Is There a Blogging Drought?

Are you all doing data entry too?

I think you know that I’m like the US Mail. “Neither snow nor rain nor heat nor gloom of night stays these couriers from the swift completion of their appointed rounds.” In other words, not much stops my blogging. Neither drought nor having my second baby nor bad anxiety nor gloom of winter stays this blogger from the swift completion of her appointed round.

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(Totally a confident blogger headshot)

I think I’ve been slow lately with the confidence. I’ve been slow with the commenting, and slightly slower with the posts, but I’m still here. I’ve noticed a lot of people taking breaks lately from commenting or posting or both. And I wonder – why? Is it the rampant March viruses, because they know they’re about to leave until next winter so they’re particularly vengeful lately? Is it spring break for you already? Ours is in late April, but we did just have February break, it seems. Back to back breaks!

Do you just need a break? The Winter Blues or the Spring Fever? Every now and I feel stale here, and that’s usually when I do something differently to shake it up just a bit. I’ll let you know when I figure that one out. I’ve probably already been doing that, but maybe not on my own terms. With the eight boxes of over 5,000 surveys to input into Excel, I have completed six boxes with only two to go. The home stretch! The light at the end of the tunnel. This is the turning point I need to pull the trigger on buying myself my first sundress of 2015. Or two. I’m thinking maybe something blue. Or red. Or one of each.

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After that is a shopping spree to get Des some cool shirts I saw at Target the other day. In 3T. Whoa. I can’t wait to see him in the summer again, with his humidity waves and his shark swim trunks (if they still fit) and his toddler sandals.

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Can’t you just feel it? Almost? It’s coming.

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So what do you think? Are you on a break?

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  1. I thought I was and then wham today the floodgates opened and I wrote all afternoon. Stay tuned as I i hope to have this one edited an ms ready to go either the end of the week or next Monday now. Yay for the light at the end of the tunnel and for spring, too πŸ˜‰

      1. I mis seeing your comments too early, but I totally get it and understand. And I promise you this one is worth the wait. I channeled all my frustrations from yesterday into my writing. So, I think I took it out on my WordPress post mostly πŸ˜‰

  2. Surprisingly enough, I’m still going strong without a break. My last break was in December, and I guess I’m still good. I do feel changes coming though, in my blogging and in my business. Or maybe it’s just Spring coming, I always feel hopeful and excited this time of the year. Only two more boxes to go? You go, girl!

    1. It’s true. I have been noticing that you were going strong. My feed is much easier to keep up with than it should be, considering the data entry. Only two more boxes! Even less now.

  3. I’ve been on a little bit of a break lately. Or, more accurately, on a trying to figure out how to make everything work and fit into a 24 hour period of the day.

    Your warm weather pictures make me happy. I hope spring brings light, freshness, and warmth to your world this year.

  4. I’ve been on a commenting break for sure. Just so much going on in life right now. Plus finishing a book. Crazy. I wish I had more time to read all the blogs I follow! Hopefully things calm down soon. We might just need to meet in person instead. πŸ™‚

    1. That’s really big! I can understand not commenting. Hope it’s all going well! I think meeting in person is imperative.
      For my health! Or something.

  5. I’m not taking a break on either really, I’m actually doing more, but just not more posting. I’m trying to just keep it 3-4 a week with a blog hop. With Butterfly up and running, my hands are full until late night and often I’m too tired to do anything. We are also on spring break now. So, the last two days have been pure chaos!

  6. I’ve been on a break for what now? A year? But…I still call it a break. The blog is still up and on occasion, I do write something. Slower to read – even slower to comment, even though I am still a silent voyeur quite often. I hear what Tracie is saying – about the hours in a day, My time has changed in the past year. My hands are not on keyboards anymore. Or even near them. They are on spatulas and sheet pans and mixing bowls and measuring tools. Then, they’re on a steering wheel to get my kids to after school practices, and then they are on a dog’s leash, and laundry that needs to be folded at home. And it goes on and on. I don’t know if I will ever keep the blogging schedule I once did but one thing is for sure, I do not regret one moment that I spent building the blog or the friendships that I made in the process of building the blog. Experientially, it was a great season in my life – and maybe will be again. Who knows?

