I have been blogging off and on for 5 years now. I’ve always done it more out of enjoyment and a desire to document the different stages of my children’s lives more than anything else. Last year, when I switched my old homeschool blog to “My Sweet Homeschool”, I was ready to get more consistent and more serious about my blog and what I felt I had to offer the homeschool community. I switched everything to WordPress, had a plan, was full of great ideas… I was ready… but my homeschool was not. As much as I wanted it to be, the timing was still not right.
Having 5 children under the age of 15 comes with its own time table…kids in different grades, very different needs, and a lot of outside time commitments. I also had a reluctant reader who was struggling. It was not a good window to set aside more time for blogging or online community; it was a time period that required less time online, not more. As homeschoolers, as mothers, we must always remember that our first commitment is to be responsible to our kids. I had big plans to really grow this blog and its community in 2015, but I could not justify taking that time away from the responsibilities that were presenting themselves, so I had to take a step back.
It’s not just blogging or online time that can steal away precious hours from our homeschools. Saying yes to too many outside commitments (no matter how noble they are or how good an opportunity) can also jeopardize what we are trying to accomplish within our homes.
If you are wondering if you need a break from online commitments, or even social media in general, a few good questions you can ask yourself are:
Am I making my homeschool hours the priority each day?
Am I feeling pulled in too many directions?
Am I feeling like things that should be getting done/covered are in fact getting done?
Am I feeling like I have ample planning time for my homeschool?
Am I telling my kids “wait”, “just a minute”, several times each day while I complete other tasks?
There are other reasons a blogging break might be necessary that have nothing to do with your homeschool or time management. Breaks are a great way to refuel your creative juices, provide more time for self care, and to pursue other creative interests. That was another big reason for my break in 2015. I needed to recharge. I was craving more time for reading, creating, and other interests that I had not had time for when I was constantly posting and promoting. It has been nice to refind that balance I had started with. All that matters in the end is that you and those you share your home with are happy.
It is now January 2016, and I’m finally back. The much needed break from homeschool blogging opened up space for more good things. My homeschool is once again thriving, my kids are happy, and my reluctant reader is now a good reader. During that time I was also able to pursue other interests that refueled my creative passions. I started writing about other things too…things that I am passionate about that are a big part of my life, including health and travel. I contributed to a book that is coming out this spring on women entrepreneurs and holistic health. Things are back on point. I’m glad that I was able to take a realistic look at my time obligations, and my homeschool’s needs last year, as well as my own creative needs, and make the changes I needed to align them all into a life that once again feels productive and fulfilling.
Have you ever took a break from blogging or social media in general?