Put in a Nutshell – The End

Dear Fellow Bloggers,

Sometimes, even cutting back on an activity is not the right choice. It’s time to retire my blogging hat. I’ve been blogging since 2011, for a few of those years I posted daily, and the truth is I’ve run out of subjects and things to say. To avoid further repetition, and to give more time to other endeavors, the blog is now officially retired. Thanks so much for making these eight years rewarding and fun. Timelesslady

48 thoughts on “Put in a Nutshell – The End

    1. Timelesslady

      Thanks so much Oneta. I’m going to take some time and go back over what I’ve posted. There is some editing and deleting that needs to be done in order to keep the blog up and running and under the storage limits.

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  1. Well hope we can stay in touch via email –
    You will Be missed but there is a peace in your words here and you know what you need – and you know how to let god lead and feed and that is key!

    Hugs to you my sister and side note –
    Even tho you have retired from here – if I see any cool weather vanes I will grab and share a photo in your honor –
    Xxoo

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    1. Timelesslady

      Thanks for the weather vane posts in advance. I am hoping to still visit all my favorite blogs. I mentioned in another comment response that I am leaving the blog posts up, but I will need to whittle down to my favorites. I don’t want to keep paying the yearly fee. Thanks so much…did I tell you I was so pleased with my lavender Rose of Sharon blooms. This year, they didn’t bloom double, but had a gorgeous red highlight in the center. It has really branched out and I will looking forward to it’s return next year. Did I tell you it was transplanted to grow over my sweet kitty as he rests in peace. We lost him last year and it seemed fitting to have something beautiful above where we laid him to rest.

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      1. Oh wow -great idea to have the rose of Sharon grow over the beloved kitty memorial spot. Have you harvested any of the seeds yet? I have two babies that need a spot – they are in pots out back and one did very well and the other did not but is still viable. And did you notice that a rose of Sharon likes to be “not potted” – well I have – anyhow – it is so fun to share gardening experiences of this flowering shrub with you.

        And I do think that WordPress has different paid plans now – but I know that the yearly cost should be considered – have you thought about doing “Adsense” where maybe you could place ads on your blog and see if it pays for itself ?
        Just an idea –

        But let god lead
        If you feel the ax
        Needs to
        Come down it might be because he wants your focus elsewhere – am I right? I know sometimes when we lose our peace or feel the need to take action – the Holy Spirit living within us is guiding it.

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        1. Timelesslady

          The need to pay now to keep the blog going isn’t the concern…I’m just tired of feeling burdened to come up with something. It’s time to stop. I’m going to delete enough to allow it to be free again and then just let it be found through the posts I’ve written.

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          1. I did catch that – how the price was like the final Straw (and not the cause) but if something is already a drain and already bringing in a pull or unrest – that was the catalyst this week- am I right?
            And seriously – I need to mention this again – but I really believe (and I am sure you do too so this is a reminder – because I know you are seasoned in your faith) and We
            know that any unrest we have is allowed and used by God
            And seems like the blog has not been working out for you in the overall scheme of things – just not feeling it anymore –

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            1. Timelesslady

              I’ve enjoyed blogging…but it has become another burden of what I feel I ‘have’ to do…I’m beginning to cut those things out and learn to just be…I asked God what I should do, he seemed to answer, ‘just talk to me.’ It’s time to pray like I’m in an old fashioned camp-meeting service. So much in this world is going awry.

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            2. Thanks for sharing that and looking forward to
              Checking in with you a year from now (or at a different point) to see how it turns out and to see the awesome things God has in store –