    1. It’s all so interesting. I personally love what you have been doing with your time in the last year. Like I love to eat it!
      Always awesome to see a comment from you.

  7. haha! you hit the nail on the head as i’m noticing my blog feed slowing as well. i’m still here, but would much rather read blog posts than write! i actually worked on a post today, and will need another day to work on it. i’m still catching up with all my reading, but saw this post and had to click on it!

  8. I’ve been on a break! But I have a good excuse. It’s hard to type with only one hand! But even before that, I’ve been on a commenting break for sure for many blogs I read. I read and then will share what I can. I definitely hear what Tracie is saying too about trying to figure out how to make everything fit in 24 hours. Other priorities move up on the list which leaves blogging/reading/commenting to the evenings which also get cut short because I’m trying to go to bed earlier. How does one make everything thing fit into a day?! And hooray for only 2 more boxes! So close and so close to warmer weather. I can totally feel it.

    1. That’s pretty much the best and the worst excuse ever! Best, because I’m glad you are resting. Worst, because I’m sorry that you have any pain.

  9. I SHOULD take a break but apparently I have a lot to say. I mean, not as much as I used to… I used to post every day of the week. That was a while ago though. I could never do that again. I don’t think people are reading blogs as much as they used. Too many other distractions on the ole internet these days!

    And life is just BUSY. In a good way. πŸ™‚

  10. I haven’t been able to comment as much as I used to, but I am trying! Right now I am just trying to get ahead. I’m hoping by the time April rolls around that I’m there. I’m glad there is light at the end of the tunnel for you!

  11. I have to agree with you Tamara about the drought in blogging. I’ve recently gotten back into the groove with posting, mostly because I was busy with my rebrand. I’m excited to be getting new and fresh content up, and to just be back to blogging. I’m still a little slow on the commenting side of the house, and even sometimes replying (shame!), but I’m making the effort to stay on top of things better now than I was a month or so ago.

    1. I love that you are back in the groove! I remember this happened over the summer and then over the holidays and by January, my feed was full of new blogs! People go in and out.

  12. I’ve been so swamped lately. I don’t know how to come up for air. I almost feel like I need to take a break from blogging. Usually I have a VIP list of people I visit/read/comment on. I have barely gotten through writing and responding to comments (although my responses to comments always include a reciprocal comment on the visitor’s site). I have over 1200 posts sitting on Bloglovin’ and I’m tempted to just delete and start fresh.

    I loved this break of pictures and glimpses of summer! Woohoo – I can’t wait!

    1. 1200?! Wow. If mine even gets over 100, that’s rare. However it hasn’t been happening lately, despite me taking my own break, which is how I noticed that people aren’t as active right now.

  13. I’m very happy that you’re three quarters finished with your data entry assignment, Tamara! I really like this totally confident blogger head shot. I see Little Red ( Black and White) Riding Hood, and I see a very pretty silent films era actress. It’s the coolest combination of both! I hope everyone enjoyed St. Patrick’s Day!

    1. We did, thank you! I just wish I had had more corned beef and cabbage. I had all these opportunities but I had too much work. I can’t wait to celebrate when the project is over. Buying new oils and new clothes and food!

  14. I’ve been M.I.A when it comes to blogging the past couple of weeks. I’ve just been busy with my kids and things have been breaking around my house. I’ve also been trying to spend more time in the kitchen to prepare better foods for myself. And since my family isn’t interested in eating everything that I eat. I often end up cooking two meals so that everyone is happy a meal time. However, I’m hoping to get it together and start back to posting three times a week.

  15. Love this first photo of you. I have done less blogging & commenting this year than last, for sure. Which is so silly because I thought that once I was staying at home with kids/working part time, I’d be blogging more. Somehow, I just have a lot of drafts. Need to be more productive with it all again. Thanks for the callout! πŸ™‚

    1. Aw! I wasn’t really calling out so much as noticing that my feed of blogs to read has been smaller than ever! I know we all go in and out of grooves. I would love to have a lot of drafts! I only have a few.

  16. 2 more boxes to go! Wow. Good for you! I’d say I’m kinda slow with posting too but I still read and comment a lot. Geez. I should work on my drafts!

