It’s a Tuesday. That means I need to post.
See the verb I used there? Need.
That’s because I’ve said from the start of this blog – 2.75 years ago – that I’d post every Tuesday. And I have.
Every single Tuesday for almost 3 years.
And suddenly I’m tired. Suddenly I’m irritated. Suddenly it’s an obligation. Suddenly I stopped feeling guilty about my terrible track record for visiting other people’s blogs and started feeling cross and resentful about it all.
I have needed the discipline of knowing that I had to post every week. But now the discipline feels less like self discipline and more like parental discipline…i.e.: punishment.
I am not quitting. I have tons of ideas and topics for future epiphanies! (Hmmm…planned epiphanies…no comment.)
But I need a break.
Mondays come along and I find myself thinking, “Shoot. What am I going to blog about tomorrow? What do I feel like posting? Bother.”
I don’t want this blog to be a bother.
I feel like this is controlling me.
I have less time to write my book because I need to write a post.
And the whole point of beginning the blog was to support the book. Not the other way around.
I am beyond thankful for what this blog has brought me. I have made virtual friends who have become real friends. I have been introduced to worlds and to people I knew nothing of and I have benefitted from that tremendously. I am so thankful for all of you – bloggers and non-bloggers alike.
Because of A Fine Day For an Epiphany I was asked to begin The View From My Window – my second blog over on a network supported by my local newspaper – and because of that blog I am now a for-real free-lance writer for my local newspaper and even have a monthly column with them.
In other words, I’m getting paid.
I LOVE THAT THIS HAS HAPPENED.
But that job, in turn, takes its own share of time – time that I do NOT resent because it’s paying off – but there, too, it means I have less time to write my book. Or books. The one that I can’t find an agent for because, in part, I have no time to look for one. And the other one that I’ve begun which will be more like this blog in tone/feel/topic.
In short, I need more time. And taking a break from this blog is going to help with that.
No, I am not quitting. And part of me feels like I’m copping out by posting less than once a week. But see, I’m a perfectionist when it comes to my writing. And I don’t want to post less-than-perfect posts…which I’ve been doing lately. I did this in part to improve my writing…not just to throw stuff out there.
Also, I need to define my focus for this blog. And I think that getting this new book idea into shape will help with this.
I hate good byes. Or, even though this isn’t really good bye, I still hate to say, “See you later.”
But I just have to.
I am planning on taking the rest of February, all of March and possibly even April off.
Who knows, maybe in a couple of weeks I’ll say, I WAS CRAZY! I MUST BLOG! I don’t know.
I do know that in March I’ll be traveling to London for a week and that I will blog about that when I return.
So I won’t be gone entirely…just taking a break.
I am not sure how I’ll feel when I hit “publish” today. Relief? Regret? Sadness?
I don’t know.
I think I’ll just hit it now and see…