Announcing an indefinite hiatus from blogging
Life has an interesting way of turning out. After almost 7 years of juggling my academic life and my social media life, I have come to the realization that I can’t do everything. This past week I’ve been at a high-level national and international scholarly meeting and my numerous scholarly commitments have precluded me from even answering many emails related to my blog. I also got sick for a couple of days from sleep deprivation and trying to juggle anything. Before my friend Derek K. Miller passed away, I promised him and his wife Airdrie, both very close friends of mine, that I would take better care of myself.
This week, I’m doing good on my promise. And this time, it’s not going to be like the previous times I’ve announced a hiatus. This one is going to be pretty much for good. I have reached the breaking point. I fret over deadlines. I feel bad when I have to tell folks who pitch me that I can’t either help them out writing, or when I miss a deadline. This is not way to lead a life.
Contrary to many other folks who are on the top of the Vancouver blogging world, I don’t work in a professional activity that enables my blogging. Much to the contrary. Writing this blog (which is also unpaid) actually takes my time and focus off of my professional activities. And yes, it’s a very professional-looking blog, because I have always taken my blogging very seriously. I’m a professional in everything I do. And everything I do, I do it well.
I have achieved pretty much everything I wanted in the blogging world. I reached the top of Vancouver’s, BC’s and Canada’s blogosphere. I became well respected and mastered social media tools to the extent I wanted. I became one of very few Canadian international travel writers who is pitched from all over the world for travel writing projects. I put Vancouver, British Columbia and Canada in the global arena, through my writing about food, travel, dance and theatre. I helped countless non-profit organizations and charitable causes.
I authored a book on social media with one of my best friends and one of the best bloggers in Canada, Arieanna Schweber. I gave numerous talks and keynotes on social media topics for numerous organizations (including WorkSafe BC, the Canadian Public Relations Society Vancouver Chapter, the International Association for Business Communicators BC Chapter).
I also spoke at numerous social media and blogging conferences (including Northern Voice, Social Media Week Vancouver, Social Media Camp Victoria, WordCamp Victoria, to name a few). I participated in the design and implementation of social media strategies for The City of Surrey and The Community Against Preventable Injuries, to name just a couple of clients.
And I did this all the while maintaining a highly-productive research programme, mentoring students and teaching a 2-1-2 course-load. While sitting on the Executive Board of The Network Hub, Canada’s premiere coworking launch pad (and the one in Vancouver that has demonstrated leadership year after year). While playing competitive volleyball. While maintaining my friendships. I have no reason to be modest, I’m incredibly proud of what I have achieved.
I co-organized Mental Health Camp Vancouver with my dear friend Isabella Mori, and helped launch Mental Health Camp Toronto. I volunteered my time with numerous Vancouver-based startup events. I contributed to the organization of Freelance Camp Vancouver. I was part of the process that saw The Network Hub New Westminster Campus be borne to help Lower Mainland’s freelancers.
I did A LOT for Vancouver, for British Columbia and for Canada. And I think it’s now time for me to take time for myself, for my own goals, for my own health.
It’s about time that the Hummingbird takes a break.
I do have a few guest blog posts due this week, but this is my last blog post on Hummingbird604.com for a very long while, possibly ever. For those people whom I committed coverage, and whose posts will be written by guest bloggers, I will fulfil my promises.
But, what about travel writing? What about other types of writing, like a personal diary? Will you write ever again, Raul?
The answer is not as definite as I would like it to be. Travel writing is perhaps the one that I feel I’m most suited to, and I may take on the odd project on the side. I do not know yet what the future will hold. But I know for a fact that I am not going to pressure myself to help cover events, causes and projects anymore. If I do anything, it will be because I have the time (and right now, I’m pretty sure I will not have the time until possibly 2014). I will decide on a case-by-case basis.
As for a diary, there is another problem. My loyal readers will probably want to know how I’m doing in my new life in Mexico. But I’m not sure if I’ll have the time to write those details. All I can say is that, for now, I am going to take a break. Because I have not counted how many guest blog posts are due, I have no idea when will be the date for Hummingbird604.com’s last blog post. But I expect that the last day a blog post will be published on my site will be Friday September 21st.
To my loyal readers: THANK YOU. It was a great ride. And to everyone who guest-blogged for me, thank you too.
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