  17. Yay for only two more boxes! I think a small break might be in my future. I’m almost to my one year blogaversary and I’ve written six days a week since I started. I don’t think I can keep up that pace, and I don’t think I should. So I need to figure out what my new schedule will be – which might require a break!

  18. Woo, only two more boxes! And about a month until spring break. I think I’m going to take a blogging break then. I realize i need to schedule those in every so often, and it will have been four months sine my last one. I’m always amazed at how easy you make it all seem and how you continuously go with the blogging.

    1. I think I definitely cut myself breaks, but they just might not be noticeable. When I’m not on a break, my three posts of the week take hours. This post only took me 18 minutes! I timed it.

  19. Yep – I think I’m on a permanent break! I subscribed by email to my fav bloggers (including you!) so I’m still reading even if I don’t comment every time.
    When the weather gets water I just spend less time on the computer in general (also less time knitting!) so maybe that’s what’s going on?

    1. Means a lot that you still subscribe. Sad to miss your posts! I definitely understand that there are a lot of non-computer things to do with our lives.

    1. I feel the same way! And sometimes I have to take it easy with the commenting. I’m just no longer the queen. I still get there,

  20. Woot, you’re almost done with the surveys! Go you! I get dizzy just thinking about the 2 boxes left! Still trying to write over here, drafts and more drafts, hopefully I finish something before the day ends. If this headache ever goes away. Tsk.

    1. I’m sorry about the headaches! Last night my husband had one and I had a small one and I just thought how horrible they are.
      Two boxes of surveys still is a lot!

  21. I certainly don’t have a problem with content – my issue is time! So I just keep trying to get stuff posted, but I have so little time for commenting at places I love, like yours. But, at least I know when I come here, I will get my daily dose of awesome pictures! We all need a break from time to time.

    1. We certainly do! Whenever there’s something like this, a mass amount of breaks, I just figure that we all are in transitions. You know, from winter to spring!

    1. That’s it! That’s how I knew it. I’ve been way behind on my Bloglovin feed but I think I’m usually even more behind, considering the data entry that I’ve been doing instead of commenting!

  22. I have to take breaks every once in a while from both blogging and commenting. I have my posts scheduled so I get to stay off the computer, if I don’t I get sucked into Facebook and don’t spend as much time with the kids as I want to. I still check periodically though (kinda like cheating). πŸ™‚ Anyway I’ll probably have a LOT more time starting tomorrow. Today I retire from the US Army and have a lot of paperwork to do on my last day but I’ll be free, free to travel and visit you, free to spend more time relaxing and taking care of my anxiety. The last year has been tough and it’s only going to get tougher with my mom almost at the end of her lifespan and I’m not sure how I’m going to handle it. Anyway here’s to a fantastic week!

    1. More power to you for it all! I think there is a lot of life going on, but I’ve just noticed it in droves.
      Have a wonderful and non-anxious week!

  23. I imagine for you “true” writers that inspiration come and goes. And if you make yourself write, it takes the joy out of it. I love that bloggers can hop in and out, encourage each other, and share wonderful insights without worrying about a timetable.

    1. It is pretty wonderful! It’s always strange when my feed is very small, even with all the data entry. Usually I have more trouble keeping up with commenting. And don’t sell yourself short! You are a true writer.

      1. Aw, thanks Tamara. You stay strong on those last 2 boxes!!! Celebration when it is behind you:)

  24. yes there’s a drought! lol It’s been such a tough week for me personally…and work is SO insanely busy in March that I was thinking of shutting it down for a while. Sometimes it gets too overwhelming doesn’t it?

    1. I still haven’t gotten over to read about your tough week. I know I will cry. And I’m so sorry about it. I know that pain, at least how that pain is for me. And it’s excruciating.

  25. I’m not on a break, but I will take at least three in the next few months. For good things – vacations – but where I used to drive myself crazy writing posts to publish while I was away, I’m not doing that anymore. I am actually glad that many bloggers I follow are posting less – it makes it easier to keep up with them!

    1. I agree! I haven’t been struggling to keep up, even with all the data entry. That’s what made me realize that a lot of people are posting less right now.

