Yesterday I debated for a good long while whether I should write a post for today or not. After all, it is Labor Day and if my husband isn’t going in to work, well, then I should have today off, too.
But it’s a slippery slope I’ll be starting down.
Blogging takes a lot of commitment. Even if it’s a hobby, it still takes some measure of commitment. You have to write and post, otherwise the blog flounders and it can be years, or never, before you return.
The last time I blogged, it was 2013-2015. For most of that time, I was childless, so, even though I was in grad school and pregnant, I still had plenty of time to myself. Plenty of time to blog and share my writings and read some amazing writers. But then my son was born. I took some time away when he was a newborn and we moved across the country (perhaps a post for another time). Returning to blog, though, was always my plan. I loved the writing community I had found and was actively posting chapters from Gates to Asphodel (chapter 20 will be posted this Wednesday if you’ve been reading along). But when my son hit 6 months, my will to get up early and blog began to leave me.
It happened slowly. I told myself I’ll post fewer days a week. Then I missed a day and said I’ll post again on my next scheduled day. Then I missed two days. Then I missed a week. My posting became a bit erratic and I began to grasp at straws for what to post. Then I just stopped logging in. It was a slippery slope and I was tumbling head over heels all the way to the bottom. I think the last time I posted was April of 2015.
After that, it was easy to just say I’ll be back when my son is a little older. Then I just pushed it to the back of my mind. Most days, I just didn’t think about it. I didn’t actually log in again until more than halfway through 2017. I suddenly remembered blogging and was starting to miss Jennifer M. Zeiger’s choose your own adventure stories on her blog (true story, Jennifer!).
I took an unintentional almost 3 year hiatus. During that time, I didn’t even know if I was going to continue. My husband and I talked every once in a while about me blogging, but I never actually came back to WordPress.
Today is a holiday and I know many bloggers probably won’t be around. Today is a holiday and I know I can take one, too. This time around, I know one day isn’t going to hurt me. I have a post for Wednesday already scheduled and another almost ready to be scheduled.
But I’m still posting today because the slippery slope scares me. This is a hobby, but it was also a hobby back in 2015 and, well, you read how that ended. I’m a writer at heart and practice is supposed to make one’s writing better, so even though this is just a hobby, I will still take it seriously. I will still have some measure of commitment to it, though my family will always come first. Writing is a great love of mine and I plan to continue to practice.
So, have a happy and safe Labor Day! Thanks for reading today’s ramblings. I do plan on having something more put together on Wednesday.