Let’s have an honest conversation.

on September 3, 2010 in Ze Bloggy Goodness with 19 comments by

I love blogging.

Y’all know I do.

In fact, some people [like Marisa] would say that blogging is my love language. And those some people would probably be right.

But it takes a lot of time. To write the posts. To reply to comments. To think about the future posts. It’s a beautiful use of my time.

But there never seems to be enough time.

I ADORE my job at Mocha Club [“like” us? please?],Β and that gets a lot of my time.

I have a deep fondness for Help-Portrait, and that gets a lot of my time.

I love to write for Susie Magazine, (in)courage, and other random opportunities that fly across my radar. Time.

I love my friends, and there are few out there that need my time right now. And I’m glad they do.

So each day, my work wins. My writing wins. My family wins. My friends win.

And by then, it’s 10pm and I’m pooped for realz. [I’m 30 now. Remember?]

And the blog loses.

Which is worrisome for a blogger. Because, whether this is right or wrong, when I don’t blog every day I worry that you will leave and not come back. I worry that I’m losing my touch, that my humor well is running dry. There are a lot of lies that I fight in my head when it comes to social media and sometimes the best way to beat those lies is to stare them in the face and say, “prove it.”

So I fear I’ll be forgotten? Then I choose to be quiet.

So I fear that my bloggy skillz will disappear like the morning dew? Then I choose to be quiet.

Because what happens if, in the quiet, everyone does leave? WILL I SURVIVE? Will my life go on if I lose followers on twitter or if blog readers decided not to swing by everyday?

In the quiet, everything falls into place and the truth wins.

My blog is absolutely one of my favorite things. But I am good at being Annie, with or without AnnieBlogs.

My life is busy. I love my life. And I love to blog. And everyday I am trying to learn how to balance living in here [AnnieBlogs] and living out there [Annie Downs].

Thanks for your patience while I’ve lived out there for a while.

Le balance? It hath returned.

[I know, I mixed French and olden days English. Sue me. I’m just hopping back in the saddle.]


  1. posted on Sep 03, 2010 at 6:07 AM  |  reply

    The old country song will be in my head all day, “I’m back in the saddle again”. Thanks for the honesty. Life happens and we have to live it.

  2. posted on Sep 03, 2010 at 6:21 AM  |  reply

    I absolutely adore your honesty & blogging is such a hard thing to do! I started a personal blog a while back (inspired by your blog, btw) and while I have longings to post everyday, I free you from that. We, your readers, will be here to read whenever you do post & we will be happy and laugh at your posts when you do. Thanks for being you, you’re an encouragement to us all! πŸ™‚

  3. posted on Sep 03, 2010 at 7:48 AM  |  reply

    You are so cool. I wish I could be apart of your real life offline. But as it stands, I’m not going anywhere and will still read whenever you get a chance to post here. As a matter of fact, I’m kinda grateful if you don’t post every day as that would give me a lot to read when I do get a chance to catch up … not that you’re not worth it or extremely funny and insightful … just trying to balance my time too πŸ™‚ Love ya girl!

  4. Emily Ferris
    posted on Sep 03, 2010 at 9:05 AM  |  reply

    Annie – I don’t know you personally, but I love your blog and find such encouragement from it. That being said, I know it must be a huge commitment. Never fear – we’ll always come back!! I love that you have a full life and live out your passions on a daily basis. Don’t give that up!

  5. posted on Sep 03, 2010 at 9:11 AM  |  reply

    Amen and amen to those that have already commented.

    We’ll be here when you come around and we’ll laugh and cry and do whatever else.

    I dunno. But it’ll be great. πŸ™‚

    Do yo thang Annie. Whatever that thang may be πŸ™‚

  6. posted on Sep 03, 2010 at 9:49 AM  |  reply

    I’ll always come back. But I sure was happy to see you all lit up in my Reader again.

  7. posted on Sep 03, 2010 at 10:09 AM  |  reply

    I will camp out forever if I have to. I’m never leaving. Not even if the police come and try to tear gas me out.

