December 01, 2005

I have lacked, what, lately

Something. I'm not entirely sure what, though. Inspiration? Energy to post? Material? What?

Has this exercise run its natural course? Should I bow out now rather than let the poor thing expire from lack of care and attention?

Beats me. I don't think I'm ready to do that, although I may be teetering a bit. It may just be that I am feeling a tad beaten down at the moment with the confluence of recent events -- my grandfather (terribly sick but still lingering); a bout of stomach flu; the whole stress of the nanny situation; the pregnancy; unhappiness with my current employment; etc. I think I stop here with the list. It grows unseemly and smacks of whining. To balance it out, though, and to note that there are still bright spots and that not all is doom and gloom, I was just told by a retired three star Marine General that my leadership on a recent committee I chaired was "superb". That was rather nice, considering the source.

So, stay tuned. I'm not ready to hang it up. I'm just, perhaps, in a bit of a dry spell coupled with a severe case of the lassitudes.

Posted by Random Penseur at December 1, 2005 04:52 PM | TrackBack

Don't leave us, RP! take a break, smell the roses, whatever, but I'd be sad to not have your posts to look forward to every day.

Posted by: GrammarQueen at December 1, 2005 05:28 PM

I would be sad indeed if you quit entirely. Sometimes a break is needed. At times, I too find myself in a fog of nothing much to say or no energy to write. I look forward to your posts, your thoughts and the lovely stories of your children.

Posted by: Jordana at December 1, 2005 05:41 PM

RP, I would be bereft if you hung up your bloggin' spurs.

However, I did take a break from blogging, as you know, for about four months or so and it really did rejuvenate me.

So I'm torn as how to advise.

Maybe put up a sign saying you are on hiatus? If it comes to that...

I know that almost everyone I know has regretted it when they took down their blog. They missed being able to write and post and they missed that great feeling of community that blogging brings with it.

I know I missed it.

And I would miss you terribly. :-)

But do what you need to do.

(This is called "support with guilt". My husband says I do this very well. heh... ;-P)

Posted by: Amber at December 1, 2005 06:00 PM

Take a break if you need to RP. I'll keep coming back to see if you've written anything. I love your stories about your children. I come to see how your Grandfather is doing. I send prayers your way, dealing with him and his situation, as well as for him.
We'll all be here. Do what is best for you.

Posted by: jules at December 1, 2005 06:29 PM

we've been there, so we will support you no matter what you decide.

my thoughts & prayers continue.

Posted by: michele at December 1, 2005 08:37 PM

We all need a breather.

Take it easy, inspiration will come when you least expect it.

I'll still be here, my friend.

; )

Posted by: Christina at December 1, 2005 08:39 PM

It happens to the best of us, kid. And to the worst of us, too, I suppose. Bide your time and when the inspiration strikes you post us a line. But I'd be really crushed if you packed up your toys and left the game for good.

Just sayin'.

Posted by: Jennifer at December 1, 2005 08:53 PM

Yeah, I get where you're coming from. The most important thing to me, is to not blog when think I have to, but blog when I feel like it. Don't blog because of a sense of duty, but as an outlet for whatever you have in your head.

But if you need a break, all the power too you. Ted at Rocket Jones said he was taking a break but I think he's lying, he's been posting just as much or more since he made that statement.

Oh and if you DO take a break, set it up so your blog doesn't go completely blank. Add in a MTEntries lastn="15" (in between <>) right after the div class="blog" that will leave up your last 15 posts (or whatever number you should choose).

Posted by: Oorgo at December 1, 2005 09:23 PM

oorgo....says it.
blog when you feel like it. this is your place.
and...whatever is in your head.

seems to love to write about the kids. and all the things they make you feel.
and have that.
lord knows, we love to read about them.

Posted by: sn at December 1, 2005 09:35 PM

Despite a brief moment of discouragement, RP, I'm truly glad you're not throwing in the towel. We all have these kind of moments, at least I think we all do. Truth is I have never read a post here yet that was not an enjoyable read which is more than I can say about my own rambles.

And in addition, as a blogging audience, we are far enough removed from your real life that you can whine if you want to. I think we all do that occasionally as well.

Posted by: Roberta S at December 1, 2005 10:30 PM

I say "Nay!" to thee!

The blogging bug rises and fades like the libido of a menopausal woman. Don't worry if you hit a low spot - it'll be back.

The most important thing is to not feel obligated to make a post. When that happens the blogging turns into a chore instead of a hobby and it'll turn sour on you. Just post when you want to. If it's once a week (or less) that's fine. If it's a couple of times a day, so much the better. Just let it happen when it happens.

Posted by: Jim at December 2, 2005 06:09 AM

What Jim said.

Except I'm not sure about the libido of a menopausal woman, so I'll have to take his word on it, which is always dangerous.

Posted by: phin at December 2, 2005 08:50 AM

Thank you all for the helpful comments and suggestions. Like I said, I don't think I'm ready to hang it up. I'm just a bit frustrated with output and inspiration. I'm going to give it another couple of whacks with a heavy stick and we'll see what I can shake out.

Y'all are the best, you know?

Posted by: RP at December 2, 2005 10:31 AM

Please keep writing RP. I echo all of the comments already posted here! Let's just say you start posting more sporadically... Well, that's what RSS feeds are for. We'll still be able to keep up.

Posted by: Turtleherder at December 2, 2005 12:23 PM

I don't mean to be presumptuous, so you can curse me out inside your head if you want, but maybe you just need an assignment. Write an entry about something you love about your workplace or your work in general- something you would miss if you didn't work there anymore.

Posted by: laurel at December 2, 2005 02:13 PM

You have to keep writing. A) You're my only link to really hot nannies, B) Your posts are always interesting, even though you might not think so, C) You use big words like 'lassitudes' for which I have to look up their meaning, and D) Let's not forget A.

Posted by: Howard at December 3, 2005 09:17 AM
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