Sunday, November 6, 2011

In Which I Tender my (Temporary) Resignation

First of all, thank you so much for sharing my cover excitement! I love love love ENDLESSLY's cover, and it makes everything so much more fun when you do, too! But obviously that is not what this post is about. Unless I have begun assigning random, nonsensical titles. (Which I wouldn't put past myself, really.)

The other night I sat on the couch next to my husband, laptop in my lap as usual.

"Is there a pattern?" Hot Stuff asked.

"Hmm?"

"Is there a pattern? You keep clicking through the same pages. I was just wondering if you go in a specific pattern."

And...yeah. He was right. Click, click, click, click, click, click, start over. It makes no sense. It accomplishes nothing. It used to be that blogging and tweeting and reading and finding things online fed me creatively. They spurred me on, encouraged me, challenged me.

Lately? I'm spinning in circles, clicking clicking clicking without ever changing anything. It's not that the internets have changed (oh, internets, you never do change, do you?); it's that I have. Or maybe that I haven't. Whatever it is, I'm a bit stuck right now. I'm not finding inspiration here, but I just keep looking and looking and looking anyway.

So, I'm declaring this NoNoNetMo. November No Net Month. Aside from checking email a couple of times a day for professional things, I'm going to take a big step back. A huge step back. A scary step back. I used to find so much joy and entertainment in blogging. I hope to get there again. But in the meantime I'm going to look elsewhere. I'm going to watch movies and listen to music and read boatloads of books and do things to feed myself creatively. I'm going to stop doing the things I know are draining me.

I used to think, "If I don't post anything, no one will care!" But I'll admit it's kind of a relief to realize that no one will care if I don't post anything. I won't lose any readers; people won't forget I exist. I'll take my month, you'll get along just fine, and think of how refreshed we'll all be when we meet back up again!

As always, thank you for being here. Thank you for reading my blog, and enjoying my writing, and supporting my career. I'm so incredibly grateful for all of you. And I'm going to take this month to refocus and wallow in gratitude for the freaking amazing life I have.

Until then, all best,

Kiersten

38 comments:

Anthony said...

I understand completely and totally support this. And you get to come back and there will be Christmas Music!

Go Kiersten!

Nicole said...

We'll miss you Kiersten :) Enjoy your time off from blogging!

Lexie said...

It's not true, you know. People will care. We care. But I completely understand your decision; sometimes you really do just need a break from the craziness that is the internet today. I hope you find your inspiration. :)

Hannah said...

I know what you mean. I seem to be clicking the same things for the last month or so.

Lady Gwen said...

I love your posts, but we'll still be here when you get back. Everyone needs to take a step back once in a while and you've been so busy publishing and traveling. Clear your mind, then you'll be all creative again!

Amanda J. said...

Enjoy your time off, and spend LOTS of time with James McAvoy. If he doesn't inspire you, I'm not sure what will. :P

Steph Sinkhorn said...

Sometimes you need to take the breather, for sure. Have an awesome break from the 'net. I hope when you do come back, you'll feel refreshed and raring to go :)

Anne R. Allen said...

I'm a great believer in blogcations. Nobody can keep doing the same thing without any time off and keep the inspiration going. So enjoy! Go get inspired.

Caroline Starr Rose said...

Good for you! Enjoy.

Suz Korb said...

Yeah, sometimes you just gotta go offline. I do that now and then. Longest I've stayed off was like 2 months. Good luck! ;)

Kimberly Sabatini said...

You are the most super role model for everyone. The best message that we can give to each other is that we have to do the right thing for ourselves sometimes. Enjoy November! (((hugs)))

Valette M. said...

We'll miss you!!!! Good luck recharging.

Cyndi Tefft said...

Kudos to you for recognizing when you need to move in a different direction and then doing it!

Debra Lynn Lazar said...

I hear you and second that motion. I just took a month off from eating chocolate and shopping and, somehow, survived it. I've also been blogging far more infrequently and have still gained followers.

Social networking is a time-consuming endeavor. Take all the time you need. Do what you need to do for your sanity and creativity. Your "real" friends and fans will be here through it all, on that you can depend. ;-)

Small Town Shelly Brown said...

Oh phew! I saw that picture of you signing your new contract and then the title of this post and thought that maybe you were quitting until you wrote those books.
One month, I can do one month. I won't even be around much in November either.
Enjoy your November!

