I meant to blog on Monday. But I usually mean to blog on Monday and don't end up getting a post up until Tuesday. Then Thursday is Ollie day. Then Friday is Friday Finds Day. Those two are nice because I'm not struggling to find a topic. Yet I didn't even get up one of the easy posts last week. I figured my blog friends would be okie dokie since it was a busy week anyways. I found a justification that let me enjoy trukey prep, family adventures in the city and quiet Christmas decorating on the weekend.
That justification doesn't resolve the knowledge I have about good blogs. I've been around the blog block enough times to know that consistency will make or break your readership. I know I want my blog to be well written, updated and engaging. Then I come home from a full day of work, run some errands, fix a meal, feed the cat and sit on the couch. I check my email before getting to the writing part. Then I don't make it all the way there.
Self-imposed deadlines haven't been my strength. The year that Mr. Palindrome was on deployment, I set three goals for myself: Make a quilt, race a triathlon and something that I now forget. Obviously the forgotten one didn't get done. I did race a triathlon but the beginnings of the quilt that was never bound finally was laid to rest before our move to California. No way was I paying $1 per pound to move that sorry reminder cross country.
Sometimes my blog reminds me of my half done quilt. My priorities shift according to my perceived energy levels, my patience for finding a camera cord, or fighting over the allotted time I have on our shared personal lap top (remember all those laptops in the October Photo Challenge - yeah, 2 of them are company ones and the rest don't work). A few episodes on the DVR can push back my intentions. I remember now why I felt so free when we didn't have cable. The pictures sitting on my memory card, documenting events over the last month, stare at me until I hide the camera in our desk cupboard and look at my DVR playlist again.
I'm not going to promise more consistency, a new publishing schedule, or anything else like that. I only have an explanation to offer - I'm not good at setting myself deadlines. My ambition rarely matches my energy, capability or time commitments. Even though I can't keep up with one blog, I've been working on a new blog with completely different focus. I love my blog friends and I want to build more. I'm asking you to bear with me as I continue to find ways to balance the demands of life and find restful times for myself. I'd also love to ask you what your approach is to consistency in blogging and what your blogging goals are. Lay it on me in the comments!
For now, we're prepping to eat some more turkey. Someone remind me next year that 20 lbs is a huckava lot of turkey.
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