Saturday, 6 December 2014

Blogging vs Living in the Moment

If it wasn't for the fact that I scheduled some posts when I had basically a four day weekend last week, you might have thought I'd disappeared. I feel like I've disappeared from blogging! But allow me to fill you in...

When I started this blog back in July, it was the perfect activity for filling in some of my free time- summer holidays, weekends, evenings. It really helped me to have something purposeful to do with all those otherwise empty hours and I felt good for it. 

But this past week or so, I've suddenly had so many other things to do with that time and blogging took a bit of a back seat. From a tapas night, to champagne tasting, to developing an addiction to watching Suits on Netflix, to simply just making time to finally finish my book, life has felt pretty busy lately! Writing here and reading through the growing list of blogs on my Bloglovin feed just hasn't happened.

I love reading blog posts about what other people get up, and I genuinely mean to share some of the things I do too. The trouble is, I also like just enjoying something for what it is right there and then, not trying to capture a pretty picture of it and start trying to work out how to put it in words. And that causes a bit of a conflict when it comes to also writing a blog!

Even without a blog, there's still the temptation to try and record everything. Maybe it's because it's so easy to do these days- most of us have a camera phone, plus a multitude of places to share photos, whether that's Instagram, Facebook or elsewhere. It's part of today's culture to share with our friends and family exactly what we're doing, what we're enjoying. Blogging is an extension of that. 

Sometimes though, it's nice to just enjoy something for yourself, be completely appreciative of it and not distracted thinking of a catchy post title or hashtag to sum it up. 

I think it's particularly relevant at this time of year. I'm sure plenty of you will agree that Christmas has a 'feeling' to it, and for lots of people that's one of the best things about Christmas. That little shiver of excitement when you hear carols, or walk home down a road lit with decorations. But if your instant reaction is to need to share it, don't you just miss out a little bit?

And so that's why, despite what's been a really lovely week (well, apart from full days of lectures on epidemiology), I haven't posted about any of it until now. That's not to say I'm never going to post about the things I get up to, it's just that I intend to enjoy the moments - and it's a bonus if I have a good picture and the time to share my thoughts afterwards!

How do you balance blogging and just enjoying things as they happen?



  1. You make such a good point here, it's like that age old conflict - should you try to take photos of fireworks to enjoy later or just enjoy them? I don't necessarily set out to blog about things I do but I'll take pictures anyway to remember the occasion. I might blog about it the next day or a few weeks later. If I end up blogging about an event a while after, I find it a nice occasion to reflect on the event :)

    Heather x

  2. I completely agree it's hard to balance blogging and just enjoying life as it comes! A lot of the time I just ditch my phone and enjoy whatever I'm doing, I can blog anytime but I can't always go out and live in the moment!

    India / Touchscreens & Beautyqueens

  3. I get what you mean! I don't blog absolutely everything I do but it's tempting, haha. I guess I haven't balanced it yet!

  4. I totally agree with you and struggle with this myself! I'm an avid "recorder" and can't get enough of social media, and I found other parts of my life taking a back seat rather than the other way around! But I'm taking christmas to try and redress the balance a bit :) great post xxx

    The Persephone Complex

  5. I love this post. I wrote a similar one on my blog about being in the moment and not worrying about online life. It's a difficult balance, especially for us newbies, but it will come with time.

    xo, Rachel

  6. I've gone throw times when I feel the need to capture everything, and then other times, I can just put the camera/phone down and enjoy what's going on. As I don't really blog family times, I can easily leave the phone alone and enjoy the moment. But it is a hard thing to balance and there's no easy way to do it. But sometimes, there's things, events, places, that a camera can't capture the feeling, the beauty so sometimes I don't even try and just enjoy it for what it is.


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