Do you ever not do something for a bit, and it’s not that big of a deal, but then you keep putting it off or avoiding it, and it becomes sort of a big deal? Like breaking up with someone?
Don’t worry, I’m not breaking up with you. But I have been avoiding you. Not you, the reader, but my little blog here. It’s not that I haven’t wanted to check in, but I got a little busy here and there and “I’ll update tomorrow” became “I’ll update next week.”
The longer I stayed away, the worst things got. I always feel like I’m betraying loyal followers when I temporarily abandon ship and the less I write, the more I spiral into a pattern of I’ll-get to it, I-haven’t-gotten-to-it, will-I-ever-get-to-it, they-hate-me. Repeat.
Then I got a new job and a commute from hell along with it, and demands on my time were compounded. I’ve got every excuse in the book; I even stopped checking my i am sf emails because I switched from an iPhone to a Droid and suddenly felt very ancient and unable to handle technological transitions.
But then I did check my mail. And the catastrophe that had been building in my head dissipated as I began scanning my inbox:
“Hi there! I just discovered your blog and I LOVE IT!”
And another email:
“Been checking up on your site daily and nothing new for a good while.. hope all is good! Miss your SFV info!”
Yet another message:
“Big fan of your blog, long time resident of san fer/sylmar area.”
I know I shouldn’t depend on your words of encouragement, but it’s cheaper than therapy and more effective.
Being dedicated to something you love is not easy; relationships (even with blogs) take time, work and passion. But those are the ones with love at the other end when you need it most.
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