Perhaps a Goodbye
I need to sit down and take a blogging break.
What I haven’t yet decided is if that break will be temporary or permanent.
I have inhabited this space since February 2011 with twice weekly posts plus the Wise Words Sundays feature. What was previously a joy has transformed into a burden.
There are many reasons for this shift. One is the decrease in my photography output – it is difficult to write a photography blog without new images to provide inspiration. The second is my work for Nest. Originally a volunteer graphic designer, I am now a paid staff member working part-time on a range of projects. It is exciting and challenging work that I love but I now have less time for personal projects.
I could change my strict thrice-weekly posting commitment to a looser, “post-when-I-want” sort of schedule. But I work best with a regular routine, one where I establish my personal expectations and commit to deliverables. Having an open-ended arrangement would be a different kind of burden, one where I am constantly thinking about when to post next.
So for now, I have decided to go quiet for the month of April. Determine whether I feel relief or regret. Whether I feel my work here has run its course or whether I still have more to say. It is certainly possible that come May, I will be back.
Regardless of my final decision, my Wing-Feather Fable collaboration with Lisa Ahn will continue on her blog. Providing visual inspiration for Lisa’s marvelous imagination remains one of the highlights of my blogging career. Be sure to follow along.
I will continue to share images on Facebook (brenda.gottsabend), Flickr (bgottsab) and Instagram (@brenda_gottsabend) – including my 2015 Project 52: The Courthouse weekly project. I would be delighted if you follow along.
To my small but loyal group of regular followers – your support and positive encouragement has been a continuous source of joy. I can’t thank you enough.
I leave you with a final quote from a very wise man:
“Don’t cry because it’s over.
Smile because it happened.”