No, not that political surprise that sometimes happens in the last weeks before a presidential election. This is personal . . . I've decided to take a big break from blogging. Today marks 50 months of blogging with over 900 posts written. That's on top of twenty-seven years of being a print columnist.
I've decided I need to spend more time in the real world without always questioning if what I'm doing can be turned into a post. And Mark wants a break from being my photographer. He's been spending a lot of time taking photos for himself and has an exhibit coming up in December. So he needs more time and energy to devote to his work and interests. As Mark pointed out, in the period I've been blogging — and for probably the same amount of time and effort — I could have gotten another University degree!
When I told a friend that I was going to stop blogging and that I've run out of things to say, she burst out laughing. She knows that I always have something to say, but I'm finding it harder to not repeat myself and to keep the content worth your visits. In these many months, I've been amazed by all the generous and thoughtful feedback and comments I've received.
Even more, I've been gratified by the friends I've made on-line and in-person through the blog. There are long-time readers from my newspaper days, garden bloggers and assorted WHPS folks. There's Lisa from Greenbow, Les from Tidewater, Pam at Digging, Susan, Nicole and Julie from Chicago, Daniel Mount, Erin, Jenny and all the Wisconsin readers and bloggers. The GBBD and Foliage Follow-up crowd, Altoon in Vermont, and too many more to name.
I know how much I miss my favorite bloggers when they suddenly disappear, but all of you who blog understand the effort involved. So this year, I'm going to enjoy the upcoming holidays without any deadlines to meet. Check in after New Year's to see if this is a temporary or a permanent break. In the meantime, I hope to keep in touch via comments on your blogs. And please believe me when I say your e-mails are always welcome.
Here are a few of my favorite posts to peruse while I'm on holiday: