Running Out of Fuel

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Exhausted. Overwhelmed. Burnt out.

That’s how I’ve been feeling for the past month.

By life, and not surprisingly, by blogging and all that comes with it.

Writing my own blog, contributing to two other blogs, guest posting 3 to 4 times a month, reading 1,031 items in the past 30 days (according to my Google Read statistics) which is an average of 35 blogs a day (not counting return visits to new readers and visiting blogs in linkys), commenting on almost all of them, tweeting, emailing, Facebooking, Stumbling, Pinning.

And I have an active almost-2 -year-old toddler, who appears to be even more clingy to Mama than ever.

Is it any wonder I’m just spent?

So much so, I called out for help. I seriously contemplated quitting.

And so many of you responded with such wonderful advice, encouraging words and gestures of friendship.

I realized then – that is what fuels my love of blogging.

The connections. The friendship. The understanding.

I’ve come to live for knowing you are out there, happy to connect.

I’ve come to love the friends I’ve made.

I’ve come to count on you to understand and relate to what I write here  on this blog (and elsewhere).

You drive me to be a better writer, a kinder blogger, a greater friend.

I can’t quit.

I won’t quit.

I will, however, have to readjust my commitments to blogging. Refocus my energies.

I’ve decided to …

…… post 4 times a week instead of 5. I love writing, it’s the reason I started blogging, so cutting back to 2-3 times a week seems to defeat the purpose (for me at least).

……. do my tips posts once every two weeks, instead of weekly ones. Although I don’t write most of it, relying on my readers to provide the content, editing and collating all the information takes up way more time than I expected.

…… not feel obliged to do every single linky/ meme out there. I want to, I do. But sometimes, I just don’t have it in me to link up and read even 2-3 other linked up posts. Remember my full Reader?

…… learn to say no. I have committed to guest posts until December. I will accept no more invitations for guest posting until 2012. This is going to be a hard one for me, I find it difficult to say no!

….. not reply to every single comment on my posts. Sometimes, I merely write ‘thank you’ 10 times. I hope you, my readers will understand if you don’t get a reply from me each time.

…… let go of the guilt of not reading every single post by every single blog I follow. I have 88 blogs in my Reader. I simply can’t keep up with all daily any longer. So if I don’t visit you each time, please know that I still love you.

…… not comment on every single post I read. I really want to, but time is short. So know that I read and love your posts, although I might not say it out loud.

….. spend less waking hours on Twitter. I’ve been doing this for a month, and it has freed up time for me to write. For that I’m grateful. So Tweeps, know that I haven’t forgotten you, and that I miss you all. I will hop on once in a while, but I can’t stay long. And, know that I lurk sometimes!

I know that these changes are required. They have to happen, and happen now.

I know that it doesn’t make me a bad blogger.

I know that for me, it’s enough.

And? I know that this little guy…. fuels my life.

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  • October 18, 2011 Mrs. Weber

    You go girl! Way to see what things you need to cut, but not completely cut-off. I’ve always admired you for your amazing ability to multitask, but it’s good to know you’re human, too 😉 {And I think the toddler, with those adorable chubby legs, is great fuel!}
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    • October 18, 2011 Alison

      Thank you Lauren. I’m definitely NOT superhuman, though I sometimes wish I was 🙂

  • October 18, 2011 ML

    It’s been amazing to me to watch you work so hard. I have honestly wondered how you were able to manage it all! Good for you for refocusing.
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  • October 18, 2011 amanda austin

    Nobody will fault you for wanting to slow down! It’s a big commitment to run a blog and most people don’t realize that when they start. The blog bug bites you and every person will eventually experience the burnout…but your plan is good & you will get thru this!
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    • October 18, 2011 Alison

      I do hope the plan works (as long as I stick to it!).

  • October 18, 2011 Kimberly

    I’ve felt the same way. I’m cutting back on certain things and am working on rearranging my schedule. I just can’t keep up with everything.

    I’m so glad to hear that you won’t be quitting. I’d miss you way too much!
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    • October 18, 2011 Alison

      And I, you!

