Sorry, I’m Not Sorry For Disappearing From Blogging

Sorry, I’m Not Sorry For Disappearing From Blogging

And just like that my three months in Rio seem to be over. I had these grand plans of things I would work on during my three months off. Skills I would improve, fitness I would continue the routine of, blogging ideas and of course the fun I would have. Except like all grand plans it didn’t work out.

Let’s Catch Up On The Last Three Months

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My laptop broke within a few weeks of arriving and I could not longer blog or improve my Photoshop skills like I wanted. I ended up with a full time job and had no time for fitness or plans. At first this concerned me, I wanted to keep to my blogging schedule and summer goals. I wanted to tell you all about my then recent holiday to Portugal and my adventures here. But then I ran out of energy to worry anymore. I stopped thinking of how to turn my life into constant blog posts. I gave up with regularly reading blogs and because it took me two months to get a Brazilian SIM card I even ended up on a unintentional break from social media.

Instead I became concerned with filling my time with adventures. Making sure I was making the most of every day I had in this amazing country. I saw 23 of the Olympic sports, I took thousands of pictures, I climbed two mountains, I worked harder than I possibly ever have before. I spent quality time with my boyfriend, caught up with other friends and of course made some new friends too. I visited America and Argentina and took stay-cations in the state of Rio de Janeiro.  I gained new experiences for my CV and was actually employed to take photos at the Olympics. I stopped living in my own head and began living in the expat bubble of Rio life.

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I lived every minute, not daring to waste one precious one.

Life carried on without the blogging. For the first time in years I wasn’t posting 2-3 posts per a week. I did miss the record of the blogging my travels but never once did I stress about not having a blog ready for the coming day. I read social media when it suited me and posted even less. I stopped trying to fit into the blogging world and fully lived in my own world. A world where I didn’t have to try to be someone, instead I was someone, I was me. I began listening to Podcasts, regularly reading paperback books and just taking in the world. Knowing that the best way I was going to remember my summer was to just take it all in.

I took more steps back from my blog than I ever have since creating it and that was actually okay.

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Surprisingly my stats didn’t drop, I received more emails in this time than I had in the many months previously. And it gave me chance to reflect on why I actually blog, something that had been bothering me throughout this year. Just because my blog is called ‘The Little Backpacker’ doesn’t mean I can only blog about backpacker things. I’m ‘The Little Backpacker’ because I wear a backpacker, because I’m little and because I travel. All of the things I am make me The Little Backpacker and if I want to write about something else except backpacker travel then I will. This is my blog, a blog which I have no intention of making money from and therefore no need to follow the ‘rules’.

This break from blogging has helped me to see that this is my blog. A blog I still want to use it for the reasons I made it for in the first place. Firstly it is a place where I can document my travels and life. Secondly it is a place where I can provide information for others. And finally it is a place where I can publish exactly how I feel, because writing about my feelings actually helps. There is no need to compete with every other travel blogger, no need to compare and worry if I should be doing something different. It made me realise that as a blogger, I should be doing and writing about my life. I should not be trying to make my life into something that I think people will want to read about.

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So. I’m sorry, but I’m not sorry that I disappeared without much warning.

I’m not sorry that I haven’t kept up my blog this summer and I’m not sorry that it might continue to be that way. Everyone should make sure they spend time offline each year, because I honestly believe that it is good for you. You need to spend time living your life, being in a situation where you don’t need to compare yourself to anyone else.

You need to be you offline before you can be you online. 

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7 Comments

  1. 19th September 2016 / 7:25 pm

    Great post Jodie, and so true!

    Usually when I’m travelling I don’t let blogging distract from the adventure, which means I’m always behind on posts!
    At home it can be hard to remember to blog for fun and for me and not to worry about doing well. It’s always good to read posts like these as a reminder 🙂

    • Jodie Louise
      Author
      20th September 2016 / 2:50 pm

      Thanks Christine, I’m glad it was a good reminder to you. I totally agree about not letting blogging distract from the adventure.

  2. 20th September 2016 / 12:32 pm

    Sometimes we all need a break from blogging and social media and although I often feel guilty too if I don’t post as much as I usually do, it’s more important to concentrate on enjoy your travels and life and spending quality time with Jon. It’s looks like you had an amazing time in Rio and that’s the most important thing 🙂

    • Jodie Louise
      Author
      20th September 2016 / 2:52 pm

      Thanks Lovely, I had an amazing summer.

      Yeah it really is hard to take the break without feeling guilty which was what was so good about this break. Sometimes personal time has to come before the online life.

  3. 20th September 2016 / 1:00 pm

    Good for you. Sounds like the kind of unintentional, forced break did good things to your soul which can never be a bad thing. So happy to hear that you had a lovely summer. xx

    • Jodie Louise
      Author
      20th September 2016 / 2:52 pm

      Thanks lovely! It really was good for the soul.

  4. 6th October 2016 / 8:38 pm

    I was nodding all the way through! I’ve also taken an enforced break from the blog recently thanks to the demands of work, and it has definitely made me think more about what and why I blog… and when! Glad you had such a fantastic summer 🙂

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