I’m baaack! I don’t know if you noticed I was absent last week, but I was.
My well had run dry. I needed a weekend laughing and talking with my sisters. I needed to celebrate my granddaughter’s birthday. I needed a week spent reading others blogs…soaking in their wisdom and wit without worrying about coming up with any of my own.
I needed to fill the well.
It’s the first time I haven’t published a Tuesday post that I wasn’t traveling. It felt indulgent…and a little guilty.
For those of you that blog, I’m curious to know…do you blog on a schedule or when the mood strikes? What is your reasoning behind that decision?
One of my goals in starting a blog was to motivate myself to write regularly, so it seemed like publishing every week would fulfill that purpose. Then I read somewhere that publishing on a schedule would help build a loyal following…something about knowing what to expect and when to expect it…so I chose Tuesday as my day to publish.
For the first couple of years, I didn’t even let vacation interrupt my schedule. At some point I decided that every job…even one that’s a hobby…benefits from a break once in awhile. So I gave myself permission to take vacations from blogging whenever I was on vacation from my full-time job.
Of course, there have been no vacations since COVID-19 struck, and I’m feeling it. I miss traveling…but even more than that, I think, I miss completely relaxing…letting going of obligations and responsibilities for a time…stepping away from “real life.”
I did that last week with a mini girls retreat with two of my sisters. We were back home by Sunday afternoon, in plenty of time to write a blog for Tuesday, but I just didn’t have it in me. I was kind of dreading the writing, when it hit me…I don’t have to do this…I choose to, and therefore, I can choose not to.
As a whole, I crave structure, and function best when I have a to-do list and a schedule, so you can still count on me most Tuesdays…but it’s nice to allow myself the freedom to just go with the flow occasionally. I hope my writing is better for it.
I tell myself you will miss me whenever I’m gone…and will be sooo happy to have me back. If you’ll indulge me in that little fantasy, I would consider it an act of kindness.
See you next Tuesday!
- Do you notice when a blog you follow doesn’t publish on schedule?
- How do you know when a new post has published—an email notification, a link party, check in regularly…something else?
- If you blog, do you publish on a set schedule? Why or why not?
- What else is on your mind today? Anything at all…I just love hearing from you.
Christie is an author and professional communicator who blogs about life transitions, wellness, mindfulness, and anything else that answers the question “So what? Now what?”