Lent is about giving up something important. If you cut me in half you’d see that I am 97% chocolate, so chocolate is what I normally give up. It is awful hard. But this year I have a new option. A new thing that would be very hard to relinquish. Blogging. Could you do it?
My Blog Is My Baby
I’ve noticed that many bloggers take breaks from their blog, particularly over the summer, and it makes sense to take a holiday from what is effectively a full-time job. Like parenting. And, well, full-time jobs. All somehow run concurrently. Surely sometimes, something has to give? On the other hand, my blog is six months old this week. We’ve come through the clueless early days, the long nights, the anxiety and the teething troubles, and we’ve just got to the stage where, like six-month old babies, it’s starting to get a bit more interesting, to give something back. A smile here, a gurgle there. Am I ready to give it up just as it learns to sit up by itself?
Pros to Giving Up Blogging For Lent
- I’d get my life back.
- My husband would get a word out of me in the evenings.
- I wouldn’t bore my friends and family with it.
- I’d get more sleep.
- I could live through a moment without thinking about how to blog it.
- I’d lose the connection with the special thing that I created.
- I’d lose my community. The parent blogging world is a bit like an NCT group, which really starts to come into its own after a few months of co-experiencing the joys and travails of a newborn, offering fun and support. But only if you stay in touch.
- I’d miss the warm feeling I get when someone responds to a post. When someone smiles at my baby.
Sorry, Cadbury’s, it’s Chocolate That’s Getting the Chop
Is this a case of “new mum syndrome”? Or would you find a 40-day blog-fast hard too? Maybe this time next year, I will feel like I can relinquish my toddler blog. But this Lent, it’s Freddo that has to go.
I know what you mean, as a newbie blogger you feel like if you take a break you might lose the momentum you’ve finally made. BTW, big props for giving up chocolate for Lent. I couldn’t even go two weeks!
After two weeks I get used to the idea that life has no joys for me (edible ones anyway) and it’s a resigned trudge to the end.
Ha – a little break here or there is good, but after a fortnight I get the sweats! lol x I only really take a complete break from blogging and all the associated social media when I’m on holiday or ill. And that’s enough for me 😉 xx
I think I’ll have to force myself to take a break, but will have to divert all my email alerts cos if a goodie comes in I just wanna read it. The tweet it. Then comment on tweets…#puppylove xx
I sometimes think giving up blogging for a while would be good for me – particularly to spend some time with my husband in the evenings as you say! And I find if I spend too much time in the blogosphere I do feel a bit disconnected from the ‘real world’ which is not a good thing. And I’ve recently been mulling over (on my blog, of course) the fact that if I didn’t have a blog I would have more time for creative writing. But give it up for the whole of lent?! Not a chance. Perhaps the odd week here and there though. In the mean time, chocolate will be getting the chop for lent. If anything.
Totally with you on the disconnection with the real world thing, but I think a balance can be struck. I’m not sure how, without chocolate to fire my brain, though! I am going to check up on you and your chocolate fast throughout Lent!
Ha ha – as soon as I read the title, my head screamed ‘no’! I struggle to miss a day, so 40, nope!
I know, it’s so hard to ignore the wonderful world of Blog. What is the longest you’ve been without it?
I was ill a couple of weeks ago, so couldn’t do much for around 3 days, though I already had posts scheduled so there was still a new post going up every day!
Could I give up the blog for lent. NO. But I do take breaks over the summer and xmas. X
Very wise. Lent is an awful long time in the blog world. x
Oooh no! I’ve not written for a few days, but I like to know that is there as my little baby who I tell all my secrets to ! 🙂 xxx
I know, you can’t turn your back on a precious little thing like your blog for long. xxx
I god i would LOVE to do this – but , yeh, couldn’t 😉
I wouldn’t even want you to 🙂 xx
I hate leaving my blog even for a few days… its been awful when I’ve had a heap of university work and just not enough time in the day!
And I know I couldn’t give up chocolate! Good luck! xx
Thanks – I’ll need it! Join me! x
I don’t think I could give up chocolate or blogging 🙂 Actually I don’t believe in giving things up at all, unless the GP tells me too!