  26. I have noticed less blogging since late last year. A lot less commenting too. I think it has to do with people starting blogs and then realizing its a lot harder than they thought it would be so they quit. I’m trying to post at least 4 times a week and it’s not easy. My commenting has gone down just because I have been lazy. I’m on a new planning and organizing kick this week and it seems to be working since I am actually able to read blogs and comment!

    1. I think you are always on point! The commenting is hard. I’m usually so good at it, but with data entry, I have been slacking. I still know I will get to every post, but it might be days later.

  27. Stomach flu diseased kids, consulting work overload and life all combining to make me a mess. Hopefully soon it will all mellow out and we will be disease free! 3T huh, how fun! Anneliese just made it to 18 months at 24 months. We did the chicken dance to celebrate!

    1. I am so sorry to hear! Didn’t you guys already go through the stomach virus? I know that some of the strains provide temporary immunity. I can’t stand it!
      Your little one is adorable. Scarlet is shorter than some of her three and four-year-old friends. She is a little thing.

  28. No break for me πŸ™‚ I’ve somehow found a good flow and frequency that doesn’t leave me completely drained from blogging. I do notice a few bloggers quieter than usual though. But yeah, I’ll probably keep writing, even when I’m on vacation lol.

  29. We are on spring break but I have been keeping up with my blogging this week. I do know what you mean about a bit of a drought – not sure why or what but I just sort of do my thing and try not to be too bothered by it:)
    Glad you are almost to the end of the 5000 surveys!!! You can do the happy dance! Or the “we did it dance” (Dora!).

    1. I’ve noticed that even with my data entry, my bloglovin feed is so small! I’m just hoping it’s cause everyone’s having a great time!
      I will be doing the Dora dance soon!

  30. You inspire me with those beautiful photos! For me, this time of year always has me organizing and yes, cleaning. I’ve carried that over to my blogging as well, by doing a lot of back-end stuff, so I guess that’s been my distraction lately. I hope you get out from under that data entry mountain soon!

  31. I am wavering. Becoming somewhat disenchanted. I still have a lot to say, but somethings I don’t want to say, but don’t think people want to hear and other things, I am sure would get a big response, but I am not ready to put those out there. I don’t know if I should take a break or keep on keepin’ on.

    1. Oh no about the disenchantment! Maybe you do need a break. I’ve definitely gotten that way throughout the years, but the obsession lives on.

  32. I remember when I used to blog 7 days per week. I shudder now at the thought. I’m lucky to pull off 3 posts per week now. My commenting on blogs has suffered lately because it’s tax season and my job makes me wanna jump out of windows this time of year. Overall, I am loving doing video more and more and more. My next vid is already done and will be published tonight, so your pretty Scarlet will get a shout out in next week’s video. I can’t wait! weeee!!!!

    1. That is so exciting! She loves to watch your videos with me. Even the one with the S word. I am proud to be that kind of mom.
      I think you do great with commenting, but it is very hard.

  33. I was on a flu epidemic-induced break during February. I’m officially “back,” although I’m still looking for my mojo! It all feels like drudgery right now.

  34. This is funny, because I noticed a bit more quietness as well. Also, interestingly enough, I was thinking of taking a mini break myself! I’m feeling somewhat scattered and fragmented by so much social media these days, that I’m neglecting my big picture work (oh that pesky novel). I just hate feeling like I’m missing anything though πŸ™‚

  35. I know for me, personally, 2015 has just been chaotic. I took some time because my fiance’s father was sick and hospitalized for about a month, then we lost my grandmother just as I was getting back into the swing of things. So I took another break, and used that time to work behind the scenes while I healed. I moved my blog to a self-owned site and that took so much mental energy, I’ve been a bit slow to get regular content flowing again. But I’m still here, and I’m working on getting back on a good schedule. Of course, I’m having surgery on the 30th, so that might all go out the window lol! Hopefully I’ll get enough guest posts to fill things out while I’m curled up on the couch whining/recovering.

    1. That is a lot to happen! I only noticed the drought because it hasn’t been as hard for me to keep up with commenting as I would think it would be with the data entry. So happy to read whatever I can.

