Taking Some Time Off

Good morning/afternoon/evening.

This is a post some of you probably won’t like.

The picture above is very apt in reflecting how I am feeling right now. You see, I am at a crossroads when it comes to this blog. I love blogging mainly because I love to write and connect with people. However the amount swatching and picture editing that I have to do in order to keep this blog running is starting to get to me.

I literally have no life! I work a regular ‘ole job 5 days a week then swatch, edit and write all weekend long. I live and die by the sun. Ok slight exaggeration but you know what I mean.

I’m not one to do anything for long that I don’t care about, and I tend to be able to walk away from things fairly easily (it’s the restless Gemini in me). So before I throw in the towel, I am taking some much needed time off away from this blog and Twitter, to determine if my heart is still in Vampy Varnish. It might be a month or might be a couple months, I really don’t know. But I figured I better think this through carefully before I drop some more cashola on a new blog design!

Thanks to everyone for your support. You have all kept me going this long!

-VV

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85 comments

  • April 20, 2010

    Sorry to hear that doll! :( I hope you come back… and soon, you’ll be missed.
    .-= Carla´s last blog ..We Heart Nars: New Limited Edition Multiple Tint Collection =-.

  • April 20, 2010

    You deserve the time off. But I totally understand – the whole point of having a blog is to express yourself. You should be taking over your blog, not the blog taking over your life! Good luck Kelly, and I hope you get to reach that decision, as well as get much-deserved rest. :)
    .-= Belle´s last blog ..American Idol Musings from BB&B =-.

  • April 20, 2010

    Rest up and come back soon. Maybe a ONCE a week post when you come back eh?
    Love your blog,
    Susie
    .-= Susie´s last blog ..Cake I made my Grandson Drew a few years ago.:) =-.

  • April 20, 2010
    Sandy

    Some times taking much deserved time off can take you to new heights of creativity. Everyone needs balance in their life and those of us that work daily know that alone can be very demanding excluding being a wife and being so very dedicated to your blog and followers. Of course, you will be missed and missed alot, but please take good care of Kelly! We want what’s best for you and if you decide to come back to VV, you know we’ll be here supporting and loving you all the way – in no way are we not going to stop supporting and loving you no matter what your decision! You’re a very special person, Kelly!

  • April 20, 2010
    melli

    I think this is a good idea, and your stress levels hopefully will go down as a result. It is sad when the things we used to love become a chore. I hope that you do come back, and I agree with Susie about less frequent posts…you are an overachiever amongst bloggers :).

    We will miss you, but your fans will definitely understand. Take care of yourself!

  • April 20, 2010
    Sonya

    You take some well-deserved time off! I enjoy your blog, a lot, but I completely understand that you need time to yourself and with your family.

  • April 20, 2010

    Completely understandable! Do what you gotta do. You have to be happy. i am leaving steady employment to move back to NY where I don’t have a job, but I bet I will be happier! (I HOPE)

    We’ll miss u, of course, but we’ll still be here when (and if) you get back.

    :c)
    <3<3
    .-= Laine´s last blog ..Spinoff: Flakies Made Matte =-.

  • April 20, 2010
    Sharon

    I’ll miss u… maybe u could continue posting under the “poppycock” tab or something? I really do enjoy ur entries nail related or not. & Kelly… plz make sure u come back @ some point even if it’s just to pop in and say hey

  • April 20, 2010

    Oh my god what Am I gonna do without my nailpolish bible? I am gonna miss reading you but I understand your choice. Good luck
    .-= Marilou´s last blog ..Seriously hip by Mac =-.

  • April 20, 2010

    Sad to hear this :( But when your hearts not in it, there is not much to do other than take a break and think things over. I hope to see you back soon :) Many hugs from rijaH
    .-= rijaH´s last blog ..Isadora – Sweet Violet =-.

  • April 20, 2010

    I hope you decide to keep writing your blog, but perhaps in a rate that feels better for you. Your blog is very ambitious, which I like, but I’d prefer reading 1-2 posts a week rather than none.
    .-= Nailtastic´s last blog ..Illamasqua Caress =-.

