Why I’m Hanging Up My Blogging Hat

By Jean Sarauer

What if you didn’t blog? How would you use that time? What would you write if you didn’t write blog posts?

In my seven months of blogging, I’d never once asked myself these questions. And why would I? I loved blogging, and blogging loved me back.

That’s why I was stunned when these questions flooded my mind so soon after this blog crashed a few weeks ago. Suddenly, rather than doing the logical thing–focusing on getting the blog up and running as quickly as possible–I was dancing with the illogical, imagining a life that didn’t include posting and promoting.

It was in this strange, unexpected space that my unfinished creative writing projects called out to me, and for the first time in months, I answered them. Leafing through various drafts of my long-neglected novels and essays, I finally counted the creative costs of my blogging endeavors.

When was the last time I’d gone for a long leisurely walk to unravel the knots in a story line? How long had it been since I’d immersed myself in my characters’ lives while scribbling notes and sipping a steaming latte at my favorite coffee shop?

When I first started blogging, I’d intended it to be one part of my creative life, but somewhere along the way, it consumed me. By the time I got done writing posts, publishing, promoting, and networking, my creative energy was sapped. And with my growing family responsibilities, there simply weren’t enough hours in the day for both blogging and writing novels.

Sitting in stillness, I pictured various scenarios for the future. I could stay on my current path, putting in the long hours required for outcomes that didn’t resonate nearly as deeply with me as they had in the past, or I could choose an unplugged life–living close to nature, sharing precious moments with my elderly parents, and wrapping myself in a cocoon of creative projects.

My decision took a second, if that. Like a dog who snapped a leash, I ran from my digital life like my tail was on fire. A flurry of emails were sent out announcing my intention to step away from blogging. I deactivated Twitter, Facebook, and Linked In and unsubscribed from dozens of blogs and newsletters I hadn’t had time to read in months. Then, I picked up the pieces of myself I’d reclaimed from the online world and hit the road.

True to my vows to live an offline life, I spent the next day soaking up the autumn sun and digging perennial plants to move from my Dad’s farm now that he’s settled into an apartment.  It made me smile knowing that these flowers Dad so lovingly planted and shared with others would soon be replanted in my yard for folks to enjoy in the years to come.

And that’s when it hit me. Virgin Blogger Notes could also be transplanted and placed in the care of someone sure to keep it growing and thriving. Deep in my soul, I already knew who the right someone was.

The minute I arrived home that evening, I reached out to Mary Jaksch and asked if she would take over Virgin Blogger Notes. It wasn’t because of her success with Write to Done and Good Life Zen or because of the information and encouragement she provides in the A-List Blogger Club and Bootcamps that I felt so strongly she was the right one to nurture this community. No, the real reason I hoped Mary would agree to take on Virgin Blogger Notes is because she brings a beginner’s mind to everything she does and generously shares what she learns. And that’s what Virgin Blogger Notes is all about.

I’ll leave it to Mary to share her inspiring stories with you. For now, just understand she’s been where you are. She blogged for months with a handful of subscribers, didn’t have enough technical know-how to fill a thimble, and has made plenty of  blogging blunders on the road to success. Through it all, she’s had the guts and gumption to keep on going, and the information and inspiration she provides will help keep you going too. I hope you’ll join me in welcoming Mary to the Virgin Blogger Notes family.

So now comes the moment I’ve been putting off–the moment where I take off my blogging hat, hang it up, and say goodbye. For the last few months, your struggles have been my struggles, and your dreams have been my dreams. I’ve often whispered your names in God’s ear when I pray and held your faces in my mind when I write. It saddens me beyond words to leave you, even though it’s the right thing to do. I’ll never forget you or this magical time we’ve shared. Be well. Be happy. Live deeply.

With love and gratitude,

Jean

Note from Mary Jaksch:

Dear VBN  readers, I’m sure you are as sad as I am that Jean is hanging up her blogging hat. She is such an awesome talent – and a wonderful person.  I’ve told her that the door to this blog is always open – I’ll welcome her back to her rightful place here on VBN any day! I hope that she will ultimately find her way back to blogging.

