Max and Kai: Where it all began and where might it go…

Max and Kai stemmed from my insane need to use my brain again after becoming a mum to my firstborn child “Maximus”. I began writing just 12 weeks after he was born and quickly took an 8-week hiatus almost straight away because he was quite poorly with recurring urine infections which ended in hospital stays each time.

To say this was a difficult start to the introduction of motherhood would be an understatement.

I had never really had an interest in blogging previously and I certainly didn’t follow any other mummy bloggers before joining the club myself. ]

At the beginning I loved to blog, just to freely write as much crap about Max as I could muster. Back then I wasn’t in any “Facebook Groups” and had no clue about things like going self-hosted. I was in my own little blogging bubble and looking back I can hand on heart say I loved it.

Not once did I ever feel judged or stressed about the small number of people reading my posts. If just one person viewed a page it made me happy, I just wanted other to enjoy my drivel. All of my traffic came from the WordPress reader, I didn’t actively promote the blog anywhere else. I didn’t know that you could.

If just one person viewed a page it made me happy, I just wanted others to enjoy my drivel. All of my traffic came from the WordPress reader, I didn’t actively promote the blog anywhere else. I didn’t know that you could.

Some or most bloggers cringe at their early posts. Maybe they weren’t written for an audience, seo’d to the hilt or God forbid contained spelling or grammar errors. After all what kind of “writer” would publish a post that “may” contain a grammatical faux pas (never mind that half of us are probably writing with a sleep deprived brain).

I’m the opposite, I’m not ashamed of my previous posts. When they pop up on time hop or if I’m having a look back they just make me feel sad. The reason being that I was much happier back then just writing for the fun of it. Not for page views or to look attractive to brands.

Some of the posts are short some are probably un-relevant but to me, they are home. To me, they showcase a different blogger. They feel like Kris the blogger who doesn’t give a hoot about what others think or where she’s ranking in this or that.

She’s a girl who doesn’t feel the need to engage in pods and like for like threads to up the views and social media stats. She doesn’t feel the need to keep up with the Jones and get bogged down with the constant crap that occasionally comes with blogging.

I kind of miss her and her blog.

That’s why I’ve come to a bit of a decision, it’s time for a break, to press the refresh button. It’s all become a bit too much lately, and I don’t just mean the writing. That’s the easy part. Constantly trying to be part of this “blogging community” has weighed me down, certain situations have frankly left me feeling a little broken.

Sometimes we need to ask the question ” Is it even worth it”?

This is something I need to take the time to figure out. So really this is a ciao for now maybe we will see you on the other side.

 

*I will still be attending Blog On in September for all you that are attending, I made the commitment to myself and my sponsor (I’m not one to let people down). I’m steering clear of Facebook but you can still find us on Twitter and Instagram.

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11 Comments

  1. July 7, 2017 / 9:53 pm

    Best of luck to you. I can see where you are coming from. X

  2. July 8, 2017 / 4:59 am

    It’s hard, when it becomes a chore and you’re not enjoying it it’s time to take a break. I wish you all the best!

  3. Charlie
    July 8, 2017 / 6:40 am

    You have to do what’s best for you & your family. Good to hear you’ll still be tweeting and on Instagram though. C x

  4. July 8, 2017 / 6:54 am

    I had a break recently as I was taking the whole numbers thing to seriously and trying to post all the time, I’m back now but I don’t put any pressure on myself to post lost and I’ve stopped looking at my stats all the time.

    • Kris
      July 10, 2017 / 6:38 pm

      Yes to this, to be a successful blogger we kind of measure ourselves with numbers when really the numbers shouldn’t matter. I have been thinking lately why do I blog, for me for my kids or to make money? I like to think of my blog as my time capsule, are my kids really going to want to read a load of sponsored drivel in ten years time, I think not.

  5. July 8, 2017 / 6:54 am

    Good luck. See you in September at BlogOn

  6. July 8, 2017 / 7:00 am

    Hope the break refreshes you. Horrible to lose the joy of something:( Perhaps blog on will give you a new lease of blogging life 👍

  7. July 8, 2017 / 7:50 am

    Enjoy your break, sometimes a step back is all we need if it’s overwhelming or we’re not enjoying it anymore. I had this feeling with my shop business last year so stopped promoting it and turned to my newfound passion of blogging. I still enjoy it, but if that feeling comes back I’d take a break too. I think the most important thing is to remain honest and keep your voice, even when working with brands. I’d still blog even if no one read it and there was no opportunity of working with brands as I love to write. I hope you feel refreshed after a break and we see you again 🙂

  8. July 8, 2017 / 8:31 am

    Blogging gets overwhelming at times doesn’t it. I’ve taken a break in the past, so I completely understand where you’re coming from. Enjoy the summer with your family xx

  9. July 9, 2017 / 10:56 pm

    Hope you recuperate well and get your enthusiasm back! Blogging is always fun when you’re passionate so I hope you find your passion again. Aneeq

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