Mel Fowler said...

Have fun, have fun, have fun, have fun!!!

Tamie said...

Good luck to you honey! We support you! And if your interested Addison Moore has some amazing books out at the moment that I think you will fall in love with ( note only on Kindle and Nook ) ...... Hope they can help.

LinWash said...

Go for it, Kiersten! (I agree with Amanda J!) You deserve a break.

Kristi said...

Good for you!

Enjoy your bloggy break...we all need them from time to time. Hope you find just what you need to feel refreshed and creatively charged! :)

Aubrey Anne said...

This post just might be the most inspirational thing I've seen online all month. I should do this. Good luck.

Nisa said...

Taking a break is definitely not a bad thing and we'll all be here when you get back! Go rescue your inspiration!

Kate said...

Good call! Fine by me, the ENDLESSLY cover should hold me for awhile, so I'm good. :)

Jordanne said...

I completely respect your decision and wish I could be brave enough to do the same....but NOOOOO!!! I LOVE reading your posts :( I do have to admit though, that I noticed something was up...so...take your time...but not TOO much time. I'll miss you bunches, Kiersten!!! xoxo

Anonymous said...

We'll miss you but don't worry about us...we still have the endlessly cover to comfort us in the
meantime;)x

Anonymous said...

Have fun getting inspired! I'm already feeling inspired to spend less time on the internet myself . . .

-Christine from Arizona

Cara Mia Amore said...

I've always loved your blog, it was one of the very first "writerly" blogs that I followed. But I do understand the need to pull yourself away. Give yourself a break and enjoy the other addictions out there. Like TV, there's some wacky things out there right now. Oh and family time, that's also a good addiction to have.

I hope you have a good, relaxing time off. I hope to see that you start to enjoy the blogging again, but it should be somethig YOU enjoy. Not just something you do because you feel you have to to charm and amuse us.

Cara

Whirlochre said...

As long as you come back with a weird new hairdo...

Claire Dawn said...

I feel you. I'm also struggling a bit. Maybe I'll take a break in the new year.

vixter2010 said...

Have a break and eat lots of chocolate!

rachaelvictorya said...

I'm gonna miss u so bad..but I understand...have fun on you're break..but come back (please :)

Anonymous said...

Enjoy you break. I just read your home page and wanted to comment that if you had ever encountered a Virginia White-tailed deer, particularly a suburban white-tailed deer, you would completely understand what it means to "high-tail over."

Laura in Virginia

Kris Atkins said...

Sounds like a good break. I hope you enjoy it!

Anonymous said...

You're in like flyn. People are addicted to your blog and all you have to say. Have no fears (and you look like a smart girl, I'm sure you don't) You know they'll be here salivating over the "eagerly awaited" words you'll bestow upon them...lol...Thanks for letting us know about your amazing life, girl. Enjoy it. We should all be so blessed...Especially in these dicey times...Occupy Wall St, people out of work...you know what I mean...

aussie trish said...

Bleep! I just started reading your blog. I hope your break goes well and clears out the cobwebs. We under 5' fans(2 in my household)wish you much peace and even more chocolate as we all know it is the universal cure for all!Enjoy.

Taffy said...

Good luck in regrouping! Everyone needs time to refill the creative well.

Debra Lynn Lazar said...

There's a lot of this going around. Many of us are burned out on our blogs and social media sites. There's nothing wrong with taking a break - in fact, it's healthy.

Enjoy the holidays and your family, and re-charge your creative batteries. I plan on doing the same. See you on the flip side. ;-)

Sarah said...

Is it weird that i still keep checking even though you said you weren't going to post? maybe wishful thinking...

see you in two days!

Anonymous said...

Hello,
I don't know if you'll ever read this but I just watned to tell you about my mother. My mother started by having two beautiful kids. and then for the next five years she kept having miscarriges. She was so scared but while some people were very supportive, some other weren't. for example, they went to an adoption agency and the people there looked at them as if they were crazy: "you already have two kids of you own, why do you want to adopt?". The thing is, even if it is a blessing to have children, and nothingg can take that happiness away, its always hard to not be able to expand your family. i don't know anything about yoiur own infertility issues but I just wanted to point out, that after five long years without kids my mom ended up making three more. So don't give up.