I’ll talk to you soon and introduce myself. My claim to fame is that I was a really lousy blogger when I started out. I mean, really lousy. But my blogs have come a long way since then. I look forward to sharing my story with you soon. In the meantime I want to say to Jean ‘thank you’. Thank you creating this blog and creating this wonderful VBN community.

I feel honored (and a little shy) of stepping up to the plate here.

You can check out my blogs here:

Goodlife Zen
Write to Done

I also run the A-List Blogger Club with Leo Babauta.


87 Responses to Why I’m Hanging Up My Blogging Hat

  1. Brandon Connell October 24, 2010 at 8:24 pm #

    Sorry to hear you go Jean. You have been in it with me around the same time I got blogging seriously.

    • Jean Sarauer October 25, 2010 at 1:01 pm #

      I’m glad I got the chance to know you, Brandon. We sure had a good time bantering with each other and the rest of our ‘early days’ group.

      • Brandon Connell October 25, 2010 at 3:44 pm #

        I’m still not cool with this Jean. You, Sally, Alex, and I are the only ones left in our social circle. I am not giving up until you change your mind. I do not know Mary and I am sure she is great, but I am simply not accepting your retirement.

        • Anonymous October 25, 2010 at 5:04 pm #

          Same here. IN fact I am protesting as we speak.
          Its 4am, I have banners, and I’m over 13000 miles away, so its more of a principle thing at this point LOL.

          • Brandon Connell October 25, 2010 at 10:34 pm #

            You punked out man! You were supposed to spank her. What the hell was the rehearsal for?

            • Jean Sarauer October 26, 2010 at 2:26 am #

              Keep it up and I’m going to be spanking you, Brandon.

              • Brandon Connell October 26, 2010 at 3:23 am #

                Have you been talking to my wife about my fetishes?

          • Jean Sarauer October 26, 2010 at 2:25 am #

            Really, Alex,once I got poked in the eye with your pop-up, it was all downhill for me :)

            • Brandon Connell October 26, 2010 at 3:25 am #

              Alex said you kept getting poked in the eye, but he said nothing about the pop-up being the culprit…

              • Jean Sarauer October 26, 2010 at 3:39 am #

                Brandon, you are such a perv :) Between you and all this news about my hero, Brett Favre, it’s a wonder I can even function . . .

        • Jean Sarauer October 26, 2010 at 2:24 am #

          So that leaves just you, Sally, and Alex now . . . I’ll try to get the threesome image out of my head . . .

          • Brandon Connell October 26, 2010 at 3:24 am #

            Come on now. You know Sally likes the double-stuff. LOL!

  2. Jason October 24, 2010 at 9:19 pm #

    Sad to see you go Jean but excited to see what Mary brings.

    • Jean Sarauer October 25, 2010 at 1:02 pm #

      Thanks, Jason. Mary is going to totally rock this blog!

  3. RainbowEU October 24, 2010 at 9:42 pm #

    Well, you could always pop in now and then and say hello, can’t you?

    Have a great time drawing up and giving life to your characters. Invent one from Greece too.

    Lot’s of love and many thanks from Greece

    • Jean Sarauer October 25, 2010 at 1:06 pm #

      I’ll definitely pop in every now and again, Rainbow. If I have a Greek character I think some serious research will be needed–I’ve always wanted to travel to Greece!

  4. Zengirl @ Heart and Mind October 25, 2010 at 2:25 am #

    Dear Jean,

    I will sure miss your smile and energy! Wishing you best wishes, take care of yourself, and family. Looking forward to seeing your published book one of these days!

    Mary,

    I know blog is in your capable hands as you have done wonder for “Write to Done” and “Goodlife Zen”.

    • Jean Sarauer October 25, 2010 at 1:09 pm #

      Preeti, you are such a joy to know. Thanks for your friendship and encouragement. I’ll be in touch in a couple of weeks when things settle down a bit around here.

  5. J.D. Meier October 25, 2010 at 6:40 am #

    You’ve had a heckova ride! That’s what life’s about right … have as many good rides before the sun sets.

    In the spirit of Arnold, I can’t help but to think … “you’ll be back.”

    > I finally counted the creative costs of my blogging endeavors.
    Very well put. I set a maximum time for blogging right up front, so that I could always weight the cost. I gave me self a budget of 30 minutes a day to spend on blogging however I want. This limit has served me well and kept balance where I could easily see myself follow the rabbit down the hole.

