You’ve probably noticed diminished posts as of late. As in none, whatsoever. Or maybe you didn’t, in which case you were probably also busy living your life and didn’t take any time to think, “Hey, what happened to the Hedgers?” It’s cool… you’re forgiven. In case you’re behind on the news, basically we just stopped writing and sharing things to social media for the past month. We hit a wall and decided it was best to just step back take a well-deserved break.
Our lives might look pretty glamorous from afar, but we still have full time 9-5 jobs. Part time adventure journalists, full time English teachers; except replace “journalists” with “bloggers” and “part time” with “we get out when we can.” Doing both those things on a daily basis was becoming exhausting, like we’re talking bouts of fatigue so extreme that I was borderline narcoleptic. Ryan and I would be chatting together and next thing I’d know he’d be annoyed and shaking me awake like, “did you seriously just fall asleep while I was mid-sentence?!” Maintaining a blog has a way of taking over your life as you are constantly sharing content, interacting on social media, making videos for YouTube (insert shameless plug here), checking stats religiously, and marketing yourself via any means necessary.
We had to reexamine why we were even doing it in the first place. Initially we wanted a way to be creative and work together while documenting our thrilling journey into the unknown (Korea) and all the incredible places we were seeing and strange food we were eating (dog). Okay I made that last part up, we don’t really eat dog. We certainly weren’t doing it for the stats and we never planned on becoming well known. So, in order to get back
our mental stability into a better mindset, we had to beat the blogger burnout.
Here’s what we did.
WE TOOK SOME TIME OFF
After going mildly crazy from all the pressures and stress, I just decided one night that no, I wasn’t going to finish writing that post and no, I’m not going to write it tomorrow, either. I felt like a four year old defying my mother, and it was AMAZING. No! I could just say “no.” So we did. Our evenings became about having normal people routines like cooking together, watching TV, and falling asleep on the couch in the middle of an Orange is the New Black episode and waking up grumpy, accusing Ryan of not putting me to bed like the child I am. Last Sunday, we spent the entire day not leaving the apartment once. It was a goddamn dream.
In Yeosu. We pretty much refused to leave our coastal city for the entirety of this month.
WE WROTE FOR FUN
Burnout for me mostly happened when I realized I hated dedicating my free time to writing posts that were only geared to be getting high stat numbers and search hits from Google. Yes, we were getting a ton of traffic to our site, but who were these people? Were they even sticking around to read more? Were they just taking what info they needed and then selfishly bouncing without even leaving a simple comment like, “Yo! Thanks for the info, you guys rock!”? I’m not mad, just leave a comment every now and then. I don’t eat a meal you meticulously prepared for me on date night and then just leave your house without a word. It’s just manners.
So I put down the laptop and grabbed pen and paper and started a journal. I write whatever I want, whenever I want and I don’t have to worry about a single deadline. I am now using said journal for sketching and calligraphy, something I haven’t done in years because I have been too geared towards writing about the “Top 10 Things to do in Insert City Name Here.” Not that I have anything against posts like that or bloggers who write posts like that. Thanks for sharing that info, you guys rock!
A hike we did in Yeosu this past month sans everything except water and a camera. Oh, and cheese. Which melted.
WE UNPLUGGED FROM IT ALL
If at any point you tried to contact Ryan or I over the past month and it took ages for us to respond, we’re sorry (kind of). My phone was used for posting the very occasional Instagram photo but mostly for snoozing my alarm clock 5 times every morning. I couldn’t even be bothered to clear notifications that were coming in and at one point I had over 150 Pinterest notifications and Ryan was like, “okay, you’ve got a problem.” Taking the time to enjoy your personal, private time and to live in each moment is absolutely paramount to
mentally stable happy, healthy lives. Ryan’s dad is much the same way in that you may never hear from him for months on end. It honestly used to bug the hell out of us that we were never able to get a hold of him. Jeff, if you’re reading this, I totally get it now.
WE TRIED SOMETHING NEW
This past month has been filled mostly with me rebelling against doing anything and everything outside of the necessary (other than impulse buying a giant unicorn pool inflatable for my birthday, but define “necessary”). I did, however, start learning how to cook a bit more and the results have been, well banana bread mostly, but GOOD banana bread (with some help from Ryan). Who knows? Maybe next month I’ll get inspired to try cooking some brownies without using the box recipe. The point is, try something new! I find that it always refreshes me and inspires me to be more creative. Also, I turned 30 and have knee pain when it rains. So that’s new, too.
30th birthday, also Yeosu. You thought I was joking about the giant unicorn pool inflatable? Also, June is still way too cold for swimming.
I’m going to be honest with you: I don’t know when this hiatus is going to end. Forgive us if we don’t write again for another week. We are in the middle of Season 3 of Orange is the New Black and Ruby Rose is the most attractive 30-year-old Australian woman I have ever seen. She probably doesn’t get knee pain when it rains. Anyway, be patient, we will get back into the swing of things.
In the meantime, what are your thoughts? Does full time blogging just come easily to you, or do you find yourself dreaming of moving to rural Canada where WiFi, cable TV, decent weather, and other people don’t exist just to get away from the grip technology has on you?