When I first began this blog, I kept to a strict schedule of publishing a new post at least every four days. I worried that I wasn’t posting often enough, because I’d read that all successful blogs posted something new every single day, but I also knew that daily posting would be too much for me. Eventually, I settled on my current blogging schedule of posting once a week or so, and that usually seems to work out just fine.
Usually, but not always. Because when it came time to write my most recent post, I found myself coming up with one excuse after another for not actually sitting down at my computer and writing. I’m not exactly sure what my problem was, although life has been particularly hectic lately and I am easily distracted. Still, I knew writing requires self discipline and I finally told myself, very firmly, that I was going to write a post on Thursday, come hell or high water. I had made my plan, and I was going to stick to it, no excuses accepted.
But that didn’t happen. Thursday flew by with visits from multiple repairmen and delivery services, all of which required some major rearranging of our house and furniture, and a couple of quick trips to the store. And the evening was even more interesting, when we were hit with an unexpected storm that brought 70-miles per hour winds and heavy rains. We lost both our power and our internet service, but counted ourselves lucky not to sustain any major property damage.
By Friday morning our power had come back on but our internet was still out, so writing a blog post wasn’t an option. But I wouldn’t have had time to write one anyway, because my son’s house and my granddaughter’s daycare center were still without power, and so I spent the day helping care for my granddaughter while my son and his wife worked from our home.
I’m embarrassed to say that I actually felt guilty, just for a little while, for neglecting my blog after I had been so determined to write that overdo post. (I’ve always been a little slow on the uptake, but this was a stretch, even for me.) But finally I came to my senses and realized: I wasn’t neglecting my blog at all. I was simply taking care of things that needed my attention a bit more urgently and that were a lot more important. Storms happen. Grandchildren require care. Washing machines break and need to be replaced as soon as possible.
Yes, my blog is important to me and I love the creative outlet (and self-discipline) it helps provide. But there are going to be times when it takes a back seat to the other demands on my time and that’s perfectly okay. Sometimes our normal routines are interrupted, but we get back to them eventually. And in this case, the interruption meant I got to spend the day with one of my very favorite people in the world…..so I’m not about to complain.