I’m (Still) Alive

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It’s now mid-December.  It’s been exactly 4 months since my last blog post, the longest break I’ve taken in 4 years of blogging.

Shockingly the world is still somehow turning.

I know it’s a vain and silly notion that the world will somehow unravel at its axis from a neglected blog, but so much anxiety within the blogging universe stems from the word “consistency.” 

Every blogger manual stresses the importance of consistency.  You have to blog X amount of times on the exact same day each week, or else your readers will abandon your blog, then your visits will lower and you’ll lose all of the credibility you’ve worked at for nearly half a decade.

However, I call bullshit.

 

I took a break and it was one of the best decisions I ever could have made.

Sure, my readership dropped and I missed out on partnerships, but it was a small price to pay.

This summer, I was burning out fast—and to be quite honest, my content was crap.  I didn’t want to blog, but instead was doing it because of that nagging voice in my head that kept on reminding me: “consistency.”

 

So what did I do instead of blogging?

I went home to California several times to see my family and didn’t spend the whole time on the computer.

I used the time I’d normally dedicate to commenting on random Instagram accounts deepening my relationships with the people I care about. 

Rather than staying up late writing blog posts, I finally caught up on sleep.

I feel rested, my relationships are stronger, and my creativity has come back to me.  I want to blog again for all of the reasons I started Madame Ostrich—to share what’s important to me, what inspires me.

 

However, the most important thing I’ve learned over the past four months of not blogging is that I need to be kinder to myself.

I’m only human and I need to be respectful of my own limits instead of always demanding more, more. It’s hard working a more than full time job and managing a blog.  It’s even harder when you’re trying to have a social life and be a good friend to the people you care about.

So, from now on, (or at least for the next month or so,) I’m only going to blog once a week.

I’ll be instagramming and snapping (snapchat: madame_ostrich) daily so we can keep in touch over there, but you’ll be hearing from me every Monday over here.

 

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Have a great week!

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  1. January 1, 2017 / 5:20 am

    i have just found your blog on fashion interesting. one word is very important here. Consistency! am a photojournalist based in kenya and am enjoying your works. nice! keeping going… peace 🔥🙏💞😘😍👏👏👏👏💞💞

  2. Hannah | The Outfit Repeater
    December 13, 2016 / 7:44 pm

    It’s good to see your face again! Blogging sure is a taxing endeavor so I’m glad you were able to get some time away to refocus. Your first outfit back is nothing short of fabulous. I’m looking forward to your new posting schedule!

    (And you’re right – if a fan is really a fan, they will always be there for you, no matter how long your absence might be. 🙂)

    Hannah | The Outfit Repeater

  3. December 12, 2016 / 9:50 pm

    GOOD FOR YOU, Christine. Sure, I missed you but your mental health is paramount. The blog exists to serve you, not the other way around. We all need to step back at times. Then we return with greater enthusiasm. Happy Holidays!

  4. Kim
    December 12, 2016 / 3:44 pm

    Hi Madame, it is so lovely to read your blog. You have absolutely done the right thing and if the photos are anything to go by you look as if you are bouncing with energy. You look stunning! It takes a strong woman to take a step back and reevaluate what’s important. You have done that and come back with a balance that suits your life, not what others dictate. As always you are an inspiration xxx. :-):-)

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