July 29, 2009

I Just Couldn't Do It............
When it came time to press the key, I just couldn't do it. Believe me when I say that nobody is more surprised than I am. Just as I was reaching for the delete button, I started feeling that if I pressed it, it would be like I was "deleting" a little bit of myself. A flood of emotion overtook me as I started to think about all the memories that have been recorded in this little blog, and most especially, all the many treasured friendships that have been made because of it. How in the world could I say good-bye to all of that?

When I first started blogging it wasn't nearly as popular as it is now. Very quickly I connected with dear kindred spirits, and that connection brought me great joy. I absolutely loved that I was able to share my heart through the written word, and was so happy and surprised that anybody would even care to read what I had written! As I continued to blog I still got immense pleasure out of posting and commenting on other blogs, but something was happening in the blog world that I felt like I couldn't, and didn't want to, keep up with. Sadly, for me, the dear, sweet simplicity of blogging was gone.

As I looked around, blogging seemed to have taken on a whole new life of it's own. Followings, stats, awards, etc...... My head started spinning and I wondered," how in the world can I keep up with all of this?" The answer became very clear to me. Number one, I couldn't. Number two, I didn't want to. So, quite simply, I had a decision to make, and you know what it was. However, during my blogging break, it became very apparent to me that I was giving up the very thing that I loved. Plain and simple, I love to write! I love to share my heart, as well as my life with you. So, even though I won't be "keeping" up with all of the new things in the blog world, I will continue to do what I love! For those of you who still want to read what I have to say, I thank you from the bottom of my heart!
Much love,

Susan P.
Edited To Add: Golly, y'all sure know how to make a girl feel loved!!!! Thank you so much for welcoming me back to the blog world with open arms and loving hearts! I have missed y'all so, and thanks to your warm welcome it is starting to feel like I never even left!


Patty said...

I am so excited that you are going to continue to write. I have missed you and your posts so much. You inspire me to be a better mom and to keep our home special. I love your writing and I know it is a gift from God. You also get me excited about fall and all seasons for that matter to anything you write! :)

I don't keep up with all the blog stats etc.. I write when I feel like it and if God places something on my heart to encourage another. Welcome back!

Mrs. U said...

wooohooooooo!!!! Susan, I have missed you SO much!! Wow, talk about making a girls day!!!

It's SO good to "see" you!!!

Mrs. U

Anonymous said...

I am so glad that you decided to start writing again! I used to love reading your blog. Welcome back and I am so looking forward to reading new posts from you (at your convenience of course).



Anonymous said...

Welcome back! I know exactly what you mean, and had my blog stand still for a while too.

Enjoy blogging again at a pace which suits you.

love, Tina x

Kim~HomeIsWhereTheHeartIs said...

Dear Susan,
You wouldn't believe how happy I was when I saw a new post from you! I'm so glad you haven't given up blogging completely! I look forward to your new posts.

♥ Kim

Kelli said...

I'm so glad to hear from you, Susan! What a wonderful way to start my day. :0)

Wendi said...

I was so surprised to see a post in my google reader. A pleasant surprise! I am so glad that you will continue to blog. I have received so much encouragement from reading your thoughts and entries about family and life. Welcome back!

Sharon Kay said...

So glad you are back....I have taken some time of but had to come back. So glad we will again follow what is now happening in each others life.......Sharon K

Deb said...

Hi Susan ~ Welcome back! I had taken you off of Bloglines, so I'm appreciative of Mrs U announcing your return on her blog. I have been AWOL for about a month myself.
Hopefully, I can talk myself into a post soon!

Anonymous said...

I am so very glad you are back!

I kept reading your old posts anyway for inspiration.

Thank you for coming back! Missed
you a lot.

Amy O/picketfencemom said...

Oh Susan! I've so missed your encouraging and sweet posts, dear friend! I'm so happy you're still going to share your heart whenever you can! I have not been blogging much myself lately, but I still turn to my favorite kindred spirit gals when I need an encouraging word or just a bit of inspiration. I was thrilled when I saw 'new posts' on my Bloglines Thank you for coming back! I can't wait to hear all about your 'grandmother' moments and that sweet little grandbaby!
Yay for A Place Called Home!
Amy O.

Shirley said...

Oh Susan, I kept popping back hoping that you would change you mind. I can't tell you how happy am welcome back.

Brenda@CoffeeTeaBooks said...

Oh, happy day!

Both you and Mrs. Wilt are back in the same week. It doesn't get any better than that. :)

I had to do some things on my blog to simplify it. For instance, when I get an aware now I thank the person on their blog but don't mention it on mine.

It was a nice problem, having too many awards, but it stressed me trying to keep up with them. I even deleted the ones I had off my blog.

I also went to comment moderation and found I no longer had snarky remarks. I guess because they didn't have an audience. :)

LOVE that you are back. I've missed you.

Anonymous said...

I'm *so glad* you're back!

I know what you mean--I think you and I started around the same time (I used to blog under the name 'Mrs. B') and it does seem like blogging became quite complicated.

Like Brenda, when I receive an award, I go to their blog and thank them but I don't do anything on mine, it just became too much.


Jodi said...

((Susan))~ Okay, I'm back without a baby in my arms (so I can type!). :o)

I cannot tell you how excited and happy I was to see posts pop up for A Place Called Home. I'm so glad you're back ... I just wish I could give you a big ole squeeze in person! :o)

Dawn said...

Yay! You're back!

Madonna said...

I am glad you decided to keep blogging. I stop by occasionally as I have time. I personally don't follow all the shoulds of blogging either. Sometimes I blog 3-4 times a day and then maybe nothing for 2 weeks. I don't have a central theme which everyone says I have to have. I am a bit odd and so is my blog. Its whatever appeals to me currently. I blog for myself not others.

Donna said...


I for one LOVE your blog!!! You give me so much inspiration and I love what you write about. The homemaking tips, the receipes, and all the love you put in to your blog cannot be matched. Thank you so much for continuting to bless us with your wonderful writing.


Lura said...

Just realized that you were back! Yay!!! Just as you couldn't delete your blog, I couldn't delete you off my blogroll. I kept checking every once in awhile and today was pleasantly surprised. :) Welcome back!!

Jackie said...

What a lovely surprise. I clicked on your link in my favorites expecting not to find any new posts and was so happy to see that you are back. You have been missed.

Anonymous said...

Mrs. P. I just today decided one more time to see if you were back to blogging and to my delight you are. Your grandson is adorable so I can see why you stopped but I am glad you have decided to return. Cheryl