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After almost eleven years in this space – I needed a break. Is a blogging sabbatical a thing? I’d imagine most people would take a sabbatical from their traditional 9 to 5 to work on a blog. Not taking a break from the blog to focus on something else.
But here we are.
Ten years is a lot of content. 1,133 published posts to be exact (including this one, excluding the ones I’ve deleted over the years). Sure, it could be more, and it’s no mainstream media site that pumps out dozens of posts a DAY. But there comes a point where you stop and wonder what else there is left to SAY about running. This recent “injury” if you will, taking me out of running, was the icing on a cake.
(Appointment with the doctor specializing in prolapse is tomorrow. Cross every appendage you have for some sort of solution.)
I spent all of January struggling to write something I felt good about. I wondered if this was a sign that I should wrap this thing up. Leave on a high note. Everything good must come to an end, right? Eleven years is a hell of a streak for blogging. Almost everyone I knew in the blogging world back when I started have long since given up.
(Remember these days?)
But…I love this blog. I joke that it is my third child. I’ve fostered this space and watched it grow since March of 2009. So much of my personal story is intertwined with this website, the words I have shared, and the opportunities it has given me. I’ve put a ridiculous amount of time, tears, money, and my heart into this space. And it’s that love that has caused me to take a step back and re-evaluate. I don’t want to give up. But I also don’t want to fill this blog up with mindless drivel just for the sake of consistent content.
I DO want to go back to feeling like I’m truly connecting with people, rather than simply writing for the sake of the Google machine.
So in a moment of wild frustration, I decided to give myself permission to not write for a while. An opportunity to reset and feel good about all of this again.
I put myself in a social media time out, with an understanding that I’d only write if I really wanted to, not because I felt I had to.
And as of writing this post, I’m still in that time out. You can read the midlife crisis / temper-tantrum behind it all in a long rambling post on the other blog (read HERE).
So, if you’ve been wondering why 2020 has been off to a wildly quiet start here in the Relentless Forward Commotion world – here’s your answer. I swear this is not some sort of existential crisis, but rather a moment of self reflection, and realizing how important it is that I to continue to follow my own path.
Yeah, this break has certainly hurt my statistics, the almighty page views, and of course, my bank account. But sometimes you have to take calculated risks in order to preserve something that’s very important to you.
Soon, I’ll be back to doing what I love: sharing my knowledge and experiences with billions of strangers and friends alike here on the internet, in hopes that collectively we can continue to spread this love for running with as many people as possible.
I just need a little break.
As always, thank you for your support. Whether you’ve been here since that first post in 2009, or you just stumbled across this blog for the first time today: I appreciate you.