Saturday Question: Do You Take Breaks From Perfumeland?

We all have our routines when it comes to social media interactions and information intake. Since I see many of you here and on some other platforms regularly, I assume you have several online places you visit repeatedly, either following the subscription prompt or just doing your rounds.

Saturday Question on Undina's Looking Glass

Saturday Question #113:

Do You Take Breaks From Perfumeland?

Let’s not count heavy reasons, such as serious health issues or life-changing events. But in day-to-day life, do you from time to time stop reading blogs, checking Instagram, visiting FB groups – or however else you manifest your hobby? Why and how long do usually these breaks last?

My Answer

If not to count situations I suggested we shouldn’t count or rare occasions when I actually do not have access to the Internet, since I’ve started this blog, I’ve never been completely away from Perfumeland for any prolonged period. I do not feel the need to pause, be away or “change the subject,” so to speak.

But sometimes life just takes over, and I physically don’t have time or energy left to do everything I want, including publishing my posts or reading blogs from my reading list. But even in those days I usually manage to read a post or go through several screens of pictures on IG. It’s just a part of my day without which it won’t feel complete.

 

How about you?

Do You Take Breaks From Perfumeland?

 

(I hope not all of my readers would suddenly decide to take a break – it would made for an awkward Saturday Question post)

34 thoughts on “Saturday Question: Do You Take Breaks From Perfumeland?

  1. Sometime yes though it’s rarely a coherent decision. When it happens it tends to be organic. My focus changes for a period. It can be for years or simply a week or two.
    When my boys got into watching our local football team I went too. The perfume money got spent on season tickets, travel up & down England & Wales going to away games, for well over a decade. We have wonderful shared memories of a rollercoaster time. Made new friends we wouldn’t have met in other ways. The boys even had a Premier League footballer as an occasional babysitter! Who lived next door.
    The short breaks are usually for the reasons you mentioned. I’m not wearing at present but I am obviously still reading & engaging.

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    • I want to ask you… Were the money actually so tight that you couldn’t afford any perfume at all? I’m asking because I always thought that there were always not too expensive choices in the US or UK. I think, something simple was available even where I grew up (and we didn’t have much in that department!).
      I also noticed that I skip wearing perfumes more often than reading blogs.

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      • Now that is a good question!
        It’s now over 25 years since my boys & I hit the football trail. Back then we didn’t have a computer. I was wholly unaware of such a thing as blogs, blogs, Facebook, Twitter or any other social media. I already had a collection of fragrances but didn’t think of them as a hobby or as something to read about, other than in the glossies. I bought less then.
        Times have been leaner since I retired & perfume purchases have been one in, one out or I’ve been exploring cheap thrills. Avon perfumes are vastly more interesting than they have been for a while & there direct sales means they’re cheaper. Preloved has become a source of moderately priced scents. Of course, certain discounters offer interesting cheap choices, I’ve purchased some beauties for less than £10.
        I guess the answer is, no matter how tight the budget I have never gone without owning more than one fragrance.
        Reading about it online has developed with the development of the internet

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  2. I try to take a good break from IG once a year, dear Undina. Important to step back and remind myself why I’m doing it in the first place and then hopefully return with a renewed sense of purpose and inspiration. I managed to stay off IG for almost two weeks towards the end of last year and it was highly beneficial.

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    • I have to admit that there are only two people on IG whose absence I notice: my long-time perfume triplets – Lucas and hajusuuri. With everyone else, I don’t go to IG often enough to figure out their posting schedules. I remember noticing when you had longer than usual breaks on your blog. But then I got used to those breaks. Whenever I see your photos (either on your blog or IG), I enjoy them: you have an amazing eye and endless ideas for great compositions.

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      • I’ve been having a blog break recently. Back on track this week. Thank you very much, dear Undina. I’m always on the lookout for potential photo opportunities. Not sure if that’s a blessing or a curse. Ha! Ha!

