Announcing an indefinite hiatus from blogging

Raul is BloggableLife 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.

Raul's faceshot (it's my Facebook profile photo)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.

Arieanna Schweber's birthday at The Alibi RoomI 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.

Freelance Camp Vancouver 2011I 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.

Related posts:

  1. On hiatus for new pitches until June 22nd
  2. One month after the hiatus: on friendships, blogging and the future
  3. This blog is going on hiatus for a while
  4. A short hiatus
  5. Blogging, socialization and social media

Comments (42)

SamSeptember 17th, 2012 at 8:23 am

Good for you, Raul! Take some time to focus on the things that you *can* do to full effect. And make no apologies! You’ve earned a break.

JacquelineSeptember 17th, 2012 at 8:26 am

heart to you friend :)

AnabelleSeptember 17th, 2012 at 8:27 am

Sadness for us, but awesome for you, dear. I’m so happy you’re choosing yourself and do what you really want to.

All the best in your academic life–you deserve it.

xx
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KelvinSeptember 17th, 2012 at 8:45 am

You’ve accomplished a lot, Raul! You’ve definitely earned a break. I will miss your posts, but I’m happy you’re choosing to take some “me” time.

Blair Smith @agentblairSeptember 17th, 2012 at 8:59 am

Wishing you success as how you define it Raul. Take care, be well, be Raul!

Janis La CouvéeSeptember 17th, 2012 at 9:02 am

Raul! What a ride. You should be incredibly proud of your contributions to community – online and offline.

I treasure our friendship and your mentorship from across the pond. Above all, be true to yourself, and take good care of yourself – you’re the only “you” you’ve got. Life is too short to feel the level of stress you have obviously been under.

Wishing you all the success you so richly deserve in this chapter of your life. With much affection.

fotoeins | HenrySeptember 17th, 2012 at 9:12 am

Raul, I’d gathered for some time you were running yourself ragged. While it is regrettable that you have (must!) stepped back from blogging, I’m pleased to see you’ve made this decision in favour of your personal time and well-being, and in favour of your professional activities. The publishing aspect doesn’t stop, does it, even after being awarded tenure; one has to consider their collaborative groups, postdocs, and students, too. Take care!
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raincoasterSeptember 17th, 2012 at 9:14 am

You are on the fast track to the life you’ve always dreamed of living. Putting aside something that is enjoyable, that you do well, but is, at this level, actively holding you back from giving your all to your dream, is the only decision a wise man could come to.

And you, my friend, are a wise man.

Mike VardySeptember 17th, 2012 at 9:33 am

All the best to you, Raul. You need to do what’s best for you — and this definitely sounds like it.

Take care.

Andrea CoutuSeptember 17th, 2012 at 9:33 am

Congratulations on setting your boundaries and focusing on what really matters to you. It’s clear that you take everything you do very seriously and that you have pride in your work and in your life.

ArieannaSeptember 17th, 2012 at 10:42 am

We will miss you here! I hope you update it as a diary from time to time. Remember this blog is yours and reflects your life, so if you only update it when you have time, so be it! :)

MoniqueSeptember 17th, 2012 at 11:07 am

Sorry to hear that you’re juggling too many things Raul. I’m a fan of you and the blog so I do hope you continue to post here, even occasionally. Take care of yourself and thanks for sharing such an amazing online life for so long.

Bob GraySeptember 17th, 2012 at 11:24 am

Congratulations Raul –
As one of the many folk who have enjoyed your posts, and followed you on Social Media… I think many of us knew you were burning the candle at both ends… to the benefit of us and the community… but to the detriment of your work and health.
In taking this break, I hope you find the time, peace and joy you so richly deserve, and find your next phase as challenging and engaging, as you seem to have, this one !!!
Good luck my friend !!!

LoisSeptember 17th, 2012 at 11:45 am

It’s been great working with you to the limited extent I have. The hiatus makes perfect sense. Enjoy all the great things you currently have in your life.

Vancouver AirbnbSeptember 17th, 2012 at 12:28 pm

I’ve enjoyed your blog…thank you. Now go enjoy your life! You have to do what is best for you; so rest more & spend time with your parents. I wish you all the best…take care & schedule a nap once in awhile:)

Natalie BurgwinSeptember 17th, 2012 at 1:02 pm

Love you buddy! Your friends are your friends, blog or no blog. Be you and be free and know that you’re loved no matter what! xoxo, Natty.

Aaron CravenSeptember 17th, 2012 at 1:26 pm

Thanks for everything Raul. Your blog has been terrific for artists in this city. Best of luck with future plans.

DavidSeptember 17th, 2012 at 4:01 pm

As someone who is currently blogging intermittently, I can definitely relate. I’ll just have to catch up with you a bit less often, for the time being.

Here’s to both of us getting the break we need from murmuring loudly to the world and can resume with the Internet-based megaphone.

Guacira NavesSeptember 17th, 2012 at 5:58 pm

There’s wisdom in saying “no” to certain things, so that you can say “yes” to other opportunities and make room for what you really desire. You’ve done so much for the blogosphere (and Twittersphere) in Vancouver, so all I can say, on behalf of myself and many others, is “thank you” for your contribution and generosity over these last seven years.

