Taking A Break

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The one thing I committed myself to when I started this blog was to post something every week. Every once in a while I would become inspired and post two or three times, but that was the exception. Friday was posting day, then come Wednesday or Thursday an idea would pop into my noggin or I’d consult the list of topics I keep for a rainy day. When that occurred I would start writing and editing, then post it whenever Friday rolled around. That has been the routine since the summer of 2017, and the stats tell me it has repeated itself 114 times.

That number is staggering to me, primarily because I didn’t think I had that much to say, or that anyone would be interested in reading anything I wrote. I was pleasantly surprised to learn otherwise, and an organic momentum developed where it felt like a part of me was missing if I didn’t tickle the keyboard at least once a week.

That streak may soon end.

I am giving myself permission to take a break this summer and abandon the weekly deadline, primarily because I am up to my eyeballs in work, both on the job and at home. Since I am a little obsessive-compulsive when it comes to sending something into the blogosphere, it typically takes a few hours a week for me to start, edit, then re-edit something before I am done. That amount of time has become in short supply lately, which has caused me to fall woefully behind reading and commenting on the blogs I follow.

The well is also running a little dry. I have one item left on my list of things to write about, but I’m not motivated to share it right now. Trying to come up with another topic that gets my juices flowing is fruitless because it feels like a lot of work, and would be like trying to force a square peg into a round hole.

The truth is I am tired and worn down. Between the job, the work surrounding the new house, and my writing, fatigue has set in, more mental than physical. I don’t think it’s the MS, although I have been prone to bouts of it on occasion, which is par for the course with this disease. Regardless, I can’t let this become the norm or I will be as useful as tits on a bull when I need to be at my energetic best when moving day approaches.

This is not goodbye. Far from it. I suspect I’ll go to an every other week schedule, although I could go longer between posts. It all depends on what I have to say and if I have the time and desire to share it. I’m not a fan of  re-blogging, but may resort to that rather than going a month without writing anything. Who knows, maybe I will use some of this time to begin the new novel.

All week long I have wondered if this lethargy is a temporary rut, and I’ll will wind up getting my second wind and post something next week and the week after that, etc. That has happened a number of times before. Perhaps it will, and I’ll feel silly about this meandering, whining dissertation. But I think not.

Guess we’ll find out together.

 

 

 

 

Author: Steve Markesich

I am loving husband, a doting father, a Red Sox fanatic, an aspiring novelist and MS advocate. Feel free to check out my stevemarkesich.com web site.

9 thoughts on “Taking A Break”

  1. Completely understand! Sometimes we need to – or have to – step away for a bit and recharge. Sometimes that takes a while, sometimes it’s as simple as allowing ourselves out of a routine that gets us back into one. Although I’ve certainly seen others take a “short break” and vanish forever (I even did that with my first “blog” in 2003, and was gone for 13 years). That doesn’t sound like the Steve I know, though. 😉

    Enjoy the break, my good man, and I look forward to your reentry!

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  2. you do what you can and what you have to. I will miss you, of course and will be happy when I see you post up about how great the new house is and hopefully something about you feeling good. Good luck Steve

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  3. Hey! There are no rules! That’s the only rule of blogging. Quit obsessing over your posts! No one on this site is the grammar police (at least I’ve never met a work op!) summer is the time to relax. Take your time, but come back! I’d miss you. Enjoy you’re break. Or not. We definitely will see!

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  4. It sounds like you’re exhausted and have a lot on your plate, even without the blogging. It takes a lot of time and energy, and will illness making things harder, it’s perhaps not surprising you’re reaching this point. You need to do what’s right for you, and a break could be a really good idea to recharge, focus on your work, home life, and getting some rest. Even if you want to keep blogging, just easing off the pressure and deadlines can be really helpful.
    Caz xx

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