear friend.

Shrinky said...

I know all too well the frustration of having to self edit some of what you know would make a great blog post! Hope you have a lovely visit with your family hon, and look forward to seeing you back in blogland soon! (x)

Zuzana said...

I recognize these sentiments completely. In fact, I feel an onset of such a break too, as in contrary to you, my life finally lacks drama and everything is so sugar sweet, that my mind has gone docile and I have nothing substantial to write about.;)
Enjoy your stay with your family and see you when you get back.;) Inspiration to write comes usually when we least expect it.;))
xoxo

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Enjoy time with your family, JJ. And keep a small notebook or steno sized pad nearby for when you get ideas to blog about in the future. xo

Flartus said...

Spring and early summer have always been slow blogging times for me, both in writing and commenting. I just try to remember that the blog is here to serve me, not the other way around. Go have a fun trip!

SmartBear said...

I struggled the same way the past couple of months. I think my brain was so consumed with other things...plus I find sometimes when I feel pressure to find something to write about, it just doesn't flow the same.
Hope you have fun in Ohio. I hail from there, you know? My peeps still live there! Maybe my peeps know your peeps?
Best,
Tina

Cindy La Ferle said...

I hate to see you going through tough times, JJ. But funny thing is, I'm in the same place you are ... struggling to keep up the pace of the bloggy world while battling drama on the homefront AND dealing with the usual May Madness.

I don't think you write drivel at all, but again, I understand what you mean about respecting the privacy of others and maintaining a private life. Like Emily Dickinson wrote in her famous poem, sometimes we risk being "public like a frog." To me, having a blog readership shouldn't mean having to hurt your family (or your own reputation down the road).

So JJ, take the time off from blogging -- and we'll be here when you come back. Rest up, and enjoy your time away (drama or no drama)!

Cindy La Ferle said...

JJ, I meant to add. I always tell my writing students (the ones who blog) that not finding time to blog 24/7 is a GOOD sign. It means you have a real life! :-)

Debbie said...

Have a safe trip. I hope you experience only good things!

Cathy Clementz said...

Glad you are OK. I was going to email you today and see if you were still around! I know what you mean about feeling like all you have to offer is drivel. I've felt that way a while and I'm not even in your class of blogging! You are my hero blogger!! So I'll be waiting! And I'm sure it'll be good even if it is what YOU consider drivel.

DJan said...

I used to blog almost daily and found that my life began to revolve around the post, looking for blog fodder and beginning to write my life as if I were an observer of it! So I pulled back and found it much easier to deal with by letting them erupt more naturally. But after a few days I begin to get antsy. See you when you get back, sooner or later! :-)

Brian Miller said...

enjoy your break JJ...and time with family...you will find that mojo...it was so good to see you today...see you soon...

Ms. Bake-it said...

Hello Joanna,

There have been a few times where I came very close to not blogging anymore but had a lot of suggestions to just take a break instead. Works wonders. From reading your blog, I know how much you like to spend time with your family so this break will be good for you.

Have fun and be safe! I look forward to your return.

Hugs,
Tracy

Connie said...

I am with you on this one!!! Have a lovely trip.

Willoughby said...

I know how you feel. Sometimes you just need some time away from writing. I hope you'll be back soon!

Enjoy your trip!

Tammy said...

I've missed reading what's on your mind lately. Hope you get your mojo back and hope the drama leaves soon. Have a fabulous trip and visit with your family!!

Kristina P. said...

I totally get it. I think I'm taking a summer blog break, especially in June because we'll be traveling a lot.

Green Girl in Wisconsin said...

Fair enough! Have a great trip--sometimes it's essential to unplug, isn't it?

Kay said...

Have a wonderful Blog Break, Joanna. It's true that my life has been rather wrapped around my blog lately. I've been experimenting to see how long I can post everyday. Every time I think I'll stop, some relative or friend will mention reading my blog and back I go. I'm going to have to take a break someday soon though.

lisleman said...

I blog to escape the drama.
Well don't over think your blog break and relax, lighten up, kick it back. Oh and don't eat those tacos while driving. see ya.

Joyce said...

Have a good time! We all need a little bit of a break now and then. Enjoy! xo

HalfAsstic.com said...

