01 January 2016

Photo Friday #236: a fond farewell

Happy new year, everybody! I’ve decided to start 2016 with some big news (in addition to the big job news last time, I guess).

Here’s the deal: I’m an optimizer. I am sure it makes those around me crazy, but I’m always that person asking, “Why are we doing it this way? Doesn’t it make more sense to do it this other way?” I’m not one to keep doing something the same way when it no longer works. Instead, I step back, figure out the end goal, and change the routine to match that goal.

It’s in that spirit that I’m drawing a close on regular posting here on the Redheaded Stepchild.

I know, just as we were about to move to a new town and new house with new jobs and start a whole new phase in our lives! But that’s just it. Right now, my days are entirely consumed with work and family – in a good way. I love my work and, obviously, I love my family. But I don’t want to publicly document my kid’s daily life, nor talk extensively about my job on a blog. That’s not what this blog was for, anyway. I used it for motivation to get stuff done, and believe me, I am getting stuff done – but caring for a toddler, being on the job market, working full-time, and blogging here nearly did me in over the last few months. I’m just not working on things I want to put out there for public consumption.

Then there’s the fact that, for many months now, I’ve felt like I’m out of anything useful to say here. Even when I have good content, I’m out of time and energy to write about it in a clever way. I still enjoy doing projects, but writing about them has begun to seem like a chore, which is precisely the opposite reason I started blogging. For years, this blog was my daily encouragement to be productive and creatively write about it. It was a useful and meaningful part of my life – which is exactly why I’m reluctant to continue posting and taint what I worked so hard to create with posts I don’t love.

So. It’s time to optimize. I admit, it makes me sad, but then again, there also are days when I want to shut this whole thing down and archive it. Instead, I’ll just write when I have the time, content, and brainpower to write a post worth sharing, whenever that may be. Until then, I’ll keep quiet.

Oh, and one last thing, my dear, dear readers.

9 comments:

Rachel C said...

Ah, this breaks my heart. The RedheadedStepchild has consistently been my favorite blog and the one I always stop by and read. But, I also appreciate that you know when to step back and enjoy life. I will certainly miss the weekly updates and look into your world, and I wish you all the best!

Tina said...

This has been my link to you for so many years now and wow I surely ache to see it go. But I completely understand. Actually, more than. Knowing how much you've taken on this past year and with adding a whole other person to Team P, I have been sorta expecting this - but nonetheless, hoping, hoping it just wouldn't happen.
I, too, am an optimizer. Even so, in this age of rapidly advancing technology, I'm not so eager to learn more than I know right now. And for right now, I know how to find TRS, not only IRL but also here. And I AM SO HAPPY you are not totally shutting this down. Your writing has always entertained me so I will check back here fairly regularly, full of hope. Is there a button somewhere we can click on to alert us of a fresh posting??? :-)
Congratulations for sticking with this as long as you did - I do believe you beat the odds of most bloggers.
And so it is true, what they've always said, all good things must come to an end...

Janice said...

It is a wise woman who prioritizes and acts on her priorities. Too many women don't do that and then have so many plates spinning out of control that she has lost her self trying to keep them spinning. Kudos to you to know which plates to spin and which to put on a shelf.
Like others, I'll miss your posts but I think you're making a wise decision. Having moved with children, I know what you're facing and one more thing on the to-do list can easily create unneeded stress. Would be lying if I didn't say I'm hoping for an occasional update on the life of Team P via the blog ;) Wishing Team P all the best as 2016 unfolds.

Richard said...

Thank you so very much for sharing your witty, clever, delightful look at life with us. Like Tina, I do understand and totally support your decision. I wish you all the best in 2016.

Christal Sohl said...

I'll miss being able to check in on your activities -- a little like we are still living in the same city! But oh gosh, please believe me, GOOD CALL. ;-) All the best to Team P in 2016! *hugs*

Laura said...

It's not goodbye, it's see you around! You've got to do what's best for you and your fam. However many or few times you post, I'll be sure to read. :)

Mechelle Dyer said...

Will miss checking in, but totally understand. You managed through the first year of baby P's life that's quiet remarkable.

Mary Beth said...

I will miss your blog so much! I know I don't comment often, but I read every post and am truly inspired by you! Good luck with the new job and the move. SO happy for you. Enjoy this new chapter :)

Miles said...

Good luck and best wishes for y'all's next adventure!