The Daily Posts have been piling up in my inbox. It’s also been a couple of weeks since my last blog post so I decided to read through them. This one certainly struck a chord: “Sometimes, we all need a break from these little glowing boxes. How do you know when it’s time to unplug? What do you do to make it happen?”
As most of you know, I’ve been blogging every day for 365 days. My goal was one year. I reached it on August 6; and since then my blogging has been very sporadic. Unintentionally.
“What???”, you’re probably saying to yourselves. “How can you stop blogging unintentionally?”
Guess the point I’m trying to make is, I didn’t know I needed a break. I was on such a roll. Ideas kept popping into my head. A day never went by when I couldn’t wait to write my next post. The words just poured out of me. My fingers flew over the keyboard. I was pumped, energized, at the ready. Always. And then I sat down at my computer to write THE blog. The last of 365.
It wasn’t going to be the end, though. My plan all along was to continue. Are you kidding? No way I could give it up. I was addicted. Pure and simple. Just like an exercise junkie, I needed more and more and more and more. I even talked about it in some of the blogs leading up to the big day.
So there I was, fingers flexed. I ‘heard’ myself write I’d be taking a few days off to clear my head, that I’d be back, but not everyday.
Nobody was more surprised than I was. I guess I needed a bit of a break, after all. Coulda fooled me. So I did NOTHING to make it happen. It just sorta did.
BUT. Here’s what I hadn’t counted on:
Yep. I’ve gotten out of the habit now. My daily routine is no longer my daily routine. And I’ve gotten sluggish. Out of shape, if you will.
Bad, bad, bad.
When I started 365 I made a public commitment. I said I was going to blog every day for a year. And I showed up here, dutifully, every morning at the same time. When I said I was taking a break and would be back I made no such commitment. Although it was my intention to write at least once a week I didn’t commit to it. To myself or publicly.
The kiss of death. At least for me.
Ergo, my blog has not been uppermost on my mind. I haven’t been waking up every morning with a mission. For that matter, I haven’t been going to sleep every night with pages of notes and ideas for the next morning. And look what’s happened.
Really, I shouldn’t be surprised, should I? It happens to bloggers all the time. In fact, I constantly tell my clients, if they’re not prepared to stick with it, on a regular basis, to commit to it, they shouldn’t bother starting a blog. Time for me to practice what I preach.
Time for another commitment. I do have some other priorities right now, so I can’t commit to every day. Not right now. But I can — and am — committing to writing a new blog post every week. I am committing to PUBLISHING a new blog post every Tuesday — probably around midday, maybe a bit later, maybe a bit earlier. What I can promise is, you’ll see me here every Tuesday. And more often if and when I can.
Hopefully I’ll see you here as well.