I think it’s a bit of an understatement to say that I’ve been neglecting the blogging life. Let me explain. No, there is too much – let me sum up. (Inigo Montoya, anyone?)
When last we met, I was in the full throes of marathon training and had just conquered a 16-mile run, which was a new distance PR for me at the time. A few days later, The Guy flew out to NYC to celebrate my birthday, so I took an intentional hiatus. (Because, really, when you only get to see each other for about a week at a time every few months, who wants to spend any of that time wrapped up in a lap top? Not this gal.) Shortly after that, my boss had the amazing opportunity to spend a few months working on a project in Shanghai. In her absence, though, we were stretched a bit thin at work, so between extra hours at the office and marathon training, blogging was a habit that quickly went the way of the dinos. (Especially since I was already struggling to post on a semi-regular basis.) Much like the stages of grief, lapsed bloggers go through phases that progress something like this:
- Stage One – miss blogging
- Stage Two – feel oddly guilty about not writing for an extended period of time
- Stage Three – guilt dissipates, but writing a catch-up post seems like an insurmountable task
- Stage Four – completely forget about blog
- Stage Five – rediscover blog on a random Wednesday night and decide, inexplicably, that a catch-up post right this minute is a great idea
(Okay, maybe I just made up that model right now, but I’d be willing to bet there are others out there who can identify with it.)
As for the catching up part, here’s a quick re-cap of things I probably would have written about had I been on top of my blogging game. And, to keep this from getting reaaaallly long, I think it makes sense to do it in picture form:
Obviously, I did a lot of other things in the past few months, but those are the highlights. There’s definitely a couple of items above that warrant full posts of their own, so maybe if I’m feeling inspired in the near future I’ll get around to the non-Cliffs notes version.
But now that we’re all on the same page, I’m hoping that Stage 6 – becoming a more habitual blogger – is about to begin.