Monday, February 14, 2011

A heartfelt letter to my readers:

Happy Love Day! 

 I have been thinking about this for a while, but it really hit me this weekend, after having the best time with my boys and then today on this day of love.  :)  I do not have time to be a blogger.  I praise those who can do it, but I just cannot.  I know that probably sounds ridiculous to some (since it's not like I blog for a living), but it is the truth.  I used to write my posts for the following day during my son's second nap each day.  Now that he is only down to one and since that nap can sometimes only last for 45 minutes, this means that I only have 45 minutes during the day to get things done around the house without a "little helper."  This also means that I have to spend time at night working on posts because 45 minutes often doesn't cut it, not to mention the other projects I want to work on.  I just cannot justify spending time away from my husband and son to stress about writing posts.  And yes, I seriously stressed about posts.  I also feel extremely guilty when I don't get to visit other blogs each day.  Serious guilt!  That is just silly. 

Queen of Hearts Valentine Cupcakes

I have gotten several emails from small shops over the past few months, asking if I was accepting sponsors and while that was certainly tempting, I just didn't want the pressure.  I started this blog mainly for a creative outlet for me and I feel like having sponsors gives me a certain responsibility to make it worth their while and that also stressed me out.  This is just a hobby for me and hobbies should not be stressful, right?  I am not going to stop posting altogether, but have decided to only have one post a week on Mondays.  In the next few weeks, we are going to be starting on some major projects in our home (finally!'s only taken 4 years), so I will be documenting those and posting about them, as well as my usual family story-inspired posts, charitable causes, recipes, and fun finds.  Sooo, I am not dropping off the planet, just now only posting once a week and probably only checking in with other blogs a few times a week.  I know this note is unnecessary, since this is just my personal blog and you probably don't care (!!), but I just wanted to let you know how I have been feeling and to again thank you for reading and being so supportive.  I hope you will stick with me!!  So...ummm...see you next Monday? 



Danielle (elleinadspir) said...

Good for you., I mean, yes, I will miss you a ton. But a blog should be fun, not pressure. Blog when you want, when it feels right. No pressure to do it daily. And just send those sponsors my way! Ha, just teasing. I'll look forward to Monday. Happy valentines day!

Bestie said...

Definitely see you next Monday!!!! Will miss you Tuesday-Friday though :)

Happy v-tine's day to you!

Rachel@Delight said...

Sad!! I 100% understand, though. I wanted to start a blog for the longest time and did for a short moment, you may remember. I just could not find the time to do it. I know people who get up before the kids to blog or wait until they go to bed, but like you said, that is time to be with your hubby. I STILL get the "What do you do all day?" question and got it 10-fold when I stopped my blog for the same reasons as you.

I totally get it and will stick with you and will look forward to your Monday posts. :o)

Happy Valentine's Day!

Oh, I wanted to add that I appreciate you writing this. SOme bloggers just stop posting altogether with no explanation and while no one owes us anything, it's nice to know everything is ok! Or perhaps, I am just nosy. LOL Rachel

Sara said...

Sad...but I completely understand! You will be missed but I will be checking back for your home renovations and Monday posts. Keep in touch!

Ana Degenaar said...

Happy Valentine's Day!
It sounds like you'll have a busy and fun time these months! I will miss your posts but I know that the one post you make a week will be amazing - just like the rest.
Thank you so much for your support last week. It meant the world to me!

Stephanie said...

as a mom of littles also, i know exactly how you feel... which is why my posts are few and far between.

i will look forward to reading your monday posts as i'm sure will all your readers. absence makes the heart grow fonder... =)

enjoy your time with your boys!

Sarah@Designmarc said...

I agree with all of the other posts! I totally understand your need to step back a little bit. I will look so forward to your Monday posts for sure!


Torrie said...


Like everyone else said... I totally understand. I'm still trying to figure out ways to continue blogging (and reading blogs) while not letting it take so much time!... hence the 3 day per week posts, and often super short posts.

So, I'm happy that you're still checking in and updating us! Of course, I'll see you here on Monday. I think it's super cool that you are both prioritizing your family and your long-awaited projects... and I look forward to hearing/seeing the progress!

Kylie said...

No no no!! :o) Just kidding! It is your blog! You make the rules!

Also, just so you know, I have about 18 friends who also read your blog, they just don't comment. You can probably tell somehow that you have more readers than commenters, but just wanted to tell you that. :o)

I will absolutely be back here every Monday. Happy V-day! Kylie

Michelle Salz-Smith said...

I totally feel you Suzie! I too start feeling guilty
and it's just plain crazy.
BUT I love your posts and will look forward to checking
in on Mondays to see what's going on in your world!

P.S. Let me know if you would like any virtual design help! I
would love to help you out whenever you may need a bit
of feedback.

Now go and enjoy your family! :)

the southern hostess said...

Do what you got to do and feel good about it, friend! Thinking of you!

Val said...

Oh my heart!!! I WILL MISS YOU SO MUCH!!! I truly understand...I sometime's think about not doing it. I truly respect what your will be missed greatly! HUGS.

SaharG said...

I will really miss your daily posts, but certainly understand your reasons to change to only once a week! I will look forward to your Monday posts for sure! Sahar

Jennifer D. said...

Suzie, we have talked about this lots. You do what you have to do for your family and do not worry about us! We will miss the daily posts, but totally understand your need to step back. Plus, how in the world do people have enough to post about every single day? I guess this is why I don't have a blog! LOL