Taking a Break…I Think

When I started this blog in August 2010, I said I would keep it up as long as it was fun. Well, 317 posts and 220 followers later, it is starting to feel more like a chore than fun. Ideas do not come as easily anymore, or maybe I’m not as focused or I’m not trying as hard. Whatever the reasons, I think I need to step back and take a break for awhile. Without the feeling that I need to get my blog post done before I can start on my other work, maybe I will actually finish my novel. At least that is my hope.

Once in awhile I might come across a topic I just have to share, so you may see an occasional post pop up, but for the most part, I will be taking a few months off. I hope to return after Christmas. I will continue to check in with your posts, though, so don’t be surprised if you see my name on a comment or two.

Now I need to hit the “Publish” button before I chicken out. This is making me sad.

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About Coming East

I am a writer, wife, mother, and grandmother who thinks you're never too old until you're dead. My inspiration is Grandma Moses who became a successful artist in her late 70's. If I don't do something pretty soon, though, I'll have to find someone older for inspiration.
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55 Responses to Taking a Break…I Think

  1. CE–we’ll so miss your voice! But totally understand where you’re coming from. I’ve been working hard on a poetry manuscript for several months, and have taken time off from blogging myself.
    Can’t wait to read your future post! We’ll miss you.

  2. tuesday2 says:

    Enjoy your well earned break. You are an inspiring writer, as is your daughter; we will all be here when you get back.

  3. oldereyes says:

    Here I am recommitted to reading my favorite blogs more often and you’re on a break. I hope your inspiration comes back sooner than later. Remember what Jack London said (You can’t wait for inspiration. You have to go after it with a club).

  4. sliceofshanghai says:

    Like your other faithful followers, I will also miss reading your beautifully written posts. Good luck with everything and looking forward to reading more of yours!

  5. Robin says:

    Have a wonderful break, Susan. It’s been a while (maybe too long!) since I took a substantial break from blogging. You have me thinking about the possibility. 🙂

  6. dorannrule says:

    Oh this is a real loss Susan! You were my first experience connecting with a blogger I truly admired. You were my first blogger friend. I’m hoping you will suddenly dream up hundreds of posts you can’t resist publishing….. please? Meanwhile, good luck with the book too. Luv, Dor

  7. Leah says:

    We’ll all be here when you come back. Take a break and do other things. You will probably end up feeling more energized about writing after stopping for a while. See ya soon!

  8. Liked in the sense of “I hear you and you have our support”. I’m sad to see you may not write that often. That said, you’re a writer; I suspect you will actually come back before Christmas as you start thinking of things you want to share on the blog. Maybe taking time away and not put yourself under pressure will be just what you need. Either way, I’ll still be here supporting you and I’m sure your other supporters will be too! 🙂

  9. winsomebella says:

    You may remember the break I took over the summer. It was forced upon me, I guess, but it did give me a much needed rest. I try to write every day but I could never post every day. Not quick enough, I suppose. Besides, who is counting? Not me :-). Will look forward to your presence here and there and always, Susan.

  10. Shary Hover says:

    I never blogged more than once a week and I’ve had to back off even from that. But the friends I’ve met in the blogosphere are still friends no matter how seldom I blog, so I don’t see a downside to posting when the spirit moves you. I’ll look forward to hearing from you when you have something you want to share.

  11. Huffygirl says:

    I’ll miss your posts Susan, but I understand. I often think that I too should take the time I spend blogging and turn it towards working on my would-be novel. And maybe someday I will. Good luck on the book.

  12. judithhb says:

    We will certainly miss you Susan. But I do understand where you are coming from. I committed to write a blog each day when I started in March 2011 and I did for most of that year. But now I feel that I have put myself under too much pressure to do this and so I don’t write every day.
    As you say, now you can really concentrate on that novel and we look forward to seeing the finished product. Until then, remember to take care of yourself and once again hopefully, you will come back to us. 🙂

  13. pattisj says:

    Blogging does have a way of taking over one’s life. You experiment with the time-off thing and let me know how it goes. 🙂 Your humor is going to be missed. Are you back yet?

  14. Al says:

    I’ll miss your posts but I’m luckier than most, I can come over to see you!

  15. shofar says:

    Enjoy your break; even though we just became acquainted and I’m new to blogging, I can understand where you’re coming from! God bless you!

  16. Susan, I am going to miss your beautiful pictures and words of wisdom. You have always been a delight to read. I look forward to perhaps news of a book in the future. By the way, I found a writing conference here in Philly! Nothing but the best with your plans.

  17. amybilhornthomas says:

    I will not tell you that I am sad, because I am so much more happy for you instead. It’s always a hard thing to have choose one thing over another – even when your heart tells you it’s the right thing. Whatever you do with your break, I hope that when you come back, you will be able to see your blog with new eyes and create a space for yourself that allows you the room you need for all the things that are important to you. My break certainly did wonders for me – I hope the same or better for you. Hugs and have fun!

  18. Margie says:

    I hope your break is as restorative as mine was. Now that I’m back, I only write when I feel like it, and I don’t feel under any obligation to post if I don’t want to.
    Go finish that novel, girl!

  19. My brain understands, my heart is sad… You will be missed!

  20. Amy says:

    I’m saddened, Susan… I appreciate your support when I was starting to blog. Would you check your email? I want to email you a couple of pics.

  21. Enjoy your break Susan… and come back refreshed!

  22. Lenore Diane says:

    I’ve written a post in my head similar to this one, time and time again. Like you, I started in 2010 (January). While I am committed to continuing the picture a day through the end of the year, the writing portion has suffered. The blog has become a chore – dare I say, keeping up with my other beloved bloggers has become a chore, too.
    My husband is a hobby welder. He enjoys it immensely. In the past, I’ve suggested he open a welding shop. He told me that he would never open a welding shop, because his hobby would turn into work, which takes the fun out of it. I understand his sentiment, and I feel myself having a similar sentiment with regards to blogging.
    I’ll miss your words, Susan. I hope to see you every now and again, when the urge hits you. Best wishes with your pending novel.

  23. Dianna says:

    Aw…we’ll miss you. But I can certainly understand the need for a break. Every once in awhile, that thought crosses my mind too. We’ll be here when you get back, and please stop in to visit sometime!

  24. This makes me sad, too, for selfish reasons. 317 posts and over 52,000 reads later…think what you can do next. About to go into the holiday season, this is probably a good time to think, take stock and really reflect without other pressures.

  25. This is making me sad, too. Everything you say makes perfect sense, but I’m still going to miss your posts. But YES to finishing the novel. That is more than reason enough to take a hiatus. Hope to see you before Christmas Susan, so for now I’ll just say Happy Halloween, friend! 🙂

  26. Aw, we’ll miss you lots. Just post when you want to, it should never be a chore just something fun. And keep us posted with that novel of yours! 🙂

  27. yen says:

    Oh my, I’m going to miss you and your highly entertaining and well-written posts, Susan, though somehow I understand where you’re coming from. 😦 Will surely miss you!

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