Time for a break

I love this blog.  It has honestly kept me going through some particularly tough times over the last six years.  Even as the comments have dwindled, just putting stuff out there knowing that someone might read it has felt pretty good.  These last couple of weeks, I have been quite busy in the lead up to getting my new job, about which I’m quite excited.  As I’ve spent less time in front of the computer, or at least on the web, I’ve been re-evaluating my time spent online (in case regular readers couldn’t tell).  I’ve tried to spend at least half my day completely away from the computer: doing housework, reading, or being outside.  I’m trying to set a good example for my kids, who don’t really see the difference (even though they’re both at an age where they might be expected to) between the intellectual work I do online and the playful things I do.  Given my career, I obviously can’t escape the computer entirely (and don’t want to), but I do think I need to spend more of my leisure time doing other things, preferably with my family, coaxing them into leisure activities that are not screen-based.

This blog, for me, is mostly leisure.  At one time, it contributed greatly to my professional development, and it may do that for me again someday.  But for now, I’m going to focus on it less and put my energies elsewhere.  I’ll be popping in from time to time over the summer, perhaps once a week.  But I’m no longer going to feel compelled to post something every day.   There’s at once not enough and too much going on for me to do that.  I will try to return to daily posting in the fall, but it may be the case that my work will not allow me the time to do that.  I’m still going to be reading people’s blogs, as that’s been a great pleasure of mine, and maybe, without my own blog to tend to, I can comment more. I’ll see you all on the flip side!

11 Replies to “Time for a break”

  1. Aw, thanks, Laura. I will definitely write some. I just feel some relief about not posting every day. I can’t see myself ever abandoning this space completely. It’s too much a part of me. 🙂

  2. I agree with Laura at 11d – enjoy the break. RSS feeds make it a lot easier to stay in touch with the occasional blogger when they take sabbaticals. In some ways it makes it more fun when you see a new post show up in your feeds. You are a daily read for me and i’ll be looking forward to your posts whenver they show up.

  3. Will certainly miss your posts, but it’s for a good cause! 😉 Enjoy the changes the new job will bring to you, I’ll be checking in for inspiration as another geeky mom.

  4. of course, you should only post if you want to. I’m a reader and not a writer, except for my password-protected family blog and I’ve never thought that people who write & host blogs have any obligation to me to keep posting.

    So, that being clear, I’ll say I was looking forward to hearing about the new work transition. One thing I’ve found useful for occasional bloggers is if they pick a schedule and post once a week, or once a month, or at whatever schedule they choose.

    RSS readers have made it easier, though.

  5. bj, no doubt you’ll hear all about the transition. 🙂 I’d say I’ll be around once a week, perhaps every two weeks. I do hope you will all keep me in your readers–RSS is indeed a wonderful thing.

  6. Well, I totally understand that and, in fact, although I do spend lots of time online, I don’t post very often and have never felt compelled to do so because it does take lots of time.

    Now, I think your reason for taking a break and not spending as much time online is really, really important — setting a good example for the kids. I already don’t watch TV at all because of this very reason, but I’ve been very remiss with the internet and because of cyber-schooling and their mom spending too much time online, the boys have become internet addicts like me. 6 & 8 is too early for that, no? In any case, we do need to spend more time outside too, so, yeah. I commend you for your decision and I should try to do something similar.

    Have a great summer, my friend, I’m sorry we’re moving far away and probably won’t have the chance to meet again, but at least we can be in virtually in touch.

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