Saturday, October 22, 2011

Self-imposed, Sisyphus-style blogging vs. Fun

It's an olive branch! A COCKTAIL OLIVE branch!
The way I'm often yammering on about one thing or another, I bet you've been shocked that my mouth could stay shut, my fingers could keep from typing, for nearly One Entire Month!

My Guy has asking questions, too: "What's wrong?" "Why are you being so quiet?" "What can I do to make sure every month is this peaceful?"

He did of course manage to enjoy most of this Zen For Me time, but I'd like to personally thank two friends and bloggers who checked in on me with questions similar to those My Guy has been asking: Lynne at Savvy Sisters Studio and The Altered Alice and Terry at Terry's. Ladies, I'll be replying to your e-mails later today!

So, just what the hell have I been doing? Well, first I was going to make a big announcement at the end of September ... I killed that announcement though. Realization hit just in time! I'd been feeling overextended because of challenges I'd joined and was considering opening my own challenge blog.

What in world was I thinking? Being the boss makes things easier? After years and years of middle management jobs I know that being boss only makes things harder and more stressful.

So, I declined that promotion and decided instead to just take a break. Just. Stop.

Stop joining and commenting and replying and worrying and forcing uninspired creativity and blogging and start having fun.

Stop pushing the words and the art out every week only to start again the next week, the next month, and on and on and start creating things that are fulfilling.

It's been a lovely break that has had one negative: I've missed seeing what my friends in blog land are creating, and leaving them messages telling them what amazing people and artists they are.

Now I get to start again, checking in with everyone and sharing whatever it is I feel like sharing. Hopefully you'll forgive me for my absence and gather here for future activities.

Instead of challenge or blog hop pieces, I'll share art and projects and recipes that I think you'll like, or that might inspire you or that might make you laugh.

Maybe I'll show off one of the twelve altered art and paper gift projects I completed in the last month. Or one of the nine new recipes I managed to try during these weeks away from the computer.

I could even show off photos of the wee vegetables our garden gave us this year or talk about the sewing and knitting projects that are currently annoying me.

Yeah. We're finally getting back 'round to that title, aren't we? See, I'm putting an end to the "self-imposed, Sisyphus-style blogging" that I've been doing.

Now I'm going to be a fun blogger. A having fun blogger.

I hope you'll drop in occasionally and have some fun, too, but my feelings won't be hurt if this new concept isn't what you're looking for in a blog.


  1. Sometimes we do push ourselves and also feel hurt when you think something will happen and then it does not! I also got a little down about something that did not happen and then I remembered why I do this, blogging and stamping thing - FOR THE FUN! Glad you are back in whatever capacity you want to be! Hugs my friend!

  2. Am so happy to hear you are OK and not fallen off the edge of the world.......I know some people make a living out of their crafts but for the rest of us Crafting is a hobby and fun.
    We also need time to have adventures and experiment, well thats my theory
    Whatever you decide to do dear lady is fine by me as I shall be here keeping a crafty eye on you........Take care and have a great weekend, Hugs Annette x

  3. I am so glad to see you here. I have the same argument in my head.Challenges and blogging seem to take up so much time- fun or not. It is great that you sorted it out for yourself. I have been checking on you and came very close to emailing but a little bird told me you were having "quiet time". I hope your fun blogging includes writing your take on things. I have missed that the most.....hugs..Donna

  4. Love your new philosophy. That's exactly my style. With keeping the DT work limited, I hop about enjoying challenges I want to do. I love taking my own side tracks in blog world. Good to hear you will enjoy the ride too. Well, if you want a giggle, I've been humouring myself to no end on my blog lately. Drop by and have a smile. x

  5. Its lovely to read one of your posts again. You were missed. Time is one of those treasured things we often take for granted and 'ME' time often gets pushed aside for another day. As others have said, its good to know you are still there and keeping well. hugs Yvonne x

  6. I agree 100%, which is why I haven't been blogging a lot, well, that and the working over 50 hours a week. Just do what you enjoy and to hell with everything else. IMO. lol.

  7. Welcome back, and glad to hear that you're going for the fun blogging in future :)

    I've been MIA too, and it's nice to know that people who you'll never meet care enough to ask :)

  8. You have hit the nail on the head. Blogging should all be about having fun and enjoying yourself along the way. Glad to see your back.
    Hugs Mrs A.

  9. Good for you!! I'm trying to get to that same spot in blogging myself, without the guilt.

  10. I know exactly what you mean. Life took it's toll on me this summer and I've been out of blog land for awhile. Glad top see your still around and will pop in and out to see what's going on. Can't wait to check out some recipes.