  • October 18, 2011 Dwija {House Unseen}

    I think these are some AWESOME resolutions, Alison. Kudos!
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  • October 18, 2011 jacqui

    I hope you’re almost all settled into your new place…all the packing and moving couldn’t have helped. I can completely understand why that adorable boy is your fuel. Even from the back, he’s a cutie pie!
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    • October 18, 2011 Alison

      I am all settled, thank you!

      He has adorable legs, doesn’t he?

  • October 18, 2011 Catheryn

    Hey there! Cheering for you from here ! =D

    Hope you have settled down in your new place. I adore your writing. Authentic and inspiring. Keep it up!!
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  • October 18, 2011 angela

    I die at the Monkey’s little legs. Die.

    Also, you are a blogging superwoman; I, for one, absolutely understand that you can’t be everywhere, reading and commenting everywhere.

    • October 18, 2011 Alison

      Hee hee, I just love his legs. The day will come when he will just grow taller and leaner and I will miss those chubby legs.

      Thank you for understanding!

  • October 18, 2011 elizabeth-flourishinprogress

    Whoa. So I’m not the only one that feels this way, ay? I just think it was easier for you and harder for me because I’m so slow at doing things and I always feel like I am behind. Then when I get the “behind” feeling, I feel guilty. Then, when I feel “guilty”, I overwork. Vicious cycle, really. Now, I’m trying to do what I can do and let the rest go. Good job, Alison
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    • October 18, 2011 Alison

      It is a vicious cycle, which is why I am banishing guilt!

  • October 18, 2011 Kim

    This sounds like a well-balanced approach to blogging! I love how much of your heart you put into your posts, your comments, and all of the comments you leave on other blogs. You’ve made me realize how ‘real’ this online community is, but you’ve also helped me realize how important the ‘offline’ community, family, children are too. Thank you Alison for sharing this with us 🙂
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    • October 18, 2011 Alison

      I get so much back from this lovely community I’ve found through blogging. Now I need to give some of me back to my offline people 🙂

  • October 18, 2011 Amanda

    I don’t think anyone will hold any of these cutbacks against you. And if they do, they weren’t a loyal reader in the first place. And I certainly don’t think it’s necessary to reply to every single comment you get on your blog! I hope you get the rest and time with your son that you need.
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    • October 18, 2011 Alison

      Oh I hope so too, I really need to get myself back! Thank you for understanding.

  • October 18, 2011 My Inner Chick

    —Mama, A.
    It is sooooooooooo difficult to balance everything, isn’t it?
    I cut down my blogging to every 3 days now…I can’t do it all and work a full time job, too!
    You Rock. I don’t know how you keep up! Whew. & with a baby!! Xxx
    btw, You must say NO sometimes….
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    • October 18, 2011 Alison

      I think you do tremendously well, Kim, with all your commitments! You totally rock too.

  • October 18, 2011 Jamie

    Well, first I’m glad I snuck a guest post out of you in time! Hehe!

    Second, and much more importantly, good for you for realizing changes needed to be made and making them! You will find your balance I’m sure of it. Remember, work in progress!
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  • October 18, 2011 Galit Breen

    Yes, this. Exactly this. XO
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  • October 18, 2011 Dave

    Little big man needs his Mommy, you should definitely free up some time for your little dude. I mean, he isn’t going to be small and huggy for long! I am, of course, speaking from experience 🙂 – I don’t know about anybody else but I sure don’t blog daily – I’d never keep up!
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    • October 18, 2011 Alison

      Yes, that, exactly. Little Dude is slowly becoming less little day by day. This Mama needs to be there for every single moment!

  • October 18, 2011 Jessica

    Blogging can be a lot of time and effort. I hope your new plan works out.
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  • October 18, 2011 June

    You have a wonderful blog-life, Alison, one that is inspired by life, that’s also life-inspiring. I admire you for making this decision to re-organize, cut back, re-prioritize. At the end of the day, I’m sure it will make you stronger, more focussed, and downright happy. Fully support you, and will continue to love your blog!
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    • October 18, 2011 Alison

      Thank you so much June, you have no idea how much that means to me.

  • October 18, 2011 Ann

    I think it’s wonderful that you’re taking the time for yourself rather than risk burn out. Take care of yourself first…we’re here when you are inspired to write!