Good grief,Joanna, I certainly know what you're talking about. And I understand. I have been gone for months and am trying to get back, too.
With me,if I begin to feel the least bit depressed about anything, the first thing to get sapped is my creative energy. And it's a shame, since using it makes me feel so much better and like I accomplished something.
I'm glad you're coming back!

Vodka Mom said...

i hear you my friend. I hear you loud and clear.

Chris H said...

Enjoy the blog break!
I too have times when blog fodder is scarse.

Christine said...

we'll miss you Joanna, but have a great blog break.

Shug said...

Have Fun with your blog break..This may be exactly what I need..
Blessings,
shug

Chocolate Covered Daydreams said...

I totally understand, Joanna! I'm there too. I have so much to say but then again, nothing...if that makes sense.

I can't wait to hear about how big the baby has gotten and all the fun you'll have with the family. Have a safe trip!

Alison said...

Enjoy the break. I haven't blogged for sooooo long - now that I'm back home and leading an ordinary life I just don't know what to write about!

Sherlyn said...

Have days full of fun in Ohio ! Yes blogging cannot happen for infinite days , there has to be a comma in between . Like you and many other bloggers I have too felt the need to take a short break from blogging world and this really helps because I'm when you'll be back you will be gleaming with new thoughts and a different perspective.
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beth said...

i love that you said that the drama is not your story to tell.....

have a great break. we all need one every now and then without reason or excuses :)

Betty said...

I feel the same way. Always writing about the "same old, same old"....who wants to come by for that? Maybe I´ll try that blog break too and see if inspiration will come to me too. :)
Have a good time with your family Joanna!

Louisiana Belle said...

I can so relate! The drama with my family has been off the charts lately. It has sucked the joy out of blogging for sure. Hope you find your blogging mojo again soon.

TechnoBabe said...

Enjoy time with your family in Ohio. I look forward to reading how your trip went and about the family you spend time with while you are there.

Privet and Holly said...

Enjoy your
break! Sounds
like it's just
what the doctor
ordered : ) I
hope that Ohio
greets you with
sunny skies and
happy faces!
xx Suzanne

gayle said...

I hope you have a wonderful time!

Chrisy said...

Have fun sweetie...breaks in everything are good...we can get so caught up in things that really aren't that important...

Anne H said...

I took a few months off once, as you know....
I care about your being happy and want the best best best for you! Cuz you are awesome, and you deserve it!

Hilary said...

I totally understsand the need. Take your time. We'll all be here upon your return.

Tara Rinaldi said...

breaks are good! Take as long as you need and want!! Highly recommended.

Love to you JJ.

jane said...

enjoy jj! we´ll be here when you get back:)
xxx

Marisa @ getting Back To Basics said...

Enjoy your break Joanna and come back with a fresh mind!

Casey Freeland said...

Always here to read you when you do blog, Joanna. Breaks are very important. I do 90 days a year every year in the fall.

Cheers,

Casey

Gran said...

I've taken lots of blogging breaks since starting my first blog in 2004. I always come back refreshed and ready to blog some more. Real life happens, and I hope you have a great time away. I'll be glad to see your next post.

Mike Smith said...

Haste ye back, JJ!

Matty said...

I know exactly what you mean. I have taken a few breaks myself. By all means Joanna, relax and recharge. Enjoy that trip

Sarah said...

Ya know..you put it out there just right hon. I am soooooo with you. I feel like so much of what is happening in my life...another drama rama...is stuff I can't put here on the blogs..mine or otherwise. I have been overwhelmed with "Stuff" and can't seem to motivate myself to get anywhere on my blog. Thank you hon for being upfront and honest..I love that!
Of course I will be here when you return..with bells on. Hopefully I will have found my groove too!
Hugs and love, Sarah

lisleman said...

I'll leave the game piece out for you when you return. Come back relaxed.
You don't need to be a clown to play.
I put your blog into play.
Come over and try the game.
i didn't ask for this

secret agent woman said...

Whenever I announce a break, I always feel pulled back. This time I didn't announce it, and I stayed away for a bit to collect myself. It helped.

Scented Leaf said...

Hope you enjoyed every moment with your family. It is a chance to appreciate and see how important is to spend some time getting back to the roots.

sheila said...

Same! I think we're all feelin the same thing lately, lol.