Good on you, my friend. May the road rise with you!

DeanneSeptember 17th, 2012 at 8:40 pm

I’ve really enjoyed reading your blog. Good to hear you are prioritizing yourself. Thank you Raul for your fabulous contribution to this space.
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Dave MacdonaldSeptember 17th, 2012 at 10:09 pm

You’ve blazed a lot of trails, my friend. In addition to what you’ve done for Vancouver with this blog, what you’ve done for Vancouver bloggers is profound. While putting blogging in Vancouver on the map is one thing, making the bloggers here better, while creating more of them, is an exceptional feat. Thanks for that.

Hoping you’ll be a special guest at a YVR Bloggers’ Meetup in the future. :) All the best.

Veronica RSeptember 18th, 2012 at 11:48 am

Thank you Raul for keeping us entertained and informed with your posts. Indeed you did achieve so many incredible goals as blogger and social media expert. As a PR professional and fellow Mexican I am grateful and extremely proud of you.
All the best!

livSeptember 18th, 2012 at 1:52 pm

Raul, you are doing the right thing by first and foremost taking care of your health and well being. I am so glad we met through blogging and had a chance to work together on several wonderful projects. Your enthusiasm for blogging and social media, your social “hummingbird-ness”, and your zest for life will always stand out in my mind. I am happy you are having such a great start in Mexico, and hopefully our travels bring us together again one day to share more stories, both old and new.
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Brian BurkesonSeptember 18th, 2012 at 5:38 pm

As a Wisconsin native I have always loved reading your blog posts! To be perfectly honest I did not know much about Canada and certainly never heard of a place called Vancouver. It sounds lovely and as a former competitive volleyball player I liked hearing about the scene up north. I look forward to a visit soon – all the best in retirement Raul.

RichardSeptember 18th, 2012 at 6:31 pm

You will be missed, Raul! I’m glad you’re taking time to take care of yourself. You deserve it :)

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Cathy BrowneSeptember 19th, 2012 at 8:45 am

All the best in this new and exciting stage in your life, Raul! Your many contributions will always be remembered, but it’s smart to take control of your health and life.

Embrace the change, treasure every minute and have a blast:-)

Hugs,

Cathy

CherylSeptember 19th, 2012 at 9:01 am

I can only imagine how free you must feel – no regrets…what you did, you did for and with, LOVE! The best is still ahead my dear sweet man – hold on and enjoy! And, I’ll see YOU this winter in beautiful Mexico – that’s a promise. Much Love; C

DeidreSeptember 19th, 2012 at 1:33 pm

All our best and good health! We have enjoyed this blog and become aware of the many different artists that perform in Vancouver – for that we will always thank you!

CynnamonSeptember 19th, 2012 at 1:39 pm

A wise man always knows when to look after himself first. Best of luck with your next adventures Raul!

ZahidaSeptember 20th, 2012 at 12:37 pm

Sorry I missed this post *before* pitching you today. You’re amazing and you have INDEED done a lot for Vancouver and for social media. Congratulations on taking a step in the direction of taking care of YOU. You will be missed. All the best to you! <3

Emilia TSeptember 20th, 2012 at 7:54 pm

Thanks again for all your time and enthusiasm for Vancouver

AdelaideSeptember 21st, 2012 at 9:34 am

I loved reading your blog. But you are making a decision that works for YOU, and I think that is great. Enjoy this next adventure in your life. :)

GudrunSeptember 23rd, 2012 at 12:25 pm

I’m going to miss your blog Raul. All the best to you!

Take Five CafeSeptember 26th, 2012 at 2:07 pm

Raul – best of luck with everything to come. You’ve always been an amazing supporter of local Vancouver companies and we’ve appreciated every moment of it. Warm wishes for your next adventure!

Kristi FergusonSeptember 26th, 2012 at 3:12 pm

Congrats on all you have achieved with Hummingbird604 and well done on making this decision. You rock. Lots.

HUGS xo
Kristi

Julie O-CSeptember 27th, 2012 at 6:35 pm

One door closes and another always opens (as my mom always told me). Life has chapters; I hope the next one is just as exciting for you Raul. Be well and happy…

ScarletteOctober 12th, 2012 at 11:55 pm

Hi Raul, wish you all the best for your new journey. I have been reading your blogs and I have learned so much here. Thank you for your contribution in this blogging community.
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colleenOctober 20th, 2012 at 12:23 am

” I have come to the realization that I can’t do everything”

I am finally proud of you. THIS makes me proud of you. You’re finding balance, and that’s wonderful.

Enjoy.
xo

DanicaOctober 20th, 2012 at 8:53 pm

Though I will miss your candid, honest, humorous and witty writings and observations about the ‘big-little city that is Vancouver’ I am so happy for you! It takes a lot to sit back and make such decisions in life, we ought to do so more often. All the best, always ;) dj

HilaryNovember 9th, 2012 at 10:52 am

<3 be good to you, raul. we need you at your best!

hh

Rheyank AJNovember 27th, 2012 at 2:42 pm

Amazing! …. Paced life twists and turns that you can finish up with an optimistic attitude , an attitude like that deserves to be emulated for the bloggers , I want to be like you .

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