    Give monkey a hug!
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    • October 18, 2011 Alison

      Monkey says thank you for the hug, Auntie Ann!

  • October 18, 2011 Hopes

    I think you have a well thought out plan. You aren’t giving up what you love, but you aren’t being weighed down by it either. I do believe that is a perfect balance.

    Good for you mama!!
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  • October 18, 2011 Kiddothings

    Glad to know you’re refocusing. I think every blogger at some point, would need to do that. It would be silly for you to quit now after investing so much into this.

    Hope you’re all settled into your new place.

    Your ‘fuel”s getting taller and is still looking chubby cute even from the back.
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    • October 19, 2011 Alison

      All settled, thank you! Oh yes, he’s getting BIG!

  • October 18, 2011 Stasha

    I could not have said it better myself. My Husband looked at me the other day after 3hours of sleep and asked what is in it for me. You know if I went to work in Mc D’s the same amount of hours I sit down by the computer after I put my son to sleep I would make a decent living. Puts things in perspective, ha?
    I would say I do not write a comment on 50% of the posts I read. It might seem rude but I don’t look at my statistics, so I hope the bloggers I follow feel the same.
    And your fuel, he is adorable. And very earth friendly 🙂
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    • October 19, 2011 Alison

      It’s not rude, it’s just impossible!

  • October 18, 2011 JDaniel4's Mom

    It sounds like a great balance of blogging and family!
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  • October 18, 2011 Elena

    Nothing listed above remotely makes you a bad blogger. We all start out full steam ahead and then realize there’s no way that we can keep up that pace since we all have lives outside of our blogs. I’m glad you found some guidelines/goals for yourself. That definitely helps in figuring out how to take some of the pressure away.

  • October 18, 2011 tracy

    I could not love this post more..and I’ll be really pissed off if you reply to this comment.
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  • October 18, 2011 Kir

    I used to wonder how the Hell you did it all…seriously I was so jealous, of your writing, your reach, your ability…and while it hurts me to admit the jealousy, it was true. But you writing this, admitting the need to step back, I have never been more jealous again and RESPECTFUL of the things you do.
    Alison, I think EVERY SINGLE THING You do it good and amazing. You know that I will be here to read you whenever you write and please know that I stand in awe of what you are doing to make sure you can continue to do it.

    WOW….what a motivation and inspiration you are!!!!
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    • October 19, 2011 Alison

      You have no idea what an inspiration YOU are to me, Kir. With your beautiful writing, positive attitude and big smile! Love you. xo

  • October 18, 2011 Leighann

    I have been seriously missing me some Alison.. BUT I understand completely that you need to step back and proritize.
    For me it was cutting back on posts and sometimes leaving Friday’s open.
    I also leave my reader until the weekends (unless I have a slow lunch at work and sneak a few reads shhh).
    All of us are passionate about this world and we dive in at 100% – that is what keeps us going but what also exhausts us.
    Do what YOU need to do to stay happy.
    xo

    • October 19, 2011 Alison

      Exactly that, Leighann!

  • October 18, 2011 Wendy

    Saying no is a good thing sometimes! I love being busy and it’s like a dream come true to have so much writing– but you are right that you must manage it like any other job. Good luck!
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  • October 18, 2011 MommaKiss

    I think every single one of us has been here. Just take a break, write when you can. If you don’t life life, it’s gonna pass you by 🙂
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    • October 19, 2011 Alison

      That’s right, I’m definitely stepping back and living life first.

  • October 18, 2011 Natalie

    Girl you have a full plate! I don’t blame you for cutting back…it can seem more like a job than something you enjoy and that’s not what it’s supposed to be about. Good for you!
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  • October 18, 2011 Missy

    That’s about the cutest picture I’ve ever seen! I love shots from behind!

    Glad you’re pulling back a bit – you’re too good to let yourself burn out. 🙂
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  • October 18, 2011 Clare

    Oh girl, I SO hear you on this one! When I am overwhelmed or I have writer’s block, I think about quitting blogging at least once a week, and then I remember why I am doing it. I love that I can chronicle this special moment in time, and hopefully, my kids will read it as adults and smile, and feel like they know their mom *that* much better.

