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Posted by on Mar 12, 2012 | 12 comments

When Blogging and Life Intersect

At the beginning of the year, I seriously considered the idea of abandoning my blog.  The hours spent were long, I felt very apathetic about social media and my numbers were stale.  Then, I started to read all these posts (from fellow bloggers) about how blogging was consuming a good part of their lives (while reaping little rewards).  To make things worse, on mid February, I lost my job of eight years.

But you know what, even after all those grimy facts, I am still blogging.  Why?  Well, at the end of January, I discovered my audience grew.  In February, I saw even more growth and it looks like March is going to top the past two months. My fellow bloggers are still posting and engaging in the travel community.  It looks like we all go thru the ups and downs of this game many times.

Nevertheless, I am still trying to understand the job thing.  How somebody can write and publish a post after receiving a layoff notice?  This really puzzles me.  You know, I was supposed to be crushed, depressed and miserable.  From where I got the crazy idea to continue with my posting schedule (after all, I had really “important” things to focus at that moment)?

And I guess this is the point where my blogging and real life worlds intersect. 

In just a year, this little project has become part of me.  It is something I love to do, something I truly enjoy.  As you can imagine, it is impossible to kill an important part of yourself out of the blue.  It is not who I am.  Then, there is this desire I have of giving my readers the best of me, a sense of loyalty I have developed as I work on the content.  Sharing stories, ideas and photos has become important to my travel experience.  Of course, there is also the wild dream of taking this blog to the next level.  There is much more I want to do, create and publish.  This is only the beginning of what I can offer.

In the end, I am glad I kept my blog “duties” even though I am going thru some dark moments.  This experience has taught me that I was not defined by my work.  Work is something I do (or need to do) but it has little to do with who I am.  I am not sure everybody can say that.  I have a life full of blessings and the loss of something it is not going to deviate my gaze from what is truly important (God, family, friends, what I like to do, etc.).

I am not sure how everything is going to end up but I am hoping for the best.  Too many questions keep running around my head.  Who knows?  Maybe this is the moment to work harder in this project, to improve the content, to promote, to take writing classes, to practice my photography. Maybe I can develop new Internet –based businesses.  Maybe time is what I have needed to move to a better place.

Well, I am not that lost.  At least, I am sure of one thing:

Everything is going to be alright.

Yes, sooner or later all parts of the puzzle are going to be on the correct spot. In the meanwhile, I will continue blogging.  Because even in our worst moments, we cannot let others down. Because what we do best (or can do best) should not get obscured when some things don’t go as expected.

What thing, relationship, hobby or project has helped you in rough times?  Let me know in the comments section below.

12 Comments

  1. I never would have guessed you had doubts about blogging, Ruth. You are one of the most prolific writers I follow and all of your posts are so well written and engaging. 🙂 I know sometimes I feel overwhelmed with it all too but it’s okay to give yourself a little pause and time to regroup. You’re right–everything will be ok.
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    • Thanks for your kind words. To be honest, I sometimes I have doubts and sometimes I feel positive about the directions things are getting. Maybe I will get over it with time.
      Ruth recently posted..Grand Canyon West: Guano PointMy Profile

  2. I’m sorry to hear about your job loss, Ruth. I’ve just recently discovered your blog and love your content and pictures. So glad you’re posting despite this rough patch. Wishing you the very best on your new endeavors. To answer your question, my family ,especially my kids, have helped me to get through some rough times. They inspire me to keep moving on as I hope your family and friends have done for you. Good luck!
    Mary @ The World Is A Book recently posted..Yellowstone Attractions with KidsMy Profile

  3. Sometimes a job loss can be seen as an act of setting free instead of a punishment. I’ve gone through a few layoffs in the years. The first time I decided I wanted to do grad school so while looking for a job, I studied for the entrance exams. It gave me something else to concentrate on while waiting for answers to applications. The blog can offer the same distraction from dwelling on the thought of “what will I do without a job.”

    Study can be good as it is cheap (study materials online or at library), gives a good feeling of accomplishment, shows employers you are learning and can be done outside in sunny cafes. (this last is very important for me. )

    Sounds like you are at least on the right track with the mental attitude of “everything will be ok,” because it will.
    Andrew recently posted..Places to Eat in Freiburg, GermanyMy Profile

    • Hey Andrew,
      Thanks for the encouragement and suggestions. I am starting to make plans on what I want to do once I am completely off the hook. I may train on a different field, learn something new, work on my writing and photography and visit some places I have always wanted (but didn’t have time).
      Ruth recently posted..Grand Canyon West: Guano PointMy Profile

  4. Sorry to hear about your job, but as you say — everything will be alright. I know what you mean about the work involved in blogging/social media, etc. and looking at options for business growth. Good luck as you find you continue your blogging and make decisions about the future.
    Cathy Sweeney recently posted..Houston FreshMy Profile

    • Cathy,
      Thanks for your words. I like to discuss this kind of things with people who understand how I feel. Hopefully, we can continue to grow our blogs.
      Ruth recently posted..Grand Canyon West: Guano PointMy Profile

  5. Boy I sure know what you mean about all the time this blog takes! It is very hard to do it all especially when you have a full time job. I know its hard when you lose your job but most people I know that have gone through the same have come out better in the end. For me? I’ve often wondered if loosing my job would be such a bad thing! Good Luck Ruth!
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  6. Sorry to hear about your job, yet I do hope that GREAT things come about because of it 🙂
    I have often felt the same way about blogging, mostly when outsiders question why I would continue to spend so many dedicated hours without seeing a huge return. I always ask them why they watch football or bake endless amounts of cookies or go shopping for things they don’t need. It makes me happy, keeps me focused and every little blogging triumph feeds my soul. It is one of the things that makes me so proud without anyone having to say “I’m proud of you.”

    So happy that you have continued to blog, as I enjoy reading about your adventures. I also believe that your mind is so powerful and If you think everything will be okay, then it will.

    Best wishes!!!
    Annette | Bucket List Journey recently posted..The Strangest Dessert is in TexasMy Profile

    • Hi Annette,

      Thanks for your good wishes.

      I like how you approach your commitmment to blogging. Like you, I have heard people critizing things other do. But in reality we all like to spend time doing what we like and that may not be rational to others. Same thing with money. We all spend money on something and others may not understand it. So that is why I keep doing why I like. I know some people will share my passion but others not (and I don’t take it personally and respect what other chose to do).
      Ruth recently posted..Grand Canyon West: Guano PointMy Profile

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