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  3. I haven’t yet, since discovering the blogs, knowledge bases, and the “discounters” starting in 2012! Perfumeland is a delightful path for me through general culture, and one of very few I take into current, popular culture. A scent trail can lead me into history, botany, geography, languages, and so much more. Wearing a perfume is always on my daily to-do list, unless I don’t feel well. I feel happy reading comments and stories by other people around the world who enjoy and take seriously an interest that I do too. Similar to alityke’s example, certain other activities call me away from screen time, or shopping and thrift-store safaris. But as you say, Undina, I have never felt the “need to change the subject.”

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    • I’m also delighted by how many directions this hobby branches into. We come together to share our passion about perfume but get from it so much more.

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    • Great points, MossyBerry. I also often end up exploring books, history, historical costumes, etc. after starting out to research a particular perfume. Perfumes and their many ingredients have such fascinating stories!

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  4. Not counting the personal reasons of which there were two, I have taken several multiple weeks break on Instagram. The reasons were too much negativity. I don’t engage. Also, I used to read more perfume blogs but my habits have changed by reading more Twitter and Reddit (although I have reduced my interactions).

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    • I remember one of your breaks (even though I wasn’t too active on IG back then) and agree with the idea.
      I almost stopped reading Twitter once most of the perfume bloggers I used to read abandoned it. I should check it out to see what’s going there :)

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    • I’ve never fully embraced any of the forums (Fragrantica, Basenotes, Profumo, or MUA before that), so I remember that they write about new perfumes only when I find an article via a search engine while looking for some perfume.

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  5. Hey Undina,
    Yes, regularly but without plan to. My time at the computer over the last year or so has dramatically decreased as I get busy with other things. Sometimes I don’t look at a blog for a few days. Unintentional but it does give me a bigger buzz when I finally sit down to read, write or browse.
    Being a MOD on two perfume FB pages does mean that I’m never without though, so I don’t crave it. Certainly don’t crave it like the first decade after finding the scentbloggosphere.
    Portia xx

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  6. I have a few places I visit daily and a few others I visit occasionally. During times of stress I wear perfume less but normally don’t stop reading, it’s a pleasant distraction.

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  7. I’m already not on as many things as most people seem to be, and haven’t felt the need for a deliberate break. I might not get to the reading if on holiday or very busy, but it’s usually not more than a few days before I catch up, if even that.

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  8. I am not nearly as active as many of you are and don’t subscribe to any blogs. I do, from time to time, take a break. I post photos here and somewhere else and occasionally show myself on a few other blogs but other than that I am not very active. When life gets too busy or stressful I shut everything down.

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    • Wasn’t it your family who was talking a break from all devices for a couple of weeks every year (pre-Covid)? I might be wrong, but I had that memory about you telling about it on NST (?) several years ago.

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      • it was me :)
        But I don’t do facebook. IG, snapchat, tictok, twitter, etc…I have a hard enough time keeping up with the little I do online regarding perfume

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      • and I was probably the MOST active on Australian Perfume Junkies a year or two before Portia shut it down. The weekly SOTD thread had me coming back on a daily basis. The interactions there with other commenters always made me laugh…I miss that….

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  9. I’m not on any social media so perfume blogs are my escape from real life. This past month has been very busy for personal and work reasons so I haven’t been as engaged as usual but I still read on catch-up a couple of days later.

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  10. My most regular participation habit is reading several blogs every week, and posting or engaging with comments on my own WordPress blog every week. I don’t go to Instagram very often, but I do enjoy seeing photos posted by several of you! I get FB updates from a couple of pages, which is fine because I’m on FB regularly (mostly to keep up with distant friends from college). I haven’t taken extended breaks.

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    • I never warned up to FB, so I rarely go there these days.
      IG is my “guilty pleasure”: when I don’t have time or energy left for blogs, I can still enjoy beautiful cat ant perfume pictures :)

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  11. At one point I did take quite a serious break from Perfumeland all together. What did I learn? I learned that my interest in the subject was still active and intense. Do I take small breaks from time to time? Sure I do, but I find myself exploring the subject daily, even for a few minutes. I’m usually planning my next blog post and looking for subjects that are inspiring to write about.

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  12. Looking at the date of this comment may give you a clue to my answer…:) Yes, but the breaks are always because life gets in the way. Like you, I am often thinking of future blog posts in my head, but these days (despite not having a day job anymore!) I rarely seem to have the biggish chunk of time it invariably takes me to write one.

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