    Also? I totally agree on the friendships and connections. I NEVER expected that, but it makes much my life that much richer.

    Keep on blogging! You are WAY too good to stop! 🙂
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    • October 19, 2011 Alison

      That’s part of what keeps me going – that this is a journal of sorts that my son will be able to read some day.

  • October 18, 2011 Mama, Hear Me Roar

    Glad you decided not to quit! It’s amazing what you’ve been doing so far. I’ve had to reprioritize too, trying to maintain a balance between blogging and caring for the people that fuel me 😉 Love those chubby legs and arms!
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  • October 18, 2011 Rach (DonutsMama)

    Yes, all of this! I jumped in with both feet, full force and while it’s really fun, I have to be able to step away. It’s why I’ve been posting less and not commenting as much too. I do read though, but sometimes can’t always comment. I don’t want this to turn into something that I feel like I “have to” do. I want to keep it fun. So if I need a break, I’ll take a break and not feel guilty. I know my friends will allow me to pick up where I’ve left off.
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    • October 19, 2011 Alison

      Yes, that, it has to stay enjoyable, otherwise, why bother?

  • October 18, 2011 Megan (Best of Fates)

    Good luck! And don’t feel guilty for not commenting on every comment – I think it often looks awkward when a blogger comments on something that clearly wasn’t needing one, so the comment is then forced to be something inane.
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  • October 18, 2011 Christi

    These are some excellent goals for maintaining your sanity! For the most part, they’re similar to my strategies for avoiding blogging burnout. The one big difference? I keep trying to spend more time on Twitter, not less! Oh, and please don’t feel like you have to reply to this comment. Only do so if you really want to! 🙂
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  • October 19, 2011 Shell

    Love this! I’ve had to make a lot of these same types of changes.

    I don’t really reply to comments any more unless they are asking a question or I really feel like there is something to add to the conversation, other than “thank you.” Instead, I visit their blogs… and I’ve let go of the guilt that it doesn’t always happen the same day that someone visits me.

    I’m not on twitter all that often. 10 minutes here and there. Not all day.

    I’m only blogging 2-3x/week plus my Friday guest post.

    My family has to come first!
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    • October 19, 2011 Alison

      You’re the epitome of balancing blogging with family, Shell!

  • October 19, 2011 Ado

    I’ve often wondered where you find the time – I’m glad to hear you are cutting back for yourself and your little one. I always stop to read your comments, even if they are on other people’s blogs – I’ve been just so amazed at how you can comment on all these blogs – yet, thoughtfully. With heart. (-:
    You have inspired me to try to up my blog reading which I’ve done because of you! (-:
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    • October 19, 2011 Alison

      I’m so glad I inspired at least one person! If I quit tomorrow, I’d quit happy 🙂

  • October 19, 2011 The Mommy Therapy

    I can totally relate to feeling overwhelmed by it all. I don’t reply to all the comments I should or read the blogs of all my commenters every time because it simply is not possible and have me keep my sanity.

    I think everyone understands that. Some blogs I read every day and have never heard from the author, but I love reading them and I do it for that.

    Good luck with your life balance, I think that’s what a lot of us need to do. What’s the point of blogging if it interferes with all the other good stuff?

    • October 19, 2011 Alison

      Love your last sentence – so true!

  • October 19, 2011 Kristin

    With all of that, it’s no surprise you burned out. There’s simply no way anyone can sustain that kind of blogging/reading/commenting schedule. That’s not a knock against you; it’s just a simple fact.

    I think you’re making some good changes. But I have to advocate one more time with only posting 2-3x a week. I also love to write and I really don’t feel like I’m sacrificing anything by only posting 2-3x a week. And some weeks wen I’m feeling particularly inspired, I may write more and just schedule my posts in advance. It’s always nice to be able to get ahead. I haven’t actually been able to do that in a while, but it’s definitely nice when it happens.

    But in the end, you have to do what’s right for you. And if posting 4x a week feels like a good balance, then 4x a week it is. 🙂
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    • October 19, 2011 Alison

      I don’t know with the number of times of posting a week yet – I set myself at 4 for now, but if I am still struggling to keep up, then it’d be down to 3 times a week. It depends really! If I have something to write though, I’d write, like you said. We’ll just have to see 🙂

  • Way to go! It is hard to say no, it is hard to cut back, but it is the best thing, sometimes! We all need time to refuel, recharge, and actually enjoy (again) the things we love.

