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I Need a Surfing Break

It has occurred to me in the last couple of days, quite sadly unfortunately, that I need an internet break. NOT a blog break. That’s not even in the equation. But a break from Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest. I’ve realized that I’m not art journaling as much as I used to, and one of the reasons is because I spend too much time checking FB, Twitter, and Pinterest, and reading other blogs. It’s become a bad habit, and one that is literally sucking creative spark out of me. Sometimes Pinterest will inspire, but lately not so much. And blog reading is really making me feel not even close to creatively worthy. I feel as if I’m not creative enough...what is wrong with me that I can’t blog every day? Why can’t my pages look like hers? And on, and on, and on.

I also feel as if I’m at a fork in the proverbial creative road. I’m wanting to set up more online classes for you, my loyal blog readers, and I also want to move in a new direction with art. I don’t know what that is, but lately, I’ve felt a bit stagnant. Don’t get me wrong, I love art journaling and doodling, but sometimes it feels forced. Also, I begin the comparison game. I HATE admitting this to myself, much less to you, but it’s high time I get off the merry-go-round and try the roller coaster.

So, for the next couple of weeks, I’m going to lay off FB, Twitter, Pinterest and especially, reading other blogs. I will still be here, on this blog, but not so much on the rest of the internet. I need to get past this cloud hanging over me...And you may be saying, “So what? Why should I as a reader care if you disappear from the internet for two weeks when you’ll still be on your own blog?” I just need to let you know as a way to keep myself honest. If you need me, email me.

BUT don’t forget that registration is open for The Urban Notebook! Sign up for the early-bird rate NOW!

Reader Comments (4)

Another good idea is cut down the number of blogs you're reading. I know it's easier said than done. I had to willow my list down to those that truly inspired me. To my surprise, the list was shorter than i imagined.

I had this revelation about 2 months ago. My life is so much better for it. I was stressing myself out every night trying to catch up on my Google Reader. I figured if I wanted to revisit my old stomping grounds, then I could always pop in for a visit.

P. S. Your blog was never on my proverbial chopping block!

09.16 | Unregistered CommenterKim

Hey Kim,

I actually did whittle down my blog reading list a few months ago. It helped. And I've noticed I'm not as quick to catch up on my blog reader. It doesn't bother me to let the blog posts pile up there. It's just not good when I'm constantly comparing.

Thanks for your comment!

09.16 | Registered Commenterdawndsokol

I understand what you mean. I have to take a break now and then too.

09.16 | Unregistered CommenterSandy

Whatever direction you choose {and remember, you can choose more than one} you will wind up with a new creative outlet, a new direction, but you can still hold on to what you have going. I hop constantly from medium to medium and even within a medium, do different things. It actually improves my creativity to hop around. But it does not improve my creativity to sit and look at the web for hours.... so, so true

09.18 | Unregistered CommenterTammy

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