I know a six month (at least, probably longer) hiatus is no way to keep readers. But I have my reasons for not blogging anymore.
First, I got a new job. And then, on my first day, I more or less lost that job. It’s not quite as clear-cut as it sounds, but that’s the short of it. The job did sorta drag on for a bit, and while that was happening I had a very long commute- one hour and ten minutes each way by Metro- and a busy work day that zapped my energy for blogging at the end of the day. So I just wasn’t up for it. Then, when the official unemployment set in, I was too fazed by that to really want to blog.
Second, I simply lost interest in blogging. I realized I was putting too much pressure on myself to be ‘a blogger.’ I’m not a huge Internet person- I don’t have Facebook, and while I have a Twitter account I don’t really get the point. I was exasperated by the advice to write almost daily to generate interest- what if I didn’t have anything to write about? I was striving to be like my favorite fitness bloggers- but it’s just not me. My initial goal was to connect with other like-minded people in DC, but I’m not extroverted enough or motivated enough to put in the effort that a lot of the really good and popular bloggers do to reach that goal. I also never take pictures except when on vacation- and even then my husband has taken on that role- so it was awkward to start taking pictures of stuff I honestly am not all that interested in documenting, like my fitness outfits. Please note this is not a knock on people who do those things, because I love a lot of those blogs and rely heavily on them. But it stifles me far too much.
Very recently, I received some fabulous advice from a friend about what to do with all the time on my hands while I try to secure a job. She said that I should think about what made me happy as a kid, and try to pursue those things again as they probably would make me feel fulfilled. To give proper credit, this idea came from a book she read called ‘The Happiness Project,’ which I will certainly be reading soon.
Talk about an inspiring idea. I had already reclaimed some of my childhood passions, such as reading American history (I march to the beat of my own drummer), but there were other things I could also rediscover.
Like writing. I LOVED writing as a youngster. I even wrote three terrible novels in high school. I still love writing, and I do enjoy writing about my fitness ways. It is a big part of my life, and I like putting it out there.
So I decided to restart the blog. I’ll be doing it on my terms, which I should have done before. It’ll remain mostly about working out, but there may be other musings in there. There may be times I write a lot, and there maybe times I’ll disappear (although I’ll try not to disappear for six-plus months again). I didn’t see any point in starting up a whole new blog while I had a perfectly good venue here.
There you have it. For those who keep checking in with me, I hope you like what you see. And if no one does anymore, that’s fine. I’m really doing this for me in the end.