How has your summer been?
I know, I've been a terrible friend and blogger. I took almost the entire summer off from blogging. I really needed it. I wish I could say that it was due to some big forthcoming announcement as has been the case in the past, but it's not. I just couldn't figure out how to squeeze it into my life this summer and honestly, I've just felt daunted by keeping up with writing, editing, social media-ing, and just doing all the things that bloggers have to do to stay relevant.
The truth is that we've had a really stellar summer. P is such a person this summer and has been so so so much fun. We've spent many a weekend cramming in as much outdoor and pool time as possible. We've spent lots and lots of time with family and friends. Penelope even has her own friends now, and we've tried to ensure that she sees her friends as much as possible. We've brunched. We've vacationed. We've spent weeks with Ikea boxes all over our apartment as we try to work on some upgrades...but also refusing to give up sunshine or pool time to deal with said boxes. The blog has been a distant blip on our summer fun.
Throughout it all, I've thought about the blog daily. Many days I miss writing and documenting all the things we are doing and eating. I miss interacting with friends I've made while writing. I miss having a creative outlet. I do not miss the nagging feeling that I could and should be doing more. That if I spent more time sharing other people's cooking videos on my FB page, or commenting more heavily on blogs, or curating more instagrams, then I'd have a bigger following, more comments on my posts and more interactions...more validation of my blog and my work. And during this time away, I have felt more free by not feeling like I have to be doing more.
But...I also came to the realization that I do not want to never blog again. All I've ever wanted to be my entire life is a writer. This blog makes that dream come true. Over the last months, I've really tried to think about what I want this blog to be, should I come back to writing regularly. I don't know that I've totally figured that out yet, but I do know that I do want to keep blogging. I really miss journaling. For a while, I liked keeping this as a journal and didn't really care if I got any comments at all, or if anyone even read. But the truth is that if I'm going to spend the time writing, photographing and editing, I want it to be meaningful, not just to me, but to those who may be reading. I want to interact and engage with others. I hope you'll interact and engage with me!
And so my plan as of now is to come back slowly. Perhaps a few posts per week but without a ton of pressure on myself. I'm also thinking about another facelift on the design as in my quest to simplify the site design a year ago, I think I overachieved. It feels so cold to me...not homey and comforting like my last iteration. And really not like me. And so that's another plan I have churning in the back of my mind.
So all of this to say, I'm happy to be back. I've missed you, if you are still out there reading this. And I hope you had a really great summer. It's not quite over and I have a few summertime updates to share in the coming week. I hope you have a wonderful end of summer weekend!