It's been one of those writing funks that are just incredibly hard to get out of. I realize that it's December 17, and I have only posted once this month, and that was a bi-weekly podcast notification post.
I'm not sure what the problem is right now, but I just haven't had the wheels turning in my head, and I've been so easily distracted that it's annoying. It also really pisses me off that these "blogging updates" have become so frequent over the last few months. They always say that to write, you just have to sit down and do it. That's really half the battle. Sure, what you write initially may be crap, but just getting the juices flowing again is the most important thing. You can always edit later. Or just throw it out and write something else.
I do most of my writing on weekend mornings, and I have managed to bang out a couple of book reviews over the last little while. I'm pretty much caught up, though there are three books that are older that I haven't reviewed yet. I've caught up on the recent books I've read. Even that has changed, though. I used to review everything I read. Now I only review books that I received from Curled Up With a Good Book.
There have been a few things that I thought would be worth posting about recently, news stories that struck me as interesting, but I sit down, stare at the keyboard, and say "eh, maybe not."
I avoid New Year's resolutions like the plague, but I am resolving to myself that I am going to be better at doing this. Hopefully better quality, but definitely better timeliness. I look back at this blog, over 700 posts, and I remember the idealism I started with. "I'm going to post every day" I said. "They're going to be interesting and worth reading!" I said.
That has tapered off (the timeliness, hopefully not the worth), and that's not necessarily a bad thing. Blogging every day isn't necessary. I used to think that it was the only way to keep readers interested and subscribed. That if I took days off at a time, these people would drop away. I know that's not the case now, but it's still in the back of my mind. You blogging friends of mine, who manage to keep the readership despite posting very infrequently, I admit I get a little envious sometimes. It shows you've made a connection with people, something that transcends time.
Anyway, that all sounds a little self-pitying, so I'll stop that now.
Let me just say that I will be posting more in the next little while, and I am going to do my best to keep it up. I have made promises like this before, both to you and myself, and they've fallen through. So I'm not going to promise that it will all happen. I do promise to re-dedicate myself to it, and to do my best to get this blog back up to where it was before.
I've got a podcast post going up later today, a book review tomorrow, and maybe some things that will be of interest to other readers who aren't interested in podcasts or book reviews.
I do plan to blog on my travels next week as well. At least, I hope so.
Until then, stay tuned, and stick around. I hope you do it voluntarily.