  36. I’m not on a break. I feeling very overwhelmed with too many things on too many to do lists. I’ve not been as good about returning visits and replying to comments. I’m trying to catch up a little at a time. AN dI haven’t even *touched* my data entry! (It’s opened ended, so I don’t really have a deadline, but if I don’t work I don’t get paid…)

  37. I have noticed that too. A few of the blogs I follow have not updated in weeks, some months. Although I have been feeling a bit rough I am in the growing stage, so I keep plugging away. The sun is shining and that sure helps my productivity level.

    Yeah! Only 2 more boxes! The end is near!

    Can’t wait to see what sundresses you choose.

    1. I can’t wait to see too! So far I haven’t been in love with any sundresses. I haven’t really been looking, though.
      Sunshine is amazing all around.

  38. I’ve noticed a few blogs going dark too, and even though they don’t show up on my Bloglovin’ feed I still check their pages. I miss them! Though I’ve found some new great blogs that have got me pumped! I am the queen of taking breaks, a month to three months here, a week there. Though, now that I’ve started my editorial calendar I feel more on track than I ever have. We’ll see if I can make it through my pregnancy to after this little one is here.

  39. Ha! I remember that break episode on Friends. I am impressed that your fingers are not so tired from data input to still visit and comment. πŸ™‚ I have been a little slow with stuff this week because my mom is ill. I am taking her for tests tomorrow, I had to postpone posts because my day job has also gotten busier, so I had to adjust. I do definitely take breaks now and then. Luckily most people, like you, are still there when I do.

  40. It’s somehow reassuring that you’re always here. I think my Bloglovin is as hard as ever to keep up with, but I have been trying to up my game lately with posting. It’s hard for me to keep up with commenting when I have such rampant ADD- I cannot focus on one thing and get it done in a reasonable amount of time- plus I always over-think what I want to say and the exact right words, yada yada. Good for you for only having two boxes to go! It’s kind of fun following along on this job with you!

    1. It’s funny because I would’ve thought it would’ve been harder to keep up, with the data entry. I do read blogs on my breaks because doing data entry straight through is just too much, but I would’ve thought I would be well over 1000 unread blogs by now!

  41. I have been on an unintentional slow down. We had 2 weeks of snow days about 3 weeks ago and, ever since, i have felt like a salmon swimming upstream just trying to catch up. I have been terrible about reading and commenting. It’s been all I can do to find time to write. I na couple weeks, I am taking a real break – going away with hubby for several days. Until then, I’m just trying got stay afloat!

  42. I’m actually writing more now than I have ever been in the past, but a lot of my words are going to places other than my blog. I’ve been doing about two pieces of freelance writing a week- each piece takes about 2-4 hours, but the price is right and makes it all worth it. And, I’m writing for a couple of brand’s blogs now too- those don’t take as much time as the freelance work, but there are still deadlines to meet. My blog gets pushed down to the very end of the list, but I’m still getting a few posts up a week. I’m starting to brainstorm summer content now and will start crafting some of that in April. That way, I’ll be able to relax a bit when Malone is home from school.

    I think we’ve got some 3T stuff we can hand down. I know for certain we’ve got Malone’s red Spring/Fall jacket you could borrow.

    1. We are always up for hand-me-downs, but understand that you have a little one too!
      I started to dabble in doing the writing for other sites for money, but with data entry and photography, I decided that writing should only be for fun right now in my life. I definitely admire and understand that it’s a ton of work.

  43. Happens to the best of us.. I was on a very long break at the beginning of this year!! Infact still the regularity is sucha huge problem.But good to see you are back and hope to see more posts from you!!

    This we were on a break dialogue frm friends is my favorite!!

  44. Ugh! Yes! This winter was really hard for me. Apparently I am not motivated when it is freezing all the time. I am trying to get back out of my own way and get going again. Love reading your words and seeing your pictures as always! Btw, are you going to BlogU this year? I am and would love, love, love to see you!

    1. I would love to see you so much, but I think I can’t do it this year! It’s actually cheaper for me to go to BlogHer. Any chance you’ll go there?

        1. I have no idea why my blog just gave the same reply twice! As for BlogHer, I’m certain it’s overwhelming. I just feel like it will be west coast again next year and I’ll regret missing it. I may go slowly, though, and give myself a lot of breaks and breathing room!

    2. I would love to see you so much, but I don’t think I can swing it! It’s actually cheaper for me to do BlogHer. Might you go there?

