Resurrecting my blog, on my terms, on my own time

On September 17th, 2012 I took the extremely hard decision to stop blogging altogether (to take an indefinite hiatus). The reason I did it was because I had a professional life that had taken a toll on my own health, and because I felt that blogging the way I did it and to the extent I was doing it was going to end up making me sick (which it did, more than a few times).

But this fall, many things happened. Newtown, the fiscal cliff, the Instagram Terms of Service debacle, Delhi’s unspeakable gang rape, all of them a number of debates that I normally would engage with on my blog. And each time I stopped myself because I felt that I would betray my promise to myself to stop blogging. I also traveled and experienced a number of restaurants, hotels, airline companies, etc. and I stopped myself from writing about them, because “I had promised I would stop blogging“.

Sunrise at the Aguascalientes airport

But in an extremely enlightening conversation with my Dad a couple of days ago (my Dad has a TV show, very well seen by the way), I told him that I missed the superpowers that came with having an extremely widely read blog and a large following on Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and Pinterest. Using social media for good is not something I’m new to doing. In fact, in the past few months I have seen a number of local (Vancouver) bloggers take up the projects I left behind and run with them, and support the charities I used to, and do the kind of social media for social good I used to do.

And that’s fantastic. Because it leaves me with this, with the canvas where I continue to paint my life: my own blog. This time, a painting that will occur on my time, and on my terms. No more being stressed about publishing a blog post on a certain date, because otherwise X, Y or Z artistic production might be endangered, or ticket sales may be low, or a charitable event may not get exposure. Yes, I am resurrecting my blog. But I am doing so on my own terms, and on my own time. I may write a blog post here, or none at all.

As Monique and Arieanna said, this is MY blog. This is where I am supposed to tell my stories. And somewhere along the way, I lost myself. I lost view of what this blog was about and why I had it. Yes, I had it to support the arts and non-profits in Vancouver. I had it to tell the stories of my travels. But more than anything, this blog is MINE. And it’s for me.

Ladies and gentlemen, I am back!

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Comments (10)

MelanieJanuary 1st, 2013 at 9:20 pm

Yay!

Janni _Joy (twt)January 1st, 2013 at 9:20 pm

-And I’m glad you are..FOR YOU! It sounds like you have a lot of friends who love you. You will get a butt kick or two if you start to slip off track again. I may use you as a mentor – how does one blog when we aren’t working? withdrawl fm workaholism…your fan fm twitter Janni

LanoraJanuary 2nd, 2013 at 12:45 am

Good for you!

That’s my blogging philosophy as well: doing it on my own terms. Contrarian, maybe, but I went the other way when blogging experts started saying one should post 5 or more times weekly. Bah to that, unless I have something to say.
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Rahel BailieJanuary 2nd, 2013 at 6:25 am

Welcome back. And I, for one, am happy to take you on your terms. Life is too short for anything else.

LisaJanuary 2nd, 2013 at 9:37 am

YAY!!!!!!

KimmJanuary 3rd, 2013 at 5:46 am

Welcome back :)

Airbnb SuperhostJanuary 6th, 2013 at 12:19 pm

Kudo’s to you for doing it on your terms…that’s the way it should be.
I kept your blog bookmarked…I had a feeling you’d be back:) So glad I checked it today!

NadinaJanuary 7th, 2013 at 2:51 pm

Your Dad is a wise man. Glad your are back!

jordanJanuary 7th, 2013 at 10:18 pm

I took a few of days of cybervacation over the holidays and can’t believe I missed out on this announcement. Glad to hear you’re back, looking forward to hearing *your* voice again; those were always my favourite posts anyways!

KCJanuary 10th, 2013 at 9:27 am

Welcome back, Raul!

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