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Rebooting my Blogging

I’ve hit another one of those blocks. Before the end of 2008, I had grand visions of taking time off at the end of the year, having time to think, and write, and get some of the ideas that have been squirming around inside my head out and into words. But then the Snowpocalypse happened, and instead of nice, relaxing time off, we were all cooped up in our house for two weeks, getting on each other’s nerves. When the snow melted, we headed off to visit family in southern Oregon, which was fun, but busy, and full of activities. I’m not complaining, or trying to make you think I didn’t enjoy my vacation – who doesn’t enjoy a 3 day Guitar Hero World Tour binge and Nerf gun modding with the nieces and nephews? ๐Ÿ™‚

But i didn’t get the writing done that I wanted to. In fact, as you can see, it’s been weeks since I’ve posted anything substantial here.

So I’m going to try to “reboot” my blogging here, and just write, write, write. I’m going to try to avoid the distractions of throwing thoughtlings out on Twitter, sinking into reading feeds and forums, etc. It feels really weird to think that I’m actually procrastinating something that I really enjoy, that no one is forcing me to do. ๐Ÿ™‚

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Why do I have such a hard time writing consistently?

It’s been days since I’ve posted here. I’ve been sick, which is partially to blame, but not completely. I have a ton of stuff starred in Google Reader and elsewhere that I’ve wanted to write about – even just quick “Linky” posts. But it feels like there’s the gravitational field pulling me away whenever I start to think about writing something. Email to read, work to do, feeds to catch up on. Maybe I’m just having a slump. This blog isn’t dead or dying – never will, if I have anything to say about it. But maybe Paul Boutin is on to something – my activity on places like Twitter, FriendFeed, etc. have definitely had an impact. His point is that if you blog for the fame, recognition, link love, and money, it’s getting harder and harder to be “successful”. But I never have written for those reasons. This is a place for me to write my thoughts, and I don’t care a whole lot about who reads them. I mean, I love traffic, links, and feed subscribers, but for me, I love them because they represent people I interact with. People who are part of my network, my community. My friends. That’s the payoff for me. If I cared about ad revenue or page rank or how many hits/subscribers I had, I would have given up a long time ago.

So, I’m sure my muse will come back soon. Where are you, muse? ๐Ÿ™‚

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