Breathing Space

The main reason I started blogging was to form a writing habit. Ok, done.
And of course I feel lucky to have come to know some truly wonderful people.

But when I start asking deeper questions of why I continue to blog, well the answers don’t come all that easily. As is evident by my periodic and sometimes lengthy absences, over the years I’ve had my ups and downs with blogging. But I think this time it’s different.

Breathing space

I am currently doing my best to write, write and write some more, so that one day perhaps I can call myself a writer with a capital W. Or even better yet, an author. So with that in mind, I feel that it is less important for me to maintain an ‘online presence’ in this form. I think it’s much more important to focus as much energy as I can on my actual writing.

The way I currently blog is costing me much more than it should. It takes too much of my time and effort to write quality posts, take my own photos, comment, and do all the other things that go into keeping a blog healthy. I no longer think the end justifies the means.

Breathing space

I accepted a long time ago that I don’t have a blog theme, but I recently realised that I am also blogging without intent. I have no real purpose here, and that just feels wrong.

So what does this mean? Well I haven’t figured that out yet. I’m not sure whether I’ll take a break or just change the way I blog. Time will tell, and I’m just going to trust my feelings and follow my instincts. If I do end up disappearing for a while and you’d like to say hello I can often be found on twitter or instagram. That’s one nice thing about the world – wherever we may be, we’re never too far away.

16 Comments

  1. Kylie

    Hello my dear. Welcome to my world!

    I think a few of us have been tackling the same issues. As you know, I’m still blogging when I feel that I’ve done something that justifies the effort, but it’s no longer a regular thing. I’m much happier as a result, and still having wonderful online interactions with people. In fact, I think I’ve now opened myself up to engaging with a wider range of people, particularly on Twitter.

    I will, of course, miss your delightful posts, but I know that there will come a day when I can read a book of yours with a cup of tea. 😉

  2. Andrew

    Hi Tracey,

    Firstly I hope you don’t stop, but I do understand your thinking. For me blogging has many different meanings, such as: sharing, expression, time capsule and other reasons.

    Your blog is one of the few that has managed to survive in my RSS reader for a long period, and if you do stop, I will leave it there, hoping that one day you return to your blog.

    Hugely enjoy your blog posts, thank you for your time.

    All the best

    Andrew

  3. Lucent Imagery

    I totally respect that you have come to these conclusions and shared them so freely with us all. I think it is important to ask ourselves these questions in any and every aspect of our lives. I think it leads to an authentic existence that makes you happy. And that’s all I wish for you. x

  4. bobbi

    I don’t have a blog theme either, I just go with the flow. Who cares. My blog is my space, love it or leave it. I blog for my own fun. But if you don’t find blogging fun anymore maybe a break should work. Or not…who knows. I only know that I would be very sad If you would disappear, because I always liked your sweet way of writing. In my opinion, you have a blog theme. It’s you! So much of you comes out from the way you write and the pictures you post. I hate those blogs that don’t go random every now and then, there’s too much perfectionism behind and that’s not fun.
    Still, your choice, of course. But I hope you come back.

  5. Lisa

    Hope you don’t move away for too long, as I shall considerably miss you. I’ll be thinking of you.

  6. krystal/village

    totally normal to have these questions, i think every blogger goes through it right?? just do whatever it is that you want to do and don’t worry about others!

  7. Gabrielle Bryden

    Tracey – this is why you blog http://gabriellebryden.wordpress.com/2011/03/31/guest-blogger-tracey-sargent-from-quiet-paws/ hahaha – sorry, couldn’t resist. You are a deep thinker and sensitive and that is a couple of reasons why you question things all the time and have doubts – better than being black and white I feel. Take a break, stop blogging, start blogging, write one sentence blogs with no photos, switch off the comments – whatever floats your boat. Maybe you are having an existential crisis of sorts and are searching for direction – time will tell. Best of luck with your writing and we’ll see you if we see you in the blogosphere. Whatever happens I have enjoyed your lovely blog and can still you and your pets in the twittersphere 🙂 xo big hugs

  8. Debby

    I hope you don’t go too far Tracey I’ll miss you. But I totally get where you are coming from…as you know this happens to me a lot…and it’s definitely no fun if it becomes a chore…

    …I’m a bit wary of twitter, although I have put a few hesitant foot steps out there…I’m a bit scared of getting enticed into the world of micro-blogging…

    I look forward to reading whatever you write whether that be future blog posts or maybe a first novel…

    Take care,
    Debx

  9. Camila Faria

    I know exactly what you mean… but I’ll still miss your posts. I hope you find a way to balance all the thing you love to do… and more.