    Best wishes to you on your next adventure and to Mary on the start of her new role here.

    • Jean Sarauer October 25, 2010 at 1:11 pm #

      J.D., I love your ‘blogging time budget.’ That’s awesome, and you do a heck of a great job with that time allotment. Thank you for being such an active member of this community. Wishing you every happiness.

  6. John Soares October 25, 2010 at 11:27 am #

    Congratulations Jean! You looked within and decided what you needed to do for your happiness. I had similar feelings this summer and wound up consolidating several blogs into one and sharply reducing how often I post and how much time I network.

    There definitely is a whole life out there beyond blogging. Best of luck to you in all that you do.

    And enjoy those walks with your characters!

    • Jean Sarauer October 25, 2010 at 1:16 pm #

      Good for you for making those positive changes, John. This morning I was thinking about how much I like ‘flow’ in life–working towards things with ease and joy–and that’s what your new routine sounds like to me. Thanks for everything, and I wish you all the best.

  7. Awakening Tempest October 25, 2010 at 12:45 pm #

    Jean,

    Congratulation on a decision which is best for you. Admittedly I will miss you as well everyone else who loved reading on your blog. Nevertheless ‘life is a darling adventure or nothing’ and make most of what you have in your environment.

    This is the first time I am commenting on your blog, but I have been a reader for many months. Our lives are like a book, one chapter ends another chapter opens. The chapter of this blog is now at its end but the good news is a new exciting chapter is opening, which is a world of its own.

    Good luck for the future.

    • Jean Sarauer October 25, 2010 at 1:20 pm #

      Thanks for stepping out and commenting today. I appreciate you reading these last few months and I know you’re going to love Mary’s positive energy and wisdom. Here’s to your own daring adventures!

  8. Allan Douglas October 25, 2010 at 12:52 pm #

    Jean, I totally understand your situation. For 30 years I’ve been a custom furniture maker (and part time writer). But custom furniture is expensive and when the economy tanked my back-log of orders withered and disappeared.

    At first I was panic stricken; what will I do? But that first year of not having to work 12 to 14 hour days 6 days a week in order to keep up with the Christmas rush allowed me to spend Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas with my family, doing all the delightful things families normally do during this season.

    In the idleness I picked up my writer’s pen (actually it’s a keyboard now) and resumed scribbling stories and articles that are not about woodworking and furniture making. Well, Ok, I still write a few of those too, but I now have time to explore the rest of my mind; and I am loving it.

    I will miss you and all your great advice and I wish you the very best as you head out on this new turn on the roadway of your life. May you head-on a truckload of success!

    • Jean Sarauer October 25, 2010 at 1:27 pm #

      Allan, you’re now both a talented craftsman and a wordsmith. Isn’t it amazing how so often an experience that appears to be a crisis is actually a gift? You’ve sure made some delicious lemonade out of life’s lemons. Happy travels to you too!

  9. Mark Dykeman October 25, 2010 at 1:14 pm #

    Wow, color me surprised!

    We have to trust that you’ve made the right decision, Jean.

    I still remember you as one of the first commentators on Thoughtwrestling and was very grateful for that early support. Best of luck with your writing!

    • Jean Sarauer October 25, 2010 at 1:32 pm #

      Mark, I got pretty well colored with surprise by this decision too :) Fortunately it brings out the sparkle in my eyes. Thank you for being such a positive, helpful presence on the internet. I wish you every success.

  10. Arvind Devalia October 25, 2010 at 4:24 pm #

    Welcome back Jean – and farewell for now:-)

    I really enjoyed meeting you via your blog and becoming a close and loving friend through the blogosphere.

    Thanks for all your humour, encouragement and friendship.

    Now I can’t wait to read your novel…

    • Arvind Devalia October 25, 2010 at 4:26 pm #

      PS My avatar didn’t show up above – and I see you have moved back to Disqus again:-(

      • Jean Sarauer October 26, 2010 at 2:27 am #

        I can’t say for sure, but I think Disqus is just temporary . . . CommentLuv got knocked out when everything else crashed. Maybe Disqus was jealous and that’s what caused the crash?

