So today I am pondering my blog break last week. Honestly, it was wonderful. And it wasn't because I stopped writing for a few days or because blogging turned into some chore. No, I still love to write and post pictures and read other blogs. I believe the joy came from unplugging from this screen and moving away from this machine that consumes much of my time and energy.
I have never been a big TV watcher. I love movies yes, but there is something different about the small screen--TV or computer. I know it physically drains me, and when I get away from it, I feel like I can breathe better, and my world opens up wider. Does that make sense?
I have known how this small screen can affect me for a long while, but I never expected to become so attached to blogs and blogging that I would be spending this much time in front of the computer. Three hours can pass easily and before I know it, I've lost time, I've lost breadth and depth into what I know my world to be--outside, engaged with the environment and my children. I could blame blogging, but I know that's not it. As I said, I love to write, photograph and engage with other blogs, and now Pinterest (thank goodness for the mobile version). But put that together with all my other passions and I suddenly am busier than ever, and never doing one of my favorite things-- nothing.
So herein, lies my dilemma. Along with considering my thoughts on passion's price, I am contemplating how I can still blog and engage in the blog community without getting sucked in by this machine? I am paying attention these days to where my time goes. How long am I on this computer and how long am I actually writing, surfing or commenting. What is my true purpose out here? Is it to create something big or is it pure creative self expression? Is it a daily need or something that can be split fairly among my other passions, and of course without neglecting my family. Commenting, connecting and finding inspiration has become such an integral part of being out here in this space, too, and how much of that can I give up? Lots to think about and I am sharing it with you to keep it real.
And as if by pure kismet or serendipity, this weekend I learned about the August Break, from Monica. It's a month long blog break hosted by Susannah Conway, where bloggers pledge to post lightly for a month with a photo a day. Words are optional but the idea is to keep it light giving bloggers and readers a small break. Susannah has a Flickr group and a blog roll linky so you can see all the other bloggers participating, along with their daily photos.
I decided to use this August break to ponder how to organize my time, my passions, my responsibilities, as well as enjoy the rest of the summer with my children. I'll still be posting Joy Pockets with This Moment on Fridays because I love them so. I'll still stop by your blogs and comment when I can as I think of you all as my blog family :).
If you care to join in for August break then I'll see you there, too.
much love to you
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