Pop Quiz: What’s one thing that a brand new blogger – who is just starting to get involved in the runner-blogging community – shouldn’t do?
Answer: Stop blogging for two weeks.
Apologies, folks. I didn’t like it any more than you did (she says, deluding herself into believing that some people actually look forward to reading her musings). But really, a perfect storm of events conspired to keep me off the blog-wagon for about 2 weeks.
The first is some family stuff, which is ultimately what prompted my trip back to the US in the first place. You see, when I started blogging, KMN and I discussed what parts of my (our) life (lives) were – and weren’t – bloggable. And I felt comfortable with our decisions: I had lots of latitude to share what was going on in my life, but there were some things we agreed didn’t belong here. Good sport that he is, KMN agreed to let me photography, quote, and occasionally make sport of him – all in the name of the blog. But I didn’t have the same conversations with the rest of my family, who are generally a pretty private crowd. So lots of what I’ve been involved with over the past two weeks just isn’t bloggable.
Second – the past two weeks have been absolutely exhausting. When I finally sat down each evening, I could hardly write two coherent sentences, nevermind a whole string of them to make up a post.
And third – Boston. Just, ugh. As a running-blogger, and a running coach, I was apparently supposed to say something insightful, encouraging, and brilliant about the whole mess. But frankly, I just couldn’t. I didn’t want to read about it on other blogs. I didn’t want to write about it on mine. I didn’t want to watch the news (which happened to be playing 24/7 where I was staying – completely out of my control). I’ll probably have something to say eventually, but it’s taken me nearly a week to be ready to write again. I guess my inner introvert was rearing its head during a stressful time.
Then, the pile of blogging to be done was so high, it seemed I might never make it up. Over. Down. Whatever. There were blogs to read, and comment on. I had posts half written (mostly in my head), but I just couldn’t get the oomph to turn them into reality.
But I’m heading back to Singapore soon. I’m preparing some posts about my visit to Florida that may (possibly) be both interesting, and (most certainly) respectful of my family’s privacy. I have a few thoughts on what happened in Boston. I might even have some hilarity in there somewhere. But first, I needed a nice, easy, short way to ease back into blogland. So: HERE I AM, WORLD!
Ever step back from blogging for a period of time, either accidentally or on purpose? Any tricks for getting back into the routine?
What food are you craving right now?
[I’ve been gobbling up plenty of goodies that are easy to find in the US, but considerably expensive in Singapore. But I am totally missing a good, strong cup of kopi – local coffee.]