Thoughts on Blogging and Living

In my three years of blogging, I have noticed that many bloggers take a break from blogging during the week between Christmas and New Year’s. Myself included. It’s a refreshing break — a time devoted wholly to being with my family.

This week is Spring Break for my kids. They’re home. All day. And I’m liking it.

I’m thinking this is a great week to take a mini-blogging-break and be with my kids.

A break.
Like a Sabbath.

I’ve been studying the biblical concept of Sabbath lately.

The more I study the Sabbath, the more I recognize God’s design in seasons. He ordered the entire universe according to seasons. Not just seasons of spring, summer, fall, and winter either.

There are seasons of planting and seasons of harvesting.

Whenever I take a break from blogging, in terms of posting weekly, I find that I am actually in a “planting” season. Just living life. Which plants seeds — seeds of ideas. Then, when I return to pen and paper, I am ready for harvest.

I read countless books on the craft of writing, and I absolutely ascribe to the “bum on chair” principle.

In other words, be consistent and show up to write. Every day.

I do.

As a writer, though, I also recognize the tendency to live in the chair. Absorbed in the world of words I create in my mind.

I think it’s healthy to get in the chair — consistently, daily — and then get out of the chair and go play with my kids. Tossing a football with Parker. Stringing a bead necklace with Brynn. Discussing Hunger Games with Simone.

In fact, I’m considering the idea of including some regular “blogging breaks” throughout the year. Maybe schedule them at regular intervals. Like a week off at Christmas and Easter. Perhaps the summer month of July.

This may be one more way I can continue keeping a slower pace on a simpler path. By allowing the natural seasons of life to gently guide the times for writing. Without guilt for taking a break. And without waiting until I’m so worn out that I’m desperate for a break.

What about you? How do you balance living and writing?

Do you have regular times during the year when you take a “scheduled break” from blogging?

6 thoughts on “Thoughts on Blogging and Living

  1. Been thinking about this ever since you wrote it because I have been thinking about the same things. This is all new to me, this writing the way I have regularly in the blog. But like anything, it can become an idol. I have had to lay it down at the altar and leave it there again. And since doing so, my perspective has changed and I am walking in some freedom. Loved your thoughts. They helped me to process.

  2. I love how you said that taking a blogging break is a planting season. A season when ideas are planted while you are away from writing. That reminds me that it really is good to step away from blogging from time to time. I don’t have scheduled times that I do, but maybe I should, instead of waiting until I feel burned out! 🙂

    I am stopping by because I am going through the Facebook list of bloggers for She Speaks 2012. Thanks for starting that list. 🙂 It is a pleasure to meet you here, and I hope to see you in July! Can’t wait!


  3. Yes! I completely agree! I have been forced into a break while waiting for my new blog to go live. It has been a wonderful opportunity to rest and listen. I feel that I will soon be writing with renewed focus and clarity.

    By the way, I keep meaning to comment on the first post about your story, The Gift of Words. I saw it on my phone and keep thinking I need to come to your blog to comment. I loved what you said. Absolutely loved it. I know it is so hard to reveal the dark times in your life. It is when we tell the story and shed light on the healing, that God is glorified. Please don’t stop. And… I did link your post about sharing our lives on my blog’s facebook page. Again, inspiring. Thanks for writing!

    (I hope you’ll come visit me at once it is live in the next day or two!)

  4. I am in total agreement with you. I think getting away from blogging gives the proper perspective to what and how we should be prioritizing our time. I find when I do take a break, sabbatical if you will, I come back with a fresher perspective on blogging and how to work it within the confines of family and life.
    Enjoy your sabbath….blessings of the season to you and yours!

  5. Ah, what a refreshing word! This is right where I am “at” right now, ready to take a break. Been doing the bum-in-chair routine, trying to stick it out for the week. Then…
    Sometimes I think I want to break away completely, because I fear I’m “living in the chair”! But, just as you say, even a short break becomes a “planting” time, and I soon find I can’t not write, not blog.
    Enjoy your “sabbath”! Savor every moment. And may your Resurrection Day be the most beautiful ever!

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