I’ve been trying to write this post for weeks.
I’m not generally a fan of bloggers apologising for absences. But I do feel in this case that at the very least an explanation is warranted.
I have mentioned here or on social media a couple of reasons why I’ve been so quiet over the last couple of months (and by quiet I mean practically falling off the blogosphere). One was our recent trip to New Zealand,
the other being that a day before I was due to begin my leave for said trip, my computer died, leaving me with no way to work or blog.
I didn’t lose anything important (if you haven’t backed up in a while, stop reading this post and go do it now!) but it was still a very stressful time trying to get all of my pre-holiday work done on a borrowed computer with missing software, fonts etc. I’ve since bought a new computer and am loving it but am still running at reduced productivity while I’m in the setup process of restoring all my backup and getting used to the new software.
Anyway, so the other thing I haven’t told you is that I now have a day job again.
The pesky little voice on one shoulder hasn’t wanted to publicise this fact (“Don’t admit to the world you’ve failed,” says the voice). But the one on the other shoulder says “Be honest, be open. You’re a real person and there’s nothing to be ashamed of”.
So here’s me trying to listen to the second voice.
I am proud of what I have achieved over the last three years with my business Akimbo and with this blog. They have both opened up a world of opportunities that I never dreamed of and have brought me in contact with some amazing people (some of whom I’m lucky enough to now call friends).
But it has also been an incredible amount of work. Now, I’m not opposed to working hard (far from it), but I was burning out. I was pouring everything I had into my business and blog, putting in some crazy hours, not being the kind of wife/friend/daughter/person I want to be, while not being rewarded with the kind of results I anticipated. Which is fine over the short term, but three years of that and my well was dry.
It was time to step back and to put my little family-of-two and our future first while I figure the rest out.
I was hoping to have everything under control before telling you all this, but the truth is I’m still working it all out. I have my existing full-time workload plus 2-3 days at my new graphic design gig so it’s quite full-on at the moment. But I am really enjoying the work (I’ve missed working in a studio on commercial jobs) and getting out of the house.
It’s also had the unexpected benefit of giving me perspective on my business and has forced me to streamline things so I’m focusing on my most important work. I am gradually pruning my ever-growing list of commitments so I am hoping that things will settle down over the next couple of months and I can start the new year fresh and with a bit more balance in my life.
So what does this mean for Atypical Type A?
The short story is: I am not going anywhere. I just need some time to adjust to my new schedule and reassess how my blogging fits into that. Of course, it means I have even less time to work on projects for the blog (although we do now have the means to save for a new house, which means way more projects in future – woop!).
My priority is keeping the quality, even if it means publishing fewer posts a week. I am also considering hiring some help (either for the behind-the-scenes admin work or for contributing writers) to ease the burden on myself. Either way, I still love this blog and am committed to producing great content for you guys.
Thanks so much for your patience while I navigate this sometimes turbulent ocean.
Are you juggling a day job with a business or blog? I’d love to know your secrets for staying sane and getting everything done!