I’m actually having this issue right now. I was inspired to cover this topic because of the issue. I don’t cover many personal things on Blondish.net because it’s more for you, and not always about me telling you all what my family does. However, some of you have been readers for a long time. Some of you followed me over a decade ago from several other domains I had jumped between.
My stepmother has been suffering cancer for about 5 years (ovarian cancer.) She also has had the unfortunate experience to have metal fused to her entire spine due to bad back injuries. During her time of remission, the metal came loose in her back and became infected. We thought we had lost her. She was put on an anti-biotic, which prevents her from doing chemotherapy. At times, I was worried and often stopped blogging for a week or a little over a week.
March of 2015, a new mass was found and she was told by her doctor that there was basically nothing they could do. To be honest, since her decline in health since mid- 2014, I’ve not been the blogging machine that people have known me to be.
These are the types of things that make it hard to concentrate. Birth of new family, death of family, sick children, death of close friends, divorce, a bad break-up, loss of a job, and other things – these can affect your emotional health, and sometimes even physical health.
When this happens, it’s quite alright to not put blogging as the priority in your life. The people you love the most, they should be first. Yes, being helpful or giving your readers new stuff to see are great, but it’s not necessary.
If you are going through juggling blogging and family who are ill, here are some tips:
- Let your readers know what is going on. If you disappear, you may find that some of your most loyal readers and followers will reach out to you or your friends to check in on you. While you may not know them face-to-face, some of them actually care because they trust you and wish for your success.
- It’s quite alright to post minimally. Don’t get anxious because you didn’t post.
- Reach out to blogging peers and ask to see if they could produce a guest post as a favor. This is good for both of you.
- If you’ve become depressed, seek professional counselling. You could reach out to your followers and readers, but a professional can help guide you through processing that emotion and can help you find some motivation.
- Don’t be afraid to write shorter articles. Do what you can handle.
- Don’t force yourself to post. Never feel guilty. Your readers will understand.
While, I’ve not done all of these suggestions, I’ve observed others, and these tips seem to work well. I know for myself, the road is rough and my stepmom will pass away soon, but you’ll be informed if I may need to take a short hiatus.
If you’re going through a similar situation, my heart goes out to you. I hope these tips help. Feel free to reach out to me if you need someone to listen.