Two Months Without Blogging: My Conclusion + What I’ve Learned!

I'm Back

It’s been over two months since I last sat down to write a post on A Light In The Darkness and I actually can’t believe it. I haven’t been active in the blogosphere at all, no commenting, no liking, apart from keeping in touch with and following the updates of a few good friends, I’ve been completely and utterly absent.

In my letter to you guys (my final post) I explained my reasons for this break:

As much as I love blogging and all the opportunities it has created for me, I feel the need to get out there and live life. Β It’s the only way I’ll be a true light in the darkness, the only way I’ll make a real difference.Β 

I want to be young, to be free, to go out there and have fun, spend time with my family, learn, prepare for my future and spread the sunshine. Therefore I have decided to take a short break from blogging.

My decision to take a break from the blogosphere is tinged with sadness, but I know it’s the right thing to do. I’ll miss all the amazing friends I’ve made on my journey, but I hope you’ll be there for me when I come back.

Goodbye…but never forever, guys!
Love,
Gracie

But now I’m back, after two months, and I feel like I’m ready to start blogging again. Maybe this time I’ll have more of a sense of direction. Firstly though, before I get back to regular posting, I need to share with you all a few things I’ve learned about myself throughout this break and my conclusion at the end of two months without blogging.

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Here goes:

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I was addicted to blogging.Β I’m being totally honest here and believe me, it’s hard. I was sucked into this whole cycle of posting and commenting and replying and completely immersing myself in a world that’s not even real. I was creating an image of what I wanted others to see me as, I was crafting a life for myself that was seperate to the direction my real life was heading in.Β  And what’s worse is that I was forgetting my family, all the opportunities to learn and grow in the real world.

I relied on online friends.Β These couple of months have been harder than ever when it comes to friendships. It’s always a nagging problem at the back of my mind (and often in the front too), but over the time period that I wasn’t blogging, things got almost unbearable. I was traveling on a boat on the canal and I hardly ever hung out with any kids at all, let alone any my own age. I realised I’d been remedying my lack of real life friendships with online ones. I still haven’t found a solution to this issue, but I’m working on it. πŸ˜ƒ

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When you’re not distracted by blogging, life can be so much fun.Β The time spent not blogging wasn’t easy at all, for many reasons, but it did have good times. I don’t know if anyone else finds this, but I think blogging can be pretty stressful. It felt wonderful to be freed from that pressure. I had more spare time to spend in conversation with my family, learning new things, writing, reading, teaching and just being fully involved in day-to-day life.

You can make more of a difference by taking action and being yourself than just by writing about it.Β Blogging is a brilliant opportunity to be a light in the darkness, but sometimes it’s just about getting out there. I know I keep saying this, butΒ blogging isn’t real life! It’s easy to write about making a difference, but it takes someone strong to decide to really go ahead and do it.

So there you go, Gracie is back. You’re going to notice a difference in me from now on, a positive one. I may not be quite so active in the blogosphere, but that’s only because I’ll either be out livingΒ real life, making a difference or posting about my experiences!

As I said in my letter, I hope you guys are still there. Hello? I hope you’re still willing to listen and still happy to share your thoughts with me. Anyway, here’s a goodbye from me that will hopefully spark lots of ‘hellos!’ from all of you. Xxx

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P.S. After reading this through, I actually felt quite emotional. It’s good to be back, guys. 😊😊😊😊😊😊

 

 

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59 thoughts on “Two Months Without Blogging: My Conclusion + What I’ve Learned!

  1. Welcome back Gracie, it’s really nice to hear from you again. I know what you mean about existing in a virtual world and the addiction of it! I spend so much of time online talking to my natural health community it can be difficult sometimes to do things in the real world. I have to think about it and make sure I’m taking time away, putting the electronic devices (of which I have quite a few unfortunately) down and walking away from them. I must say though it’s always really nice to speak to people in person and meet them, something I love and do make as much time for as I can. There is room for both worlds we just have make sure we balance them!

    I’m looking forward to hearing about your adventures and thoughts. Sending love to everyone xxx

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    • Thanks for all the support, Melissa. I’m glad to be back too, though I will be making some changes. It’s great to hear that someone else has similar struggles and yet overcomes them. And yes, I agree. It’s amazing to meet people and talk in real life. Xxxx

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  2. Welcome back Gracie! πŸ˜„ So happy you’re back and glad that you had took time out for yourself. It sounds like you learnt a lot in your time away. I can definitely relate to feeling like I rely on online friends and not really knowing what to do about that, I’m working on living in the real world more than this one a lot more πŸ˜‚ looking forward to reading your future posts! Have a lovely day πŸ˜„πŸ’—

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    • Thank you so much, Elsie! Oh my gosh, I’ve missed you a lot. I’m really glad you can relate and it’s wonderful to know that I’m not the only one who struggles. How have things been anyway? I feel like I’ve missed a lot whilst I’ve been away. I’ll try and catch up on your posts. Xxx

