Wednesday, August 8, 2012

Summer Blogger Guilt

Every so often I wax philosophical here. Yesterday, I was feeling bad that I haven't had any big DIY or craft projects to share here on the blog lately. Bloggers are often guilty of the "comparison game," and I felt like I haven't been measuring up when I look at the amazing projects I see (and share/link to) every week. A lot of that is due to "budget restrictions," but some of it is summer fever.

Quite honestly, I peeked at my calendar (two weeks until school begins for Natalie), glanced at a book I want to start...and thought "I'd really rather be at the pool right now."

Some of my blogger friends have taken summer breaks, even my friend Kate from Centsational Girl who noted that there's more to life than decorating and DIY projects (and blogging). Sometimes you just need a break from it all, right?


So...no excuses for a lack of projects and tutorials this week. You'll find me with a glass of lemonade this afternoon...reading (and ignoring the massive pile of Barbies in the play area).

How do you carve out a few minutes of time for yourself?

24 comments:

Christina said...

GOOD FOR YOU! I'm glad you're able to enjoy time with your girls and enjoy the summer - there's more to life than blogging!! :)

Susan said...

I suffer from the blogger guilt, too!

I have just returned from a two week trip to Chicago/NW Indiana - I worked most of the time while I was up there (my company's head office is in Chicago), but I managed to sneak some "me" time, and visited a couple of crafting stores while I was there - I took pictures inside of the store to share with my readers, as a substitute for an actual crafting post.

The summer goes by so quickly - I'd rather be out enjoying it than sitting inside fretting about what I'm going to blog about next!

Laura from Top This Top That said...

sounds like the perfect way to spend your afternoon. Enjoy.

Paloma said...

Enjoy without the guilt! :) Hope you have a great time! :)

Crystal (theweekendhomemaker.com) said...

I'm guilty, too but regardless of how many or what types of projects you share, I come back to read about 'you'. We connect with bloggers through their writing voice and their authenticity, not the quantity of projects. So enjoy yourself and know your readers will be here when you get back.

Kelli W said...

I've been taking a break almost all summer too...and I kind of feel bad about it, but not bad enough to work on any big projects either:) Enjoy your book!

Simply LKJ said...

I think everyone needs a break from time to time. Good for you.

ReiLynnDesigns said...

I think we all have the "Summer Slums" as my mother calls it- I took two weeks from my shop and basically sat around and watched tv. Looking back- that may not have been my best idea- however it was a much needed break! I hope you enjoy your time to relax and refresh!

Catie @ Catie's Corner said...

Don't feel guilty, Amanda!! We all need time to do nothing. I have been terrible about posting this summer. My baby girl is headed off to 1st grade in a matter of weeks and I want to get as much time with her as I can before she starts school all day. Enjoy!!!

Starr @ The Kiefer Cottage said...

Take a break! I have never had the time or money to only post about projects, so I just write about whatever comes to mind. And sometimes I don't write at all. I've never had a problem with guilt, though. Not sure if it's because I've made peace with my choices or because I'm oblivious. Anyway, I'm off to eat bonbons.

Alice said...

sounds good to me! maybe you could tell us about the books you read - unless that sounds too much like work :) enjoy!

Megan Brooke said...

I feel the same way sometimes! But it's true, there's more to life than blogging. It's good to take time for ourselves and spend time with those around us instead of time behind the computer :)

Ashley@AttemptsAtDomestication said...

Dont feel guilty! It's called life! I've had a very off summer as far as blogging goes as well. I'd much rather spend my time and money soaking up the sun and enjoying the summer with friends :)

Vel Baricuatro-Criste, MD said...

You ve done a lot, not just for you, but for your family and every one of your readers already. Relays, chill, take time out to enjoy life as Kate says, after all, blogging, though a passion for a lot of us, does not truly define who and what we are. Keep smilin and enjoy the sun! :-)

Vel Baricuatro-Criste, MD said...

Sorry for the typo, I meant - relax and chill. :-)

Nadir@StitchSense said...

Good for you! I've only recently started to deliberately take time out for myself weekly just for me time. Summer will be over before you know it, enjoy it while you can :-)

Lisa said...

Life, summer and children are meant to be enjoyed (and books, lemonade and pool time too!) - enjoy without blogger guilt! :)

Jessica Bruno said...

Umm, I might shoot myself if I see another DIY project on my list of things to do so I decided to throw my list away :) hehe. It's summer, chill out and relax. Everyone needs time to themselves and if you think about it, working outside the home, you would probably have "time off" from a job so you deserve time off from the blog :)

Life In The Thrifty Lane said...

Good for you!! I've been basically MIA all summer long. And I bet my readers don't want to read about how many pieces of toys I pick up every single day from the floor!!! Hopefully as soon as school start I'll be crafting more :)

Megan {Honey We're Home} said...

Enjoy girl! This feeling seems to be going around- it's the end of summertime, no pressure. :)

Ashley Urke | Domestic Fashionista said...

If I had to hate something about blogging...which I love...is the difficulty in pulling away. We all need it and are wise when we take it. But it is oh so hard! Be you...that's how we like you! :)

Paula said...

Everyone needs a break every now and then. Hope you enjoyed your book and hopefully some quiet time.

Richella said...

Good for you, Amanda! I'm just glad to hear that you're taking a break by reading a book. Too often, "a few minutes to myself" entails my sitting here at the computer--and that's mostly what I need to take a break FROM! Happy reading!

Richella said...

I'd love to win one of these! Jack was just saying that he was going to start taking his lunch to work (which he never does right now). This would be just the thing to get him started!

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