Breaking the Silence

I must not be the only blogger who struggles with this, but here it is: When I get into a busy period of life, such as moving / Christmas / everyone-in-the-family-gets-sick-one-after-the-other, I tend not to blog it. “Who wants to read about THAT?” I think. 

The longer I don’t post, the harder it is to go back and post something. The pressure gets to me. Surely, the post that breaks the silence of two weeks has to be something incredibly profound or an awesome new life hack that will break the internet. 

I realize that’s not true. Our thing is being ordinary, incredibly human moms, so it’s perfectly ok for my posts to be ordinary and human. 

So here we have it: the bright brush stroke on the white canvas, the first words on the page. Now that I’ve put this post up here, I can get back to the good stuff. And I have some good stuff coming up, as soon as I unpack a few more boxes. 

I’ve got a great post on painting tips & tricks, a LOT of summer salad recipes (because who wants to turn on the oven for dinner during a heat wave?!), and some fun backyard summer activities. 

If I’m feeling generous, I’ll fill you in on our new home for the next 2 years and my thoughts on how to survive sleeping on the second floor of an old brick house in the middle of the city in Southern Ontario without air conditioning… (Lord have mercy.)

Well, that wasn’t so hard, was it? 

See you soon, friends!

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Jenn vanOosten

I live in Hamilton, Ontario, and love my city. I'm a Netflixer, choral music geek, bookworm, inventor of recipes (I take Artistic Licence on EVERYTHING that I make), wife of one, mother of two, and owner of a neurotic Schnauzer. I respect people who respect others. I love good food that's well done, but my favourite lunch is KD & hotdogs. With ketchup. I'm addicted to Clearance Shopping. I will ALWAYS get the product that I want at the price that I want, eventually.


  1. Yes! Other bloggers feel that way. Me? All. The. Time. It’s a relief to just get something posted during those lulls isn’t it? Looking forward to more. :)

  2. Sometimes I feel doubly stricken with both blogs! I have a long-winded blog post about our Disney cruise waaaaay back in Feb that is saved in draft on my dashboard. I wanted to share so many details, then felt like there were too many details (yet not enough if you know what I mean). Instead, I left it in hiatus.
    Blogging is dynamic and life responsive. That’s the way I like to think about it. Then again, I’m not hoping they’ll make a movie about me and my blogging (a la Julie & Julia). You’ve got quite a bit going on. I know you’ll come back to the sphere when you’re ready!

  3. I get this all the time. The longer I’m away from it, the more I think I should start off with some big apology or something. Then I realise that most of my readers are people I’d want to be friends with, and people I’d want to be friends with are not going to give me a hard time because I had to focus on something closer to home for a bit. Moving is a perfectly legitimate reason for a bit of blog silence! (Really.. “I’m just not feeling it right now” is too!)

  4. The good news is, you’re normal. We get busy … LIFE gets busy … and there are only so many hours in a day. Simple math. The great news is, you broke the silence. Kudos to you! That’s the hardest step. And it’s the same with ANYTHING. Eating right, going to the gym, reading … once we lose momentum, it’s just hard to get back into it. :-)

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