Nine years ago, I started my first blog. Like a lot of people, I didn’t start off smoothly. It was a rough few months figuring out exactly what a blog should be, how to tell a story in a way that was interesting, how to share what was happening in our lives without oversharing.
Blogging filled a need for me. I was a writer, but I needed to practice the art of the written word, and I learned a lot in those early blogging days. I also had a lot of fun.
I walked a red carpet in Hollywood.
I covered the five year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina.
I went to Toronto and interviewed Christine Baranski.
I went to Tanzania and saw first hand the impact that Compassion International has on families around the world.
I met some amazing people on this blogging journey, and I have friendships all around the world because of those early mornings spent typing out stories for the world to read.
Blogging made me a better writer, a better mom, a better wife, and a better person. Blogging helped me process a cross country move, the termination of our adoption, and the death of a parent.
Blogging gave me the opportunity to dissect the difference between Christian art and the Christian who makes art. My faith has been stretched and challenged as I’ve worked to live it out both privately and online.
And, ultimately, blogging led me down the path toward my ultimate goal – publishing books. You all rejoiced with me when I got my first publishing contract, and then my second.
I owe a world of gratitude to the blogging community and all it has offered me. This is why it’s sort of painful for me to step away from it, but more and more over the last few months I’ve felt that it was time for me to take a hiatus from the blogging world.
I’ve fought this decision. I didn’t want to stop blogging, and discontinuing my blog goes against all conventional wisdom for writing and marketing books, but the current life stage in which I find myself demands that I make some changes.
Right now, my heart’s desire is to continue to build my publishing career, and with four kids, homeschooling, taxiing said children to ALL THE SPORTING EVENTS IN THE WHOLE WIDE WORLD, and every other daily responsibility that falls on my shoulders, something has to give.
Right now, I can either write good books, or I can write good blog posts. But I can’t do both.
So I will be taking a hiatus from the blogging world. I don’t know if I’m stepping away forever or for a time – I just know I need to give myself the freedom to walk away so I can focus on writing my next novel, as well as the novella I’ve been mulling over. I’m also fleshing out an idea for a new nonfiction book.
My brain is spinning with ideas, and this is exciting!
So, while I’ll be stepping away from blogging, I’m not completely disappearing. I still want to connect with all of you!
I’m going to start posting Facebook videos a couple of times a week on my Facebook page, and I would love to have you join me there. I’ll be discussing books I’m reading, talking about the writing process, telling funny stories – pretty much everything I would have done here only in short 2-5 minutes video bites.
Will you join me there?
You can also connect with me on Instagram where I’ll continue to share bits of my day to day life.
And of course, I still contribute regularly at Extraordinary Mommy, and occasionally at The Huffington Post.
I will miss sharing my life in this medium, but for now this is the right decision. To whomever has hung on with me from the beginning (and there are a few of you!), I thank you for taking this life journey with me. You all have been such a blessing.
And for those of you who are new, I sure hope you’ll continue to follow along, because if I’ve learned anything during this blogging journey it’s that life is so much more fun when it’s shared!
Blessings and Adieu…for now.
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When I got serious about writing books, I had to do the same thing. However, I never formally gave blogging up so that I can pop in every few months if I want. 🙂 Or not.
I am keeping this loose ended because I don’t know if it’s anforever hiatus or just a for now break. Either way, it feels good to just give myself a little freedom to breathe. 🙂
Kelli, I read and reviewed Like a River from Its Course on my book blog, http://puddletownreviews.com. I knew from the beginning I had chosen a book written by an exceptional writer. That experience thrills me. You see, I’m a writer too with a memoir in the works I hope to publish soon. I don’t have the children or the minivan or the schedule you point out above, but even in retirement, I have commitments at church, in volunteering, in dreaming about the next book I write. Yes, at 71, I hope to write another book, or two, or three. We’ll see what God’s plan is.
I have been experiencing a need to step away and have tried it for short periods of time. It is a miss because of the social impact it has online. However, if we try to do it all, we shortchange someone, and that someone is ourselves and our families. Most of all, however, we’re not available in the way we should be to listen to God’s guiding words.
You are doing the right thing. I completely understand and applaud you for having the courage to step out and do it! God bless you and yours!
Breathe and enjoy this new chapter, but know you will be missed!