Blogging Sabbatical aka Adventures
What, on this green earth, is a blogging sabbatical? I am essentially taking a winter hiatus for a few weeks to learn and try new things. As I was reflecting back in November, yep I have been thinking long and hard at this, I realized I have so much to learn and no time to do it. I thought about how I am a mom, a business woman, a stylist, a photographer, an event planner and I am cruising along making my deadlines (and missing a few) just trying to keep up with the blogging Joneses. And guess what, that's not how I like to roll. I have always been the type of girl that kind of rebels against the typical way of doing things. So I thought even harder. At the end of holiday season, other DIYers I am sure you hear me, you are kind of burnt out. Like wham, hit with a truck, swear off all decorations and crafting of any sort. I know every creative is different but for me, striving to pull new and fresh ideas out of me at the end of such a busy season is draining. Not in a bad way just in a stare at the craft room blankly can't think of anything other than what I just pinned off Pinterest kind of way. I realized that this happens to me every year in January and I am turning the corner on my fourth.
Then I remembered the naked guy from Alt last year and it hit me, what he said, not the naked part, it was only a picture of nakedness, thank God. Essentially, I can't help but think that regardless of his design genius, he just got paid to show a room full of women his nuts and bolts, which probably makes him brilliant. Maybe my white trash is showing and I'm not as hip or well rounded as some, but one of my truths this year is to be honest, I apologize in advance. Anyways, Stefan Sagmeister, design guru, mentioned that his team works really hard and then takes time off. It is scheduled in. They use this time to do whatever. To relax, to travel the world, to learn new things, to experiment. And then I realized that is brilliant. Creativity is passionate, crazy and chaotic. It pulls everything from you, if you do it right, and you just can't be on all the time. Trying to is denying the creative process a gathering and recalibrating state. Why not take a moment in the calm of the new year to reflect, energize and define my goals? Sure I could have done it over winter break but that time is for family and I mean it. I was out cold with the flu so there was no chance to even try if I wanted. Regardless, I am just getting to work this week and already starting to learn a thing or two.
I am terrified that this change in editorial calendar might kill the blog and readers will run and never come back because it is sketchy. Just because I haven't seen any bloggers do this, doesn't mean it can't be good. I thought why not make it an annual thing and build this sabbatical time right into my editorial calendar. The beginning of the year is perfect, especially for parties because everyone is so focused on being better at everything else and kind of partied out. I will be able to explain the new schedule to sponsors and eventually my readers will come to expect it.
As for many other things in life, I get that little achy bit in my stomach when I think about it, which is why this post wasn't posted Monday, so I must be on the right track with something. I am so scared to even post this because it makes me feel like less of a blogger, like I am not following the rules and am straying to the unprofessional side. I can hear the "oh Jenny, she quit blogging" comments now. No, not I am not quitting. I am reorganizing my workflow. I am making my blog work for me the way I want it to. That's the whole point of having your own business, right? I'm still going to be out there, pinning away, contributing and posting random bits here and there (literally have to stop myself from posting). So follow along, especially on Instagram, as I venture off to learn new skills. I can finally truly practice my photography and styling skills to improve, without the pressure to make it proper for posting. I have the chance to learn new things like coding and hand lettering and read about SEO to actually get the ball rolling on a few things that have been sitting around for a bit. Heck, maybe I will even switch up my website and branding- who knows! It's wide open, and I feel free. I've already started writing down DIY ideas for later this year. I've long thought there has to be a better way and maybe this is it, only time will tell.
Adventures, anyone planning on attending Alt Summit? I'll be speaking on a panel all about Contributing with some stellar gals, Melanie of You Are My Fave, Kathryn of Snippet and Ink, and Amy of This Heart of Mine. If you have ever wondered about how to become one, what do to if you are one or how to hire one, this is the panel for you. Also, I'm co-hosting a mini party Friday night at Alt and you are not going to want to miss it. I am currently up to my eyeballs in garland getting our jungle groove on. Check out my crazy awesome co-hosts, Lauren of A Fabulous Fete, Alexandra of Alexandra Hedin and Sharon of Cupcakes and Cutlery, you know we won't disappoint.
Thank you for your love and understanding. See you in March. Ok, probably not so long, there will still be bits and pieces here, but our regularly scheduled programming won't be back until then. I've still got goodies in the works and projects I'll be working on so be sure to follow along on Twitter and Instagram cause I'll be sharing goodies there for the time being!