Monday, December 6, 2010

Blogging V-A-C-A-T-I-O-N




You may or may not have noticed that I haven’t been blogging as much lately. Well, after reading this post on Oranges and Apples and this one on ‘Beating Blogger Burnout’ at IFB, I realised that I’m probably in need of a break. I just don’t feel like I have the energy for blogging – I don’t even feel like taking decent outfit shots, right now! So, I think a little time away from blogging may help. And it is the holiday season, after all, so a blogging holiday is probably timely!

I still have a couple of ideas I may work on and I may do some outfit posts, so it probably won’t be a break completely void of posting but I’m just not going to focus myself on it; I’m going to refresh my blogging brain (I hope). I’m basically just not going to stress about it.

I’ve also just started something called the Encompass program, which is run through Carclew Youth Arts. You can follow the link for more information (on Carclew, I couldn't find info on the program) but, in short, the program was set up for people aged 18-26 to train in Arts Administration through a course as well as work placement – my work placement is with the Adelaide Fringe Festival.

I am both excited and daunted by the idea – the daunting part is the thought that it may take over most of what used to be my free time. It’s kind of making me quite anxious but I’m trying my best to work through it and I’m almost 100% certain that I will be fine. Once I settle into a routine again, it should be OK – it’s just the initial process of settling into something different. But I was pretty ‘burnt out’ with my blog before I started this, anyway.

I’d also like to take my blog more ‘seriously’ in 2011 – I’m going to work on a few things that are just vague ideas, right now, and see how I go. But, again, I’m not going to stress. I started the blog for fun and to share my love of vintage and it has started to feel a lot less like fun and a lot more like a chore. I want to get back to it feeling like something I want to do, rather than something I feel obligated to do.

I’ll still be around on twitter (like I could give that up!) and tumblr and I’ll do my best to still comment on other blogs, too.

If anyone does have any suggestions (whether they are for blog posts or just how I might re-inspire myself) I’m more than happy to read them – you can leave them here or send me an email if you really like: andi.b.goode@gmail.com

In fact, if you want to send me an email just to say hi I’m happy, too!

I’m sure you will all understand my need to take a break (and if you don’t I suppose there isn’t a lot I can do about that) – as much as it is my blog, it wouldn’t have been half so fun, thus far, without all of my lovely readers, and I’m so thankful for all of you.

I’ll see you all on the other side (or if I manage to get a few outfit posts, etc., done)! I'll leave you with one of my favourite songs about being on holiday/vacation


Love,
Andi B. Goode
x

15 comments:

  1. Of course we understand! Anyone who has been blogging for a while knows what burnout's like. Ugh! So you definitely need to take a long blogging holiday, and you also need to promise us that you won't feel the least bit guilty about it!

    Have fun with your new venture with the Encompass program!
    - Susan

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  2. Sometimes everyone needs a break, I think it's a good idea.
    Your new program sounds fascinating, good luck with it all.
    Have a lovely holiday!
    From Carys of La Ville Inconnue

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  3. As someone who has dealt with blogger burn out from time-to-time, I completely agree with the need to take a break! Sometimes you just need to recharge the inspiration banks and look at things in a new way. Blogging for me, should never be a chore, so when it starts to feel that way I know I need to step away for a bit. I'm planning on going on a break myself over Christmas, so you're not alone! ;)

    One thing I do while on a break--especially as I start to feel my blogging mojo coming back, but am not ready to return--is keep a list of post ideas. Sometimes for me this manifests itself in just a simple written list, pictures/sketches or even a file folder on my desktop with images I've found online that jog ideas.

    Hope you have a lovely break, dear! :)

    ♥ Casey | blog

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  4. Have a lovely blogging break dear, and we will look forward to seeing you when you come back refreshed :) x

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  5. If you feel like blogging is a chore, def. take a break! Most likely a little break will help you enjoy it more when you come back because it will be because you want to blog, and not because you feel like you have to :)

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  6. Sounds like some exciting changes for you :)

    You know how unpredictable the schedule at mine can be so I know how it feels when you're not feeling the blogging anymore ;)

    Hope you get second wind after a break and if not that you find something new that excites and engages you like this place used to!

    If I don't see you in blogland before: Have a most excellent Christmas! :D

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  7. have fun on your bloggin holiday ;o) Everyone needs space to help with free flowing thought, constantly worrying about what to blog about is so mentally tiring.

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  9. Taking a break is understandable! Sometimes we all need to just disconnect and unwind. The holiday season is perfect time as well since things like parties, family, shopping, and cooking keep us busy! The new program sounds neato! Good luck! Happy Holidays!

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  10. That is a shame as I love your blog but Arts Admin sounds great.

    I wanted to go into that field after studying Illustration for 4 years and over 10 years experience in Admin but it seems you have to have specialised Arts Admin training...to get the jobs...do I really want to study again?

    Best of luck and hope to see you up and running when you are less busy.

    Claire
    ^U^

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  11. Have a nice break! And good luck with the program thingy, it sounds great!

    Have a great Christmas, though I'm sure I'll see you on Twitter :D

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  12. Boo. I hope everything and the urge to blog is better soon.. x hivennn.

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  13. Totally know how that goes! Believe me, once you've been gone for a while you appreciate how much fun it is once you come back to it. You will be missed tho :)

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  14. Vacations are great but also sometimes necessary. It's a lot better, I think, to take a planned vacation than to just happen to not blog for a while (like I just did for three weeks...).
    While we readers may do our best to contribute, it's still your blog and there's no point in blogging if it's not fun! In fact, the past years I've slowly worked myself towards embracing that thought in all aspects of my life. To do things because I want to, not because I feel I ought to. If I can apply it to the blog, and then to sewing, and then maybe, maybe to my studies and be able to finish my degree (my degree is pure academical, it will not land me a job, so there's no career-aspect in this, but I would feel better about myself knowing I had finished it).

    Sorry, long and rambling! If we don't hear from you: rest, maybe get back the joy of blogging and above all: Have a great vacation and a merry Christmas!

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  15. Oh dear Andi, I miss your posts :)
    Totally understand the need for a break though! I hope you come back refreshed and full of new ideas! I also hope you're having wonderful fun with your course! Seems like an exciting thing to be part of, I think you'll do wonderfully :)
    x Erin

    http://anodetoreverie.blogspot.com/

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