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  3. Oomgg you’re baaackkk!!! Yaayy!! I guess it’s going to be Paarrtyy timeee!! Lol. I’m so happy to have you back. I’m so really sorry, I couldn’t reply to your mail. I’ve been having a few problems with the mail box but it’ll soon be over. πŸ™‚
    Xxx
    P.S. I’m excitedd!!!😁

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  4. And I totally agree with being immersed and obsessed with blogging, because as much as i love it, sometimes it goes overboard. And it must be worse for you, since you are more active here than I am. πŸ™‚

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  5. Welcome back, Gracie!! Glad to have ya. πŸ™‚ I just got back from my hiatus as well, haha! Yess blogging can be so so stressful sometimes??? And I WAS TOTALLY ADDICTED TO BLOGGING TOO!! I constantly thought about WordPress even when I was away from my computer or phone. I’m glad the break helped you to realize this!!

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    • Thank you so much, May! It’s amazing to be back. 😁😁😁 What!? You went on a hiatus too?! How was it?

      Yay! Someone else actually relates. Ikr!? Everyone’s like ‘blogging is awesome’ (which it is) but it’s also SO stressful and consuming.

      Thanks again!

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  6. Gracie! I’m not going to say I missed you because I REALLY missed you and I just sound so ingenuine saying that… Well, you’re back and that’s what matters. ❀
    I just have to say that it's so good that you've been out there and done something worth doing, I really agree that blogging shouldn't influence what we do. I should do this sometime. I've been feeling terrible that my blogging has decreased but not my time online.
    Tell me how things are going! I'm so happy I'm going to be hearing from you again. xx

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    • Mukta! ❀️❀️❀️ I was honestly a bit worried that everyone would forget who I was or something, but yay! It’s so nice to be back amongst friends. πŸ˜„ I’ll try and catch up on your recent posts when I can. I guess I’ve missed a lot?? How are things going? This period had been a struggle (in many ways) for me, but I feel quite positive now, which I hope to post about soon. Xxx

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      • πŸ˜€ I don’t think I would, even if I tried! Things are going well, thank you. Just so you know, entries for InkCraft #2 (publishing due in December) have started. Thank you for entering the last time, I hope you can make it for this issue. xx

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  7. Gracie! I’m so happy to hear that you’re back! When I was younger (like maybe my second year of blogging, so around 2014) I was really stressed out and never interacted with others, but it’s absolutely harmonious when you can balance out blogging and real life. Not everyone can stay on a computer 24/7, and honestly like you said, you can do so much more by actually doing. Can’t wait to hear from you and future posts!

    xoxo Abigail Lennah

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  8. I was overly absorbed by the virtual world once, I had an expensive Smartphone and I would disappear into it for many hours, but then I realized what it was doing to me and ease of access was not a good idea for me, I was not disciplined enough to cope with it, so I smashed the horrid thing to pieces.
    But you have better discipline than I did and managed to give yourself a break, and now coming back to the scene better off.

    Well done that girl.

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    • I laughed at this comment, Tom, but it also encouraged me. Thanks for sharing that. How are you guys? We’re not on the boat any more, but are back in Sussex, living in our van. Keep in touch.

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  9. I’m so glad your back! I haven’t posted for eons, but I will, it’s been good to be busy and have a break from blogging, mine was accidental! Thanks lambs! Anyway, glad your back!
    Β¬Emily x

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  10. Hi Gracie I am glad you are back with your blogging.I am sure the two months break you had has done you a lot of good.Its made you realise that there is so much more to life than blogging.It really had taken over your life.I am sure you have learnt a lot about yourself and have enjoyed the time spent with the family.Life isn’t easy at times but you will I am sure over the next few years you will find the path you want to take and always remember you have a wonderful family always ready to have fun and to listen and guide you in the right direction.well done xxxxx

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    • Thank you Nan! There certainly is more to life than blogging, which taking a break had helped me to realise. From now on, I hope to post more about real life. Thanks again. Lots of love. Xxxxxxxxx

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  11. Awwww dang, I had no idea you’d been blogging again. HELLO GRACIE!!!!!!! And welcome back!!!!!! I’m so glad your break was good. πŸ˜€ Haven’t been super active in the blogosphere lately because of school and such, but I want to start reading your blog again. Missed ya!

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      • Oh, I’m sure!

        I’m good. Haven’t been able to crank out any stories at all lately – I’ve been putting all my writing energy into the essays I write in my literature class. πŸ™‚ And yes, life is very busy!!! I’m taking a debate class which is CRAY CRAY – all the preparation and research and what not. πŸ˜‰

        How about you? What you been up to??

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      • That’s a shame! I absolutely love your stories, Rayne. You should maybe share some of your essays? I’d like to do a debate club/classes. Is it part of your school?

        Yeah, life’s good, especially the teaching. Xxx

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