I spent most of yesterday dropping by blogs and eavesdropping on conversations. I can’t/won’t get to them all at once, because I do have quite a few subscriptions and subscribers, and am not that damn good at multi-tasking (I have no idea how some of you are). Many are new to me, and out of courtesy and curiosity I made an appearance. Most are old friends (and I do consider them old when I spend everyday and more time with them than I do my own family and friends) that I like to touch base with and see what’s been going on with them. I thought perhaps I would do the same today and not do a post myself. See, I can do that now; post when I want. Then I read something on another’s blog that made me decide I was going to touch on a subject I’ve talked about before, that some have read, others not, but I felt was worth repeating. Okie-dokie?
You don’t have to blog. Did you get that? I know I didn’t stutter and made it perfectly clear. Repeat after me….”I DON’T HAVE TO BLOG.” There…that felt good to say aloud, didn’t it?
The fact is, you don’t have to blog; not every day, every week, every month, or at all. This is not a job you’re required to put so many hours into, and one you’re getting paid for. This is supposed to be about having fun. FUN! When you get to the point when you feel almost obligated to post something, read subscriptions, leave comments, etc., and it stops being fun, it’s time to stop, entertain yourself with something else, and then go back to it later if you wish. I had to. Many have had to. The sad reality is, although we may see ourselves as a vital part of this community, if we choose to take a break the wheel WILL keep spinning without us. And okay, so you may lose a few subscribers who become disinterested when you are no longer putting out or stopping by their crib as much anymore. Big deal! Trust me, many come back. The ones who don’t are quickly replaced with new ones. Eh! ((shrug)) No biggee. The majority won’t notice or even care that you’d like to have a life beyond this. Psst…it takes a lot more than that to hurt our feelings! And besides, I hate to point out the obvious, but when you’re tired, irritated, and don’t really feel like writing, your stuff ain’t worth a shit. Hey..hey..hey…before you start throwing darts, let me just say that I’m including myself in that ‘fucked-up’ mix. And I for one will tell ya, when it ain’t worth a shit, well..I don’t want to read it. I don’t believe anyone else worth their weight in salt that flavors the blogging world does either. Capiche? It doesn’t always have to be humorous, filled with sincere emotion, incredibly personal, or profound, but we’d like a little something with some substance to chew on.
Okay, so now you know. It’s not a job, it’s all about fun, we’ll be here waiting for you when you return, and no hard feelings that you wanted to have a damn life. You know…the REAL ONE. All you have to do is put your ‘CLOSED TEMPORARILY DUE TO… SICKNESS, MARITAL PROBLEMS, EXHAUSTION, COMPLETE BORDEOM WITH MY BLOG’ etc., sign in the window and we’ll support you in this decision.
Oh, don’t thank me. No…really…it was my pleasure. Well, if you insist. Honestly, your adulation is more than enough! Now go forth my word-weary friends and have a life with our blessings.