  • April 20, 2010

    Sis, I’ve been there. I had to take a hiatus myself. Blog followers may not ever understand the time it takes to do what us bloggers do. Just know that you’re appreciated and needed in the blog world. But you deserve a life too so we’ll see you when you get back. :)

  • April 20, 2010

    I hope you will be able to find a good balance in your life that still includes this blog. I really appreciate the time and energy you put into swatching, taking pictures, editing, and all those small things that add up to writing a successful blog. I can’t tell you how many times one of your swatches has helped me decide whether to purchase a polish or not, and I kid you not, you have one of my favorite daily-must-read blogs out there. I hope you are able to relax and figure things out for yourself during your time off. I will miss you!
    .-= Megan´s last blog ..rainy mondays =-.

  • April 20, 2010
    TropicalChrome

    If you need time off, take all you need. You have to take care of yourself first.

    I love your swatches and how many you do, but if they’re bringing you down, they’re not worth it. Maybe when you’re ready you can think about what would be a more comfortable pace for you – one that would actually allow you to have a life :). And if that pace is 0, then like others I’ll miss you, but will be cheering you on as you find other things that excite you!

  • April 20, 2010

    We’ll miss you! Enjoy yourself. You have to follow your heart :)
    .-= TDVKatie´s last blog ..OPI Suzi Says Feng Shui with Nina Ultra Pro Soursop =-.

  • April 20, 2010
    Jamie

    I’ve always been amazed at how frequently you post — it must take a tremendous amount of time, and it would be really sad if the blog became just another chore for you. It’s supposed to be fun!

    I certainly hope you’re able to find a better balance and find the joy in VV that so many of your readers feel. In the meantime, rest and enjoy yourself!

  • April 20, 2010

    I like many others love reading your blog! I hope you find a balance that works for you. Of course a blog shouldn’t hinder your life, it’s supposed to be a hobby! I hope you on’t give up entirely as it is always good to read your posts and we all appreciate the efoort you put in x
    .-= Eyelining´s last blog ..Simple Radiance Brightening Moisturiser SPF10 =-.

  • April 20, 2010

    Kelly,

    I wish youthe best luck in whatever direction life takes you! I love your blog and your posts but take as long of a break as you need, blogging should be fun and not taking up all your free time. You’ve got a beautiful family, live in a gorgeous part of the country and its spring/summer time finally live it up dear!
    .-= Jessica´s last blog ..Squee! =-.

  • April 20, 2010
    Christy

    Oh you Geminis! Your blog is amazing and don’t think that your efforts go unnoticed, its put together extremely well and all of your readers know that it is extremely work intensive. I hope that you find a balance or make a decision that best suits your life. <3

  • April 20, 2010
    Sky

    I love your blog, but I totally understand. As another commenter pointed out, you are an overachiever when it comes to frequent blog posts! Enjoy your much-needed break.

  • April 20, 2010
    aaminahs mom

    awwww man, hope to so you soon :)

  • April 20, 2010
    TammiP

    I completely understand your decision. I bet all your readers will support you in whatever you do.

  • April 20, 2010
    Nicole

    Since I’ve started reading your blog I’ve come to enjoy the various types of posts you put up, whether they’re nail related or not! And you’re polish swatches are fantastic :) Like other people I’d rather see one or two posts a week from you than nothing at all, this shouldn’t have to be a second job for you. Take your time and enjoy the break, we all need one sometimes. I hope you come back to us refreshed and happy!

  • April 20, 2010

    Oh it will be a shame if you decide to stop blogging, I really enjoy reading your posts but in your life you need to do what is right for you sometimes to make sure you stay happy. That’s what’s the most important.
    .-= Rebecca´s last blog ..Small dog attacks 19 y-o male =-.

  • April 20, 2010

    I totally understand you, it should be funny to blog but if it takes all your free time it’s like an additional (unpaid) job. Hope you have some rest and maybe can come back (at a slower pace?). Kisses!
    .-= smALtY´s last blog ..NOTD: Essence Multi dimension 42 Dress to party =-.

