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Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Bloggy Burn Out & Big News

Being a blogger is hard work. There's a lot of self-induced pressure to post something every day. And not just something, but something heartfelt, funny, captivating or relateable.

I currently have 36 drafts.

No joke!

I definitely don't have a lack of ideas or mommyhood topics to write about, I just end up editing and re-editing the same drafts and then get stuck trying to make them work, so there they sit. I suppose it's the perfectionist in me.

It's the posts that I hammer out in 10 minutes that are the best received. There's usually very little thinking involved, they just flow out of me like magic. I love it when that happens.

At any rate, just when I was
contemplating taking a few days off and stepping away from my taunting drafts, one of my personal favorite Letters For Lucas posts, The House That Built Me is featured today on the BlogHer Home Page in the Member Section.

For those of you that don't know, BlogHer is a community and media company created in partnership with women in social media.
They also host the world's largest women's blogging conference (this year it is taking place in San Diego in March and I bought my ticket last week!). To be featured on their Web site is huge! I am very excited about this and grateful for the opportunity to cast my net and acquire new readers.

Especially with this piece of writing.

This was one of those posts that was so easy to write and came to me very naturally.

I wrote The House That Built Me the morning we moved from our beloved home in San Diego to our new home in Orange County less than a month ago. It was a bittersweet move because of all of the memories and wonderful moments we experienced in our old house.

If you missed this post the first time around, I'd love it if you visited the BlogHer Web site and read it there. Thank you!

As far as my bloggy burn out, I may end up taking some time off.

Oh, shoot, who am I kidding?

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Blogger Miley said...

Ohhh, I have so many drafts that are all "well thought out" and you're right - the ones that are "off the cuff" are best received. Sigh.
No worries about the bloggy burnout. I think we all hit that wall sometimes!

January 5, 2011 at 9:41 AM  
Anonymous Laura said...

I just read that post and it's wonderful. Burnout is hard. You'll get it back!!!

January 5, 2011 at 9:42 AM  
Blogger Natalie said...

Ha! You're starting to sound like me! I always say I'm taking time off and then end up blogging MORE!

January 5, 2011 at 9:45 AM  
Blogger Liz said...

I think that's one of my most favorite posts of yours! There is so much symbolism tied into our home!

January 5, 2011 at 9:58 AM  
Blogger John and Allie Fields said...

This just reminded me to weed out my drafts!

January 5, 2011 at 10:06 AM  
Blogger Shelby said...

Congrats, Tonya!!!!!! Letters for Lucas is the only blog I read every day, because I love your writing style and of course keeping up with your antics. I would imagine there is little difference between trying to churn out a daily blog and having a regular column in a newspaper, but try to go easy on yourself. We Mamas already have enough pressure on us :)

January 5, 2011 at 10:07 AM  
Blogger alicia said...

I loved that post. And I can certainly relate to what you are saying. It is certainly those that just flow that are my best as well. But I think the fact that you have so many drafts is the exact reason I love stopping by. You don't spew out just anything. You stamp is uniquely you and always wonderful.

January 5, 2011 at 10:14 AM  
Blogger WeeMasonMan's Mom said...

Congrats! I love that post!

January 5, 2011 at 10:52 AM  
Blogger Hope said...

Does it count as time off if you talk about taking time off? Because I have a tendency to do that. :p

Congrats on getting featured on BlogHer!

January 5, 2011 at 12:14 PM  
Blogger Renee said...

I'll head that way soon.

I'm always amazed by you all that blog daily. I'm lucky to get one out every couple of weeks.

January 5, 2011 at 1:13 PM  
Blogger gingerbreadmama said...

Tonya, that is so exciting that you are featured on BlogHer! You rock and very much deserve it!! You are a great and dedicated writer, and I enjoy reading your insights. But I have to admit, I never, ever thought I'd hear (or read) you say you get burned out by blogging. I totally get it, happens to me often, but you are such a machine!

But there is NOTHING wrong with taking some time off to rejuvenate. Hope you do something fun and clear your head.

January 5, 2011 at 2:26 PM  
Blogger Sherri said...

I love that they featured your post today! And it was one of my favorites of yours, too.

Congrats, my friend! And Bloggy Burn Out? I think it's that time of year. I have no drafts, nothing in the works, and nothing scheduled!

Guess I'd better get on that!

January 5, 2011 at 7:58 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I love that they featured you today!! Congrats!!!

January 5, 2011 at 9:51 PM  
Anonymous tara said...

Congrats Tonya, that is a huge honor!! woo hoo!!! hope you are doing well, I always read jut not good at commenting!! hope your new home in the OC is treating you well! xo

January 6, 2011 at 11:41 AM  
Blogger Circus Daily said...

Congrats to be featured on blogher...

When I first started blogging last May I kept coming across blogher mentions. I felt, maybe still feel a bit, that blogher is for the big kids who know their way around the the upper classmates in highschool...

Do you have to be invited to go to the conference, or can anyone attend?

Anyways, congratulations again...big accomplishment

January 6, 2011 at 1:40 PM  
Blogger Leah said...

I feel the pressure to blog all the time too. I even just got several all scheduled to go off on my blog while I'm in Germany next week. Wouldn't want my blog to go dormant that entire time! : )
Oh congrats on getting on BlogHer! That's very neat! That post certainly was a lovely one indeed!

January 9, 2011 at 11:14 PM  

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