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Dearest readers,

I don’t know how many “regulars” I have out there in the inter-webs, but I just wanted to give you a heads up that blogging might be a little sparse during the next few…weeks…maybe? First of all, I need to dedicate a good amount of time to doing a project for my parents’ business, as well as some other work that desperately needs to get done. But also, and I tweeted this earlier today, it’s beginning to feel as though I’ve almost completely lost my blogging voice. Let’s just say the words aren’t coming to me as easily as they used to. I don’t know if it’s just your average, run-of-the-mill writer’s block, or what, but, it’s been a frustration for several months now and the more I try to force myself to write or at least comment on something, the more I get fed up with the whole thing. I did notice that next month will mark four years of (relatively constant) blogging for me, so I’m hoping this is just a bit of “blog fatigue” that will pass with time.

I wouldn’t necessarily call this a blog “break”, per se (though I do intend to cut Twitter out of my diet altogether during this time). I’m just going to step back and take a little more relaxed approach to blogging for a while, reminding myself that the world will not end if I do not post every day! I’ll also be spending more time nurturing a very stale and stagnant spiritual life, keeping in mind the advice of my spiritual director: “without regular time for prayer you risk becoming ‘just an activist’ – we should want to be saints first.” See my post: Sanctity, Prayer and Activism

Thanks for all your support! I hope you will be patient with me. I definitely do not want to give up on this thing entirely, but I don’t want to get completely burnt out on it, either.

P.S. I just noticed that BABIES! is available to rent on iTunes/Apple TV!! It will be out on DVD later this month. I don’t think I’ve ever seen anything so cute in my entire life. Watch it! You will not be disappointed.

August 18th, 2010 at 9:23 pm
11 Responses to “Four Year Itch?”
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    Cutting back helps a lot, although you will see your blog traffic fall off considerably if you do. But it’s well worth it.

    I’ve cut way back on my blogging – I used to try to post 7 or 8 blog posts a day. Now, I’m lucky if I have more than 1 or 2 a week (although I’ve put up several posts the last couple of days since returning from vacation).

    I just hope you’ll keep blogging. Your voice would definitely be missed if you ever quit.

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    David Deane Says:

    We’ll miss you! Hopefully after a well deserved break you’ll have all your blogging passion back :)

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    Bob Says:

    First things first. Good luck!

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    Subvet Says:

    Your spiritual life is most important, you’ll stand in judgement before God alone and NOT with a computer mouse in hand!

    Hope it’s only a temporary thing though, your posts are worth reading.

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    Herbert Says:

    I need to focus on my prayer life also. Thanks for reminding me. Although many of us don’t comment much, we do read your blog regularly. You’ll be in my prayers.

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    Paolo Says:

    We’ll miss you Chelsea. You’ll be in my prayers. I’m sure you’ll be back blogging your heart out!

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    William Rainone Says:

    As a new follower of your work the bright side of your well deserved break for me will be that I can catch up on some of your older posts. I’m sure when you are ready to start again you will be refreshed and better than ever. We here in my household will certainly keep you in our prayers

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    Wayne S. Says:

    Do what you have to do Chelsea. I support your decision and I know it comes from the best motives.

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    Chelsea Says:

    Thank you all for your support and encouragement! I’m definitely not going anywhere permanently and, really, except for the time it will take to get done with some of my other more pressing work, I’m not planning on taking time “off” blogging. Perhaps I should have been clearer. I’m just not going to stress out about trying to post every single day like I’ve been doing for the last four years – especially when it gets in the way of my time for prayer and other things that need to get done. I think that’s why I’ve been having such a hard time writing lately.

    In all honesty, most of this has to do with poor time management and hours wasted everyday. That is what I’m really trying to work on here.

    Thanks again!
    CZ

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    You’re blog’s the best Chelsea, but I’ve backed off the Internet a bit as well; it *does* get in the way of prayer sometimes …

    There is only one tragedy in the end, not to have been a saint –Leon Bloy.

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    Margo Says:

    I am a new reader of your blog and I also have a blog of my own. I totally understand about the time management issue and having enough time for prayer! I will use this time to catch up on all your posts from the past four years. Thank you again.