  • April 20, 2010
    SB_Sweetie

    VV, I echo the other comments….we all understand. I can only imagine how much time it takes for you to do this blog. It should be fun & rewarding, not something that brings you down. Hopefully, some time off will give you peace & perspective. Yes, I will miss your beautiful swatches & prose, but my wallet is grateful that you’re taking some time off :-)! Be well!

  • April 20, 2010
    Arlyn

    Take time for yourself! If you aren’t happy, then it will reflect with your personal and professional life. If you decide not to post anymore; thats okay, I (and others) will be sad, but it will be fine. You need to do what you need to do, to make yourself happy! I know that I got to read your blog almost daily for a year!! Thank you for all that you have done and I feel lucky to have “Stumbled” upon your site! Thanks again!!! Take care!

  • April 20, 2010

    Oh, it IS a lot of work, so I do understand. However, you will be greatly missed! And you know it. ;) And even if you decide to give up nail blogging, please don’t forget your little friends over at twitter – or wherever you’d like to keep in touch. :) <3 <3 <3
    .-= Feline´s last blog ..Green for luck =-.

  • April 20, 2010
    Erica

    Kelly, You will be missed, but it’s definitely understandable!

    I hope you have a great summer that is full of rest!

  • April 20, 2010
    Carol

    Hi Kelly,

    I understand what you are saying. You need to do what is right for you. You absolutely need some time for “you”.

    I will miss you and hope you can come back, if/when it is right for you!

  • April 20, 2010

    Aw man, I’m gonna miss you bunches. But definitely take your time and think this through. A blog is not a job and when it really isn’t fun anymore, it’s when you need to stop.
    .-= Perry´s last blog ..Frankenpolish: Dirty Green Dragon =-.

  • April 20, 2010
    Tina

    Here’s the mom in me: take some time and regroup. Be good to yourself. We will miss you like crazy but please know that we only have good thoughts for you. Take care and hugs to you.

  • April 20, 2010

    Hey,

    I’m a blogger myself and I definitely know the feeling. Taking some time off is a good first step, but I just wanted to thank you for all of the stuff you have done on VV that have inspired me in my blogging. Luv always! :)
    .-= Polish Earthgirl´s last blog ..Zoya Flash Collection =-.

  • April 20, 2010
    karen

    You will be missed Kelly, but you should do what makes YOU happy!

  • April 20, 2010
    Lauren

    Does that mean there will be no poll tomorrow???

  • April 20, 2010
    Natalie

    Awwww….well, you and your fabulous blog will be missed by me and many others, but you need time for yourself!! Nail polish shouldn’t be a burden, it should be a joy :D Hopefully you’ll come back someday, but even if you don’t, thanks for the wonderful posts!

  • April 20, 2010
    Elysia

    Love the blog but totally understand. I will miss the fab posts!

  • April 20, 2010

    Be well!! That is the most important part!
    .-= Skulda´s last blog ..Hard Candy Giveaway =-.

  • April 20, 2010

    Your nail-polish blog is one of my favourites because you really care about your visitors, you have accurate colour swatches, and of course your nails are absolutely beautiful.

    While I’m sad to hear of the hiatus, I completely understand how you must feel. There’s a lot of pressure on you to swatch new collections, to reply to questions, and to compose commentary. You never ceased to amaze me with your frequent blog posts and your impressive nail-polish collection and knowledge.

    No matter what you decide to do – continue or call it quits, I want you to know that you’ve most definitely left your mark (a positive one) on the nail-polish community. We are so very grateful for everything you have shared with us.
    .-= Glockoma´s last blog ..Blog News: http://www.Glockoma.com =-.

  • April 20, 2010
    monica

    teardrop :(

  • April 20, 2010

    I absolutely understand you needing to take a break! You must have extra daylight hours hidden somewhere, because I don’t know how you have a post each and every day! I hope you enjoy this time off and do come back if your heart leads you this way.
    All your dedicated followers will still be happy with fewer posts during the week, 2 would be a good number :) It’s all about your sanity, not ours!
    Good luck!
    .-= Legra´s last blog ..50 Followers Giveaway! =-.

  • April 20, 2010
    Leslie

    Kelly,
    Best of luck to you and I totally understand that you want some time off. You put in a lot to this site! I will say that your blog alone has totally gotten me interested polish and make-up at levels I’ve never been. I subscribed to all the YouTube make-up people…I never even knew there were make-up people on YouTube. Yes, I’m apparently much lamer than I thought.