    • Jean Sarauer October 26, 2010 at 2:30 am #

      Arvind, I will write in a dashing man with smoldering brown eyes and a generous heart in your honor. I’ll never forget the fun we had during your guest post :)

  11. Anonymous October 25, 2010 at 5:07 pm #

    Jean,

    I am sad to see you go, but happy for you because you are moving where you choose.
    IN honour of your departing I have prepared a little Michael Jackson piece for you…

    Silly Jean, the Virgin Blogger
    She’s just the girl, who claimed that blogging was fun
    but the girl is officially done

    (grope randomly and do a hee heee hee!)

    FYI – THe random groping was MJ, not my attempt at saying goodbye in a really inapproriate way 😉

    Take care Jean, you will be missed

    • Jean Sarauer October 26, 2010 at 2:32 am #

      Alex, you have made my blogging life so fun. It was always a pleasure to connect with you (I just know Brandon will make something dirty out of that statement). You’re a class act despite that whole sleazy popup thing . . .

  12. Anonymous October 25, 2010 at 5:24 pm #

    Jean,

    I’m sorry to see you go because I know we had just connected and I’ve been learning a ton from your blog. On the other hand I’m all for following a passion. I have this part of me inside that just wants to take a break for a few months, but right now I’m the momentum phase so that’s not going to happen. I hope we’ll at least get to see the occasional guest post from you.

    Cheers,
    Srinivas

    • Jean Sarauer October 26, 2010 at 2:46 am #

      Srinivas, I’m so glad that we did connect. I’m blown away by how generous you are with the information you share and know you’re going to go far in blogging and life in general. I’ll think of you whenever I see a surfer!

    • Jean Sarauer October 26, 2010 at 2:47 am #

      Srinivas, I’m so glad that we did connect. I’m blown away by how generous you are with the information you share and know you’re going to go far in blogging and life in general. I’ll think of you whenever I see a surfer!

  13. John Sherry October 25, 2010 at 6:49 pm #

    Jean, I can honestly say it WON’T BE THE SAME WITHOUT YOU! I’m glad you handed the torch onto such a maestro as Mary which shows just how enormously special, useful and inspiring this blog has become. I shall genuinely miss you from ‘the sphere’ but your life has missed you more so be you and follow your heart. One that we all have loved being able to share with you. Walk towards your sunshine and with our thanks forever with you for being the marvellous you!

    • Jean Sarauer October 26, 2010 at 2:50 am #

      John, it’s been such a pleasure to get to know you. Your humor is unequaled and you’ve always made me smile. If I ever cross the pond, I’ll be coming for a visit!

  14. Gurl October 25, 2010 at 10:12 pm #

    Jean,
    This actually makes me sad enough to want to cry. Your kind words spurred me on in so many times of doubt. I’ll never forget the time you said I inspire YOU. Lil ol me…I don’t see myself as inspiring at all, so that one comment truely felt like the nugget of gold in my bag of coal. Keep in touch. You know my id’s and my email…I am going to miss you if you don’t. XXX enjoy your writing, I look forward to saying I knew you when.
    Jennifer

    • Jean Sarauer October 26, 2010 at 2:57 am #

      You are inspiring, Jenn! I’d list all the wishes I have for you, but I’d run out of room here. I’ll be doing my digital hermit thing for awhile now, but the offline world might not look so attractive when the snow starts drifting up to my ears :) Meanwhile, good luck with life and love!

  15. sallyneill October 25, 2010 at 10:19 pm #

    Dearest Jean,

    I really do wish I could convince you not to hang up your blogging hat.

    I feel deeply saddened, I honestly do.

    You know I cry like a baby when I’m upset, and I am upset right now.

    You write so naturally, I will miss your posts terribly.

    I love how you are able to paint such beautiful pictures in my head just through words.

    I was honestly shocked when Brandon told me.

    I don’t know how I can convince you not to stop???

    Please reconsider, no disrespect to Mary, I am sure she will do a fab job.

    But Virgin Blogger Notes will not be the same without you.

    I am not too proud to beg ya know, and trust me it’s not a pretty sight!!!

