Blogging off for a bit!

Blogging off for a bit!

Happy Tuesday all! I hope you are all well and that the month of May holds exciting prospects for everyone. So some of you may have noticed that I haven’t been blogging a lot lately. If you haven’t noticed then hmmph, I thought I meant something to you!  

I haven’t been posting as much due to a bout of sickness and a bout of blogging disillusionment. Although I do offer advertising and various other make-money-from-your-blog-schemes, Ekaterina’s Greek Expectations is essentially just a hobby and it is becoming increasingly difficult to juggle my day job, freelance writing, quality time with my family, The Greek Wives Club and all the ridiculous social media that bloggers are expected to keep up with.

I was recently told that I should be more active on YouTube in order to drive more traffic to my blog. Sorry to disappoint guys (!) but despite the odd video here and there to add some fun to a blog post, I just don’t have the time nor the inclination to film myself every Friday, edit on the Saturday and upload on the Sunday. I admire those bloggers / vloggers who can juggle all the social media outlets and deliver quality blog posts and videos every single week, but I just can’t do it. And I’ve got to the stage where I just don’t want to.

When blogging starts to become a chore rather than a joy, you know you’ve hit a brick wall.

So I’ve decided to take a break and concentrate on my children’s book for now (see my author website at www.ekaterinabotziou.com) and in true lower-than-Z-list-celebrity-status-fashion I thought I would announce my mini sabbatical on social media.

Of course I won’t completely neglect my ‘fans’ and there will be the odd facebook and instagram reblog or photo to keep things ticking along. I know that a true blogger wouldn’t dare miss a post and let their stats drop but to be honest, when your writing becomes all about numbers and not the words, the joy just gets sucked right out.

So don’t cry for me friends and readers, the truth is I’ll never leave you.

I’m off to the husband-land (Cyprus…where else…) at the end of the month and hope to attend a friend’s fashion show so there WILL be a blog post on that but I can’t give a precise date.

In the meantime do head on over to my sister’s blog The Gluten Free Greek for lots of Greek gluten-free fun!

Oh and if anyone is in Cyprus end of May do let me know so we can smash some plates together. I’ll probably be down at Hobos or attempting to catch some rays at Palm Beach. If you can’t find me there it’s because I’ve escaped in the batmobile pictured above.

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Have a great May everyone!

♥♥♥

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19 Comments

  1. Maria Constantine
    5th May 2016 / 9:59 am

    Hi Ekaterina! I completely understand that you need some time out as I’ve been doing the same thing since last summer 🙂 Take care of yourself — relax, have fun, enjoy your break in Cyprus and we’ll be waiting for you when you’re ready to get back into the world of social media… xxx

    • Ekaterina
      5th May 2016 / 10:06 am

      Thank you Maria for your constant support 🙂 xxx

  2. 5th May 2016 / 8:16 am

    It’s a very full on job! Totally understand.

    Who makes these rules anyway? Just do it when you feel the time is right.

    Enjoy your holiday and give your little boy a big cuddle for me.

    • Ekaterina
      5th May 2016 / 8:17 am

      Thanks Sia! Xx

  3. Effie Kammenou
    3rd May 2016 / 9:40 pm

    Hi! Ekaterina.

    I think you are taking a healthy step for yourself, and I agree, writing should be a joy and not a chore. After my mother passed away, I stopped food blogging for six months. I had no inspiration or inclination to post. I wish you good health and many happy times with your beautiful family. I wish I could be in Cyprus to break plates with you. It sounds like fun. And BTW, I didn’t know that Gluten free Greek was your sister!

    • Ekaterina
      4th May 2016 / 7:23 am

      Hi Effie – it’s definitely good to take a break. Yep I managed to get my sis on the blogging bandwagon as well so she can continue our name! 😉 xx

  4. 3rd May 2016 / 3:26 pm

    You will be missed, but oh, how I know the feeling. Work on your books and refresh your mind – get the cobwebs out and feel some freedom. We’ll still be here when you come back!

    • Ekaterina
      3rd May 2016 / 3:26 pm

      🙂 Thanks Noelle!

  5. Anastasia
    3rd May 2016 / 10:59 am

    Awwww Ekaterina I will miss you! Enjoy your break but please com back soooooon! ❤️

    • Ekaterina
      3rd May 2016 / 11:03 am

      Awww thank you! 🙂 xx

  6. 3rd May 2016 / 10:22 am

    At least people read your blog…. 🙂
    I am hoping to see you in person this trip if I don’t get ‘stage fright’ again, so if you see what looks like a dirty old man pacing the beach, or perhaps walking up and down past Hobos numerous times as if he has lost something, give me a shout! Have a well earned rest Ekaterina.

    Your second biggest fan 🙂

    • Ekaterina
      3rd May 2016 / 10:42 am

      Haha thanks Chris. I shall be on the lookout for you!! 🙂

  7. 3rd May 2016 / 10:19 am

    Blogs are about your writing, your message, your voice. Painting images with the right words is far more demanding than any video. Take the break, access, gather content and see what works best to channel your talent and energy! Ambition is good when it is positively productive. You already have so much success; enjoy the break in preparation for new successes!!

    • Ekaterina
      3rd May 2016 / 10:24 am

      Thanks Stacey!! Need to focus what’s left of my energy elsewhere for a bit then I’m sure I’ll be back!! Thank you for all your support 🙂

  8. Andre
    3rd May 2016 / 9:41 am

    Enjoy and… be back, Inspirational Woman!

  9. 3rd May 2016 / 9:09 am

    You have to do what feels right, I would say never succumb to pressure, I don’t, I make vlogs when I feel like it and moved from 1 a day (eek) to whenever I feel like which is usually once a week. Write a list of why you love blogging and remind yourself of that. A break in Cyprus will be lush and just the tonic you need, we all need a break to recuperate and refresh. Don’t forget how awesome you are though. Looking forward to the fashion post already xx

    • Ekaterina
      3rd May 2016 / 9:17 am

      Thanks Vicki! I just need some time alone with a chocolate cake and I’m sure I’ll be back to my blogging best in no time! 😉 xxx

  10. 3rd May 2016 / 8:44 am

    I’m sure it is a well earned break Ekaterina, I’d say rest but it is more of a temporary re-focusing of your time and energy rather than a rest, I am sure.

    We started blogging almost on the same day and I know how you feel. My figures are down a bit this year, is it from my tiredness, “numbers” pressure, being too busy to post as regularly, reader fatigue or probably a bit of everything.

    I hope you enjoy your time away and it was such a good thing to have met you in bloggerland. Hope you come back one day even if in the distant future.

    Enjoy the sunshine!

    Your biggest ‘ fan’ 🙂

    • Ekaterina
      3rd May 2016 / 9:21 am

      Thanks Stefano – you have always been so supportive. In the words of Arnie, ‘I’ll be back.’ 🙂

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