May 28, 2006

Why I Took a Blogging Vacation (and why it’s likely to happen again):


I haven’t blogged for a while (news flash) and the time has ripened for me to make my comeback. Perhaps now I can find the time, means and motivation to expand on the hundreds of ideas I’ve come up with. I honestly could write something every day if I made the effort. I am chock full of random thoughts, ideas, annoyances, etc. Not convinced? Well, in my computer I’ve created a Blog Idea file. Here I have a list. A list where all my grand ideas are typed, sometimes outlined, occasionally begun, and rarely completed. Marc likes to say my Blog Idea file is where all my blogs go to die. Sadly, there is immense truth in this.

My problem is this, folks: I’m a worrier. Specifically on the subject of time. This is where I have issues with blogging, an inconvenient "single task" task. Writing doesn’t always fill my voracious need to cross out "to dos". When I write I can’t do much more than eat, watch tv, or poo (not that I would ever do the latter - girls don’t poo. It’s true, we don’t. We’re always constipated.). I have admitted in the past that blogging can actually be therapeutic and satisfying, and I still believe this; however, every time I write, read or make a comment, my relief and pride in my work soon develop into a twinge of guilt over lost time. I don’t suppose they make a morning after pill for that…

I speak as though productivity is the cure, but it’s not. No matter how much I accomplish, I frequently feel like I’ve lost precious irretrievable moments from my already too short days. The cure is finding a balance - it's prioritizing - something I’m sure we all could improve on.

I suppose this post has been a good therapy session for me. Instead of ironing or doing work, I just spent a record breaking 6 hours online doing nothing of note. I was a lazy bum and it feels pretty good. I only hope I don’t regret it in the morning.

9 comments:

Gargantus said...

i actually feel better when i "waste" a lot of time...

Mind Spewer said...

I am constipated!
And...I love your new blog. I've tried to quit because of the guilt of wasted time, but blogging, I can't quit you.
I guess I am a hard-core blogger. Join me!

Marc said...

If you think she's joking about the constipation pit... think again.

Mrs. McDreamy said...

I know all too well about constipation. Have you seen my blog about pooing, it sucks.

And Missy, you make me feel lazy because I actually quite enjoy wasting time. My favorite days are the ones that I don't HAVE to do anything. Not that I don't like to be busy, it is just that I like to be busy doing what I WANT to do, which is waste my time playing.

melbo said...

Marc, constipation "pit" is dead on.

Well I certainly didn't mean to make anyone feel guilty. I was really hoping to ease my own guilt. Hardcore Bloggers (MS, Marc, mrs), you show me so much to live up to!

Mind Spewer said...

I'm not joking about constipation either. That's why it came out on the inaugural TITS list.

jefftheworld said...

you should post this infamous "list", it sounds very...erm...infamous

verniciousknids said...

Woohoo...you're back - and with a brand-spanking new and spiffy template too :D

melbo said...

I aim to please :)