    Please don’t go, I don’t wanna blog with the boys all by myself,

    Sally xxx

    • Jean Sarauer October 26, 2010 at 3:12 am #

      Sally, you are so lovely. Believe me, I shocked myself by making this decision. I thought I’d be blogging til I was 89 or 90 for sure. Then again, that’s just a couple of years from now :) I do feel rather dreadful about leaving you in the company of Alex and Brandon though. Yikes! Seriously, I wish you every happiness, Sally, and am so glad to know you.

  16. Heather October 25, 2010 at 10:46 pm #

    You are going to be missed. I know that you are doing something that you have to do because I have had to do something like that before. It is better to let something go than to not enjoy what you are doing. You may come back later when you live life a little. Have fun and enjoy life.

    • Jean Sarauer October 26, 2010 at 3:14 am #

      Thanks for understanding, Heather. I’ve come to realize we can have pretty much everything we want in life but we can’t have it all at once. Or at least I can’t! I wish you the best of everything!

  17. Jeffrey Morgan October 26, 2010 at 2:53 am #

    I’ll have to say that I not cool with this either! I’m not about to pat you on the back with good luck and send you on your way. You need to stop and re-think your long term strategy. I don’t think it’s going to put your goals dreams or desires at jeopardy to guest post once a week on the weekends.
    I’m not pleased with this tear in my Blogosphere ……
    If Mark Twain took over this Blog you would be throwing him under the bus, let alone Mary.
    Mary has a Blog or two. We come here to share in your life’s experiences not hers or anyone else’s for that matter!
    I’m really trying to understand this. Really I am. But I struggle to reconcile. With hat in hand I’m asking you to reconsider. Please!

    • Jean Sarauer October 26, 2010 at 3:35 am #

      Jeffrey, you really need to lie back on the couch for a bit :) Really though, I do understand how it must seem from where you’re sitting (or reclining). But how can I talk seriously to you when now I have a vision of Mark Twain ‘s mustache stuck on a bus tire? Actually, I thought of you when I asked Mary to take over the blog–she’s a psychotherapist :) In all seriousness, I am going to miss you fiercely, Jeffrey.

  18. Jered Slusher October 26, 2010 at 5:30 pm #

    Jean,

    While I echo the sentiments of many before me, and I’d rather not see you go, in the end I only want what’s best for you. I respect your decision to move on and pursue your creative writing because I trust that you will find your own little nest of happiness there.

    You have such a strong heart and you care so much about others, which is really rare in the blogosphere. So many people are preoccupied with getting a bigger piece of the pie for themselves, and they forget that it’s about the relationships. You reminded all of us that there is more joy and success in being a true friend to all you meet.

    I’m thankful that you have allowed Mary to hold Virgin Blogger Note in her arms so that she can help it grow and develop in your absence. Jean – While VBN will always be your baby, Mary is the adoptive mother that can nurture this blog into something greater and make sure it becomes a more productive citizen of the blogosphere. I thank you for allowing Mary to continue VBN, and I thank Mary for taking on the responsibility.

    Jean… You are loved by so many people that respect your contributions, and honor your friendship. You truly are one of the most wonderful people I’ve ever met. I only wish you continued happiness.

    Much love,

    Jered

    • Jean Sarauer October 27, 2010 at 1:57 am #

      Jered, I love your imagery about the future of VBN. That’s how I see it too. This blog will continue to be a safe and supportive space for bloggers, and Mary is going to expand the content library in an amazing way, I’m sure. I really hope the community hangs together to contribute posts and conversation because this has always been the community’s blog as much as mine. That’s been the real magic here.

      I know our creative spirits will bring us together again, Jered. I don’t know where or how, and that’s part of the fun :) I thank you for everything you’ve brought to this blog, for making me laugh so much on Skype, and for sharing your talents so freely. I’d wish you eternal happiness, but right now I’m more concerned with wishing you the best of everything with that video you’ve been working on :)

  19. Rob October 26, 2010 at 8:11 pm #

    Farewell, Jean. It has been great to connect with you. I personally found your articles to be of great value and a lot of fun. You are listening to your heart-mind and I encourage you to do so. Sometimes it takes unplugging to plug back into that inner voice and authentic expression. I wish you all the best. I’m sure we will hear great things from you down the road.
    Blessings,

    rob

    • Jean Sarauer October 27, 2010 at 1:43 am #

      Rob, you are such a dear soul. I’ll treasure (and continue to work with) 180 and think of you daily because of it. The time I’ve been spending offline has already been incredibly restorative. I love the interaction on the net, but it does get hard to hear your own voice amidst all the others sometimes. Thanks for always being such a bright light.