  45. Cabin fever, winter blahs…you name it, I claim it. I admire your tenacity.

    I have never felt so uninspired. I need some nice weather and a break in routine. Or maybe just an afternoon of looking through summer photos of my kids when they were small πŸ™‚

  46. I feel like everything is in Mississippi Mud these days, most times. I think I’m going to experiment with shorter posts. You’re right, sometimes you need to shake it up.

  47. I have been on and off my rhythm for months. Just when I feel like I am back on track – I posted three times last week! – life happens and I am lucky to post once. Not to mention visit all the blogs I keep up with and reply to comments on my posts. Maybe this is the way it will be with me for a while. I dunno.
    I am so ready for spring. We got a HUGE dump of snow yesterday that we are still digging out from. All I want to think about are beach days, flip-flips and sunscreen. (And a new sundress would be awesome. But that might be asking for too much.)

  48. Hi Tamara, this is so relevant to my last few weeks. I don’t seem to ever take a break from my blog but I manage to pull something out of the archives if need be or just tap into a more honest post. This week I had to sit and ask myself “What are you thinking about? What’s on your mind?”, and decide if I could share the truth. I hope your Spring weather is around the corner and you can get out and enjoy it with the kids. Know that the data entry will be over soon and you’ll breathe a huge sigh of relief.

    1. I think the data entry has become bad for my health! I’ve just been doing it for so long. The good news is that it should end in the next few days. And then I will dance like no one’s watching!

  49. First of all, I’m totally loving the photo of you. Stunning! I am sorta glad that others take breaks. I just came off of onee and am trying to get back into the swing. Blog advice articles always say be consistent and don’t take breaks etc… That is just unrealistic to me. More snow coming for us here in MA tomorrow. It’s killin gme! Spring will be here soon!

  50. I’m not on a break, I did that when I was preggers. I’m actually working on a post called “how to return from a blog hiatius” perhaps that would come in handy for some. πŸ™‚ Those photos of the kids and the kiddie pool makes me want summer to come faster!!!!

  51. I’m on an auto pilot mode I think just pushing 1 post a week πŸ˜€
    That headshot is amazing, you are so gorgeous. The pictures of your kids…oooh beautiful kids and those bokeh? Icing on the cake.

  52. It’s commendable that bloggers like you can keep on writing even through life. But like you’ve written before, you just need to write, and I suppose the writers should write through anything. Me, I’m just blogging as an entertainment, so I have my bursts of writing and moments of silence.

  53. I think the breaks are nourishing. This year I am embracing the word, quiet. And learning to live with the fact that sometimes I need to write for myself, instead of hitting publish. You carry an amazing amount of discipline with your blogging calendar, Tamara. You deserve a break. xo

    1. Thank you so much. It actually helps me to hear someone else tell me I need a break. Usually I can tell with my body, but my mind doesn’t get the memo.

  54. I don’t know how some of you keep it up! I have phases! I love it so I never really disappear but I just can’t hang like I did when I had 7 days off at a time and wasn’t in such a time consuming relationship! Kudos to you for keeping up your schedule and not neglecting those beautiful children of yours!

    1. I think school really helps with not neglecting them! And maybe in the summer, I will have to go light again so that I’m still having ample time with them.

  55. Thank you for showing me summer for a few minutes through your photos. Right now when I look out of the window it is snowing – again.
    I guess you could set say that I’m taking a slight blogging break. A little involuntarily, but nonetheless. I do intend to do a post today for my art link up tomorrow. And slowly, very slowly I am also finding my way to all the blogs that I’ve missed over the past 12 weeks.
    Have a wonderful weekend!

    1. I think you had reasons for your breaks! This morning started off grey and snowy and now it’s melting with a little bit of sun. Total spring in the Northeast!

  56. Don’t hate me… I read this post on my phone. I know, I know, I need to wait to read your posts, so I can comment right then. I hate that I had you waiting, I’m not on a break- I promise!
    I’m in awe of you, woman! How you do it all amazes me!!!

    1. That’s so funny! But honestly I’ve been so on my own break, that I haven’t noticed anyone else being late or early. I know I am a few days behind.

