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“Only one thing is more frightening than speaking your truth, and that is not speaking it.” Naomi Wolf

“We are called human beings, not human doings.” Wes Nisker, Buddhist teacher

“It is not the critic who counts; not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles, or where the doer of deeds could have done them better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood; who strives valiantly; who errs…(And) if he fails, at least fails while daring greatly.” Theodore Roosevelt

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Random thought for Thursday

Some wonderful bloggers are beginning to take extended breaks from blogging. I've thought about doing it, but I'm really concerned about staying connected. Is this a realistic concern. With those bloggers who took extended breaks, I missed them while they weren't blogging, but as soon as their blog popped up on my blog roll with a new post, I was right back with them, checking in and leaving comments.

What do you think about taking breaks from blogging regularly?



Alesa Warcan said...

I think that we can only define our priorities and act accordingly to our circumstances.

There is no obligation of any kind to be continuously connected; should we need respite, we should take it.

In your case, if you feel you need a break, I'm sure your followers will understand and support you.
We may miss you, but distance makes the heart grow flounder. Hmm... That sounds fishy.

L. Diane Wolfe said...

My break was forced - I literally was on the road so much I couldn't comment on everyone's post. I think an extended break would be near suicide though.
That said, I will be unplugged this weekend. It's my anniversary and I've promised my husband no internet!

Alesa Warcan said...

Happy anniversary, Diane! Hope you have a lovely time.

Mason Canyon said...

Sometimes I think we need breaks to restore and refresh ourselves. Other times the breaks are a "must" due to life and things that we can not control. In the cases I've seen (and I would hope in all cases), when the blogger returns so do the visitors who enjoy the blog. Everyone is understanding because there will probably come a time each of us needs or has to take a break.

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Joanne said...

I agree with Mason, in that each of us needs a break from time to time. I just returned from a week off, and do take an extended break of a month or so in the summer, when I find so many bloggers are also taking time off, or just busy with outdoor and family activities. In both cases, I returned recharged, and my blog friends seemed not to mind.

MissV said...

I understand the need to take a break now and again, I DO...but it stinks when it's someone you really enjoy.

Loved your comment on 'Y is for Yum', and have to agree about Richard Gere...definitely has a place in my virtual harem! I haven't seen Splendor in the Grass, but based on your spot-on observations, I will have to check it out...adding you to my blog roll. There's always room for a chocolate lovin' Gere fan!

Ann said...

Breaks? I don't know? I miss the blogs when they are on a break.

Helen Ginger said...

I have thought about taking a break, maybe a day on the weekends, but haven't yet. Like you, though, if someone breaks, I still go back to them once I know they're back posting.

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KarenG said...

It happens. This weekend I'll be gone and offline, but I didn't think about announcing it. I really doubt anyone will even notice I don't post my usual weekend post! A break of weeks however would probably be noticed, but yes once you're back all would pick up pretty much where you left off.

Sharon Lippincott said...

I'm one of the ones taking a break, and I'm in withdrawal. I keep thinking of things to blog about. Guess this is emphasizing the personal value of writing the blog. It has to be a labor of love, of there is no meaning to it.

As for being disconnected, I don't think so. It doesn't hurt for readers to miss us for a few days or weeks. The faithful ones subscribe, generally by e-mail, and will know when we get back. We generally take at least one extended vacation a year, and most are out of the country, so reliable and constant internet access is not a given. Traffic has picked up, if anything risen, when I returned.

BTW, as a matter of security, I never post announcements of travel plans in advance, especially if the house will be empty. That's asking for trouble!

Karen Walker said...

I will be on vacation next week in my beloved Portland, Oregon. I think I will take a break from visiting blogs, but I pre-wrote a series of random thoughts to leave here on my blog during the week. I will try to check in on comments and respond, but it will probably be sporadic.

Karen Walker said...

Happy anniversary, Diane.
Alesa, I like that - defining our priorities based on circumstances. Yes. I like that.
Mason, wise words indeed.
Joanne, yes, we do need to replinish ourselves, don't we?
Miss V - Richard Gere and chocolate - need I say more.
Ann, I miss the blogs, too, but then I'm so glad when the blogger returns.
Helen, I can't even imagine blogging 7 days a week. 5 is hard enough.
Karen G. Your regular followers would definitely notice.
Sharon, yours was the blog that triggered this for me. And no, my house is never empty. It's just me leaving - hubby will be home, and so will our doggie.

Anonymous said...

Blogging can be demanding and a voracious time consumer, eating up large valuable chunks of time. So instead of taking breaks I have limited myself to three blogs a week. That's all I can do. I wish I could do a blog a day but simply cannot budget the time at the present.

Stephen Tremp

Glynis said...

I have cut down my blogs inorder to keep the flow going on two.
I think an annual leave of two weeks, is safe, if announced. I did it x2 in 2009, when two of my children married and it was fine.

I do concern myself that I will lose contact for any longer than that, so stay in touch as much as possible. It is hard building the platform, I would hate it to collapse.

Enjoy a break if you take one. :)

Cyndi said...

I think if the blogger needs a break they should take one. I'm with you, some of the bloggers I follow have taken breaks and I wait patiently for them to return.

Jemi Fraser said...

I keep people on my blog roll. If they take a break, I'll pick up with them when they're back. We all have to do what's best for us, and if that's a break, then I say take it!

Jen said...

I try and take breaks but even while on vacation I was blogging, I couldn't comment but I kept the regular postings up. Breaks are good as long as you can handle them and if they're in moderation!

Grammy said...

Hi, sometimes I miss a day or two, but not often. I love to write and connect with other people. it gets kind of lonesome here sometimes with Gramps sleeping so much of the time. Right now he is in assisted living for a couple of weeks and it feels strange not to have him here.

arlee bird said...

I'm planning to blog daily until the end of September so I can say I've blogged everyday for a year. It's silly in a way but I get like that sometimes. If I make it to that milestone I might reconsider my future blog schedule.

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merrytait said...

Your book, over at Thoughts in progress, sounds wonderful.

I've been seriously thinking about breaking--or quitting altogether. Blogging is becoming a time sink and taking me away from my real work of writing.

Ee Leen Lee said...

I need the breaks, definitely

Theresa Milstein said...

Good question.

I think it's important to think with some sort of schedule with limited breaks. Since I began my blog in September, I've post about five or six times per week. I treat it like a job I really love. Now that I have blogger friends, I like to see what they're up to.

I'm taking a vacation at the end of May, so I won't be posting and will miss the blogging community when I'm gone.

Patricia Stoltey said...

I've been thinking about it real hard, especially when I go to see my mom and will have to use dial-up to get online. But on the other hand, I'll feel so disconnected. It's hard to decide.