16 October 2010

It's time...


I had more pictures I wanted to share, and a story about this woman I saw the other day, bra-less, smeared make-up, greasy hair, who started laughing like a mad woman in the middle of the street (me!), but then I got this message by blogger:

"Whoops. You've reached your upload limit."

What now?

My options are to purchase more storage space (I won't), to create a new blog (I simply don't have the energy or time right now), or to take it as a hint that it's time to say goodbye.

I think it's time.

I've been longing for the privacy of my journal. Of sitting down with a pen and paper at night and writing whatever I feel like. Of holding pictures of my loved ones in my hands, instead of staring at them on the screen, and gluing them into little albums of love.

And so I've decided to say goodbye (God be with ye). Auf ein Wiedersehen. Maybe I'll be back someday... If so, you'll be the first to know.

Thank you all for your love and support over the last months, for shared laughs and tears, I'll miss you. This is just something I need to do.

42 comments:

lilla a said...

I will miss you. I do not know you, but I am happy I have had the chance to follow you for a while on the way, blessed to have read your thoughts and seen your beautiful pictures and children. All the best.

Minna said...

Ouh, bit sad . I loved your pictures and had really nice way to write. Have a nice fall Isa !!

Anonymous said...

NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!

- Long-time reader.

Isa said...

lilla a and Minna, I'll miss you and your wonderful, inspirational blogs. Thanks for reading mine, it's meant very, very much to me. Happy fall to you!

Anonymous, I'm sorry.

sirja said...

Hm...sad, no, REALLY SAD. It's strange how starting to follow someone's blog you begin to feel you know this person more and more and you become friends. We have never met, never talked facing each other, yet learning that you stop now made me extremely sad. It has shook a little bit my own determination to carry on as I have reached a kind of crossroads and I'm not sure which way to go.
Anyway, thanks a million for your lovely blog - it has inspired me enormously. I wish you luck, love and happiness. Cherish your beautiful family, enjoy your cosy private moments with your diary and remember that if ever you decide to come back, we'll be waiting!!!!

Katarina said...

This is such sad news. Your blog has been something like my weekly visits to my sister's house...warm and welcoming and inspiring.
I'll miss you so much. But, as a person who's disappeared several times in the past, I understand you completely.
Sometimes I need to stop myself and disconnect from the outer world too, usually when I find out that memories are just piling up in computer and on dvds, and that they deserve better than that, and they (meaning also my family and friends) deserve my full attention.
Anyway, see you soon again, sometime, hopefully. I've sent you an email.
xK

snygg said...

Vielleicht hast du ja irgendwann Lust, ein bisschen was von dem, was du in die kleinen Liebesalben eingeklebt hast, auch virtuell festzuhalten, und zu teilen. Ich würde mich sehr freuen.
Und vielleicht magst du mir mal ein Mail schicken, wenn du mit dem Irving durch bist, und mir sagen, wie du ihn fandest. Ich habe ihn nämlich gerade weggelegt und mir ein anderes Buch gegriffen, weil ich keinen Zugang zu Garp finde. Vielleicht in ein paar Monaten wieder. Vielleicht habe ich dann auch ein, zwei andere Fragen, die mich schon länger interessieren.

So viel vielleicht, puh. Ich wünsche dir alle Gute.

Stine said...

Oh nein, wie schade! Ich werde deinen Blog, deine schönen Bilder und Texte und deine Fundstücke sehr vermissen! Vielleicht schaust du ja bloglos trotzdem mal vorbei und hinterlässt den ein oder anderen Kommentar. Ich würde mich freuen. Stine, die deinen Wunsch nach Privatssphäre sehr gut versteht.

Henry said...

Well, good thing I won something before you leave. I think it's a good call though. I keep thinking the internet steals to much of my time and thoughts that I could better spend on things more worthwhile (my family)! You've got my support. Not that you need it, but ya know...Just don't be a stranger. :( I've been loving to reconnect with some of the people who I feel 'get me'. I'd miss being all alone again, so to speak, in good ol' America.

Fran

Annakaisa said...

Well, that's a bummer, because clearly we all loved your blog. And yes, the great pictures, that made me always miss Finland.
But I completely understand. I write my blog just because we have family all over the place, and it's an easy way to share the latest. But nothing beats writing a good old fashioned journal! I've done it for years, and wouldn't give that up for anything.
All the best and have a great fall and Christmas season!