    You will be glad you made these changes. Each of them is small, but putting them together will have a huge impact. At least you are aware of the changes that need to be made. You could just be pulling your hair out and running in circles.

    So glad I found your blog! Hang in there!! 🙂
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    • October 19, 2011 Alison

      I’ve already started implementing the changes and feeling good about it, thank you!

      Thank you for finding your way here – I’ll make my way to visit you soon 🙂

  • October 19, 2011 Three Little Baers

    It will feel so good to scale back and give yourself some breathing room. Just reading about all of your commitments made me tired!

    Hi, I am your newest lurker. Not a creepy lurker, though. I just found your blog and I am really enjoying your posts.
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    • October 19, 2011 Alison

      Thank you for reading! I hope you come back – despite my cutbacks 🙂

  • October 19, 2011 Aubrey Anne

    This is exactly how I choose to blog. I write when I have something to SAY. Sometimes that means I don’t blog for two weeks at a time. I respond to comments on my blog pretty rarely, although I LOVE receiving them. Currently I tweet almost constantly, but that’s just because I’m still brand new to Twitter. That will change. 🙂 This list is totally reasonable!!
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  • October 19, 2011 Cookie's Mom

    Good for you, Alison. Really great ideas here, many of which I am going to steal and adopt in my own blogging life! Wishing you luck and some peace of mind! 🙂 (No need to reply.)
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  • October 19, 2011 Not a Perfect Mom

    except my blog, right? you’ll comment on mine,right? or else I may think you’re mad at me…
    ha! Just kidding….
    I’m a great reader, but a horrible commenter, I usually comment every few posts or so just as a reminder of hey, I’m here! Or if I really have something to say…
    Calm down babe…focus on that kiddo, he’s going to grow way too quick and us bloggers aren’t going anywhere…
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    • October 19, 2011 Alison

      I realized that – the kiddo is growing up fast and you guys are just so awesome and understanding.

  • October 19, 2011 Mommy2¢

    Honestly, I often wondered how you were managing to be at so many places in one day. You’ve definitely earned your title as The 1st Lady of the Blogosphere! I won’t take too much offence that you’ve not been by my wee little blog quite some time ;^) JK… I know you’re a busy lady. Hope your move went smoothly! Hang in there, girl! Glad you decided not to quit. I’m with you though. As a new blogger, I have no clue how people keep up with all EVERYTHING! I hate to feel like I’m letting people down. This blogging thing definitely takes up waayyy more time than I ever thought it would.
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    • October 19, 2011 Alison

      The guilt of letting people down – gotta let that go!! After a few more months, you’ll know what I mean 😉

  • October 19, 2011 Mama Track

    Good for you. I think you’re doing the right thing. I’m trying to do the same myself, to streamline. It’s exhausting.

    Enjoy your time, my friend!
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    • October 19, 2011 Alison

      Oh yes, I will!

  • October 19, 2011 Mirjam

    New to the blogger world I’ve come to understand that there’s so much to read and while it’s a lot of fun, it can also be demanding. You have made some wise choices, after all you’re not just a blogger, you’re also a mom!
    XO

  • October 20, 2011 Lola

    I just recently took a giant step away from blogging. I still love it but I am no longer allowing myself to have my life sucked away by it all. If I have time to read and comment on blogs, I will. If not, I don’t. If I’m moved to write I do. If not? Here’s a shitty piece of art courtesy of my 8 year old. Discuss. I am not a fan of Twitter but that’s just me. It’s way too addicting and I don’t have time for it. Even Facebook is taking a back seat to REAL LIFE these days. Maybe it’s burn out. Maybe it’s an epiphany. But I’m happier with less. Less is more.
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    • October 20, 2011 Alison

      You are not just funny, you are wise.

  • October 20, 2011 Erica

    I knew I wasn’t seeing you as much on Twitter! I’m glad you did what you felt was best. Hugs.
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  • October 20, 2011 Sweaty

    Busy is a good thing in blogging, Alison! It means you’re well on your way to the top! You’ve accomplished so much in the past few months… remember how it was for us in the beginning :))??