    Could we maybe just get pictures of your cats?!? :) Probably much quicker than all the polish posts and just too cute!

    Really, best of luck to you!

  • April 20, 2010
    Kristen

    I hope that you find whatever your heart desires Kelly! Even if you choose to walk away from this blog, you’ve been so influential to me (and I’m sure plenty of others!) I remember stumbling across your blog back in November 2008 and it literally changed my life because you were doing something that you loved, and that I loved and wanted to do so badly. So, I thank you for not only bringing us the most impeccable taste (nail polish, music, animals, etc.) and the *BEST* swatches and reviews, but also for giving us who are like you a little light to follow and inspire us. I cannot deny though, I will miss your witty humor and banter as I read nail polish posts. Hoping for the best for you!

  • April 20, 2010
    Sparrow

    Ah, I’ll miss your reading blog every day! You take great photos, you have beautiful nails and you seem like a genuine, lovely person to boot.

    Rest up and good luck with whatever you decide to do. For selfish reasons, I do have to say it: please come back soon!

  • April 20, 2010

    Kelly,
    I’m glad you’re following your heart. If your heart isn’t all there, it isn’t fun. And blogs are supposed to be fun, right? And there is that problem with free time – ugh, where does it all go? We’ll be here waiting if you do some back, if you come back to post less frequently, or if you come back to say goodbye (although I hope the last isn’t the case!!). I’m glad you’re taking time for you though. Enjoy it, and I hope it helps. We’re all here for you and we totally understand :)
    xoxox Brooke
    .-= Brooke´s last blog ..Which OPI DS should I buy? =-.

  • April 20, 2010
    Kelly

    Ohhhh Nooooo . *composes self* Kelly, I pretty much have the same thing to say as everyone else. I just started discovered nail blogs last fall and I always visited yours every day. You are tied as my #1 fav nail blog. But, your happiness, sanity, well-being, and family are most important, and I think everyone appreciates that. That said, I’m *hoping* that this isn’t the end, that you will come back and do what is fun and comfortable and fits into your life without being a burden. So, take care and be well and happy, and hopefully we will see you again, if only once or twice a month or so. *hugs* Kelly

  • April 20, 2010

    So sad to hear this, but I totally understand. Wishing you all the best in whatever you choose!

  • April 20, 2010
    Virginia

    So sad to hear! I recently discovered your blog, and I keep coming for the polish and fun links (your linkel post inspired me to make my own jewelry this week!). I appreciate all of the time you have taken to share your blog with us, and wish you the best of luck! Take care and I hope to hear more from you in the future :)

  • April 20, 2010

    Aww! I’ll miss you! I read your blog daily and your pretty pictures have cheered me up on several occasions. Maybe there’s a way to monetize the blog that would compensate you for all your hard work and give you the thrill of an extra paycheck?

    Take good care of yourself, and take all the time you need. Best wishes!
    .-= Myrtle´s last blog .. =-.

  • April 20, 2010
    Mia

    Take all the time you need, we will be still here when/if you come back :)

    You should have fun, and if you are not having any, stop doing it. So enjoy the sun :)

    Take care

  • April 21, 2010
    Jess

    As many others have said before me, take all the time you need. If you do pack up and go, you’ll definitely be missed. I personally find that you are one of the only nail bloggers with lot of followers/views who did not let it go to her head. You are so refreshingly REAL about what you think, and the glimpses of your personality throughout your site are awesome to see because you are just as awesome as your swatches. It’s not like me to “kiss arse” as they say, but I really appreciate the effort you’ve put into this blog thus forth. If you do come back we’ll welcome you with open arms. If not, I wish you luck in whatever you do.

  • April 21, 2010

    Oh no Kelly! I agree with whoever said you’re one of the few bloggers who didn’t let it go to their head. You’re on a whole other level of blogging…I’ll be really sad to see you go. =( Take your time away, and don’t feel so much pressure to swatch things. We are LOYAL followers and love you no matter how many times a week you post! I wouldn’t drop more cash on a new design anyway, I love this one. Hope you decide to stay! *kisses*
    .-= Arrianne´s last blog ..Color Club Vintage Couture =-.

