Blogging this year has been odd for me. Near the beginning of July I missed a day, which isn’t unusual, but then I didn’t miss any more for the rest of that month. I didn’t miss any days in August either. And then came September and I didn’t miss any days. In fact, most weeks I had at least one day with multiple posts. I had been thinking of a slowdown, but couldn’t think of how to schedule it in. Sunday I put up my Smile reminder shortly before going to bed, which is very late for me. And then Monday, I missed a day. I figured I’d do a poem Tuesday. I can sit down at any given time and write a poem, even if just a Haiku or something. But I didn’t have a spare minute, so no poem. No poem, no post. I missed two days in a row, so my blogging break officially began!
Of course blogging is as much about reading and communication as writing. I have been doing more reading off line, so I’ve read very little on the blogs since Friday. I’m not sure if I read more than a handful of posts Sunday, Monday and Tuesday combined. I didn’t have time. There are days I spend 4 hours reading blogs. And 9 hours work, plus over an hour of travel to and from work, plus exercise every day, plus take care of the dogs, plus cooking, plus…. there are not enough hours in the day I have been frazzled. I don’t expect anybody to read my blog so I know they don’t expect me to read theirs, but for some reason I sometimes feel I have to. Usually I enjoy it, but sometimes it becomes a chore.
Lately it has been a chore.
If I quit work, gave up blogging and did nothing except work on artistic projects I have already started I could go 11 hours a day until the end of the year and not finish them. That’s the ones I’ve started, not the ones I have in mind. Working, spending 4 hours on the blogs, doing all that other stuff that makes up life, I have made almost no progress in months. Perhaps not since I started my streak of not missing a day blogging.
So I am officially on a blogging break. I will do a Weekly Smile but no reminder. I might do a coffee share. Maybe. I might do one or two other posts during the week. Perhaps. But I will cut my reading time down significantly. Even going for many days at a time without reading a single post unless I really feel compelled. (Note – in the past I often read blog posts while at work. Lately I don’t have time and I feel I have to cut reading at work 100%. It is not fair to not be putting 100% of my efforts into my job.)
And do you know what? Deciding to have a major slow down is like a weight lifting off of my shoulders. I am free! Something to smile about. I know, a weird smile, but a big smile.
So that was my smile this week, starting a major blogging slowdown/break.
What made you smile this week?
If you haven’t seen it, here is a little background to The Weekly Smile as well as some quick guidelines.
So, what made you smile this week? Write about it and post on the link-up (or click the little blue frog below). While you’re there, read what everyone else is smiling about! And come back to it later, if last week is any indication new smiles will be added daily!
Note – the weekly smile runs Wednesday Morning to Wednesday morning. I post in the morning (Eastern US) and put up the link usually between 7 and 8 AM EST. I also try to post on Sunday as a reminder. People can and do join throughout the week.