P.S. "this woman I saw the other day, bra-less, smeared make-up, greasy hair, who started laughing like a mad woman in the middle of the street (me!)"
This made me laugh so hard. You're hilarious.

Anonymous said...

Das klingt jetzt vielleicht doof, aber es macht mich sehr traurig..

Momentan bricht irgendwie alles weg was mir Freude gebracht hat, alles scheint schief zu laufen, und jetzt muss ich auch noch das lesen..:(

Aber natürlich hab ich vollstes Verständnis dafür. Irgendwie gehörte mein alltäglicher Besuch auf deinem Blog zu meinem Alltag dazu wie morgens Kaffee zu trinken...

Ich wünsche dir & deiner Familie natürlich alles Liebe! :-)

Liebe Grüße von Anna

noora said...

I've enjoyed your blog so much! Thanks for all your writings & pictures. Hopefully we can catch up in real life too :D

Anonymous said...

Oh no, this is a bad news indeed! :)

But you do enjoy your family and privacy!

Thanks for this wonderful experience, I really loved your blog!

IPH said...

Meine liebe Isa, ich hoffe doch sehr das dadurch nicht unser gerade so schöner Kontakt abbricht. Naja, du weißt ja wo und wie du uns findest und ich kann dich auch gut verstehen. Ich wünsche dir, Jonny und den beiden Mäusen alles Glück dieser Welt, ich werde die schönen Bilder vermissen, seit umarmt
liebe Grüße Micha, Irene und Leon mit Luna :*

Alicia P. said...

Thank you for sharing what you have shared, and best of luck! xo

shys said...

:(

merathon said...

sad! i'll miss reading about you and seeing pics of you and your cute girls! i didn't know there was a limit... wonder when i'll hit MINE!

NH said...

Surprise, surprise - was eine erstunlich überraschende Nachricht. Da geht man immer davon aus, dass die Leute Freude an dem haben was sie alltäglich im Internet erleben (bloggen, zocken, was auch immer) und dann stellt man plötzlich fest: es wurde einfach zuviel. Die virtuelle Welt hat einen aufgefressen, man hat das Limit überschritten ohne es selbst zu bemerken.
Kenne das gut und weiß mittlerweile wie man damit umzugehen hat. Im Prinzip gibt es eine ganz einfache Regel um sowas zu verhindern: mache es NIE täglich und fühle dich NIE dazu verpflichtet. Das gilt wahrscheinlich für alles im Leben (außer vielleicht Zähneputzen... :). Ich schreibe dir mal was dazu.
LG Nina

chaton de luxe said...

Hey Isa - I'll miss your blog but I completely understand as I feel the same way, writing in a journal or on a blog just isn't the same thing and I have sort of abandoned mine for that same reason but decided to finish the 52 weeks projects with photos only. I hope you'll still keep your flickr account active?

Isa said...

Thanks everybody! Like I said, I will miss you, too!

I'd also like to clarify: I'm not ending this blog because it's gotten too much, or anything dramatic like that. I loved blogging. It's just that I hit my upload limit (which is 1 GB by the way, and I had no idea it existed!), and I'm simply too lazy to start a new blog now. So I thought, why not take the chance and do what I have missed doing.. journalling, tackling my heap of photo memories.. that sort of thing, do something else for a while... I told you, I'm a bit like Vianne from Chocolat, and what can I say, the East winds have blown. I'm pretty sure I will be back and I'll let you know when that happens! Kisses and hugs to all of you! :)

Chaton de luxe, my flickr account will remain, although I have never been particularly active there. (It's Miss Isabell, for anybody that's interested).

Ellu said...

Isa, you can easily upload your pics to www.photobucket.com (it's free) and put them from there to here (as linked from their url). It's really easy. I needed to do that as well because I ran out of space.

Clearly I don't want you to stop :D

Isa said...

Ellu, what? Really? Haha, okay, that would have been nice to know yesterday! :D

Well, now that I've decided to say goodbye, I will. But if I come back, it's good to know that I can just continue this blog and won't have to start a new one.

Anonymous said...

AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO. Don't go. Ellu is right! We want to see before-after pics of the renovation and more of your nice pictures! Long-time reader (desperately missing you and crying)

Merja said...

Isa please no. I love reading your blog and looking at your pictures. I wish I could learn to take as good pictures as you. I think you shouldn't stop at all. Don't do it! :)

Annabella said...

Liebe Isa,
ich kann es kaum glauben und es macht mich sehr traurig. Schon komisch, wir kennen uns nicht, und doch habe ich oft das Gefühl, dass Du sowas wir einen Freundin für mich geworden bist. Ich werde Dich sehr vermissen. Deine tollen Texte und die wundervollen Photos. Wenn Du magst, freue ich mich sehr, wenn Du hin und wieder bei mir "vorbeischaust" und einen Kommentar hinterlässt. Oder es Dir anders überlegts.
Ich habe Dich sehr lieb gewonnen und Wünsche Dir und Deiner süssen Familie von Herzen alles gute!
Anna

Heli said...

blogistan will not be the same without you, isa! but listen to your heart. :) i think it's only healthy to cut down one's screen time.

Isa said...

Aww, you are all so sweet! I wish I could give you more, but it really is time to break-up with you. ;)

(You know, I always SUCKED at breaking up with the boys. I told them, oh, I still love you, oh, maybe we can get back together later, oh, you are my soul-mate, blah blah blah, and so my relationships would drag on and on, always beyond my utter exhaustion point. Not one of the boyfriends ever had the decency to love me enough to let me go... AH, I think you know where I'm going with this. Now, you are not a teenage boyfriend... you are people I cherish, and that's why, when I tell you, I will be back later, I actually mean it. :) Just for now, my dears, I need a little me-time. To take care of the things that I've been meaning to take care of for the past years (Fe still doesn't have her baby album, can you believe that!). Let's call this an extended blogging break instead of a goodbye. It'll make me feel better. I promise to be back, I know I promised those pictures of the renovation... and an interview.

Heli, thank you! I shall do that. :)

Tracey said...

Isa! I think i'm going to cry! Please have a lovely rest and then come back. I want to see that grey loft sooo much. I'm so sad that i won't be able to catch up every week with what's been going on with you. You are so one of my absolute favourites.

At the very least please stop by and say hi and tell me how you are doing. I miss you already.

Maybe come back in January? It's a good time to start a fresh. xx (big tears)

Tracey xx

Christina said...

Oh, so sad! I've loved reading your thoughts and seeing your beautiful photos and feeling like we are still a part of each other's lives. I'll miss you, but I think I understand what you're doing.

Love,
Christina

ajh said...

Take your time and enjoy it!

Jude said...

Oh no, I've enjoyed your beautiful photos and posts! And it will be sad to see you go, but I know when you feel it's time, it's time. Thank you for sharing with us in blogland. I hope there'll be a chance to see you here again - but I understand what you're doing too. All the best, --Jude

jeanette from everton terrace said...

Oh no I've just found your lovely blog but I completely understand. Good luck to you with whatever venture you undertake next and if you decide do come back, please let me know!

Signe said...

Such great images :)

Tracey said...

http://procrastinationmama.blogspot.com/2010/10/in-honour-of-schlitzhoren.html

dit said...

Danke für die bunten Lichtflecken, die du mir im letzten Jahr beschert hast!

Alles Liebe für dich und die Deinen,

die dit

Trula said...

Great images. Thanks for having shared your thoughts with us. Wishing you all the best and hoping to meet again.

sara said...

oh, sweetie, bummer...

but i'm glad i'm one of those privileged people to know you in person and to be able to come over and see your renovation myself! :D

luv u!

the sleepy time gal said...

i guess i would just be echoing what everyone else has said, that I feel like i know you. so that means you're like a friend that is moving away because you have to. but that doesn't mean i want you to.

but then again, you're doing what is best for you. keep following that...

love,
nicole

Helen said...

SO sad - I love visiting your blog - your pictures are so beautiful and your words so honest.

Fräulein Klein said...

Beautiful photos!
Your blog is so great!
Have a wonderful weekend,
Yvonne

Anonymous said...

come back :(

Janset Acar said...

I was just about to add you to my blog list when I read that you already decided to leave. So that was some short aquaintance :))
Anyways, good luck! Hope to see/read you again one day ;))