Mindful Monday – Blogging and the Day Job

I’ve talked about balance before, but somehow the lack of balance is an ongoing issue in my life.  When I first started this blog,  I was in a job where I worked maybe two hours in a day and the rest of the time I sat at my desk not really working.  Not only that, I didn’t even have to pretend I was working for some strange reason.  So, I spent a lot of time reading blogs and writing.  Even when I wasn’t reading blogs and writing, I had way more time to think about posts (or even stories) I wanted to write.

I don’t know why it’s taken me almost a year to realize I’m just not able to keep up now that my day job has change, but I just can’t.  I’ve noticed it mostly in the types of posts I’m writing now compared to what they were a year ago.  I’ve only written one story this year that was longer than 100 words, and while I started the year off writing a post every day, it’s become more stressful than fun.

Blogging should be fun, I say!  But, I do miss my blog and all of you when I’m not able to post every day.

I’m still trying to figure things out, but I believe it has a lot to do with some of the prompts I follow.  I’m for sure giving up Teaser Tuesday.  I’m not sure I was doing it correctly, but I felt like I had to post a different book every week; however, I can’t even read one book a month at this point.  So, I ended up posting a lot of books I’ve already read, but sadly, that list is not as long as I’d like it to be.

I also felt it necessary (I’m SO OCD!!) to post Friday Fictioneers on Friday and Sunday Photo Fiction on Sunday, but that isn’t happening any more.  What I might try is writing the stories over the weekend and scheduling them on different days during the week.  I’m just hoping that works for those posting the prompt…

Anyway, this pretty much explains some of my absence recently.  I’m just trying to figure it all out, which comes down to balance for me.

I appreciate all of you who have stuck with me and continue to support me.  I love this blogging community!  I’m not going anywhere, but things might change a little bit on This Thing Called Life One Word at a Time… just a little bit, anyway.

Happy Monday everyone!

Bee at A Spirit of Healing is currently hosting Mindful Monday while Colleen at Silver Threading is away.



13 thoughts on “Mindful Monday – Blogging and the Day Job

  1. Yeah I hear you. Honestly, blogging for me is one way to escape the horrible job I work. Luckily I usually have time on my lunch breaks to do so. I’ll be the first to admit I hate my job and would rather be blogging (of course, if I had my dream job which I’m medically disqualified from I’d have a lot of time to blog as I’d only be working between 10 and 15 days per month). Alas, we all have to make money.

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  2. Balancing work, school, and blogging has been an interesting challenege for me. I blog when I have free time and I still participate in Daily Prompts and other challenges, just not everyday like I use to.

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  3. Happy Monday to you too. It is not easy doing what you do and taking care of a family. I love reading your blog and am always excited when I see in my e-mail that I have one to read. Have a great day!


  4. Hi Helen, don’t worry. I know exactly where you are coming from. There is a reason why I am “recycling” old posts from my other blogs mainly at this point in time. On the one hand, I find it interesting to go on a journey into my past but I mainly have not much left to give writing wise right now. Too much change, healing and stress at work. But sometimes it is necessary to let go of features we love and set priorities. But I feel this “letting go” is painful and hard at times. You will find the right balance because sometimes less is more :-). Take good care of yourself!

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