1.13.2006

The Difficulty with Blogging

I know I've complained about this before, but I'll say it again.
It's difficult to maintain a thoughtful blog while working full time. I have great ideas for what to write about, usually in the morning while getting ready for work, but by lunchtime I've forgotten the idea. I can take mini breaks during work to read a little here or there, but to compose a blog post, I need at least half an hour and the first opportunity for that is lunch. There are two alternatives - carry a little notebook and write down the basic idea, hoping I wouldn't lose too much of the content before lunch, or get up early so I have half an hour between getting ready and when I have to leave. At this latter idea, I laugh heartily. I'm a night owl by nature, so I'm lucky to get to work on time, much less get up early. I'm going to have to try the first idea.
Why don't I blog at night? Good question. I've come to the conclusion lately that one only gets a finite amount of brain power per day. Some have a lot, some a little. Lately work has been consuming an awful lot of my quota and it's tough to even get household chores done. It doesn't help that I've been getting home at 8 for the last week, between tai chi classes and grocery shopping (a major excursion, admittedly). I wanted to get the house shipshape this week so I can move forward on getting more writing done. Hasn't happened. I had a rough day on Wednesday, after which I opened a bottle of Gew├╝rztraminer and ate guacamole with Fritos and fresh mozzarella with bread while watching TV.
If I'm going to get anywhere on my writing career, I'm going to have to find a way to solve this emotionally drained feeling I've been getting lately after work.
(And it appears I found something to write about after all.)
Fight the Apathy!

2 comments:

belsum said...

I'm glad you mentioned this. I've been struggling with the same issue. For a while, blogging at night was the solution, but I've been exercising when Kirk goes to bed now. My new plan, which I'm going to start today, is to keep a Word Doc open on my machine all day at work. Then I can write a few sentences here or there, edit it all at the end of the day, and post in one fell swoop. I'll let you know how it works out.

Anne said...

That's a good idea, bel. I think I've tried it once or twice, but didn't get it to work well. It may have been because I didn't keep track of a strong talking point. I look forward to seeing how it works for you.