You may have noticed that bloggers are ducking out for a day, a week or maybe a month here and there. Some are quite courteous about it, giving notice to their readers. Others, well, sometimes life happens and what was once an unbreakable commitment takes a step backward in importance. The reasons range from a death in the family to falling in love to all the way out to burnout. Be kind to your favorite bloggers. These breaks do not come easy. Blogging and reading others’ blogs, commenting, writing takes an enormous amount of time and eventually, as much as a blogger loves to blog, they simply have to unplug to balance out their needs, too.
For me, it was the death of my brother, immediately followed by the death of a blogger I loved dearly, Bill Hamilton. They were strong presences in my life and their absence left a void. Dealing with the aftermath, making arrangements, comforting people grieving their loss, these things take a toll. But, it can also result from all work, no play makes for a crappy life after awhile. You’ve got to get out there – away from the keyboard and screen – to remember why you started a blog in the first place. Smell those roses, take a swim, eat a muffin in the sun, feel the breeze on your face, throw a snowball. Hold hands with a little person, an elder, a peer, a lover, a good friend.
When I unplugged, I plugged into the television, catching up on series and gave it the same dedication as I did my blogging…. I am now an expert on commercials, on product side effects, hitting the mute button. I’m shocked at my appetite for crime shows. I am pleased that I find two “reality” shows charming: A & E’s “Nightwatch,” which follows New Orleans teams of police, fire, and EMS as they work from 8:00 p.m. to 4:00 a.m. and CBS’ “Undercover Boss,” that has CEOs going undercover to find out what really happens in their companies.
The following commercial sums it all up: