A number of people have gotten in touch with me recently to ask why I’m not updating my blog (my gosh, it’s been more than three months already!) and if I’m okay. I really appreciate the concern, so I thought I should at least explain my reasons here.
First of all, I’m fine. I’ve been devoting a lot of time to traveling all over India in the last few months, including a trip with my husband and parents in law to Udaipur, a trip with my husband to Kashmir (I did feel safe there), and most recently a solo 10 day trip to Tamil Nadu. My job, writing and managing the content for About.com’s India Travel website, is my passion and I’m loving devoting more time to it.
In short, the reason why I haven’t updated my blog is because I’m not inspired to. My blog was becoming burdensome, demanding, and intrusive. While I’ve been fortunate to have interacted with some wonderful people here (some of whom have become my good friends in real life) and learned a lot, I grew tired of publicly sharing so much of my life and my thoughts, answering questions, and dealing with Internet trolls. What’s more, I grew tired of being defined as a “blogger”, “expat”, or someone in a “cross-cultural relationship”. More and more, I felt like my life wasn’t my own anymore. It was wearing me down.
Quite simply, I feel freer, less stressed, and more relaxed now that I’m having time away from my blog.
When I started my blog around five years ago, there weren’t too many in the same genre. However, these days there are some excellent blogs from foreigners married to Indians, and foreigners living in India, that people can use as resources.
Will I start blogging again? Maybe!
Wishing everyone a fabulous 2014!