I’ve been doing this blog thing for…oh, my gosh, it’s been nearly 14 years!!! Over a thousand posts, hundreds of thousands of words, a plethora of pictures, and about 300+ readers followed along the way.
The original Sonnystone Acres morphed into The News, then expanded to include 3 other blogs: Growing Every Season, Rave On, MadWoman, and Trailer Trippin’. (Growing is a seasonal gardening blog and the trippers only post when we are traveling —unless it’s to Disney, which goes on The News.)
Anyone who has tried to maintain a blog can tell you it’s not easy. Each post takes a couple of hours to write, even if it’s a photoblog. It’s intimidating to hit the publish button…you are putting your Self out there…and I’ve written plenty of stuff that I decided to not share. If you want folks to come back, it has to be published consistently and it has to be at least decent, and interesting, or have pictures of darling children!.. Over the years, I’ve often sacrificed quality just to get something posted, but overall, I’m proud of what I’ve written. It’s been rare that anyone has actually criticized me, though I can always count on my family to point out my weaknesses. It’s almost as rare that anyone has actually “liked” my posts on wordpress!!
My faithful readers have shared my joy–births of 4 grand-daughters, 5 Camp Sonnystones, 6 Disney trips– and my pain–Eric’s 1.5 years of fighting cancer, deaths of friends, that damn hip thing. I sincerely appreciate you.
Lately, though, I’ve felt more obligated than inspired…
So I feel like I have to tell you that I’m taking a 6-week-sabbatical from The News. The MadWoman will likely be in touch, and I’ve got a few other writing projects going, but mostly I want to just shut up for a while.
I know I’ll be back in time to celebrate the February birthdays, so we’ll get together then!