You May Have Noticed…

Those of you who are regular readers of From Dancing to Running may have noticed a big change that has taken place on the blog over the past couple of weeks…

…I’m not posting five days a week right now.

That’s right, I’m going against my own blogging advice and not posting on a consistent basis right now.  But when circumstances change, you need to go against your own guidelines.  (You can read more of my blogging tips here, here, and here.  And although I’m not following all of these to a T right now, I truly believe in all of these tips.)

This change isn’t because I don’t want to keep writing five days a week.  Believe me, I love blogging, and its hard to imagine my life without blogging now.  Rather, the realities of being late into the third trimester of my pregnancy have made for sheer exhaustion.  In addition, with me not being as active as I’m used to being, I don’t feel as though I have as much to share.  I’d rather share quality posts with all of you rather than just slapping together sloppy ideas and hitting “Publish.”

The reality also is that once the baby is born I know that my time will be even more occupied, and it’ll be harder to keep up with five posts per week.  Sure, I’d love to make that my goal, and I’d love to say that I’m going to hit every single blogging goal that I set for myself earlier this year.  But that’s just not realistic.

I'll reflect more fully on my 2015 blogging goals in a separate post, and although I've reached some of my goals some of them are just not going to happen this year

I’ll reflect more fully on my 2015 blogging goals in a separate post, and although I’ve reached some of my goals some of them are just not going to happen this year

So instead, please bear with me as I work towards finding my new “normal,” not just in life but also here on the blog.  I’m not sure what that new normal will be on here just yet, and it’ll probably take some trial and error to figure that all out.  But I promise that I’m not forgetting about all of you, but as I’m sure you can imagine, priorities are shifting.

QOTD: When have you most recently had to face the reality of shifting priorities?

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35 Responses to You May Have Noticed…

  1. CARLA says:

    amen sister.
    here it is BLOG LESS LIVE MORE.
    ❤ ❤ ❤

  2. As you know, we have cut back from posting 5 days a week as well. Blogging is not our “job”, (nor do we ever want it to be) so we don’t feel about about it. It does take up a LOT of time! We have what we think is a nice balance of every other day during the week. Hopefully you will be able to find a balance that works for you too!

  3. As a mom of two little kids and a husband who is away 6 days of the week – I shift my priorities a lot! I often write blog posts and schedule them so I can have a few days break from posting. I find it hard to keep up with reading other blogs though.

  4. Pam says:

    You may have noticed we have cut down on our posts over the last 6 months and it is okay. It is not a job, just a hobby and we feel when we have something worthwhile to say, we blog. With a wedding earlier this year and many repeat races, it just seemed a good time to cut back. Also, we both are unwilling to write about many products that have been offered/suggested, We are brand loyal to a fault and like to keep it that way! No multiple running shoe brand posts from these two girls!

  5. I definitely understand this girl! I started posting 3 days a week a while back and it has been such a relief! Occasionally I will post more….like if I have a review or giveaway. But I realized blogging was taking too much time away from my family and I had to adjust it.

  6. I’m with you sister! With some major life changes going it’s been next to impossible to keep up with blogging all week. Like you though, I hope to get back to a more consistent, if not daily, blogging schedule.

  7. Definitely starting a full time, demanding job versus being a law student made me shift priorities. I love blogging and will continue because it is a passion project, but I needed to schedule the time to spend on it more and realize 5 days per week was unrealistic (3-4 is doable!) A baby will be so much more though – and so much more worth it 🙂

  8. Chaitali says:

    I’m definitely with you. Many times in life other priorities have to come first before the blog and it makes sense for your blog to shift along with your priorities.

  9. Lesley says:

    If I’m busy, I won’t write a post either. Wednesdays have become a rest day for my blog, and sometimes I’ll skip other days.

    • I haven’t been consistent about which days have been my “break” days from blogging. My schedule right now is all over the place with multiple doctor’s appointments each week, so its difficult at this point to stick with the same blogging routine.

  10. I don’t make a living on my blog (nor do I really want to) so it’s hard for me when I get excited about possibilities, then I need to remember that there are only so many hours in the day. Congrats to you for finding your happy medium.

  11. kristenk says:

    Hey, life happens and you can’t force the blogging! I post 2 or 3 days a week and think it’s the perfect balance of real life and meaningful online updates. But for the record, I love reading about your pregnancy journey! I know I’ll probably be thinking about starting a family in a few years and I like seeing how runners are able to merge their old running life with their new running mom life. So don’t worry about not being super active right now! But I’m currently injured and can’t post about running either and I know how you feel about all the non-running posts 🙂

  12. i have a rough blogging schedule. i post a new blog post anywhere from 4-6 days a week but always have some kind of social posts tweeting out older posts. i think switching it up is totally fine as long as there are relatively consistent posts. everyone certainly understands you have a lot going on right now 🙂

    • I too tweet out older posts, which helps to drive traffic to my blog, especially on days when I don’t have a new post scheduled to publish. I’m with you on the consistency, I just need to work on figuring out what the best schedule is.

  13. Hey it happens! A while back I did the 5 day posts and eventually it just got to be too much to keep quality with the time I had so I cut back to 3-4. Sometimes life throws me things, and I even go less. We do what we have to do, and life and other things must take a priority over blogger, unless I guess it’s out main source of income. Which would be cool, but it’s not for me, so I have to also put work and life first!

  14. haleyduke17 says:

    Gurl!! You’re speaking my language. When my son was about 3 months, my blogging dropped off majorly. The first few months you’ll still have some time bc they do sleep a lot during the day. But after that initial phase, sleep trumps blogging on so many levels. You’re smart to recognize that now.

  15. I know exactly what you’re going through! I’m still trying to figure things out now that my baby is 8 months old. Going back to work after maternity leave is like a whole new adjustment period!

  16. Sue @ This Mama Runs For Cupcakes says:

    I love what Carla said, Blog less live more. I’ve been dealing with this as well and just can’t keep up. Although I’ve never posted 5 days a week. My new normal may be 2! You’ll figure out what works best for you and no apologies necessary!

  17. I have been on the same boat as I was traveling so much and my school work has picked pu. the last thing i want to do after editing a 17-page paper is sit down and write more. I figure with my classes ending now that I can get back to 5 days but as long as I hit 3, i am happy 🙂

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