I am a Bad Blogger October 18, 2007Posted by caveblogem in blogging, NaNoWriMo, National Novel Writing Month, Other.
Lately I haven’t been posting much, again, or responding faithfully to comments, or commenting on the sites of friends and those on my blogroll.
I could blame it partially on the job, I suppose. I took a position in May that is really quite taxing, mentally, but that’s not the main issue with the job thing. I think that the main issue is that it absorbs a lot of attention and thought, and yet I cannot blog about it. There are a few people who know who I am, and would, therefore know who I am writing about, if I posted about my job.
It’s not that I don’t have things to write about, either, or that I don’t visit your blog. I do, and then I intend to comment, going so far as to click on the little window. And then I stop. Whatever I was going to write seems suddenly trite. Not a good way to be entering NaNoWriMo, two weeks hence. I need to break out of this.
Life outside of work has been really busy, too. School has started again, so this means my son is on a travel soccer team, and has cello lessons, which means there is slack to pick up even when I don’t have a kid to pick up or drop off. He is attending private school in the far-off land of Andover, MA, and the commute is killing us (but not him, really; he does his homework while we do the driving).
I’ve started lifting weights–for strength, not appearance. This is quite taxing as well, I find, mentally as well as physically. There was a time when I was living at home and attending the local university and I ran three times per week. I rode my bicycle to the track at the high school and then locked it up with a combination lock. I did this because when I exercise I get dangerously stupid. I’d pull out into traffic, jump curbs, race trains, whatever. Best to cool down first. Usually took me 15 – 20 minutes before I’d remember the three-digit combination.
Unfortunately, the effect this has on weight training (with free-weights, at least) is problematic. This morning I put 10 lbs too many on the bar when doing the bench press and squats. The blood apparently leaves my head after the first set of exercises and I can’t add (in the mathematical sense of the word). But the beginning weight training program I am undertaking stresses gradual buildup of weight to build axial strength. So, wild and unpredictable fluctuations of 10 or 20 pounds are a pretty bad thing, particularly for a beginner like me who really needs to pay attention to correct form.
Anyway, apologies to anyone out there who still checks this blog, periodically.