Saturday, April 05, 2008

Excuses

So there's been some pretty dry spells lately in between my blog posts. I wish that I could report that the downtime was due to something terribly exciting- like that I've been out of the country on an exotic trip with my husband or that I have been working on a secret project that I am about to reveal or that I was in the middle of an amazing book that I just couldn't justify putting down to blog.

But, there is no such excuse.

Really, it's just been a little of this and a little of that which has been keeping me from sitting down and writing

Little things like…

I've been getting caught up on the latest issue of one of my favorite newsletters that I receive electronically every other month. This is the prairie muffin in me who dreams of raising a flock of chickens.

I've been speaking at a couple Childbirth Education Classes sponsored by a local hospital about what the value of doula services. I was out twice this week, at night (prime blogging time) to "plug doulas". This is of course a worthwhile venture and perfectly justifies why I haven't written anything new.

Or maybe it's the fact that I've started a new quilt and have spent countless hours cutting squares or obsessing about the colors in this quilt. I tend to get a little carried away with all of the amazing fabric that's out there. And of course the perfectionist in me wants to make sure that I am making the perfect decision about which fabrics I choose. Surely, this is vital work

I've also been helping Mike a bit with his job search. I have contacted a couple of very talented artist friends of ours who are currently helping him in the creative category of a possibly very exciting business opportunity that he is working towards. I'm not ready to reveal this yet, but think lots of color and eco-friendly (okay, it's eco-friendly interior paints). Certainly any good help-meet to her husband would be doing the same sort of thing, right?

But really what it boils down to is that I have not been all that motivated to write. My friend Amanda posted about blogs and comparisons and reading posts that resonate with you. It really struck a chord and this is what sometimes leaves me paralyzed at my little keyboard


"Surely what I have to say is not nearly as intriguing as what ____ has to say.”

"My menial efforts at sewing pale in comparison to what ____ has created."

"Everyone is probably sick and tired of me saying how much I love being home with and homeschooling my children.”


These are those little lies that play over and over in my head when I think about something that I have to say

I know, I know. They are lies and everyone has something worthwhile to share. Someone, somewhere may read some little measly little blog post about how I like to watch birds with my children in the morning while we’re still in our pajamas out our front window and that all the neighbors probably thing we’re trying to spy on them and they may be able to relate and want to know more (terrible example, I know).

But the point it this... sometimes it's just important to put something out there (into the blogosphere that is) even if no one else is reading it and you are the only one who knows what's been said.

2 comments:

Charles & Rebecca said...

Jill,

Remember it's about what you want to write, not always what others want to read! I find many times the things I post are not the interests of others but interest's of mine (I think that makes sense!) yet on multiple occasions I have had comments from people telling me how much they enjoyed them. So don't worry about the content just tell us what's on your heart and mind and take comfort in knowing that no matter what it is there are lots of us who will enjoy reading every word.

C.

Amanda L. said...

I laughed out loud when I read "who wants to hear again that I love being home with my children and homeschool them". As if that's all you write about! I want to read about it because it inspires me to be a bettr teacher to my kids.

It looks as though you've been filling your time with respectable ventures. Don't apologize for not blogging...it should be enjoyable and done on your own terms! Glad you liked the post about comparisons. I admit it has kept me from blogging before...hopefully not again. Love to you guys and best to Mike!