Monday, July 13, 2015

Unintended Hiatus

Whoa, I haven't blogged since June 15th. Almost a month. Probably my longest hiatus since in several years. Sorry I missed so much. In the blogging world, disappearing for a month is like being away for a year.

Life got in the way. I was out of town for a week for work, and some pretty heavy stuff in my personal life also came crashing down on me. Big time. I'm happy to report that I was able to come out of my turmoil a-ok.

Everything will work out.

From a blogging perspective, my unintended hiatus came at a really bad time. My ten year blogiversary is next month, and I was hoping to ride a wave of euphoria while reaching a pretty huge milestone. Instead, I'm having to struggle to get in the right mindset.

Get back in the blogging saddle.

Having done this for ten years, I have lost count of how many bloggers simply disappeared and never came back. The real world has a way of sometimes wrecking even the best laid plans, doesn't it?

So maybe it's appropriate that I had to leave the blog in order to take care of some very life-altering matters when I did. Now that all that stuff is over (hopefully), I'm right back here, typing away on the old blog. It's not easy, but after going through a rough time recently, I take comfort in knowing I can count on blogging to make me feel at home again.

Blogging is like...exercising. You take one too many days off, not working out becomes a habit. But you drag yourself to the gym and force yourself to do it, eventually, doing the right thing also becomes routine.

I hope you are all doing well, and I look forward to catching up.


Alex J. Cavanaugh said...

Real life is more important.
We did miss you. Glad things will work out.
And I bet it is difficult to get back into the blogging groove after being gone a month.

DEZMOND said...

I've noticed that tons of blogging oldies :) have either stopped or reduced blogging lately, especially in last 12 months or so... Don't know what it is.... hope blogging ain't dying.....

L. Diane Wolfe said...

I've been at it for over 10 years and seen a lot of blogs vanish. Blogging has been through a lot of ups and downs, but with so many other options available now, it's not as popular anymore.

Madeline Mora-Summonte said...

For me, coming back to blogging after some rough times feels like coming home, like being among friends, again. I hope everything is going okay for you, Jay. Please take care!

Pat Hatt said...

Many have vanished indeed. Blogging can sure help with the crap. But yeah, sometimes real life wins out.

Pat Dilloway said...

Welcome back.

Sarah Foster said...

I've only been blogging for 4 years and that feels like a long time. Ten years is super impressive!
Hope everything continues to work out.

Anna Soliveres said...

I know what you mean, Jay. I recently took an unintended hiatus as life got overwhelming. Sorry to hear that you've been going through some tough times. Hang in there and keep taking it one day at a time.

Chrys Fey said...

Life can sure get in the way, but returning to blogging can be a comfort. You have many friends here in the blogging world. I'm glad you're back. :)

Michael Offutt, Phantom Reader said...

Welcome back. Isn't it crazy how life can throw us all the curve balls that we never expect. I was talking to a good friend this weekend and said, "I wonder what adventures life has in store for me this week." I mean I can plan and plan and know that I'm intending to go to work for five days in a row, but aside from that, something unexpected could totally happen that might be exciting.

Southpaw HR Sinclair said...

I understand that feeling at home again while blogging. I'm glad to hear that things are working themselves out - sometimes that life stuff pelts us with huge rocks.

Patricia Lynne said...

Glad to see you back. I hope your real life issues are over and you're in good health.

Susan Gourley/Kelley said...

Glad to see you're back. I get nervous if I take even a day off that I'll lose ground on my blog.
Susan Says

cleemckenzie said...

Of course you were missed. Glad you've returned and hope you're refreshed and raring to go.

Cindy said...

Sorry to hear you got de-railed. It's happened to me before and you start to wonder "When am I going to be able to write again?" Here's to moving forward. :)

T. Powell Coltrin said...

I didn't know you were away. :) I was away too. Sorry you're having issues. Life is stupid sometimes. And...people, too.

Cynthia said...

It sounds like you're doing better now, and I hope you will continue to recover from whatever it was that "came crashing down." Welcome back!

Cynthia said...

It sounds like you're doing better now, and I hope you will continue to recover from whatever it was that "came crashing down." Welcome back!

Christine Rains said...

You were definitely missed. I hope everything is well again. Have a great week!

Crystal Collier said...

Do I ever hear you! I'm still struggling to get into the swing of things post-baby. (And I've supposedly been back for a couple months.) Life gets crazy sometimes, eh? I think it takes courage to step away when needed, but man is it painful getting those "muscles" back in sync.

Melissa said...

I've been a horrible blogger lately, both posting and visiting.
I agree, the more you miss, the worse you get.

Loni Townsend said...

I understand real life keeping one occupied. Welcome back, and we'll see you around!

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Of course we missed you. But what's with the spammer up above. Do you think he missed you too?

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