And This is What Happened…

Six months is a long time, especially for a blogging hiatus. Some of my beloved friends within the blogging community regard this kind of prolonged absence detrimental. While points of my break put my previous years of work to question, I was able to bounce back with resiliency. Below is my full experience.

I perfected my craft

From 2016 to 2019, I went through the growing pains of learning what was best for me. Not only did I juggle trying to market myself for sponsored posts, but I also contracted with local clients as a writer. For those that don’t know, blogging and writing are two completely different things. Blogging meant I was pimping out myself to PR agencies as a photographer, content creator, and ad revenue guru.

During a 6-month blogging hiatus, I evaluated the different roles of my work.

Blogging pros and cons

Within blogging, there are highs and lows. At times, large brands featured my work on their Instagram pages. Additionally, they would repost my articles on social media. However, at other times, life moved on too fast. The dopamine from client recognition was addicting and it felt hard to compete continuously.

There were those that showed more face. More smiles. More poise. I don’t have that type of lifestyle. I’m not always in the photograph. Furthermore, neither are my kids.

On top of that, last year made me feel like a secret agent. Mother, disguised as a worker. Worker, disguised as a mother. My own soul falling in between the cracks of the double life. I took a 6-month blogging hiatus because I wanted to end the BS. Afterward, I decided to cut sponsored blog posts and focused on local writing jobs instead.

I am, and always will be, a writer.

Candace Ann

Enter, my true passion. I am, and always will be, a writer. It’s in my blood. Without it, I have no joy. My break from blogging allowed me to make the decision of where Fullest MOM plans to go. Yes, there will be continued content; however, you will see less of it. I value my relationships with my readers and previous partners. Subsequently, my conscious effort to switch means I can devote only the best to every project.

My kids saw less of my computer

I know. Working from home has always been a constant adjustment to the schedule. Since I didn’t have to juggle the requirements of blogging, I tucked away my computer whenever the kids were present. Dropping the blogging ball allows plenty of time to write while they are in school. Honestly, the physicality of blogging wasn’t much of a problem. The main shift came from relief and mental clarity.

It was weird.

I was running my blog, but I wasn’t (really) running my blog. The need for sponsorships was. When I stopped, I had more psychological free time. The kids noticed. Everyone noticed. Now, as stated above, my work is specific. There’s less of a chance of me going off track.

The kid’s artwork takes over the kitchen island table.

We experienced deployment

Deployments. They aren’t fun. They aren’t short. Life felt a lot like sitting in a lobby while the receptionist is out to lunch, a two hour one at that. My loving husband is our rock, and even during the previous deployment, we stood solid.

There’s nothing to sugar coat. It was rough. There were times when I cried myself to sleep or even grew resentful for the isolation. Yet, without deployment, I wouldn’t be as strong as I am today. I know it sounds prideful, but I’ll shake any military wife’s hand. Well done to all. Military life is not easy for the soldier nor their families.

Our house filled in

We took a lot of time to customize to our house. Using inexpensive upgrades, we were able to make our decor dreams come true. I look forward to doing another home tour soon. For now, see our beginning journey of minimalism here. 

Small advisory, we have a heck of a lot of new plants.

During my blogging hiatus, I improved my green thumb.

I resolved to be more personal

Every blogging tutorial regurgitates the same rhetoric about altering content for your audience. The break from blogging made me realize my need to be more personal. It also made me think about my style and output. What resulted from those thoughts was the willingness to let go.

I started compiling my first serious novel

In line with showing more of my personality, I am over 10K into writing my first book. It’s exciting, to say the least, even though the genre is far from anything I’ve published publically. There is no release date yet, but stay tuned.

It’s a novel that explores relationships and insecurity. As you read, you will question the reliability of the main character. You’ll empathize until you realize what happened. If you love suspense, this is the book for you. I can’t wait to share it.

It’s time to study. The writing process also means a lot of preparatory reading.

My break from blogging was a good thing

Whenever things become counterproductive, it’s always good to take a break. If anyone ever considers a blogging hiatus, I advise them not to worry. My traffic analytics shifted, however, not as much as I thought they would. If you have good content, your blog will sustain.

Until next time, when your hands are full, live your life to the fullest. Even if that means letting go of a few things.

Fullest Mom

During a blogging hiatus, I was able to accomplish many things. Here is everything I learned during my blogging break, and then some.