Yes, I have heard the song myself and succumbed to it. I was hesitant to step into the world of blogging at the beginning, but once I took the first step, there was no looking back.
Blogging to me is like riding the giant wheel at the fair. Right when my stomach is settling down and I think I’m going to enjoy a lull in the ride, I’m back at the top of the wheel, my tummy doing somersaults. It’s electrifying, to say the least.
What do I like about blogging?
- It keeps me actively thinking and writing – not only from composing the posts for my blog, but also from my efforts at assimilating all those that I read on other blogs and commenting on them.
- I love the almost instantaneous give and take that is involved in a dialogue among bloggers.
- I learn many new things on a daily basis from doing my rounds of the blogosphere.
- I have met (well, even if not literally) more like-minded people in the last few months than I ever have before in such a short span of time. That is reason enough to love blogging.
- And, face it! It gives me the one thing almost all of us crave: instant gratification at getting to see our words in print, well sort of.
- And at the risk of repeating myself, because I’ve said this before in this very blog, I just love the sense of camaraderie that exists in this community.
I could go on and on…
The only thing is: blogging takes time – a lot of it – the one thing that seems to be constantly in short supply around my house.
I’m at the point where I need some time to get my affairs back in order (before you get any ideas, by affairs I mean the everyday minutiae – nothing glamorous – that still take up a lot of our time):
- get the house back up on its feet and to a smoother running order
- get a leg up on my MG manuscript revision
- re-stock the almost-empty pantry
- return phone calls before my friends and family totally give up on me
- make concrete plans for the upcoming vacation and so on…
Did you notice how I tried to sneak in ‘revision’ into the list above? It was done in the hopes that it gets the message that it’s not the boss of me, and that I believe it’s just going to be as mundane a task for me as finishing laundry.
Are all the writers guffawing at this point and going: “Yeah, right! Dream on!”? I feared so.
I have figuratively put that manuscript away for a few weeks now and the distance has definitely helped. (Those experts do know what they’re talking about!) Now, I’m missing working on it and am raring to have a go at revising it and making it stronger. And that needs time.
The long and short of it is, I’m not going to be blogging for the next two weeks actively. I will keep re-posting some of my older posts for that duration, so please keep visiting me!
Since I’ve met most of you not too long ago, hopefully, those posts won’t be repeats for the majority of you. For those of you who have been reading my ramblings from the very beginning – thank you! – please bear with me for this short period of time?
I will still pop over to your blogs, but if I fail to do so with my usual regularity, then picture me in the clutches of that veritable beast called ‘revision’ and send a quick prayer my way.
I will be back, bright and early, on the 5th of July with a new post.
Until then, Namaste!