  20. Anonymous October 26, 2010 at 10:41 pm #

    Jean, sorry to see you go, but congratulations on having the convitction to follow your heart. Brandon said something on his site the other week that really made me think. Great bloggers don’t hang around for long. But, the time you have spent here has been enriching.

    It’s great that you’re not letting your blog die like so many who do. Thanks for the inspiration. Good luck for the future.

    • Jean Sarauer October 27, 2010 at 1:40 am #

      Thank you, Matthew. When I look back on all the things that have happened with members of this community in the time I’ve been blogging (like you becoming a Dad, launching an ebook) it seems almost unreal that so much happened in just a few months. I’m glad to know you and wish you all the best!

  21. Anonymous October 27, 2010 at 1:25 am #

    Thanks so much for blogging, sharing and educating while you were here. I learned lots from visiting and am very grateful you were here when I started my blog six months ago. :)

    • Jean Sarauer October 27, 2010 at 2:02 am #

      Emma, your smile is always such a ray of sunshine in the comment section here and around the blogosphere. You’re doing a great job at Graceful Balance, and I’m so glad this blog was a help to you. Keep up the good work, and I wish you the best of everything!

  22. Patti Foy October 27, 2010 at 4:29 am #

    Jean,
    You don’t even know me but I am going to miss you a lot! I love the way you write so much and you are one of my main role models in that respect. There’s such a lively and funny “personality” to your writing, but it’s useful at the same time. What a combo. I will never forget your phrase that when your muse shows up you “write like your hair is on fire.” I LOVE THAT. And it’s a part of me now too (with great effect)… you’ve distributed little gifts all over the world!
    Anyway, I really will miss you and will look forward to reading your novels OR WHATEVER some day. Many blessings to you, and all the best!

    • Jean Sarauer October 27, 2010 at 5:55 pm #

      Patti, thank you so much for your kind words. I do recommend that you keep a fire extinguisher handy for those ‘hair-on-fire’ creative bursts, by the way :) Best of luck to you in your own writing endeavors, and here’s hoping we’ll meet again somewhere on the creative path!

  23. Meg October 27, 2010 at 12:26 pm #

    Jean, I totally understand. Your leaving will make a big hole in my blog life, as I loved reading this blog and having you pop in on mine. The creative call, however, needs to be heeded or life isn’t worth living–I feel like that about painting and it’s hard to make time for it while trying to make a living blogging. And of course I relate to your family situation. You know where to find me, girl, and I’ll be there for you :) Onwards and upwards!

    • Jean Sarauer October 27, 2010 at 5:49 pm #

      Hi Meg. You sure have that right about answering the creative call. Spending so much time around the elderly has made me even more committed to living a life that rings true while I still have the physical and mental capabilities to do so. Our time on this earth passes by in just a couple of blinks! I appreciate you so much, Meg, and I do hope we’ll stay in touch.

  24. Katie Tallo October 27, 2010 at 12:26 pm #

    Jean, you are an inspiration. Love you. Miss you. The blogosphere isn’t the same without you, my friend. Thank you for everything. It has meant the world to me that we shared the early days of our blogging journeys together and I look forward to further shared adventures. There is a Jean-shaped hole in the blogosphere.

    • Jean Sarauer October 27, 2010 at 5:37 pm #

      Katie, it’s been a joy to share the ups and down (and occasional splats) of the blogging journey with you. And I’m just plain thrilled about the beautiful ebook you’ve created. It’s going to be my companion and motivator for these next few weeks, as I dive into novel-writing mode. Thanks for everything you bring to this world!

  25. Lance October 27, 2010 at 12:30 pm #

    Jean,
    I wish you all the joy in the world as you pursue what truly touches your heart. What you created here was a wonderful gift to the world… I’m sorry to see you go, although I know how deeply good it is to pursue what rings true in your heart, too.

