I’ve taken a break… my reader is overflowing with post after post yet to be read and I cut back the amount of time that I spent online these past two weeks. Instead I have been reading, and reading, and reading some more. When I wasn’t reading, I was spending time with my husband while watching a movie (or the occasional hockey game – Go Blackhawks!!), crocheting (pictures to come once the toys are stuffed and finished) and contemplating whether or not it is a good idea to make handmade soap in a home with two small children (if you have experience with this, your thoughts are greatly appreciated!).
I needed that break… not that I felt overwhelmed by the blog or pressured to post on a daily basis. I love to write and get my thoughts and feelings written down on “paper”. This blog is my baby (well, my online baby)… and I love almost everything about it. There are some things though that had started eating away at me over the past few months and I guess they finally got to me enough so that I had to step away and think about what to do.
Although I was never a big review blogger (and it was never my intention to become one either)… I did get into reviewing products and writing about them on here. Let’s face it… it’s nice to get free things and talking about it and telling others about them is something that many of us women are good at. If I like something I will spread the word about it and let you know how much and why I like it. The opposite is also true (and speaking of that, after watching New Moon today, I may or may not write a post about why I will not be watching any more of the Twilight saga movies) and I’m not afraid to let someone know if I think that something is total crap and a waste of money.
That said, I’ve started to feel cheapened by some of the reviews that I have accepted. The review posts are always on the back of my mind and I feel the pressure of getting them posted in a timely fashion… it made me start to wonder if a $4 bottle of body wash or a CD was worth feeling that way. Sure it’s nice to get something for free… I think most of us will agree on that, but is that really part of who I want to be? I’m trying to rid myself and my life of extra “stuff” and isn’t it just “stuff” that I’m getting and writing about (although at times it is very useful stuff).
So… in an effort to be more true to myself… and everyone else through this blog… I will now be extremely choosy as to which reviews and giveaways I accept and will post. It’s not that I won’t ever post any on here anymore (I still have a few to post that I have already accepted and received merchandise for), but you probably won’t see me posting about cereals, deodorant or things of that nature any more.
I want this place to be my little bliss… the place where I can go to let loose and talk to friends… while not feeling pressured to do anything… just be myself. I’ve been feeling like I’ve started to lose sight of me – both online and off – and this is the first step that I am taking to change that!