Poor April 2014…

I just realized that in the 45 months I have been blogging, there was only one month that I did not post at all: April 2014.

I started wondering why that might be, but then I remembered: April 2014 was the culmination of over a year of madness at work, when I was doing two jobs. I was so fatigued and so stressed that all I did was come home each night and collapse. I had no energy for anything.

Luckily, that was also the month that my boss (after an ultimatum from me that I was physically incapable of doing two jobs and would probably need to quit) finally hired a new person, who started on April 28th, and gave me the opportunity to work three days a week. I was thrilled. There was a light at the end of the tunnel, though it took me a while to get the energy to blog again. I posted once in May, two or three times a month through September, and I’ve probably averaged once a week since.

Before our trip to Europe three years ago, I blogged daily. I realized last night that most of those posts were written on the desktop computer in our office (aka “David’s computer,” since it sits on his desk). But we got a little ultralight laptop for the trip , which became “mine,” and since then I do almost all computing on it. Last night, though, I wrote the Walk MS post on David’s computer, and I was amazed at how easily it seemed to flow… and here I am, writing another post the very next day. Again, I started wondering why.

Perhaps I am more productive sitting at a desk as opposed to sitting in bed. Or maybe there is something less distracting about being at David’s desk, where I am not surrounded by things that call for my attention, as there always seem to be when I use the laptop on one of the tables downstairs (or even at my own desk).

I’ll have to investigate this further in the near future. I’d like to write more, so if this is the way to go, I’m going to figure out how to make it work. We may have to implement some kind of schedule, for the boy has gotten really used to using “his” computer at his own desk. (He was, in fact, hovering a bit a couple of minutes ago, though he is currently playing with cats.) We’ll see. Stay tuned for more Random Blogging Experiments. Same blog time, same blog channel!

putting the “ing” in blogging

Laptop Keyboard

Did you know that being a blogger is about more than just having a blog?

Did you just have to pick your chin up off the floor? I KNOW! Me, too!

Yep, it turns out that blogging consists of writing posts and actually posting them. Not just thinking of things to post and then talking yourself out of them. Not just writing drafts of posts and saving them forever. Not just taking pictures of little projects you do and planning to edit them sometime in the future. You have to write the words, bite the bullet, and pull the trigger.

Let me extend the (misused) gun metaphor even more. My dad once told me that I aim, aim, aim… but never shoot. He was correct when I was 17, and he is still correct today. I tend to focus on the preliminaries and preparations of activities more than the activities themselves. If the acquisition of manuals and tools and gear could make one a professional in a particular area, then I would be a world-class athlete, crafter, writer, chef, gardener and photographer.

Needless to say, I am none of the above.

Prep work is not making me a professional blogger, either… nor even a consistent amateur! I need to make a point of writing regularly, even if I need to rely on prompts like NaBloPoMo or the Daily Post to give me a nudge. I’ll try it for the rest of this month; let’s see how I do! * Edited to add: I didn’t do very well! I only managed to post one other time in June. Ack.

How about you? Is there anything that you would be the master of, if your stack of books could instantly make you so? (If I ever get to choose a superpower, maybe I’ll choose that one!)

Image by Liam Dunn via Flickr – Thank you!

Seven days a week

Do you think you’re more or less likely to post every day in December?  Why?

I intend to post every day in December. I wasn’t going to even attempt it; I had decided that I’d post as often as possible, but if I didn’t post every day, it wouldn’t be a big deal. Then I checked out the December 2013 daily prompts over at BlogHer.com. I was intrigued… and I figured I’d give it a try.

See, if I leave it all loosey-goosey, I am far more likely to give myself a pass than if I make a commitment. I still might not hit every single day – it is the Christmas season, after all – but at least I’ll be making the effort. (You might notice that it is not a hard-and-fast commitment, as evidenced by the word “intend;” I’m not joining the December 2013 NaBloPoMo bloggers this time around.)

My real goal for the month is to start to clean some things up here at the ol’ blog. I want to add photos to a bunch of posts now that I have started digging out the craft room and unearthing photos of yore and yesteryear (and Colonial times). I want to clean up categories and tags and all those little things that help one find things on a blog. I may even go through and work on my capitalization. (But that might be stretching things just a bit.)