“We were on a breakkkkk!” echoes through my head.
I just might be that Friends fanatic you were warned about. If you know this episode I’m referencing, then we could totally be amigos. As official amigos, it is my duty to explain where this blog has been for the past few months. Basically, I took a much-needed and unexpected break.
It goes a little something like this…
There I was, getting my relaxing cabin weekend on. One, that I was really looking forward to by the way. Birds were chirping and the sun was shining. That is, until I found out that my blog had been hacked. I sat there and stared at the flashing screen. The hacker’s logo mocked me and my unsecured site. In my 9 years of blogging, I’ve never had to deal with something so intrusive.
After about an hour of being on the phone with my host and a couple of cha-ching$ later, I was told my site would be ready to go the next day. Um. Yeah. The new malware, that infected my site the very next day, had other plans.
I won’t lie to you. I have been contemplating a possible end to this blogging career. I’ve asked myself “Is it time to move on?” and “Do I really want to blog forever?” So, when this hacker made their move, I took it as a sign from the universe.
I decided to not pay the extra money to get my site back up. Instead, I left it as-is, took a deep breath, and was blogless for the first time in a long time.
To say I had been consumed with blogging is an understatement. It was my life. If you had a conversation with me from 2008 to 2016, it went a little something like this. “Blog blog blog blog. Blog…blog blog. Blog.”
Of course, I don’t apologize for any of it. It was something I was truly passionate about. Why wouldn’t I talk about it all of the time? As we know, not all flames burn the same. Some glow brilliantly, some flicker, and others burn out on their own. I like to believe my passion for blogging burned a very low flame for the last two years. Writing sometimes felt forced and not authentic. Still, there were times I’d spill my heart out in a post. But, it just wasn’t the same.
That’s when I realized—sometimes you just need a break. And during that time, you do whatever the hell you want to do. And that’s what I did. I gave myself time to see what life without a blog was like. No, I didn’t fall to pieces and yes I survived. Dramatic enough for you?
It’s now been over two months since the blog and I went on a break. And I can say I’m grateful for it. I realized something that I’ve known deep down inside all along. This blogging and social media life isn’t who I am. It’s more like a piece of me. One that hopes to continue to inspire.
At the end of the day, all I’ve ever wanted was to share my story and take you along on my adventures. I can still do that in more of an evolved way. I’m that storyteller with a new outlook, who puts less pressure on herself and has fun with every keystroke. And, as always, thank you for joining me on this journey.