Opening Up

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Well, I seem to have done it again – taken an extended multiple-week-long break from the blog.  I’ve been doing this quite often over the past year and a half or so, and basically here’s why.

I have been purposely avoiding sharing too much of my life on the blog.  I wanted to step away from the “share everything” style that I started this blog with, because I got too caught up in it.  So I stepped far far away, and while I did continue to blog every now and then, I wasn’t really being consistent.

And my blog was (well, kind of is) lacking in personality and relatability.  Which is so hypocritical of me, given that I only really like to read other blogs that throw in a bit of personal stuff.

I have been very hesitant to open up on the blog, because I wanted to step away from the internet world and immerse myself in real life more.  There were many times when I even considered just quitting the blog world, but something has always drawn me back.  I want to focus on being present and being with the people around me, But to be perfectly honest, it hasn’t worked very well.

I have been busy, but there hasn’t been a lot going on in my life.  After graduation, many of my friends left the city.  I moved away from the city center, and and have been job searching full time.  I’m not trying to throw a pity party for myself here, but times have been better.

And I need an outlet. I need a place to talk about things that I have trouble telling people face to face.  Yet for some reason, I have no qualms about telling the whole internet.  I need a place to vent about the little things that I love, and about my continuous struggles with food.

Basically, I need to get back to the reasons I started this blog. For me. To share my stories and lessons I’ve learned from them.  To satisfy my need to get my food-related thoughts out of my head, even if nobody reads them.

Sure, I’ll probably get back to commenting a few blogs, being active on social media (because this I never really stopped), but I’m setting a limit, and sharing personal stories because I need to.

It’s all for me.  I’m opening up for me.

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5 thoughts on “Opening Up

  1. Chelsea @ Chelsea's Healthy Kitchen

    I can totally relate to this because I’m a really private person and I don’t like opening up about myself. I stepped out of my comfort zone when I started my blog and I did share some pretty personal stuff, but then I went cold turkey and switched to really impersonal posts. Now I’ve found a happy medium, which I like. Even if it’s hard for me, I find opening up to be really worth it because it’s nice to have support and helpful comments from the blog community. I’m sure you’ll find this to be the case too! :)
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    1. Rachel Post author

      I definitely did the same thing – switched to impersonal posts – and lost most of my readership. I don’t regret it, but I’m hoping I can find a happy medium between sharing and still going about my life.

  2. Heather @ Kiss My Broccoli

    I TOOOOOOtally get what you mean…it took me a LONG time to finally start opening up on the blog and I’m so glad that I did. Now, I seem to go back and forth between the personal posts, recipes, and just silly ones. I think my blog is a better representation of the real me now. And I can’t think the blogging community enough for all the love and support they’ve given me during my struggle with food. I think I’m finally getting to a point where I’m starting to feel “normal” more than ABnormal! 😉 Remember, if you ever need to talk…or VENT…I’m all email ears! xoxo
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