Saturday, April 18, 2009

Blogweary

I've invented a new term for those of us who blog regularly, but then begin to feel a bit overwhelmed at the task of staying interesting and viable - blogweary. I read a lot of blogs and I have seen this expressed time and time again. We LOVE our blogging experience. It's inspiring and motivating. We love our readers' kind and insightful comments. There is something magical about the ability to make friends with people all over the world. So, none of us want to give it up - but sometimes we're just a little blogweary.

I am always afraid if I don't post regularly my readers will get bored and desert me. But I do not want to slap up some superficial crap just to have something to post either. There is a certain obligation one feels when you know that people are out there reading. Sometimes life just gets in the way, such as this week, my father has been in the hospital and the time I would usually come home and blog after work has been taken up visiting him, as it should be!

At the end of the work day I certainly have the physical ability to sit and type, but not always the mental energy. My day, as most people's is filled with data collection, data analysis, documentation and paperwork.I am constantly evaluating student behavior and social-emotional needs as well as the curriculum and testing. My brain gets tired and fuzzy. When I am at work I am constantly making lists of things to do when I leave work - and blog ideas is always on my list.

I have shared a lot of myself in these past 19 months and 405 posts. I love sharing my poems, but I am saving a large group of my better ones in hopes of another book. I don't want them all on the Internet to be read ahead of time. (Hence, my recent silly ones)
All of this yadda, yadda, yadda is to say that I may cut back, just a little, on the number of posts per week. I'm thinking 2-3, but who knows? I'd rather do that than write things unworthy of the time it takes for all of you to click on COEXIST and read.
So readers - will you stick by me? At least until the leisurely summer? Thanks for reading.

10 comments:

rosebuckle said...

Take all the time you need. As you have said, I've heard this before from other friends that blog.
I have always thought that blogging is about the writer and what you want to do. As a reader am but a lowly voyeur, sneaking a little peek into someelse's mind.

Rest well & write when you feel moved to do so. I will always check in to see if there is anything new.
Peace to you,
Deborah

RachelW said...

It is a dilemma, isn't it? One thing I've noticed is posting a bit less often means a few more comments on the posts. More time for folks who don't read daily to catch up.

Lena said...

You bet! Take it easy and get through the end of the school year. We will be here...

Linda S. Socha said...

I can definitely relate to this one. At times I feel a bit like an old character on TV....Herbert Philbrick in I led three lives!

I deeply enjoy and benefit personally from this blogging experience. I have decided there are no rules. I committed to myself to post every week to 10 days to just stay in the main stream and I have mostly done that.

Love your blog. Your readers are here and there are no reader
expectations I know of!
Linda

CRUSTYBEEF said...

Of course I will! I'm sorry to hear about your dad! I hope he's okay!

sticking by you all the time,
me

Jan said...

I agree that the fear is that if there are not new posts, people will forget about the blog. But don't worry--we won't forget about you.

Take time off; refresh and renew yourself.

Daniel Bell said...

I think most of us have five or six blogs we read, at least, so you don't have to post every day for us to get new posts from somewhere every day. I always check the good blogs, even if they only post once a week or so, like I do.

Dan

Ruth Hull Chatlien said...

You know I understand because I've been struggling with the same thing.

I'm glad you're writing many new poems.

Poetikat said...

You have articulated this so well. Sometimes I even have those fleeting moments of, "What if I just hit *delete*?
I'll be here, when you are here.

Kat

74WIXYgrad said...

It's almost like you have read my mind. Funny though, I have access to the World Wide Web and I find someone who is thinking like me in about the same neck of the woods.

I've cut back just a little myself.

Another irony is that whenever I tend to put out the gone fishin' sign, that's when the creative juices start flowing again.

Just a nice thing about blogging being a hobby and not a job.