Time for a Blogging Break

Time for a Blogging Break

Summer is here, finally, and my three little grandchildren are getting old enough to want to go outside. Between babysitting, working, playing with digital imaging, and a few other personal activities, my blog has languished. Rather than hang on, adding a thin post now and then, while reading and commenting on other blogs, I’ve decided that a blogging break is in order– cold turkey.

I haven’t done so earlier for fear of losing readers and weakening the lovely connections I’ve made with most anyone who is reading this now. I’ve noticed, however, that some of my favorite bloggers have taken breaks. Their blogs– and their readers– did not crumble away, fall apart, drift back across the ocean, or shrink up and disappear. On the contrary, new posts after a break offer freshness of spirit borne of an enthusiasm that simply needs renewal.

Therefore, I shall spend a few weeks, or months, gathering myself together, playing with my dear little grandkids, and preparing some new posts. I do not plan to break my addiction to the Internet, so if anyone wants to write me via email or comment on previous entries, I will be quick to respond.

May Allah bless you all, and keep you and your blogs safe, healthy, and unblocked!

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About Marahm

At first glance, I may appear to be a middle-aged American woman with kids, grandkids, retired from a job in a hospital, gratefully relieved from the responsibilities that come with all of that. Behind the image, which is true enough, I am fairly unhinged from much of American mainstream living, having spent twelve years in Saudi Arabia, years that sprung me from societal and familial impositions of narrow bands of truth. I have learned to embrace my sense of identity as a seeker, an artist, and a writer. I study Arabic and Italian language, because I love them, and I love their people. I still dream of spending more time in the Middle East and Italy, though the dreaming now seems more real than the possibilities. I am a photographer. I write, and sometimes publish, flash memoir, and now a blog or two.
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13 Responses to Time for a Blogging Break

  1. iMuslim says:

    We’ll miss you Marahm! 🙂

  2. Hning says:

    *waving*
    Ya, you’ll be missed. Enjoy your summer, grandchildren and everything else. Hope we’ll see you again (reasonably) soon.

  3. I hope you have a wonderful time this summer with your grandkids. We leave in a few days – and I will call you! Enjoy your time off from blogging!

  4. susanne430 says:

    I have you in Google Reader so I’ll know when you come back. I’ll look forward to hearing of your great adventures then.

    In the meantime, have a joyful time with the family!

  5. coolred38 says:

    Will be waiting for your return. have a great summer with grandkiddies.

  6. Marahm says:

    Thank you all, Friends! May you all have a wonderful summer as well!

  7. Safiyyah says:

    Salaams Dear:

    You take a break. Many of us do. Have a great summer with the kiddos. You know I will be emailing you about Tierzon (which I finally got to work, lol).

    Love you
    Safiyyah

  8. Chiara says:

    Wise! May it be a joyous break! I look forward to your return whenever you feel like it. Maybe you could announce it (discreetly) on some of the blogs you read and comment on. Happy Holiday!!!

  9. Chiara says:

    Oh there I am! (misspelled email address on comment awaiting moderation) 🙂

  10. Marahm says:

    Thanks, Saffiyah, have fun with fractals, and I’m looking forward to seeing more of your work.

    Chiara, good suggestion. Thanks!

  11. Paul says:

    Hi Marahm,

    Never been a blogger, yet was quite captivated by your openness and eloquence to boot.
    As I am soon to be working in Riyadh, I want to get a feel of the city and what it is like to live there. I typically jump in at the deep end wherever I find myself working and try to get a feel for my host culture. This means rather quickly finding a non-ex-pat crowd and learning their perspectives et al.
    So though it is very cheeky, would you be kind enough to mail me some pictures of Riyadh (not the typical sights…) so I can get a sort of ‘insiders view’.
    Many many thanks.

    Enjoy the ‘you time’, and I hope it brings you the refreshment you seek.

    Peace always
    Paul

  12. Marahm says:

    Thanks for your comment, Paul. I’d love to send you photos, but I don’t have any. Back in my day, photography was stricted forbidden, and digital cameras did not exist, nor did mobile phone cameras, nor did mobile phones, for that matter.

    Some of the other bloggers I’ve listed in my blogroll do have nice, recent photos of Riyadh.

    You’ll find a wonderful collection on Flickr,
    http://www.flickr.com/ Just type “Riyadh” into the search window. Best of luck for your employment there.

  13. Umm Ibrahim says:

    Back from my blogging break and hoped you would be too – apparently not! Hope you and your family are all well! x

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