Leave of Absence

I reached a decision early last week.  Well, it was more like the choice was already there, I just wasn’t open to it until this past week.  I’m going to take a break from this, my blog.  I know, I just took one.  That’s what helped me make the decision.  I liked the break and didn’t miss blogging.

I started my blog nearly four years ago as an exercise in writing.  And, it was that.  While I wrote mostly about my various adventures, there were also other entries that were … somewhat  different.  The entries that fell into this category were the lists which followed a different format and contained an entirely different content.  That’s the thing with writing for me, especially blog entries, sometimes I don’t know what the end result will be.  As an exercise in writing, this blog then served a purpose as a “place holder”, if you will, for larger pieces, like narratives.  I wrote narratives for years, eventually shelving them to pursue other projects.  So, here I am, full circle having spent years on other projects and back at writing as a focus of my “extra time”.  While it would be great to do both – a book and a blog, I’m finding I just don’t have the time or focus for both.  Speaking of focus, my writing, specifically for this blog, was broken due to my trip to Germany.  In taking a break from the blog at that time, I was able to take a step back and reevaluate what it was that I was doing with my time.  I’m a project person, when I get bored or burned out with something I move on.  I realized in that break that I was growing tired of blogging and was much more interested in pursuing other interests and projects.

Which brings me to now an the proverbial fork in the road.  I can keep blogging and do very little of anything else or I can work on on completing the current manuscript once and for all.  To be honest, I’d also like to write more articles for e-zines.  Short term writing projects like that can also help to build an audience which I’m supposed to do as a writer.

For those of you who read my blog – thanks for taking the time to do so and for your feedback.  I realized in writing it that I was developing my writing voice.  It can be a scary thing to develop a style and put it out there for public consumption, wondering how it will be received.  That my “voice” was as well received as it was helped me put it to use in other projects.  It also helped me to develop as a person.  If this is the first entry of my blog that you’re reading, boy, did you miss out!  (See, there’s that “voice”.)

I’m not going to close the door entirely on my blog.  There may be an occasional entry, though that’s no way to build an audience.  Oh well, that’s not why I was blogging in the first place.  I remember when Bill Watterson, the creator of my favorite comic strip, Calvin & Hobbes, brought it to an end – his reasoning was to pursue other interests.  I get that.  I’m a creative person who needs fresh challenges.  I don’t want my passion to become something that I “churn out”.  So, with that I take my leave, taking what I learned here and applying it to something else.