On Blogcation


March 29, 2015 by Paula Reed Nancarrow

There was apparently supposed to be a conference for bloggers this year that went by the name “Blogcation.”

blogcation route

It involved a weeklong cruise, in the Carribean, from January 10-17, 2015. Hard to beat that. You can still find images online, and references to it on a couple of blogs. The company has a Twitter account, @blogcation. Posts promoting the event begin in February 2014 and the last one (from which I took this image) is on August 19.

Apparently Blogcation never took place. When you go to their website, you get directed to HugeDomains.com, which is willing to sell you blogcation.com for $2195. Huge tells us the site’s “brandability” is very high. Brandability and affordability are apparently two different things.

I would love to hop on a cruise ship and meet all the bloggers I have come to know in the last year.

Welcome aboard!

But that’s not the kind of blogcation I’m on. Instead I am visiting my parents from March 28 –  April 6. My father is 85; my mother will be 82 in June. Both of them have had a rough winter. I need some time to focus on them.

It also seems a good time to focus internally on the thoughts I have when an audience isn’t listening. It does happen to be Holy Week, after all, and while I’m still confused about my relationship to liturgical time in that “Christian by culture, Buddhist by practice” pastiche which is my spiritual life, the opportunity has presented itself, and the need is there. Otherwise I fear I’m going to need the kind of vacation Professor John Turner took last year from his finance blog:

BlogcationcatApparently this is what writing about the banking crisis can do to you. And I thought just living through it was tough.

My blogcation will be a personal retreat, and a time to reconnect with family.

I will be spending minimal time on social media, and not promoting my posts on my usual schedule on Twitter, because I won’t be able to reciprocate.  The cruise and the conference will have to wait, but I do hope to catch up with comments on blogs, where I can participate in slower and more nuanced conversations. Cruises are nice, but comments are the kind of minimum deposit I can afford.

In the meantime, I thought I’d give you a chance to catch up on a few posts that are most important to me.

Not the most popular posts, necessarily, as I have explained before. Nor are they always the ideal blog length. But in the writing of these pieces I have gleaned insights that I hope make me more a compassionate person. Sometimes, as you’ll see in the comments on the first post, which predates my weekly blogging commitment, those insights come in surprising ways. Personal history, and memory, are complicated things that connect to many other lives.

So here are the five posts I’d like to see get more traffic. If there are any you haven’t yet checked out, now’s your chance:

I expect this blogcation to be a bit of an emotional roller coaster. But I look forward to connecting with you all at the other end.

Courtesy of the lovely Ecoscrapbook.com

Courtesy of the lovely Ecoscrapbook.com

30 thoughts on “On Blogcation

  1. Anita Stout says:

    Good for you Paula! Enjoy and renew. Read you soon!


  2. Norah says:

    I hope all goes well, Paula, with your enforced blogcation. (Not a bad word, by the way.) I hope you can relax away from social media and not keep thinking “I should be …” This time with your parents is important too, and irreplaceable.
    Only four pics this time? Or can’t I count?
    Thanks for linking to your other posts. I will do my best to check them out. :)


  3. Annecdotist says:

    A cruise, even filled with my lovely friends from the blogosphere, is my worst nightmare – I like to know I can escape if need be!
    Hope you enjoy the time with your parents.


    • Being with my parents is like being on a cruise, Anne. There’s no escape. I am doing my best to live within those parameters for the week. It is not easy. I love my parents deeply. I do not always enjoy them. That is a practice. I am working the practice.


  4. jan says:

    We all need a blogcation every now and then. Best wishes for a smoother than anticipated roller coaster ride.


    • Thanks, Jan. We generally hit most of the rough spots the second day in. My mother is losing her mind, but perhaps she is gaining more peace. I don’t know. We watched the birds today. There was such love in watching those birds.


      • Excuse me for butting in here. This is beautiful: “We watched the birds today. There was such love in watching those birds.” Best to you and your family. <3


  5. Judith Post says:

    Enjoy. But maybe that’s too simple of a wish for you. Aging parents and inner turmoil can both be challenging, but I hope you find a satisfying substance at its end.


  6. Enjoy the break Paula, and time with your parents…. I hope that your visit finds ‘mum’ as well as can be, and you’re able to share some quality time together X


  7. wccunningham says:

    Enjoy your family time!


  8. Have a wonderful time. Thanks for linking to your other posts (the “not-so-popular” ones). Sometime the ones that don’t get the most traffic are the best. Though I have liked your high-traffic ones, too. Anyway. Enjoy your visit. :-)


  9. pinkmenotmom says:

    Although I imagine yours will not be a restful vacation, I hope that the time you spend together will be meaningful and memorable, to all three of you.


  10. Enjoy your time with the family. Everyone need a Blogcation for one reason or another. :-)


  11. macjam47 says:

    Have a wonderful break and enjoy your time with your parents. Mine are gone, and I miss those wonderful days of visiting, helping them out, and enjoying the glow of warmth and love I always had when with them.


  12. Now that I understand what a skilled sledding man your father is—despite his Clark Kent tendencies—I wish you well with your folks.


  13. Charli Mills says:

    A well-deserved blogcation, though I like the cruise idea better. Here’s some thoughts as I’ve been mulling over your ideas and mixing them in with my own: your community will be waiting for your return. Your audience will remember the quality of your content. And birdwatching is good for everyone’s soul!


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  15. […] algunos lectores sabrán, yo estaba en blogcation la semana pasada, visitando a mis padres. Había mucho que agradecer en el tiempo que he visitado, […]


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