The Long Leisure Link for Halloween

Cluster-of-JacksWeek 11 of The Leisure Link was another record breaking week with 26 links. To those of you who share your posts on link-ups with hundreds of other links, this one may feel like “small potatoes,” to coin an odd phrase. Many thanks to my loyal Leisure Linkers for sharing your fab posts!

San Francisco, CAThe winner this week with the most clicks was Heart-Mind-Soul, the blog of Carol Cassara, with her post, “Walking the San Francisco Embarcadero.” She shares her photos and experiences of a morning walk in the fog on the North Beach area of San Francisco. Please stop by Carol’s blog and check out her wonderful posts.

For this week’s Leisure Link, I have good news and bad news.

First, the good news. This link-up starts today and goes through Halloween, Saturday, October 31. So link up your Halloween fun: travel, recipes, décor, activities for kids and adults, Halloween games, scary movies you’ve seen, horror genre book reviews, and more!

So now the bad news. If you host a link-up, you know they can be fun, rewarding, but quite a bit of work. As a blogger, you know how much time it takes to comment on others’ posts, let alone write, photograph and publish your own.

Unfortunately, this will have to be my last Leisure Link. The-Leisure-LinkNot only does my 6 month account with Inlinkz expire, but I am busier teaching classes than I anticipated (100 students and all their assignments to read and grade). I have struggled to do what it takes to keep the link up to the standards I set.

Despite this being the last Leisure Link, please share your posts. I will feature all participants on my blog after 10/31. Your posts are still being pinned to my Pinterest board.

Being unable to sustain this blogging event made me question why I even write a blog. I started doubting myself and toyed with the idea of shutting it down completely. I only post four days a week, but even that schedule has found me asking why I do this. I lost sleep over the idea of not blogging.

I love it too much. I enjoy writing, photography, and all the trappings that come with the care and feeding of a blog. I love reading great blogs, commenting, and enjoying “friendships” all over the world.

So…I will continue my blog. Sorry for the pity party!

I intend to write more. I have a lot of draft posts waiting to be finalized. I am disappointed that The Leisure Link must go away, but I will continue to photograph and write about leisure experiences and its purpose in our lives.

My heartfelt thanks to those who posted even one time on The Leisure Link. And of course, thank you again to the bloggers who participated each week. I have discovered wonderful new blogs as a result!

Let’s take this last Leisure Link out with a bang! Link away!

31 thoughts on “The Long Leisure Link for Halloween

  1. Terri, I totally understand your dilemma. Life is busy. Teaching takes a lot of work. I have enjoyed the Leisure Link and found some good bloggers there. I think each blogger must find their own path. I only blog once a week and sometimes I wonder if I should even bother. Yet, I love the creative outlet and the friends I have made through blogging. I will continue to read your blog. Do what you need to do to keep your self sane and happy. Blogging should be something that makes you happy, not another task on the endless list of things you have to get through.

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  2. Awww! I just figured out how to link up and I really love reading all the other posts! 😞 I’m sorry you will be stopping but I completely understand- there are only so many hours in a day.

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  3. I’m sorry to hear that you’re stopping the linky party. But I completely understand. I don’t work and feel like I don’t have enough time to blog. I can’t imagine how you do it with a full time job!
    Thanks for the memories.
    I’ll still be here for your regular blog!

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  4. I find myself struggling with finding a balance in how much time I can/ want to dedicate to blogging, too. It would be nice to have more time, and I miss you all when I’m not here for a few days. Thank you for hosting the Leisure Link while you did!

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  5. Hey Terri. I hear you. It’s a lot to do, especially when you want to give every post its due, which I know you do. I look forward to seeing your drafts come to light and I wish you a very happy Friday X.

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  6. Terri, many successful bloggers post once a week or e ery two weeks. It isnt quantity but quality and your tre followers will come and read as you post. Enjoy life, and dont pologize! We all understand so just post as you want!

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  7. You were a wonderful link host Terri. I enjoyed participating when I was able. I am glad that you have decided to continue posting however!

    I hear you with the challenges of blogging. For me, the biggest challenge is ‘keeping up’ in the face of limited internet connectivity, but that should abate for the next six months now that I am in Australia. That said, if I get lucky, I will be working and thus spending less time in this sphere.

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  8. I can completely relate (although I find it amusing that you say that you “only” post four time a week) and, from what I’m reading on other blogs, others do too. There is so much to do and just so much time to do them in. You’ve retired but you are probably busier than ever (I know I am).

    Thanks for running the link-up, it was fun and I met a few new bloggy friends. Knowing you, you’ll probably start up a new one again in the future… after all, your career was all about bringing people together and having fun!

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    • Oh Janis, you are so kind to say so! Thank you for all of your support. Teaching just two classes and blogging has kept me way more busy than I expected. However I enjoy both so much! Our dept, chair has asked me to teach a new class, so that will keep me busy!

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  9. Awww.. I am disappointed.. I know the little bit of exposure my blog got was from the Leisure Link 😦 But, I completely understand how life gets busy and makes you question what is important. I respect where you are coming from because I was there a few months ago with my cake business… it was HARD to let that go, it was part of me 🙂

    I am thrilled that you will continue to blog… I look forward to your advice and photos 🙂 Thank you for everything you have done for me, and so many others. ❤

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    • Oh, your comment means so much to me, and it was really hard to stop this. I’m so glad you got a benefit from the link-up, that is the idea after all! Perhaps after I get this semester over I can rethink the link (haha) if I had a co-host. Sorry to hear you were in business and had to let that go. I enjoy your blog as well and look forward to your posts 🙂

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  10. Hi Terri, I’ve added my link and was sorry to hear this is your last Link-up. However, I’m very pleased to hear that you will continue to blog.

    Blogging can take over your life and it’s impossible to read the posts of all the blogs we follow. However, providing we all know that, then we can keep blogging fun (just like its suppose to be) and continue to enjoy coming here to catch up with the wonderful blogging communities there are on here.

    Whatever you do continue to find the fun in blogging and keep entertaining us with your posts.

    Best wishes,
    Hugh

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    • Aw, shucks, Hugh, your kind words made me blush. I really love blogging and once I get my teaching schedule figured out, I can dig in further…or not. I have fun with this and I do want to write more non-fiction pieces. I will always take time to read your blog 🙂

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  11. oh dear just as I found you! I will look forward to taking a retrospective (kind of opposites) look at some of the links on previous link ups! and will look forward to following your blog

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