I’ve returned to my blog after taking some time out. We went on our annual holiday and this year we chose the Dominican Republic. When we booked the trip in April, I had originally planned to blog while we were out there. I had only been into the first few months of my blogging journey then and only posting once a month. So I was all ready to take my laptop with me.During the summer, I started posting around three times a week. There was a lot going on and there was so much I wanted to write about and share with you all. As our holiday grew nearer, I started having second thoughts.
My blogger friends will understand exactly how much time and effort goes in to a single post. The actual writing is the shortest part of the process and I’m never stuck for words! That part comes easily enough.
It’s all the follow-up stuff that takes the time; choosing the right photos, editing them, social media promotion, linking posts up with other bloggers, commenting on their posts and sharing the love within the blogging community.Sukh looks after all the photos and he also works full time so he can only work on my next blog post when he has time in the evenings and sometimes works on them late in to the night. A lot of background work goes into the process both before and after I hit ‘Publish’.Don’t get me wrong. I have absolutely loved every minute of this journey since I launched on New Year’s Day but back then I was a newbie. I had no idea how many man hours went in to this whole thing.
I’ve joked many times with Shalini and Shivam that it sometimes feels like my blog is my third child. I put that many physical hours in to it and love and care for everything I post, it may as well be.
So a couple of weeks before we went away, I made the difficult decision to take a complete break from any social media, writing or publishing posts. I was a little apprehensive of losing the momentum I have built, falling behind with some of my weekly photo projects and even losing followers by not posting on my socials daily.But I honestly made the best decision for my family and I. I was able to spend quality time with the kids instead of tapping away on my laptop, something which they see me do quite often at home in our day to day lives.
I do try hard to work on my blog mostly after their bedtime and during my lunch breaks at work so it doesn’t affect my time with them as much as it would if I didn’t manage my time properly. But there are still times when I need to get my head down during the day.The break also meant I wasn’t spending valuable family time cropping and editing photos, messing around with hashtags and then taking time out to catch up and reply to my comments. It’s a game you have to be on top of all the time. I’ve become so used to doing it that it was hard at first. But it’s like pulling off a plaster. You just have to do it quick and fast.I hardly looked at my phone on holiday unless it was to make short-form videos and click a few photos that I could use to populate my socials on my return. I didn’t post anything on snapchat or my Insta story while I was actually away.
That’s difficult for someone who’s used to doing it every day – and especially as a blogger. You feel the pressure to keep on top of things and be ahead of the game at all times.
Admittedly it was difficult for the first day or so to keep to my ‘no social media’ rule. But it was the best thing I could ever have done. It allowed me plenty of time to to give my mind (which is always ticking away at one-hundred miles an hour!) a rest. It also gave me time to read, which I love doing but find I don’t have enough time for. I got through three novels over the eleven days.Most importantly, both Shalini and Shivam felt my presence and said so many times. Even when I was relaxing on a sun lounger and not splashing around with them in the pool, they knew I was completely there, with no distractions.
I hadn’t realised just how badly I had needed to recharge my batteries. It’s been a crazy year with close family weddings, the launch of my blog and my ongoing back issues. All of this had affected the whole family, not just me.
The kids also play their part in ‘our’ blog. They write reviews for me, pose for pictures, give me ideas and offer useful suggestions. So we were all mentally tired and needed rejuvenating. This holiday came at the perfect time.We did vlog the holiday but we kept the work to a minimum. It never really felt like work at all because we would have captured all of that footage anyway for our own personal memories. That vlog is coming your way in the near future so watch this space.I missed writing and working, but in a good way. The break was enough for me to really enjoy the feeling of putting a post together on my return. So hold tight for lots of posts coming your way in to the festive period.