    • Jean Sarauer October 27, 2010 at 5:25 pm #

      Lance, I’m sure going to miss your positive spirit. It’s been a real privilege to create this blog and connect with you. I wish you the best of everything!

  26. Karen Ruby October 27, 2010 at 12:55 pm #

    Hey Jean,

    I read the post when the comments were closed and didn’t realize you opened them. You know how I feel about you decision so I won’t repeat myself except to say that you will be missed and that you have left a big hole.

    All the best to you and your family.

    Karen

    • Jean Sarauer October 27, 2010 at 5:14 pm #

      Hi Karen. Unfortunately, there was a snafu with the commenting and we didn’t realize it was off until I started getting some emails from readers. Closed comments are against my blogging morals :) Thanks for your support and encouragement, Karen. You’ve been a real source of wisdom and motivation to this virgin blogger, and I wish you every happiness.

  27. Madeleine October 27, 2010 at 2:30 pm #

    Jean, I am sorry to see you stop blogging but so relieved to know the reason. I was worried that there was serious illness in your family which required you to take time away from blogging. (Maybe it’s an age thing, but that’s the first thing that popped into my mind.)

    It’s true that blogging can consume a huge amount of time and energy, so I understand your decision. I’m still struggling with that and especially with combining writing and becoming the best public speaker I can possibly be. I wish you all the best.

    • Jean Sarauer October 27, 2010 at 5:05 pm #

      My mind comes up with scenarios like that too, Madeleine, but I’ve always blamed it on my penchant for mysteries where something bad is always happening to someone :) Actually, my Mom did end up in the hospital again in the midst of this, but she’s out again now.

      It’s really a challenge to fit so many good things into one life, isn’t it? I’m clear on my values and priorities and have gotten pretty good at saying ‘no’ to things that don’t resonate, but I still run short on time to do everything I’d like. Good luck on finding your own best way to share your special gifts and talents with the world!

    • Keith Davis October 28, 2010 at 6:00 pm #

      Hi Madeleine
      I’ve said my farewell to Jean and then I spotted your reference to Public Speaking.
      I blog on Public Speaking and hope that you will visit my blog and let me have your thoughts.

      Can’t promise that you’ll learn anything. LOL

  28. Lindy Hewett October 27, 2010 at 3:18 pm #

    Hi Jean,
    Had to add a small comment. I’d just got to know you a little when poofff! you’re offff! You held my hand and gave me the support to start guest posting and I shall miss you and all you gave to us ‘newbies’. You achieved so much in a short time so I know you’ll do well with the novel and all your creative stuff.
    I’ll think of you every time I take a step into the unknown, and meanwhile I wish you every success.

    • Jean Sarauer October 27, 2010 at 4:55 pm #

      Hi Lindy. It’s been a real pleasure watching you grow into a full fledged blogaholic :) You write beautifully and stay true to your own style and spirit. Love that! Thanks for bringing your guest posting goodness to VBN, Lindy. Wishing you all the best!

  29. Marion_Anderson October 27, 2010 at 6:09 pm #

    Oh Jean I am so sad to see you go. You have been so kind and supportive. I wish you well in the future.

    • Jean Sarauer October 28, 2010 at 1:44 am #

      Thanks so much, Marion. It’s been a real treat knowing you and watching you grow as a blogger. Best of luck to you in all your endeavors!

  30. Evelyn October 27, 2010 at 10:08 pm #

    Hi Jean,
    I’ve been thinking about you and every now and then I stop by your blog. Today, I stopped by and noticed your blog was back up. I was happy, but as I started reading your post, I got sad. But then I got happy again, because I know you are following your true desires. That’s what matters the most!

    In life we must be true to our passions and I admire you for honoring what you love the most. You are a good blogging friend and I will always consider you my best blogging bud. I’ll miss you, but I’ll always remember the kind, positive, encouraging, motivating, inspiring words of wisdom you sent my way.

    Many blessings and much success!

    Always,

    Evelyn Parham

    • Jean Sarauer October 28, 2010 at 1:41 am #

      Evelyn, I’m so glad I got to know you. What a boost you’ve been to me both in blogging and in my health practices too. You’re one classy, gracious woman and I appreciate what you bring to this world. Take care of yourself and I hope to get in touch with you again at some point.