              A few months ago I was getting a little annoyed by a few things in blog world – like oh my gosh – when someone who is a “one photo poster” would Come and say “wow – this long post looks like you spent a lot of time on it” or just throw in a little dig – it started to rob my joy a bit.
              Anyhow – I pray all the time about by blogging and really try to make sure I am checking in with god regularly (as you do) and so I prayed about that situation and journaled about it –
              And I had some insight –
              It was just a few bloggers that did that – and one in particular who was really dropping digs.
              I also know I can glean and grow from criticism – so that was on my radar.
              Well! The outcome of this was very good for me. I decided to stop doing the one challenge that we mainly connected with (and the one she interpreted as a single dense photo whereas I interpreted it as making a post – and the host challenge invites photos and words and anything so it is not like a single picture challenge) and so that was the first step – cutting that tie was great.
              But then I sat down and really thought about my blog MO
              Was it time for a month or two break? Nope – not yet
              (?But two week break happened naturally a bit later))
              Was it time for a weekly post?
              What was it time for?
              That was when flash fiction came to
              My mind and it is a skill I want to improve and it makes me better as a writer and I feel
              So happy to create a short fiction piece – and so that led to my current MO
              Which might be what I call blog phase 15!! Seriously – I have had maybe 15 blog modes since 2013 – with how and downs
              And this recent epiphany has been a gift
              Oh and one more thing unfolded for me this year in blogging.
              It was a desire of my heart to write about health stuff a little more
              And starting off sharing literature – stories and poems and then a photo kind of blog mode – the flash fiction and always bits of fine arts
              – health stuff was not fitting in.
              And it had a bad bump when a reader laid into me when I wrote about vitamin d3 –
              She was so intense we no longer keep in touch – ugh – but it Happens and this is a social place
              But to quickly finish my point (sorry for another long comment – ha) well I see how god gave me a desire of my heart this last 12 months and some health topics have been flowing easily into some of the challenges I do.
              I like my current MO and also know that it could change at any time and I will likely be evaluating again later this fall-
              And I do have some
              Changes in schedule coming and expect it to impact the blog part of my life

              Hugs 🌺🌺🌺🌺

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            3. Timelesslady

              I’ve been pretty lucky and only felt badly a few times about comments. It’s not worth letting things rob my joy, I think you must be like me and as I get older it is becoming easier to walk away from any person or activity that I know will never be anything but a negative drain. I was just talking to my son the other day about the people in the world who are spiritual vampires. They usually come across as really nice people to most of the world, but they will suck you completely dry of all joy. I am beginning to consider this type person as poison and have as little to do as possible with those who I know will bring negativity into my life.
              I’m glad the challenges are working out that you can include tips on health. I need all the health tips I can get that are easy and organic. If they seem to flow easily into your post and work with challenges then I think you are so right and that is God. Whenever I find things flowing and seeming to come together as if they are puzzle pieces fitting together I will say to my husband…this is God. I will keep in touch.

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            4. and was thinking about you today – when I had some black coffee (wink)
              and this is by no means an attempt to lure you back (not yet anyway – because I can see a break is in order – maybe lackluster creeped in?)
              but your posts were always a breath of fresh air because you had such a simple and genuine way of sharing your faith.
              the times faith and God did come up was always from your heart and never felt like forced evangelism
              and never felt like you trying to be the expert christian (and trust me – there are too many of those out there – in fact a couple that come up in my feed and when I read their posts – I roll my eyes because they come across as the spiritual sage and their writing is only so-so – well that is how I take it – and a few times they have been way off on their take on a Bible passage – again – my opinion)
              but I never felt that with you
              your posts always had this pure and simple joy
              whether you shared an adventure to find a weather vane
              or shared about painting garden pots
              coffee
              flowers and faith
              – it always had your unique signature that was smooth and pleasant
              and I was surprised to hear you did not want to come up with content anymore because it seems like it rolled right from your mind to the page effortlessly –

              and with that said – remember the enemy lies to us and he comes to rob, kill and destroy –
              and so bring every thought captive if he has planted any lies about your blogging mode.

              and don’t overthink it and never judge your blog success by stats (not saying you are but some do… and we need to shake it off) because we never know how God can use it to change one life

              so take your break but don’t be gone forever because timeless lady really did splash beauty in the blogosphere as she minded her Ps and Qs – she brought posts that were not trying to one up anyone – and posts that were all her – and they did matter –
              πŸ™‚

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            5. Timelesslady

              Thanks so much for saying I was a breath of fresh air. That is especially sweet because I really felt repetitive and stale toward the end. I enjoyed reading your flash fiction today. Maybe at some point I will try my hand/pen to it. There was one day years ago when one of my posts got a high number of looks, and I knew even then I would never get so high again, and it was okay…still is. I expect, because some of my posts come up in Google searches that I will still receive looks. That is one of the reasons I need to go back through everything before March and take out all photos and posts that are not top-notch. One thing about blogging I always liked…and I think your blog is the same…I was myself and enjoyed the blogs of others who wrote in the same way.