    But at the same time, I know how time-consuming blogging could be. Heck, my blogging schedule is probably only one-third of yours, and sometimes I feel like I want to quit! So I really understand how crazy it could feel at times.

    Here’s hoping you’ll find some rest and that elusive balance, without having to leave the blogging world for too long, my friend 🙂

    • October 22, 2011 Alison

      Oh yes my friend, I remember what it was like in the beginning when I felt I had to work so hard, but I loved it!

      I still do, but I do need to find a better balance for life and blogging, glad everyone understands!

  • October 20, 2011 Barbara

    I’m glad that you are trying to refocus and find the balance.
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  • October 20, 2011 Lady Jennie

    Smart girl!! I don’t mind if you don’t read every one of my posts. I still feel like you’re a friend, and I’m sure everyone else feels the same way.
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    • October 22, 2011 Alison

      You’re too sweet, Jennie.

  • October 20, 2011 Laura

    Good for you. These are the very decisions I had to make when work began again in September. I post 3-4 times a week. The day off in between helps me catch up with my other blogs. It also allows me to have FUN blog reading and checking out other bloggers. Remember the fun part. That’s what you told me months ago. Don’t quit. Just readjust.
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    • October 22, 2011 Alison

      I did say that, didn’t I? 🙂 Time to take my own advice!

  • October 21, 2011 Julie

    Yay! Now, do you feel like you just lost 10 lbs? Monkey’s chunka butt is so cute, be tee dubs.
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  • October 21, 2011 Elena

    This is genius! I am so glad that you are taking care of you– and your plan to scale back sounds realistic and fantastic–and smart!
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  • October 21, 2011 Lindsey

    It sounds like you took the advice from last week!

    Do what you gotta. It will only make the work you do post (oh, and your life) better.
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  • October 21, 2011 Bruna

    I understand. I’ve been there. I will always love you no matter what 🙂

    • October 22, 2011 Alison

      Thank you, love you too 🙂

  • October 21, 2011 Jessica

    I tried being a superblogger for a couple weeks – joining in memes almost every day, staying up until midnight or later reading and commenting and writing. I only lasted two weeks! I’m amazed how long you did. I love all the connections, but I need to be available to my boys. So we all understand and totally support you. And we still think you’re a super blogger!
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    • October 22, 2011 Alison

      Aw, thanks Jessica! I prefer to try and be supermom now, so super blogger will have to take a backseat 🙂

  • October 21, 2011 Miss Marina Star

    Just wanted to say, I loved this. You got it right when you said that you want to read and comment and write for everyone and everything, but if you did your life would be online and not at home with the ones who inspire you.

    Blogging is a catch-22!
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  • October 21, 2011 FranceRants

    I get it Alison! It’s ok!!

    • October 22, 2011 Alison

      I know you of all people, would totally get it. Thank you 🙂

  • October 23, 2011 Robin

    So, hi, it’s Saturday. And you posted this on Monday. Or maybe it was Sunday (in your world or mine). So yeah, while I’m still here and I’m commenting I’m way late. Because I know how you feel and I’m doing all that too. And – I’ll be totally honest with you – I’ve still been feeling like I should be because you set the bar so high! 😉

    But it’s funny that you posted this because I have a post in mind that’s sort of about the same thing.
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    • October 23, 2011 Alison

      I want to see what you’re going to write – and girl, you do way more than I do!

  • October 25, 2011 Alexandra

    Isn’t this the sad truth?

    The longer we blog, the more people we meet, the more blogs to follow, the more posts to read: it goes on and on.

    And it’s such a ying and yang: the beauty of meeting more, new, wonderful people but that in turn becomes more time spent online.

    You can’t have one without the other.

    It’s a difficult thing to finally decide what to do.

    You’ve thought long and hard, and those that love you will accept you on your terms, because they enjoy what you have to say, and who you are.

    But, it’s sad: and beautiful, at the same time.
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    • October 25, 2011 Alison

      I know you will understand. It is sad, a little, but I look forward to the joy of being offline more 🙂

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