So this is me back from a long break from blogging.
Did I stop writing?
Did I have head space for blogging my thoughts?
Sometimes. But I was committed to other blogging and writing pursuits that somehow got in the way.
Why are am I blogging again?
I am carving out me time and believe it or not, the blog is a segue to relaxation. Blogging helps me feel productive and that I have achieved something. I enjoy sharing ideas, encouraging and challenging others on their journey.
Will the blog look different?
Honestly, I am not sure. Blogging is an organic process. I don’t have a blogging schedule and a social media consultant and a book deal. So I don’t have external pressures and deadlines to meet. I know some of you enjoy reading my ramblings. I invite you to comment and dialogue with me, partner with me as we do life together. With partners and kids and expectations and ambitions.
Actually I have so much to tell you……subscribe to the blog now.
Catch me in between times on Instagram @7mouths2feed
This afternoon was blocked out as a working window to write. No, not lovely blog posts but the more serious, academic stuff that I have engaged with called the PhD. But things have happened and my day has not quite evolved as planned.
I have however, had a tyre fixed and refitted. I have explored the possibility of upgrading from a Queen size bed to a King. Any advice? I have done several loads of washing and read 4 academic papers. Then there were bills that I paid, emails that I responded to and a book I read speedily over lunch. So I have been productive but have not aligned all of my energy into the very thing that I must do today. And it is almost school pick up time. Hmmm.
I am getting close to 1000 blog posts on this humble little blog space. It started out as a family journal of life with small people, feeding them and nurturing them. Since 6mouthsfeed we have become 7mouths2feed and now, as the big 1-0-0-0 approaches I have been considering stepping away from this story. It has been a grand jaunt, through the grim days of motherhood and babies, school days and making memories with my kids. Blogging has kept me writing and reading when everything else felt too hard.
Nowadays there is so much to read and consume I am a little overwhelmed at times by it all. But for me, blogging has helped me make sense of it all. I don’t pretend to be an expert. I just do better when I am part of a team. Thank you for adding to the discussion, sharing a post or trying a recipe. If you have been following a long for a time you will have no doubt tried to bake bread with me, made a never fail chocolate cake, experimented with the no sugar way and perhaps dabbled in some good reading. We have shared faith stories, debated the latest parenting approach or enjoyed a new movie or tune. This blog is many things.
So what should I do? Make 1000 posts, celebrate and slip away into cyber land? Is it time for a new more grown up blog. A makeover perhaps? Some Q and A. Help me polish this story, 7mouthsfeed and find my next Big thing.
Yours, S x
Imagine a work space that ticks all the boxes. I am partial to an Apple Mac. I love the ruggedness of the leather chair. The look is simple. The stylist has thought of flowers, a coffee, good lighting and there is a view. The woven floor covering adds texture, comfort and interest. Would this be my idea work space?
My desk is currently littered with admin papers, phone books, extra rolls of sticky tape, kid’s drawings, notebooks and journals, a printer, some filing draws, a few random iPhone cables, some loose change, an old birthday card, pens, a newspaper cutting and several empty zip lock bags. I have an old mid century wooden desk which I love but in its current form I cannot see. I have a vintage brown vinyl swivel chair which is fun but not altogether functional. I have no extra light, no well placed spring blooms or coffee. But I do have a view. I watch the seasons change outside my window. I see people walk by. It is my vantage point when I work. And working right now, I am. Sorry for my silence. It has been months. Work and writing has taken hold. But I miss you and this little blog. So I am back……with more for 7mouths2feed.
Kicking the habit.
Writing. Blogging. It is not unlike having a habit that captures your head and your heart.
I write because it helps me to ‘breathe’, reflect, revise and edit aspects of our busy life. But I write to connect, create and capture special ideas, moments and dreams.
So kicking the habit of writing almost daily was not straightforward. I longed for a fix, for time at the computer, space to take hold of some ideas and commit them into words.
I wrote for a while the old fashioned way. Pen and paper. A New Year’s resolution to write more. But busyness meant that I missed one day, then two, then twenty days…
Taking a break from blogging was also withdrawing myself from technology and accounting for how I was spending my time. I don’t know about you but when I am writing I am also reading – books, blogs, articles…anything. And all the while I am filing away ideas, new perspectives. I am archiving material for future reference, for a project that might one day eventuate. When I am blogging I am usually also reading around a range of things – on the laptop, on the iPad or iPhone. I snatch 5 minutes here and there, waiting around at school pick ups, while the kettle boils, while the kids are taking a bath. Email becomes Facebook, becomes ebay, Pinterest. You get the picture…..
A summer break at the beach, without the usual access to 24/7 world wide web connections made the transition away from blogging and technology a little easier. I read because I wanted to sit and read – not scourge the pages for new ideas. I cooked and ate without thinking I needed to photograph for a blog post. And I enjoyed the company of friends and family without making each experience a ‘kodak aka blogging moment.’ It was liberating. Joyful. Real.
So I kicked the habit for a few months. I took a sabbatical and am now rested. I want to write again and play with this little blog. I want to stay connected without compromising my ‘real’ life connections. But I am willing to kick the blogging beast again, if its roar becomes too loud.
Thank you for your patience. I have had a great break away from the blogosphere. But I have come to realise that I miss this blogging beast – it has been with me for years and has facilitated so many ideas, projects, friendships and community. As a dear friend reminded me this blog is a record of life, my 7mouths2feed and the various machinations of who and what and how we love.
I am dabbling in all sorts of things right now and would love to keep writing. This is one of the few ways I can do that. Don’t go away because I have ‘so much to tell you’.
You know I would love to hear from you. It is great when you stop by and tell me that you have made a cake or visited a website I have found. A two way conversation is always so much better and there are times when some of the issues and inspiration I come by demand a ‘conversation’. So don’t be shy! If you are not sure how to comment check out this link here. It takes you through the basics. If you are not a blogger then provided you are signed up with google you should be able to comment.
Several conversations have evolved over Facebook and that is fine too. Sometimes housing all the comments in one place helps everyone in their thinking, so may I encourage you use the comment button.
So if you stop by here regularly you will notice a few changes. Yes, it looks different. Blogger has made many new advances since my humble days starting the blog. I started several years ago using this as a tool with my Lit class and it worked – in a fashion. The personal rant that is this blog is much more fun. I love using my digital SLR and playing with pics and adding a few words. Many of you have said it has been a good way of keeping in touch and I suspect I will send e-cards/Xmas letters this year with a link to 6mouths2feed.
Do you like the new look? IF I get more time I will add more ideas in the sidebar and maybe more pics. But it is a time waster.
Just like FACEBOOK! Companies all over the world are paying for employees to be networked while ignoring their job. How do you have time to write on walls, send gifts, pokes and so on?? I would love your opinion on facebook. You can find me there, just….by accident really.