  57. I have been SO behind in reading and commenting!! Spending time doing ‘other things’ that have become a priority- but girl, you KNOW I will always end up back here!!! I love you. By both red and blue. And perhaps a beautiful yellow one too. YOU DESERVE it!! (I can’t imagine that data entry job… I could NOT do that. I would literally lose my mind.)

    1. I have been very behind too. It seems to be going around. I love you too and I will always make it in the long run.
      I definitely hear you about the data entry, and I find it to be bad for my health. I haven’t slept well in weeks and my back is taking a lot of strain of being hunched over. That said, I pull through by thinking about money. I can’t lie about that.

  58. I’m still posting! I was just on vacation last week. I still had scheduled post though, but I wasn’t online as much. But now it’s back to normal!

  59. You noticed! I should have known you would. I’ve been having motivation issues and have swayed slightly from my regular Monday/Thursday schedule. Glad it’s not just me…

    And look, you wrote this ages ago and I’m only just getting to it. Sorry. Working backwards…

    1. Awe, it certainly wasn’t a call out to anyone individually. In fact, it was so many of you that I never could’ve even counted. I just noticed that my feed was so easy to keep up with, despite having so much work to do.

  60. Lmao that Friends clips is brills! I love that whole fight ahhaha I’m on a mental break from most things but I’m not dry for inspiration I just feel more .. idk.. introverted/secluded? I just want to hibernate. I’ve done more sleeping in the last two weeks than I have the entire winter it seems. There’s different reasons for that though, too many questions. Anyways, at least you don’t seem to slow down! πŸ™‚ Hope things pick up with the new buds of Spring πŸ˜› xoxo Lovely -Iva

    1. I think you are hibernating! I do sort of think that humans should do it for a few months. Or at least go to Florida. It should be a biological requirement!

  61. For me….hmm a little of all that you mentioned. However it’s not a new struggle- finding balance between mommy VS Blog. Chuck did have surgery to repair a hernia. In addition I have noticed, lately I have a ton of ideas but then I actually sit to write and NOTHING!!!! I also echo Iva- I have felt more introverted. So frustrating! Happy Data! πŸ™‚ Hope it brings you a nice, well-deserved paycheck mama! spoil yourself!

    1. I hope Chuck is feeling okay! I had a friend who had a similar surgery. I think it was just an all-around slow time for blogging in general. Sometimes that happens and then it ramps up again.

  62. Well, you know my current story (or at least what I’ve posted). Not breaking…just delayed and significantly slowed down. But that’s changing. Or at least I hope it is. I’m definitely looking forward to this summer. It’s going to be all about taking extra time with the girls before the baby comes. Extra time that felt lacking for the last several months. For some reason I always pictured Des as being bigger…the kind of kid that would be six months ahead of the clothing sizes. That swim trunk is adorable, though. Hold on a little bit longer…warmer temperatures are on their way!

    1. I think Des is average(ish) – maybe like 60th or 70th percentile? I was surprised 2T left before he turned three! I’m certain Scarlet could STILL wear 2T!

  63. Hate to not be optimistic for you but I think you can say bye bye to the shark shorts. For us shirts made it to the next season. πŸ˜‰ I haven’t been on a break. I’ve never on purpose not blogged except for one time and I was only gone a week. Now I go longer but I don’t call them breaks. It just doesn’t happened. For one reason or another. I love it when I have a thought and can whip something up but if I sit here to long with nothing to say I just move on to something else. Reading blogs of off the computer altogether. I’d love to take a break with facebook because I spend a lot of time just scrolling there.

  64. sometimes life just intervenes and you have no choice: the break will come!! I think the greater point is to take advantage of it. whether it’s to ignite your creativity; or walk away from it and just let it simmer awhile.

    also, I am sick of snow and winter. I want to photograph something pretty AND warm. So, i haven’t had many photos to display lately. It’s definitely a case of the winter time blues.

    1. I am all about the breaks. It only stunned me that you all did it at once! I got so cold and lonely.
      Winter time blues – I’m well versed in those and it’s technically but who’s counting?

  65. No data entry but definitely too many spreadsheets over here! And office lighting. and depression. jk kind of lol

    3T??? Okay. That wound send my uterus in a tizzy. and yet it’s just around the corner.

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