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Clowns to the left of me, jokers to the right, here I am Stuck in the Middle …. (Stealers Wheel)
I wouldn’t say that I write in spurts. I’d prefer to say that I shut down in spurts. Why is that? In addition to writing this blog, I have a full-time traditional profession, and I enjoy running, keeping up with my friends and family and going out. I spend a fair amount of time on social media, usually liking it. And then there’s travel and even trip planning – I love planning, but it does take a huge chunk of time. So too, I’m often watching the deals, but then get overwhelmed and experience the brain freeze that Frequent Miler spoke of in his excellent post today. I spend hours trying to make every sale airfare work, even if I ultimately do not book the trip. I would add that I am trying to make an effort to watch my finances more – I think I think that the excitement of a free $10 statement credit from an Amex Checkout (or similar deal) can be blinding if I let such deals take precedence over my need to direct my attention to the proper investment of my savings (see, Soul Searching: Maybe I’ve Made a Mistake? and also Matt’s post at Saverocity: Going from a Ten Dollar Gig to a Thousand Dollar Gig). And then there is the heat of the summer (brain melt?). Maybe it’s about keeping things in perspective – easier said than done, right? It can all get dizzying sometimes…
So, when I don’t write for a while, it might be because I’m traveling (you would think a travel writer would have this writing-while-traveling thing down, wouldn’t you?) It might be because I’m overwhelmed, perplexed, have brain freeze, brain melt, am having computer issues (I just bought a new home computer so that should help), have new or additional responsibilities at work (oh right… work!), am ambivalent and can’t find anything I wish to share at the moment (as I try to only write posts I myself would be interested in reading). I have a lot of half-written posts that I sometimes have difficulty finishing. But these are all mainly silly excuses (or perhaps it’s healthy to just shut down once in a while?)
This is where you come in. If you think I’m a little lost, reach out to me!
Give me a push. A zetz, as my grandmother used to say in Yiddish. Say, Yo bitch, you need to write!
I am never really very far away. I cherish your input, or even a simple hey, how are you doing? Every comment is read. When I’ve written on a topic and a reader tells me that, because of that post, they too got a benefit, I’m thrilled. When I’m planning a trip and ask for advice, I actually listen to the advice given and often use it.
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