please excuse my inexpert use of the "retouch" tool in iPhoto to get rid of my organization's logo on the backdrop
Remember when I took a month-long hiatus from blogging in February? (I wrote about it here, if you don't.) Honestly, it had a lot to do with work - or, in that instance, the lack thereof. I was unemployed at the time, having lost my job in a round of cuts as my former employer tried to weather a storm, and I found it really challenging to maintain my whole sense of self while not at all feeling confident in my professional identity. Without an office to go to and colleagues with whom to interact, I found myself expending a lot of the energy I would have invested in work relationships on blogging relationships. I'm not sure how better to explain it, because I do absolutely value and treasure the friends and connections I've made through social media, but the dynamic I like to have with coworkers is different from the one I think it's possible to have with casual blogging acquaintances given how and why I blog, and I was getting them confused. Stepping away from the blog was a way of separating the two; it helped remind me that I didn't emotionally need to make blogging fill the professional void of unemployment.
There's no moral to this story - though I was offered the job I currently hold only a few weeks after that blogging break, so maybe there should be - but I wanted to tell you about it. I'd love to hear your thoughts on the balance and/or blend, dear readers.