  8. Lara
    posted on Sep 03, 2010 at 10:24 AM  |  reply

    Your insight, warmth and truthfulness are a pleasure to share, however often you are inspired/able to do so.
    I’m glad life is good, if full. πŸ™‚

  9. Kristi Kay
    posted on Sep 03, 2010 at 11:54 AM  |  reply

    You can pop up in my Reader anytime πŸ™‚

  10. Grace
    posted on Sep 03, 2010 at 12:34 PM  |  reply

    So I’m just going to admit this right now, even though I’m a little embarrassed.
    This the order in which I check things on my itouch every. single. morning before I even get out if bed
    #1. My main email account
    #2. Facebook
    #3. annieisthebomb.com (I mean…your blog, whatevs)
    #4 (and on…) Everything else (Twitter, weather, etc)

    I promise you I’m not lying. You are approximately the 3rd thing i do every day.

    Just sayin’…. You’re awesome and noteworthy. And a blessing to all who read you.
    Take all the time you need (bc I’m not going anywhere- promise) but, keep on keepin on. =)

  11. posted on Sep 03, 2010 at 4:32 PM  |  reply

    Love you, Annie…whether you write one blog a week, or 7 blog entries a day…I would still read it :o)

  12. posted on Sep 03, 2010 at 6:26 PM  |  reply

    I’m glad you’re back! But I’m willing to wait for the next post whenever you need to take a break.

  13. posted on Sep 03, 2010 at 6:56 PM  |  reply

    Hi Annie! Not going anywhere. πŸ™‚

    Balance, it’s hard isn’t it? Been trying to figure that one out since school started and I’m back in the classroom teaching. Those worries creep in here too! Being new to blogging I’ve put a pressure on myself to have to blog everyday, which in reality doesn’t always happen now that summer is over.

    Anywhoo…you’ve not lost your voice, you’re still rockin’ with the words, and Christ is being shown through your blog. I love reading it!

    Have a great weekend!!

  14. posted on Sep 04, 2010 at 6:55 PM  |  reply

    I’m still here sister! I’m trying to blog more these days, and the main concern I have is making sure my bloggy/twittery/FBooky/Blackberry-stained life does not overshadow my time with Jesus. Lindsey at Redefining Health asked if the fridge gets opened more than my Bible. I extend that to my social networking thingies. I’ve put myself on restriction! None of that stuff ’til I’ve had time with my Savior and Lord. It’s hard because all the other stuff is so instant, so social, so noisy/fun. But more than anything, I need the stillness, the quietness, the listening with Him.

    Love ya and joining with you to balance it all. Bird

  15. Laura
    posted on Sep 04, 2010 at 7:05 PM  |  reply

    I find your writing just lovely. Deep, funny, silly, surprising, insightful… and sometimes it fulfills all of those adjectives in one post. I won’t stop checking in, and I’ll take whatever words you have the energy to give.

  16. posted on Sep 04, 2010 at 11:59 PM  |  reply

    I find too that it is hard to find that balance to write the fresh posts, comment and build relationships with other bloggers, etc. I love your blog and would follow you if you posted once a week or twice am month. Do what is right for you!

  17. ali
    posted on Sep 06, 2010 at 10:56 AM  |  reply

    we’re definitely not going anywhere πŸ™‚ your blog is beautiful, inspiring, and funny…no matter how long between posts, i’ll always be checking back in.

  18. posted on Sep 07, 2010 at 7:03 AM  |  reply

    i so get this! I’m afraid if I take too long of a break I’ll forget how to write or there will be no one left to read me.

    don’t you worry. we are still here!

  19. Mel
    posted on Sep 08, 2010 at 9:19 AM  |  reply

    I understand, I don’t blog everyday and then I feel bad. I have all these wonderful readers and then I leave them hanging πŸ™‚ I think they understand. Life is busy, especially for us writers who are out trying to make a name for ourselves! I tried to register for Susie magazine. It told me my registration wasn’t approved? Weird. Anyway, I enjoy reading your blog and posts on (In)Courage. Keep up the good work and know, it’s all in HIS hands πŸ™‚

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