Taking a blogging break | The Girl Next Door is Black

I’ve never really taken an official break from blogging in the three years of this blog’s existence – even when I’ve gone on vacation. So, I’m taking a break.

Why now?

Quite frankly, I am exhausted by what’s going on in the world, particularly in the United States.

We’ve got a racist, ethnocentric, xenophobic, entitled demagogue running for President and dominating the media.

Meanwhile, people actually dedicating their lives to fighting for racial equality – you know, doing good work – are spied on or dragged through the mud and the media jumps on the story like a rabid pack of dogs.

Police shot and killed yet another black person and again people are blaming the victim and not questioning the police statements full of holes. Protestors seeking answers received responses in the form of tear gas and officers marching toward them armed like they’re off to fight ISIS.

And the Federal government is doing what about this?

That’s just a fraction of the nonsense.

I find myself becoming more misanthropic each day and wondering if humans will ever collectively get our shit together and stop behaving like assholes.

I have nothing to say about these events that I haven’t said before. I feel like I’m screaming into a void and it’s worn me out.

Lately I haven’t had the energy or focus to write and I don’t want to push out content I don’t feel proud of just for consistency’s sake. This goes beyond writer’s block.

On a personal level, I want to focus on continuing to build the foundation for the next phase of my life.

Ultimately, I am taking time to focus on my personal well-being. I need to get my mind right. Recharge so I can return motivated and enthusiastic.

  • I’ll also mostly not be responding to comments during this time.
  • If you’re not already an email subscriber, you can join today to keep in touch and be notified when I return.
  • You can also find me on Twitter and Facebook.
  • I’ll return in mid-September.

What Do You Think?

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  • tourdelindsayb
    November 25, 2015

    Sounds like you’re doing the right thing. If something leaves you more frustrated than fulfilled, it’s time to take a step back. Best wishes in whatever your wanderings may lead you to.

  • Joy
    September 19, 2015

    Sometimes you just need a break. I get it…for me it’s more that my plate has become more full and has given me less energy to blog. I know it will come back…and hopefully the energy of the country that is good will surpass that of the assholes.

  • styleandstylability
    August 28, 2015

    If you have ti time check out http://www.manda.dhamma.org/ it changed my life when the world was more than I could face.

  • sourgirlohio
    August 24, 2015

    Sorry to hear this is wearing you down a bit, I hope that you are able to recharge during your break. You have a strong voice and have been vocal about all of these terrible things and have enlightened many with your words. I look forward to seeing you in my email again when you’re ready:)

  • Charlotte
    August 23, 2015

    I understand completely–sometimes you just need to do you. That said, there’s been a whole lot of nonsense happening in the world around us and I’m completely disgusted by the Donald leading the polls and one G-d awful police brutality incident after another. What has happened to us?

    Enjoy your break, momma. You deserve to have one. We can’t guarantee that anything will change when you come back, but sometimes it’s just good to step away from it all. Wishing you much peace. XOXO

  • clickclickmycat
    August 22, 2015

    You take care of yourself. I’ll be here when you get back. I have gotten to where I can’t even watch the news anymore…so I don’t. I get on the computer, read blogs, enter giveaways, etc. Nothing negative. I just want you to know, that I love your blog. You have a great sense of humor that will get you through all this. And I always wanted the twitter bird to be black.

  • trininista
    August 22, 2015

    It is tiring isn’t it? On my end, it is not that much different and then I took a vacation. Not sure how long the idealism will last but it helped. Be well, honey. Be well.

  • Heidi
    August 22, 2015

    Sounds like you need to travel…..

  • 04ling
    August 21, 2015

    Good Luck. I actually loved it when I checked out and refocused. I don’t like how I got there to get it done, but it ended up being the best thing I could ever do.

  • Shahidah
    August 21, 2015

    Take as long as you need sis. I have had to take complete social networking breaks hear and there because it gets to be too much. Now I try to say goodbye to news on the weekend. The balance could be better but I’m working on it. Will miss your Twitter Roundups tho 🙁