Last year I had a decision to make.
At the time, it felt pretty huge, but in hindsight it’s a no-brainer.
I made the decision to take a blogging break, let myself recover from child-birth, and enjoy our newborn son.
Why was it such a difficult decision?
Well, I knew my blog would “suffer” if I didn’t keep the momentum going.
I’d fall behind.
I’d lose opportunities.
I might lose readers.
My Type-A personality wanted to push through the season without slowing down, but I knew better. I needed down time. And I wanted to enjoy my baby.
Common sense (and the gentle prompting of the Holy Spirit) urged me to let go.
And so I did.
Our son was born on a beautiful spring day last April, and I embraced a much needed season of rest.
My blog went on auto-pilot.
Social media made it without me.
Not one of my readers fell into crisis because I wasn’t online.
Most importantly, I enjoyed a beautiful, restful post partum season with my baby boy. I called it my Baby Honeymoon because it was just that wonderful. Thanks to those slow paced post partum weeks, my body recovered without any complications or stress.
We celebrated my Baby C’s first birthday a few weeks ago, so I’ve been thinking a lot about him, about babies and how they just don’t stay “babies” long enough. Sure, I missed some things in blogosphere because I was nursing a newborn, sleeping, or just not blogging.
But what I didn’t miss are days that I can never relive, days I’ll treasure forever.
So how did my blog fair during those “down” weeks?
I was curious, so I checked my blog stats from last year. You know what? My stats did fall for a while. But they recovered. (Ironically, my stats are triple what they were last April. I’m not sure how that happened, but it did.)
Was it worth the “sacrifice”? Absolutely. I’d do it again in a heart beat.
Here are a few options for the mommy blogger who’s wondering how she’ll juggle blogging, child birth, and postpartum:
- You can just turn your computer off and let it wait. It’ll still be there when you’re ready to come back. I promise.
- You can schedule posts for a few weeks (or months) ahead of time. Don’t try to write all new ones; refresh favorites from your archives.
- You can invite a few blog friends to guest post for you while you’re busy resting and cuddling with that sweet baby.
- You can hire a VA to keep things rolling. This, of course, means you’ll have to dish out some moolah. Maybe it’s worth it to you. If so, go for it. If not, forget it and don’t pressure yourself.
Whatever you decide, Mama, do take a break.
Do rest. Do snuggle and cuddle and savor that precious, beautiful season with your baby. It will be gone before you know it.
Encouraging articles for mommy bloggers I’d love for you to read:
The Hidden Years, by Sarah Mae
For the Weary Blogger, by Gretchen Louise