A 1-Month Blogging Sabbatical & What it Means for You

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Daphne Drawing

Hello my friends,

I've decided to take a sabbatical from The Artful Parent for the month of February. During this time, I have lots of good posts already scheduled for you. They are a mix of guest posts as well as some old favorites (and new re-mixes) from my blog that you may not know or remember.

You may wonder why I am planning a break and what I'll be doing during that time.

First, the big why.

I have a few reasons:

  • It's healthy to take a break from something every once in a while and it feels like the right time for this one.
  • I have other projects that are begging for my focus at the moment.
  • The Artful Parent book will be out soon (April 9th is the publication date!), and I'd like to get a little breather in before all the book release activity starts.
  • I also feel, at this five year mark, that I'm at a transition point with The Artful Parent and need to step back from it in order to fully see it and plan my next steps.

Here's what I have planned for the month:

I won't be idle. (I'll save that for a future break… Although, knowing me, I'll always have some sort of project brewing.) This month, I will be focused on finishing my spring crafts ebook, exercising and doing health-related activities, and participating in The Artist's Way course I'm beginning.

I'm also going to use the time and distance from The Artful Parent to think about and make a plan for the blog. A strategic planning retreat, if you will. So far, I've mostly been going day to day, flying by the seat of my pants, and not really considering the big picture. 

Now, though, I'm ready to step back a bit and really look and perhaps help the blog through some sort of metamorphosis. I want to be deliberate about this process and make The Artful Parent the best it can be, and to help it grow. I'm not sure in what way yet (although I have a few ideas…).

So, I'll spend some time in February with my index cards and rollerball pens, my notebooks and my life collage materials (blog collage materials?). I'll ask myself big questions and hope to find the answers within myself as well as in the outside world. I'll talk with other bloggers and do some reading and research. And, during that time of reflection and planning, I hope to come up with some ideas worth acting on.

I promise to give you a full report when I check back in on March 1st!

What I'd like to ask of you:

While I'm on my sabbatical, I am, of course, hoping that you will continue to read The Artful Parent posts I have scheduled for you, and to leave comments. I probably won't be reading or answering them, though, and so I ask that you, as an artful parent yourself, help answer questions and respond to comments as you have the experience, interest, and inclination. Some of you already do this, which I very much appreciate. This is an express invitation for all of you, as The Artful Parent community, to help answer each others' questions and respond to each others' comments. Thank you!

Other notes:

  • Rachel Miller, from Kids Activities Blog, will be managing my facebook page and social media for me (she also provided a few guest posts).
  • The newsletter is on hold this month. However, I'm working on big plans for it as well, so be sure to sign up if you haven't already. You'll be the first to receive the new and improved newsletter at the beginning of March!
  • The Artful Winter eBook is on sale for half off ($4.99) through the rest of the month. Use it for family-friendly Valentine's Day decorations, yummy recipes, and winter crafts. And next winter you'll already have it on hand for Christmas and New Year's ideas as well.

So, until March 1st!

xo,

Jean

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  1. Cindy says

    Jean,
    Best of luck with your thinking, planning and exercising. I’ll miss you! But after all of your hard work, you totally deserve some reflection and thinking time. Thanks for writing my favorite blog!

  2. says

    Your plans sound wonderful, Jean. I am reading The Artists Way and I love it. Every creative should read it. I’m pleased that you are doing a blog planning retreat. I’m doing a similar one by attending a creative entrepreneur retreat in April. I can’t wait to sit back a digest everything! Good luck to you.

  3. Kelly says

    I think it’s always important to take a break every once in awhile. Enjoy your time “off”, though it sounds like you’re going to be VERY busy. :)

  4. says

    Sounds like the perfect time for you to take a sabbatical and that you have some good thoughts coming up (and the book! yay!). Enjoy the time.
    Sarah M

  5. Leigh says

    I really enjoy your blog. I’ve never been artistic, but with your help I’ve been able to create so many wonderful projects with my son.
    Thanks.

  6. Magdalena says

    Best wishes for your sabbatical! Thanks for all your constant hard work on your blog, newsletter and books. Looking forward to seeing how you found the time to reflect, and also get into The Artist Way. You sound like you’ll be busy these plus more, so I hope you get some time to relax!
    Mags