It’s been a while since I’ve posted anything on my blog. School started, publication deadlines stepped up, and taking a couple days off from blogging seemed like a reasonable thing to do. Days, turned into weeks, and it’s now been 6 1/2 weeks (45 days) since a post.
I did think about posting on Friday, October 31. Actually, I almost posted this picture on Friday. It’s from last year, but I like it. But thinking about posting it wasn’t the same as posting it. So Halloween came and went without a post from me.
When I first stopped posting, I still read and commented on a few blogs, but it got to be less and less until the last few weeks, when I’ve only read a small handful here and there. I followed two a little more reliably–one because I’m hooked on the story that is evolving on her blog, and the other because I dream of someday doing some quilting again.
But today, I got daring and opened a couple other posts, and what should hit me but this from Not a Punk Rocker. Her post: Ten Reasons I’m Taking On Two Challenges [(1) a blog post each day this month and (2) exploring photography through a photo a day]. Well, the photo thing is pretty much beyond me, but it was interesting that I would run across a daily blogging challenge at a time when I’ve been struggling about taking the plunge.
So I started my own list of ten reasons, with a twist. Five reasons why I should join the challenge to post every day in November and five reasons why I shouldn’t. Before I started writing this post, I asked my husband if he thought it was a bad idea to get back into it. Although he knows I get a lot out of blogging, he thought with everything else going on, such a commitment might lead me to be a bit suicidal. While suicide is nothing to joke about, I did appreciate that he made me laugh.
And now, on to my lists!
Reasons for blogging every day in November:
1. It keeps me connected with some interesting people and their writing.
2. It gives me an outlet for some of my thoughts.
3. It builds up a body of writing that doesn’t happen when I’m not blogging.
4. I like it.
5. It helps keep me balanced, i.e., when I’m blogging, I can’t work as much. 🙂
Reasons for not blogging every day in November.
1. I am so far behind, it seems like an indulgence that I can’t afford.
2. It adds another layer of pressure to a life already kind of full of deadlines and stress.
3. There are other things that might have a higher priority in the overall scheme of things.
4. I don’t really need it.
5. I already missed November 1 by the time I found out about the challenge.
And then I realized I need to take my own advice. I often tell people that things don’t have to be just black and white–lots of shades in between. So having gone through this process of weighing pros and cons, I realized that I didn’t need to make the list at all. What I really need is to just jump back in with this crazy post–nothing snappy or exciting, just something that gets me back in the water.
If I only write once a week, it’s 4 times a month more than I’m writing now.
So my challenge is to write once or twice a week for November and see how that goes.
I look forward to reconnecting with my blogging friends.