  31. Anna October 27, 2010 at 11:01 pm #

    You are so lucky that you are able to do what you want to do. I wish you well. Maybe someday, I will be able to do the same. I think I would like to sit on a beach somewhere and watch the waves roll in.

    • Jean Sarauer October 28, 2010 at 1:33 am #

      We had our first snowflakes here today, Anna, so that beach-sitting, wave-rolling gig sounds pretty darn good to me too :) Wishing you all the best!

  32. laurie October 28, 2010 at 1:17 pm #

    Hi Jean,
    I’m really sorry to see you go… and just when I need you most! But that’s really selfish of me… I completely understand about following the voice inside. You will not regret doing that, only regret if you didn’t. You’ve done great work here as can be seen by the outpouring of love and support in these comments. I’m sorry I’m so late to the game. I wish you well and I know that Mary is the best person to hand your baby over to – she will keep it safe and nurture it as it grows and blossoms. May you enjoy your days more fully now – congratulations.

    • Jean Sarauer October 28, 2010 at 8:54 pm #

      Thank you, Laurie. I’ll think of you as I’m slowing down to smell the flowers in life. Wishing you the best of everything as you keep stepping along on the blogging path!

  33. Keith Davis October 28, 2010 at 5:53 pm #

    Oh Jean – how sad.
    Great to see the blog up and running again but what sad news.
    I wish you well in all you do and…

    As you slide down the banister of life… may all the splinters be facing the right way.

    Bye Jean

    • Jean Sarauer October 28, 2010 at 8:50 pm #

      I’ll better start carrying sandpaper with me for those banister slides :) I’ve really enjoyed conversing and kidding with you, Keith. Thanks for all you do and all you bring to the blogging world.

  34. Bamboo Forest - Tick Tock Timer October 29, 2010 at 11:52 am #

    I respect your decision and the clarity of mind to know what you truly want. That’s a great, great thing.

    So, then, it appears the crashing of VBN was a blessing in disguise.

    I must say, though, you’re a very talented blogger and I was always so impressed with your work ethic.

    Good luck with your current endeavors, may they bring you only the very best.

  35. Eileen O'Shea October 30, 2010 at 6:24 pm #

    Dear Jean,
    I want to wish you all the best in the post-blogging chapter of your creative life. I’ve enjoyed getting to know you through VBN and the A-List Blogger Club. You are a wonderful writer and I sense in your description a deep intuitive knowing that this is the right direction for you now.

    Glad to know that VBN will continue in Mary’s capable hands. All the best to you,
    Eileen

  36. mark November 2, 2010 at 9:57 am #

    jean – good luck with your reconnected creative venture. I hope it turns out well for you and those closest to you. peace, mark
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  37. Aileen November 5, 2010 at 3:08 am #

    Jean, I wish you all the best in your adventures and I know you will embrace wonderful successes personally and professionally. You are a phenomenally talented writer and I look forward to seeing your future creations.

    I love you choice of sharing Virgin Blogger Notes with Mary she is all kinds of amazing and the posts you have on this site need to live on because they are simply brilliant.

    I wish you all blessings and infinite abundance.
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  38. Cori Padgett November 7, 2010 at 2:29 pm #

    In my huge lack of not keeping up with things the past few weeks, I somehow missed this announcement.

    Jean, so sorry to see you go. Your humorous writing style was like the Frick to my Frack. You will most definitely be missed..

    But I’m happy that you’ve decided to pursue other creative endeavors and hope they all pan out as well for you as VBN did. :)

    Big hugs, and welcome Mary!

    Warmest
    Cori
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  39. Marci November 13, 2010 at 2:39 pm #

    Jean, You are probably unplugged by now, and I am so grateful for hearing your story. I wish you the best of being close to nature and writing your heart out in a way!
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  40. SBA November 16, 2010 at 4:48 pm #

    Jean, I’m late to the party also — it really is a celebration that you could make the right tough decision and at the same time leave a legacy of VBN. I’ve seen so many good bloggers ‘abandon’ their sites with so much invested. I totally see your reasoning as I find myself in a similar predicament, torn between blogging, freelancing, and real life. Something ends up suffering, sometimes more than one something!

    Congratulations and I too will miss your encouraging comments on my blog.
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