It’s time for a hiatus…


It’s been over a month since my last post. And over two months since I announced that this blog is going through a bit of an evolution.

As I said in January, I’m feeling less inspired about maintaining this blog. I felt like I was arbitrarily meeting these self-defined deadlines, occasionally sacrificing quality for the sake of frequency. I was letting my readers down and myself down… and for what? To keep a blog going? If that’s all it was for, was that enough?

For right now, it’s not enough for me.

I have built this blog over five years now, and I’m so proud of it. It’s been essential to my happiness and to my career and to furthering my love and passion for fundraising.

However, right now it doesn’t feel as essential to my life. I’m not quitting my blog, I just want to go on an official – and indefinite – hiatus. I’ve been in limbo since January and I don’t like that; it needs to be more formal for me (I’m just that kind of person).

I want to use this time off to throw myself even more deeply in my day-to-day work, which inspires me in the ways that my blog used to – and even more.

I also want to use this time to think about where this blog will go next. I know it has a role in my life and career, but I need time to consider what.

On the same note – I’m taking a less official but equally indefinite break from Twitter. For me, Twitter is along the same lines of my blog. It’s been a critical part of my career path and network, and I’m proud of the audience I’ve built, the connections I’ve made, and the content I’ve shared. But it’s a chore more than fun right now, and I just need a break. Again, I’ll be back, but I need to figure out how.

So thank you for your readership up until this point, and your patience with me as I sort out that big question of: what next?

Until then — Thank you!


Written by Maeve Strathy

Maeve is the Founder of What Gives Philanthropy and has been working in fundraising for ten years. Click here to learn more about Maeve.

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8 thoughts on “It’s time for a hiatus…

  1. I completely understand. It’s a pity not to be hearing from you for a while, but I know when you come back it will be stronger and better than ever.
    Rest, take your time. I look forward to your first blog.
    Thank you for all you’ve done before.

  2. Thank you for all of your wonderful ideas. I have enjoyed reading and learning from you. Enjoy your break and I will forward to hearing how things continue to work out for you.

  3. I totally understand. When something stops being organic, it’s time to take a hiatus, whether that’s indefinitely or permanently. For me, it was permanent. I don’t miss blogging and I don’t miss tweeting. Facebook and Instagram may be the next to go. I don’t know yet. They aren’t necessary for my job and they aren’t vital for maintaining my social life. If someone needs me, they can email me or call me or text me. I find the older I get (and I’m only turning 35 in August) the more introverted and old-fashioned I become.

  4. Sorry to hear you’re taking a break on the blog & twitter, but I understand.

    I look forward to amazing posts on fundraising when you eventually return.

  5. Thanks for your inspiration to date! And being clear enough that you need to take a break is also inspirational. Looking forward to crossing paths in the future – maybe even (gasp) IRL!

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