Why I Took A Break From Blogging
Alright, so I told you all in my MAJOR life update post that I would explain to you why I took a break from blogging in a separate post.
So today, I am going to do just that.
Why I Stopped Blogging For Over A Month
It Was Taking Up Too Much Time
Around the months of February and March I was really starting to feel confident in my “blogging capabilities”, or knowledge, in it all. I had a rhythm going on, my page views were rising, my pins were getting repinned, photographers were wanting to collaborate, everything was going.
Then I started to work full-time in April and it was becoming way too much. The last thing I wanted to do after work was work on my blog and there was this feeling of “is this what I want to with my spare time” starting to creep inside of me.
I Was Addicted To My Phone
Not only that, but I felt like it was taking away time from my husband and this sense of living in the moment and actually being present.
I felt like everything I was doing was “for the blog.” Cooking dinner? Gotta Instagram it. Playing games with my husband? Gotta Instagram it. At the beach? Going on a hike? Eating lunch? Gotta Instagram it!
When I wasn’t be a crazy lady taking pictures of my entire life, I was constantly checking my phone at every notification that popped up after posting a picture on Instagram.
Getting Lost In Social Media
Whenever a notification popped up I would check to see who liked/commented on my photo and in return, I would like/comment on their page as well as “love” and respond to their comment on my picture.
Believe it or not, that takes up a ton of time . . . precious time that’ll you’ll never get back . . .
I Was Following People Because I Felt Like I Had To
I started to follow people because I saw my fellow followers following (tongue twister :P) those bloggers and before I knew it, my timeline was filled with people I didn’t know and it was taking me forever to scroll through Instagram.
And Then I Was Pushed Over The Edge . . .
Around the time I was going back and forth between continuing to blog or not, this disgusting person DMed me on Instagram saying that someone had created a fake Facebook account using my name stating that I worked somewhere in Texas.
With that, the person said, “this is the picture they’re using.” It was my Instagram profile pictured with cum all over me . . . I was so embarrassed, angry and uncomfortable.
In that moment I was DONE with blogging.
I reported the account because he/she was clearly some sick person. The person was following like 7 people, had some random Instagram name and didn’t have any pictures posted . . .
Ultimately, I Chose To Stick With Blogging
After about a week I decided eff that sick person, I wasn’t going to let them dictate my life.
There is so much I want to share with everyone and I’m not going to let the crazies keep me down!
What You Can Expect From Me Moving Forward
If you like my picture, I may not like any of yours back.
If you comment on my picture, I may not respond.
Although, I most likely will depending on how many I receive.
If you follow me, I may not follow you back.
I don’t say this because I am trying to be mean, think I’m better than that or don’t want to engage with you all; it’s simply because I don’t want to spend a ton of time on social media.
To keep me sane, I have turned off and muted all Instagram notifications.
So if I don’t respond right away, it’s not because I’m ignoring you. I just haven’t seen what you posted and I’ll see it (maybe) whenever I get on Instagram again.
I am not going to beat myself up if I don’t post once a week. I want this to continue being fun and I want to share quality content with you all. If that means I don’t post one week, so be it.
I am still finding my blogging “niche.”
While I do post a ton of Hawaii pictures and information about Hawaii, I am not a Hawaii blogger. We are only stationed here for so many more years, and I don’t plan on blogging about Hawaii when we move.
My blog is about my life, A Crooked Life. I have many posts coming up that have nothing to do with Hawaii or travel, but it’s relevant to what is going on with my life and is something that a ton of people have requested from me.
I don’t count myself a Travel Blogger.
I don’t count myself as a real travel blogger because I feel like traditional travel bloggers are the ones who travel way more than I do. I feel like I am more of an everything blogger. I just blog about something that I have experienced, and what to share with you all.
This is really where I want to leave this post now. It’s getting long and I’m running blank now. Maybe I’ll add more, maybe I won’t: not sure yet.
To those of you who stuck around and encouraged me through this time, thank you! You guys are the best.
Until next post!
Have you ever felt the need to stop blogging? What brought you to this point? Let me know in the comments below.