I love blogging … I really do. It gives me an audience to rant to, it forces me to think, it is my only real outlet for creative writing, and I love reading the comments y’all leave. As a stay at home mom, it was once my only chance to get my wits out for an airing.
However, blogging is also a massive time sink. I know you are thinking, “How long can it take to throw a hissy fit about stuff and call some idiots a pack of asshats?”. It takes quite a while, in truth. I can’t just write the word “asshat” at random you know. I have to use it delicately. Does it work better in this sentence? That one? Should I use the word “twatwaffle” instead? These considerations take time.
Plus, I try to actually research my topic. Facts and shit can take for-fokking-ever to uncover sometimes. Those links have to be hunted down using Google-Fu and determination, which eats up the minutes. Then there is a pithy final sentence to construct. To be completely honest, I suck at the dismount. It is really, really hard for me to stick the landing, so to speak. Too often I am left struggling to find the summation sentence, one that closes the post and doesn’t just wallow around at the end implying further paragraphs, for longer than it took me to write the rest of the whole damn post. That is time I am staring at the computer not doing laundry, which has not begun to magically do itself more is the pity.
There is also the writing I am now doing under my mundane, academic name. That used to be way more spaced out, but now I have written a book and am working on another one. I have academic articles percolating, and they are simply not getting any farther than the stage where they rattle around in my skull. This is causing mental chaffing. I have my “grown-up-author” blog which I am neglecting. In short, I have limited time and way too many things I want to write about.
It is for all these many reasons that I feel I must begin to limit my blogging. Like, really limit my blogging.
I am only going to be posting once a week now, on Saturdays, with occasional extras such as birthdays and whatnot. The format will be a bit of my usual snark, and a list of things I think might interest y’all with my brief and bitchy take on it.
Please believe that this is not something I am doing lightly. I’ve tried cutting corners in other areas. I don’t really comment on other people’s blogs anymore, even though I still read them dependably. I have radically cut down on the number of news sites I hit up for info. I only read Cracked once a week. I try not to linger overlong on Facebook. My kindle lies covered with dust, which is a tragedy for a bibliophile like me. God knows I have let my housework slide into the Slough of Untidy Uncleanliness. I’ve even told the kids to, “Hang on a minute! Mommy is typing!”, which makes me feel like a Bad Mommy and I then lose my train of thought so I might as well have stopped writing the first time they asked me to help them find where they left their water bottle like I was the last one to have it.
All of these efforts have (surprise!) not resolved my time crunch. Thus, the new posting regime.