I am back.
I am back after a hiatus of 3 weeks.
Why did I take a break?
Learning SEO concepts and blog monetization –
I realised I was not getting any time previously from my blogging and daily schedule to devote to new learnings and it had also become exhausting. I have huge respect for those who never skip a day of blogging or remain fairly regular (or maybe they do but nobody notices) because I cannot. I need a break after every 2-3 months to take a pause to check upon my anchor’s displacement and moving it back to its original position.
I figured out I might as well use this time to read and understand SEO concepts and monetization opportunities in relation to my other self-hosted blog devoted to reviewing children’s books and picture books – The Yellow Bookshelf. I can assure myself about the theory part but the practical aspect of applying SEO to picture book review posts needs to be worked upon.
House cleaning –
I have been guilty of not paying attention to the deep cleaning of the house, especially the kitchen area in the last 2 years. It had been on my mind for quite a long time but somehow I couldn’t bring myself to get together my act.
Thus, I cleaned the kitchen thoroughly but then the adjacent utility area began to appear like a mess in comparison and I had to cater to it too with a little help of the maid. Next, the cabinet shelves began complaining of discriminatory conduct on my part. But, I chose those shelves stuffed with academic books, which I have always been scared to look into for the huge piles. I also posted a picture of the messy shelves on Instagram to make sure I clear them.
Planned holiday to Pondicherry –
Each time husband plans to make a trip back home, we plan a short 3-4 day vacation to a nearby location, preferably within the 300km radius from Bangalore. We had a similar plan last week to visit Pondicherry, however, it had to be cancelled since he could not make it to India due to certain glitches
When you have been waiting for a holiday eagerly having made all the required preparations, a cancelled holiday becomes a huge let down.
My takeaway from the long blogging break –
3 weeks is a long time for me to stay away from blogging (writing and engaging with other bloggers) because not writing for long makes me cranky and feel hopeless about my life. Blogging is the most important aspect of my life which helps me stay positive by keeping the thoughts in my mind sorted. It helps me stay away from that bench in the Avenham Park on the banks of River Ribble where the icy cold winds used to pierce my brain’s thinking cells numbing them to the point leaving them incapacitated to think anything further. That was the only way, then, to stop my hopeless mind from wandering.
Blogging is self-love for me. As long as I am writing and engaging, I cannot fall out of love with myself.
There is a lot of talk about what do we have to offer our readers through our blogs and I cannot think of anything. I have to write and I write for myself. I promise to write even when everyone stops visiting and identifying with me.
Why don’t you tell me what value do you derive from visiting my blog? What do you take home with you after reading my posts?
Linking this post with #MondayMusings hosted by Corinne Rodrigues