I know, this isn't exactly 40k related, but I wanted to break from the normal stuff and talk about something that has been following me in the shadows for some time now. It's the idea that your blog gets a hold of you and you feel as though you have to do certain things at certain times (posting, updates, pictures. etc) or you'll suddenly crash and burn and drop out of the 40k universe.
I don't know where the feeling comes from since we don't enter the blogging world knowing or feeling like that. I know I didn't... but somewhere along the line I read something or saw something that told me that how it was. Don't keep up and you'll be lost in the void.
The more that I blog, the more I don't think that's the case. Miss a day of posting and the world does not come to an end. I think it's nice to have a schedule for posting and it helps if you have tons of stuff you want to post about, but it's not the only thing in the blogging world. There are tons of blogs I follow that don't post on a schedule or anything that could be considered consistent, but I keep track of them.
How does this apply to me?
This year has been a tough one for me. Enough that I've decided that I need to step away from blogging for a little while at the start of the new year and focus on my family and real job. Having been recently promoted at work, I find myself looking at a bigger change than I anticipated and lots more work.
The time I normally carve out of my day for blogging has always come out of my family time. Don't get me wrong, I love to blog, but I love to do stuff with my family more and I'm not doing that as much as I would like to these days.
So what does it all mean?
I putting this site on hold for a while to spend my free time doing family stuff. I do have a few projects for folks that I've taken on that I'll be finishing and some others who are waiting. I'll be working on those as time permits after the new year.
I know or I'm pretty sure that lots of other folks struggle with this kind of thing as well. Where to spend your time and how much time at one thing is enough. I think the break will do me good. I don't have a return date in mind. I think I am going to see what the new year brings.
I struggled with turning the comments off on this post, but I have decided to leave them on as I think it might help folks talk about this kind of thing and their thoughts about blogging. I appreciate the huge amount of support I get from the online community through blogging and I only hope that folks understand.
I've always said family should come first.
Now it's time to live what I preach.