  • April 21, 2010
    SannaK

    Take all the time you need. I hope you’ll be back some day, but if you choose not, that’s fine too. After all there are more important things in life than nail polish… although nail polish is pretty important ;) I’d be more than happy with one post in a week. TAKE CARE!!!!

  • April 21, 2010

    Do what you have to do. Enjoy your time away and if that is how it works out, you’ll be missed. If you recharge and come back, you’ll have followers that are waiting for your return. Either way, this is YOUR blog and blogging is about writing what you love and what you have time for.
    Should you decide to blog about something else, I’d love to hear about that as well.
    Have a great time NOT futzing with photos. :)
    .-= Elizabeth´s last blog ..I’m Going Under =-.

  • April 21, 2010
    Nora

    Kelly, so sorry to hear that, you worked so hard don’t give up!

  • April 21, 2010

    I somehow missed this post :(
    Kelly, I know how you feel, and I must have that same type of spirit as Geminis do – although I’m a Sag! – because I can and have done the same thing. Doing a blog like this is a lot of work – I’m nowhere near at your level of it, either, so I can’t even imagine. I will of COURSE miss you if you decide not to come back, but I do hope you enjoy your time off, and are able to come to some obviously much needed conclusions – I would understand any decision you made. *huge hugs*
    .-= Niki´s last blog ..Hey y’all! =-.

  • April 21, 2010
    Dani

    I am so sorry to hear that you’re thinking of quitting the blog altogehter…
    I think you have the best blog at this moment in the nail community. Your attitude, your photos, the fact that you put out articles on almost daily basis…
    I always thought, OMG, how do you fine the time, and the will to do it?!
    You took on a quite a big lode upon yourself, Kelly. Your blog would still be the greatest even you did posts less often!
    I know some “famous” blogs who live on old, old fame, maybe do a post in two weeks, and they’re still on top.
    Please, don’t give on this blog completely, I beg you. Consider doing post less often, at a rate that is comfortable for you.

    Kelly, you will be GREATLY MISSED, plese don’t give up.

  • April 21, 2010
    Khabeer

    So as one of your male readers i’m sorry to hear that you may be leaving your blog. I actually LOVE your blog it’s one of my favorites…i visit everyday. By the way..horray for us Gemini’s! lol But anyway only choose what’s best for YOU.

  • April 21, 2010
    Megan

    Aww thats a shame. But I hope you come back but if not we’ll understand! Take care.

  • April 21, 2010
    emma

    So sad to read your post but evne though I hate to say it out loud, there are more things in life than lacquer. Take some time and see if you miss us at all. We’ll all miss you. xxx

  • April 21, 2010
    Chrissy

    Please take your time Kelly and enjoy your time away, but know that we love your blog and hope you’ll return to us!!!!

  • April 21, 2010
    Sture

    oh no, thats so sad :(

  • April 21, 2010
    Rachell

    We completely understand Kelly. Take all the time you need off. We WOULD be happy w/ even weekly posts. I don’t think Scrangie posts everyday, and Sibohan(thenailphile.com) meant to leave permanetly, but she came back like a month later.

  • April 21, 2010
    Jackie S

    Take the time and think it thru…in the end do what is healthy for you. If it counts for anything, I love your blog, your swatches and your obvious talent. :)

  • April 22, 2010

    I’ll miss you Kelly! You’re one of my favorite Blogs! We’ll support you whatever you decide!
    .-= lacquerholic´s last blog ..Piggy Paint Part 2 =-.

  • April 22, 2010
    Rhea

    aww, we totally understand. I love and enjoy your blog, but at the same time i do agree that one shouldn’t do something that stops them from living life! Do what you think is the best and healthiest for you =) & we will always be there when you need us =)

  • April 22, 2010
    Robyn

    I hope you come back. I love your blog.

