For well over a year now I have stuck to a very strict blogging schedule: Sunday through Friday. Every day without fail, except for some Fridays. It’s good for me. I love ending my day with a blog post. I love the discipline it takes to be so consistent. And frankly I just love blogging, so it works. Plus, I have a bit of a touch of the “if I stop I might never start again” syndrome. Just ask my journal. Oh, my poor neglected journal…
For the most part, this blogging schedule isn’t a hardship, it’s more of a reward, the carrot on the stick that gets me through my day. But I can’t lie, some nights I scramble for something to post. The day has been hard or long or just draining and I have nothing.
Those are the nights I post a picture or a cute quip.
And then there are days like yesterday where I couldn’t even come up with that.
I drove home late from a Mom’s Night Out evening where I had joked and laughed with a group of women who don’t blog, don’t Facebook, and don’t Twitter. It was an evening in a different world. And when I got home I faced reentry into virtual land and I couldn’t do it. Couldn’t pull out my computer, couldn’t open the browser, and most importantly, couldn’t find a single thing about my day that I wanted to share online.
Over the last month or so the need to unplug has gotten stronger and stronger. Before working at Tiny Prints I had gotten into the habit of keeping my weekends as computer free as possible. When I had to ad an extra 25 hours a week of work into the mix, much of what I was doing during the afternoon got bumped to the weekends, so I was back online 7 days a week.
And even for an addict like myself that’s neither healthy nor pleasurable.
This week I quit one of my many jobs (not the Tiny Prints one) and I gave myself the breathing room I was craving. In two weeks or so I’ll be back to being able to unplug every weekend. I really can’t wait. Both so I can get back to really enjoying weekends with my family and so I can go back to enjoying being online all week.
Last night when I stepped away from the computer without turning it on I took a step back towards blogging for pleasure and not as a chore. I’ll still be blogging as regularly as usual, but if I miss one night here or there I won’t feel like the world is about to spin out of control. It seems like a healthier approach all around.