    Sending you lots of love from Rio! ♥

  10. Gracia

    Yes, trust your feelings and listen to your instinct. I’m with you. That is the best way.

    For me, I blog because working from home I find it nice to share what work I have created. I blog because it is fun for me (still), and it helps me to see, to clarify my vision. But this is visual, for collage and artists’ books. It suits my thinking thus far and without it I expect I’d be lonely. For me it offers direction.

    Good luck with your writing. With your words. May they behave more often than not.

    g xo

  11. Hila

    I feel a bit sad reading this, but I understand your feelings. I’ve been wondering the same things about my own blog. Sometimes I get fed up with the amount of time I devote to the blog without seeing much in return, at other times, I’m deeply grateful to have it. When something stops feelings right though, you have to trust your instincts. I hope you return to this space though, as I’ll miss you 🙂

    xoxo

  12. laura (see hear say)

    i completely understand how you feel. i also do think that at times i have spent way too much time on this whilst i could have done so much more outside the internet and there’s always ups and down. follow your heart and instincts and do what you feel best for you! i’ll surely be following your twitter and instagram too 🙂

  13. Linda from Heartfire At Home

    Hi Tracey, I hear where you’re coming from. I love your blog because you can write about anything, and freely share your innermost thoughts with us. But, I understand what you’re saying about your writing and where you want it to go. I will miss your blog very much if you go away for a while (or for good), but you must follow your heart and your gut instinct about what is best for your ‘calling’. I don’t even know what instagram is, so I’ll have to check it out!!

    Linda. xoxox

  14. Selma

    I think it is inevitable that our blogging experience should change. In the end you have to follow your inclinations and if that means less blogging and more writing I say : Go for it.

  15. Chartreuse

    Oh how I relate to this post. First of all, time off blogging: I think for anyone who’s writing seriously (in blogs or elsewhere) time off to restock the writer’s toolkit is often necessary and valuable. But I hope it’s not never; but just “not for now”. I recently stopped blogging too for several months. I could suggest many legit reasons, but mainly I just needed the break. As to not having a blog theme, I worried about that re my own blog for a while. Eventually I realised I would just write what I felt like writing. A couple of themes emerged, but I don’t worry any more if something unconnected suddenly comes up. For me I think this means I’m writing mainly what interests me, and not just pandering to the interests of a particular slice of the blogging audience. (God knows I have a VERY small slice indeed!) I’m much more concerned about the (attempted) quality of my writing, and giving some kind of pleasure or satisfaction to any reader who may bother to call in. But I don’t have as an aim to accumulate a given number of followers, or even to be able to attract advertising. Quite the opposite. I guess that sounds more like blogging (or writing) as therapy – except that I do aim to be very professional about quality, and not just run off at the mouth about anything. A long time ago I dreamed of writing as a career, but through happenstance became an educational editor instead. I didn’t find that work conducive to my writing and so for a long time didn’t write much except long letters. But now that I’m retired I write purely for pleasure – first of all, mine, but I hope also to give a bit of pleasure to the odd reader (mainly friends and family, but like you I’ve formed a couple of worthwhile blogging friendships too). Your stage of life – early career years, I think – means you probably feel the need to be more productive with your hours, whereas I’m able to indulge myself without guilt. But even for you, I can’t believe that any good writing experience, whether it’s blogging or whatever, isn’t also helping you to hone your craft. I look forward to whatever posts you do have the time and energy for. And I think you should think of it as essay-writing, rather than blogging. Good luck.

  16. woolf

    understandable.
    i hope you’re fine, in your writing space.
    blogging can take up a lot of energy.
    i think i discovered i don’t want to write (lengthy), but in contained spaces, which blogging, in my opinion is. it’s a format that suits my kind of creativity.

    i’m curious how you’re doing, tracey.
    so. tip of the veil?

    nah! keep it to yourself. shhhh. i leave you in peace.
    in the meantime, X
    n♥

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