Saturday, 24 October 2015

Weaning myself off blogging

So, I've been thinking about weaning myself off blogging for a while now. As much as I love coming on here and writing about the bits and bobs I've done on a day or the things that are happening to us as a family, the need to record everything on a daily basis doesn't seem as important as it did when I first started doing this.

I'm not quite ready to give up totally though. The reason I started to blog was so that we could look back at what we'd done and where we'd been and I want to continue being able to do that. Mostly it was so that Amy and Thomas would have something to 'remind them' in case I had another dreaded HA and the outcome wasn't as good.

But these days, even though I personally love posting pictures and snippets about them both, Amy isn't keen on having her photo taken anymore and Thomas can't be bothered to stand still for me. Which is a shame really as it's looking back at photos of them both and what they're doing that makes my blog for me.

So, I've decided I'm going to try blogging just a couple of times a week and see if I get withdrawal symptoms or not. I'm thinking of a mid-week and weekend round up with the odd major event like a birthday, Christmas etc. thrown in. But nothing will be set in stone.

I think it will be hard for me but I'm going to try and use the time I would spend on here doing a job or two that I'm usually happy to leave. Things like sorting out the depths of the wardrobe, organising paperwork, you know the boring things that blogging always wins over. 

I do think I'm a little bit addicted to coming on here so this will be a big test for me. Let's see if I can stick to my guns or not. 

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12 comments:

  1. don't you dare stop, just don't you dare. I've been blogging now for about 11 years, and it has changed so much. Back then people would blog every day, and visit every day. Over the years it has steadily declined. Well, it happens. I'm as guilty as anyone, when I need to do things in real life, or something happens and I can't talk about it, I just stop for a while. Visits included. So I totally understand. I just hope you don't stop completely, I'd be really sad if you did. I love it when I find a good blogger, especially one in GB.

    So yeah. Wean yourself off, do what you have to do in real life, but don't you dare stop. Ok?!

    >:o/

    (that's my little stroppy face).
    xx

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    1. Gosh I'm scared now Sadie lol! 11 years is a loooonnggg time. I wonder if I'll still be posting the odd snippet that far down the line. No, I'm not going to stop but I just feel I spend too much time doing it. And it's not actually the blog, the trouble is when I pick up the laptop to write my piece it's not unusual for me to lose a fair chunk of time getting sidetracked by other things on t'internet. I think half of what I need to do is re-train myself to write which I really do enjoy doing, and then to put the laptop down again. xx

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  2. It's your blog and you can blog what you want to ( as I say in my profile blurb! )
    Us readers love whatever you post! The teenager is stropping as is quite right! Perhaps T needs to be captured as he is! A blur growing up too fast!
    I'll be here to read as n when! I'm glad people don't hang by the neck waiting for my daily posts lol ! I'm a rubbish blogger!
    Do what you need my dear X

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    1. Thank you Rachel. I do enjoy blogging, and replying to comments even more! As I've said to Sadie I'm not sure if it's really the blogging, I think I just get sucked into some sort of time warp when I've got the laptop on my knee and afterwards feel like I've wasted a whole load of time when I could/should have been doing something else. Also, nearly 3 years since the HA I don't feel as compelled to make a record of everything. In fact, touch wood, life is back to normal and has been for a while thank goodness. xx

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  3. One of the things I like about blogging is there are no rules about how frequently you should publish new posts. Circumstances (and life at No. 38) change and I can understand why you might now want to cut back. I'm sure you'll find what's best for you. Whatever you decide, we'll still be here.

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    1. Thanks Liz. I couldn't give it up completely but I just feel it's time to move on a little bit and cut down the amount of time I spend on here. Maybe it's because things are naturally coming to an end in some areas of our life; Joan is settled, Tom has passed, Number 14 is nearly ready to rent, Amy is moving on to new things etc. etc. that I just feel it's time to let go of it a little bit. But I will still blog, not least because it's helped make sense of some of the things we've gone through and the support from everybody has been great. I just won't be doing it as often, although knowing me future posts will just be very very long instead haha. xx

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  4. I've only recently discovered your blog and do enjoy your posts and pictures. Here's hoping you won't give up completely but I do understand there are other things you want to be doing with your time. I blog very infrequently and wish I had the time and creative juices to do it more often. Best wishes to you....whatever you decide! Cheers, Nanny Anny in Canada

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    1. Hello Nanny Anny and welcome to Number 38. Glad you are enjoying the blog. I think I just need to be strict with myself, blog and then put the laptop down. The thing is once it's in my hands I can lose an hour or two (what a terrible admission), just faffing around looking at this, that and the other. And that's the biggest problem really. It's all down to self control and obviously I don't have very much of it haha. xx

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  5. I don't blog as much as I used to, but I don't think I could give up forever......... hope you find a balance that works for you x

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    1. Hi Tess, no I couldn't give it up completely either. In fact, it's been harder than I thought it would be not coming on here for the past few days. Updating my 'diary' is obviously going to be a hard habit to break. xx

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  6. I'm totally puzzled as to how I've not found your blog before as your experience is much the same as my OH. He gave up working full time to be self employed here in March 2012 and then had to have stents done suddenly in 2013. Anyhoo, now I found you and you are slowing down! I'm going to add you to my reading list and hope you carry on. I went down to blogging twice a week earlier this year and now thinking about doing more again - all good fun! :-)

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  7. Hi Sue, Welcome to Number 38 x Yes, your husband sounds a bit like me. Not very good with timing lol. Hope h's OK after his stents and that he's been able to get back to some sort of normality. The plus side of something so dramatic happening is It really makes you stop and take stock of what's important and actually when it boils down to it, not very much is really. Anyway, I hope things are good for him and you. Mmm, the slowing down for blogging might not last as long as I thought. I'm actually already missing updating my 'diary'. If I had any real vices I'd be terrible at giving them up, I don't have much willpower if I'm being totally honest. Hope you enjoy the blog, it's always nice to make new friends. xx

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