Saturday, March 27, 2010
Hi everyone! Hope you are all having a lovely weekend! I had a really nice break and didn't get to half of the things on my to do list, but that's o.k. I'm finding that I want to slow down from the daily incessant busyness that used to drive me. Having a blog can lead to having a certain pressure to produce. You need to produce so that you have content to photograph and post about! It can be a good motivating thing and it can be a bad thing. It can motivate you to do projects you would have done anyway or it can drive you to do projects just for the sake of doing a project and having something to blog about. I'm going to try to keep it in the good motivating category. Besides I want to enjoy the process and I find that if I rush to finish something just to have something to post about it takes all the fun out of it for me.
I consider myself a high energy person but I really think that constant activity isn't good for the soul. I think a lot of people are addicted to busyness. It’s almost like it becomes a badge of honor or a status symbol. I once offered a neighbor of mine a stack of decorating magazines and her reply was oh no, she was too busy to read those types of things. She also has told me that she’s too busy to plant flowers. Maybe she is. I don’t know. I can’t imagine being too busy. I can understand not wanting to, having no interest in it. But we are all at different places in our lives so who knows?
Last week when I was taking a break from blogging, I sat and watched my daughter play a video game and didn’t even think about blogging! Normally I would have watched her and cheered her on for a while and then I'd start to think about blog topics and projects that I'd want to do or had to finish or had to photograph or a post I had to finish writing and what I was going to say etc. At some point my mind would wander to blogging. I don't want my mind to wander that way. I want to be there 100%, enjoy that moment 100% not 75%. Do you find that happens to you? Do you find yourself thinking about blogging when your mind should really be focused on something/someone else?
I don’t want to be like that. I want to really be in the moment, whatever that moment might be - even if it's something mundane like washing the dishes or sweeping the floor. To take joy in the simple everyday activities of my life as well as the bigger more spectacular things that happen.To slow down and really enjoy life- real life.
I know that when you read those posts about “how to have a successful blog" (what exactly does that mean anyway - success defined by who), it's recommended that you post on a consistent schedule and I’ve always tried to post at least 4 days a week. Kudos to those who do it everyday! There's so much work and time that goes into blogging - I don't know how they do it.
Anyway, I've decided that I'm just going to post now when I really feel like sharing something and when I’m naturally ready to do so. No more rushing to finish something to have it ready for “so and so’s linky party” etc. No posts just because I post 4 days a week and need to post something.
So there may be a post from me everyday or there may be one once a week, or maybe once a month or maybe two posts a day - who knows LOL! From now on I'm just going to do it when I really feel like it.
I really appreciate that there are so many of you who take time out of your day to stop by and visit with me. That’s something I don’t take for granted! I hope that you'll continue to do so even if I post sporadically.