  • April 23, 2010
    Tuxie

    Love your blog tons ! Hope that whatever you choose to do makes you happy. If you ever want to share the responsibilities of swatching and reviewing, Im sure there are a ton of readers who’d love to help you out, myself included! All the best! :)

  • April 23, 2010

    I love your blog and if you chose to quit while youre on top you will be greatly missed. BUT, this has to be your decision and you have to do what feels right to you. If you feel like the blog is taking over your free time then take back the control. You should do whats right for you.
    .-= Veronica´s last blog ..Du har väl inte glömt….. =-.

  • April 23, 2010

    Kelly I really understand what you mean about the weekends. I finally started making my weekends and social life a priority and my blog quality – posting up-to-date collections and stuff (to the extent that I was able to – not to your extent!) has slacked. But personally, I’m enjoying the freedom of hanging out with friends again and even getting back in shape! I am still able to blog and just wear the colors each day and take the pictures in the daylight either at lunch or before I leave in the morning. This was my compromise before throwing in the towel. I enjoy your blog and would be disappointed to see you go, but I hope you make the decision that best supports what you want!!! Good luck and enjoy your time off!! XO
    .-= Judy´s last blog ..Konad nail art decals! =-.

  • April 23, 2010
    Liz

    Hey darlin,
    Take all the time you need. For purely selfish reasons, I hope you come back. But if you don’t, I wish you all the best. You are absolutely fabulous and by all means you must live the life you want. Many hugs!

  • April 25, 2010

    Everyone deserves a break, especially you. :)
    .-= Lau´s last blog ..I’m Blue da-ba-dee da-ba-die! =-.

  • April 25, 2010

    I only just started visiting here and was really loving your posts (although I never posted myself yet) So I’m gonna miss you already. I’ve learned a ton here, it’s a great place to be…

  • April 25, 2010

    I understand what you mean sweetie. I don’t swatch nearly as much as you do and sometimes I feel like doing away with my blog. At such times is when you ask yourself why did you start blogging anyway? For fun! If you are not having fun and feel pressured to swatch and review products so others can reap from your hard work, then it’s time for a break :) It’s important that YOU have fun and that blogging won’t consume your life :) Enjoy your break and we’ll see you soon! XOXOXO Kat
    .-= Kat´s last blog ..Orly Purple Velvet & SH Hidden Treasure manicure =-.

  • April 26, 2010

    You have to do what feels right! Everyone deserves that!
    I’ll miss you! <3
    .-= Sanna´s last blog ..Sanna <3 Benny =-.

  • April 26, 2010

    I was sad to see your post this morning, but I agree you have to do what feels right for you. When I was swatching yesterday while my family was watching a movie waiting for me so we could go play volleyball at the park, I was wondering if it ever gets old. I am still fairly new and I am loving every minute of it so far. I did stop swatching and went to the park and figure I will just have to now swatch after work today. But I did move my desk downstairs so at least I can be with the family when I swatch. Good luck with all you – I love seeing your posts even the pictures that have nothing to do with polish. I hope to see you back soon. Take care!

  • April 26, 2010
    Jen

    Great, great shame. You’ve been brilliant but anyone can see how much work this blog must take. It’s so professional. Do what you need to do and thrive!

  • April 26, 2010
    Serena

    You’re an amazingly dedicated blogger…I read your blog almost daily. I agree with the others on here: if its becoming too much take a break and come back when you’re ready. Even if its just to say goodbye, even if you just post on the other tabs, or even if you post less often. Your fun personality, kindness, dedication and interaction with your readers is what makes your blog one of my favourites.

  • April 26, 2010
    Lise

    I think it is a good idea to take a break if you feel you need it. Put yourself first!

  • April 26, 2010
    Kat

    Take time off to do what you need to do. I’ll miss your swatches and fur babies!

  • April 26, 2010
    Debbie

    I second the once or at least twice a month posts!! You’re a great blogger/photographer/polish addict! You deserve a rest!! Hope to see you back!

  • April 27, 2010

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  • April 27, 2010
    aaminahs mom

    i miss u

  • April 29, 2010

    Ahhh! I see. Good luck and we hope you figure out what’s best for you.
    .-= Gina´s last blog ..Essie "Lilacism" and "Carnival" =-.

  • April 29, 2010

    Every one needs to take a break once and a while. I love your blog I am glad that I found it.