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            6. yes – we are ourselves and that is a good thing.

              and thee are many reasons combining right now for you to pull the plug – and we know God will continue to show you more and more int he coming months.
              and regarding numbers
              well I had to let all of that go officially when I came back from trying another blog and prior house went from a lot of followers to 20% of what it had.
              I was not used to posts getting one or two comments –
              but it was good for me.
              and still is – like today my wordless Wednesday photo has three comments to answer – and that is kind of nice. —
              and another think I think of goes back to the first seven followers I got – then it went to 12
              and think about it –
              to have 12 people follow a blog is an honor.
              if only a few read my blog that is intimate and social interacting –
              and I think we are so jacked up with number perspective that we assume blog success with hits – likes and comments –
              when a successful post could have little of that and be exactly what was needed for us or for those who read it.

              earlier this summer I was kind of surprised when I saw this blogger friend I know doing the numbers thing – I am not judging and hey – she has her goals – but she was reposting posts and I was actually confused because I was only online three times that week and each time her post was new in my reader – and when I asked her about it – well there was a bit of something off in her response – still cannot pinpoint it – and when I asked her about the post – seriously I was curious and thought it was glitchy and then realized she was just recycling it – ((and for good reason because many of her readers – I Guess – did not get to see it the first time… or the second)) – and hey – so maybe it went from 50 likes to 125 or more —
              and again – not judging but later – I felt bad for her.
              to have the angst
              and I hope I can always keep an open hand on that.
              It feels so wonderful to have chatty comment sections – if it is that kind of post – right..
              but we all have different personalities and different content – and well – I look forward to hearing some of your thoughts later once you have had the chance to step back and refresh and “see” even more – even tho I know you see a lot now….

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  2. Thank you so much for these years. Yours is one of my favorites. My coleus is blooming. When I was outside today and noticed I thought of you, my blog friend. Your beautiful heart that Always magnifies the Lord brings smiles and focus to my own heart. I will miss you. May the Lord exponentially bless the new work of your hands and your life.

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    1. Timelesslady

      Aw, that touches my heart, that you thought of me in relation to coleus. I just cut and put several more stems of those beautiful plants in vases to root. I will be enjoying them in post in about a month.

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    1. Timelesslady

      I have come back in the past, but probably not this time. We all go round and round in what we do and I find I repeat myself too much now. Good luck on coming back. I appreciate the comment.

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    1. Timelesslady

      Anne, even cutting back to once a week was beginning to make me feel burdened rather than joyful…when I caught myself thinking, ‘Oh no, what am I going to blog this week, I’m running out of time…’ I knew it was time to let go. I will still be visiting yours. I love your life and family.

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      1. I know of one blogger who quit because she couldn’t keep up the pace she set for herself. She came back after a break and wrote only when she felt the urge. There could be four to eight weeks between posts, but her followers were glad to get that much.

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  3. I shall miss your blogs but you shouldn’t be afraid of repetition. There are new readers joining all the time and might never find your blogs otherwise. I can understand though, there are limits on some subjects and I felt my blogs were getting a bit exhausted as well but although I’ve slowed down almost to a standstill, I can’t say I will retire, not yet anyway. The way the world is becoming, it’s now more important than ever to use whatever means at our disposal to get the Lord’s message across. Re-posting some of the older blogs will still keep that message to the forefront and means you can slip into semi retirement, is it worth considering? It might simply mean it’s time to move on and I wish you well with whatever door you are opening now and thank you, it’s been a pleasure to read your blogs.

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    1. Timelesslady

      I am planning to go through all my posts, edit the mistakes out, and delete those I find are repetitive. Happily, people come to the blog through Google and other sites. The posts I’ve done will go on…I hope! Thanks for all your encouragement.

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