Saturday, January 27, 2007

Non-sense



Yesterday’s post didn’t make a whole lot of sense to some people.

Sadly, it made perfect sense to me. When I wrote it.

I made light of the matter with reference to my daily Ecstasy tab. I did not and do not indulge but drug usage seemed an excellent way to excuse and/or explain my disjointed and incomprehensible blather. (Two authors, weddings, fashion, motherhood — where was I going? Did I have a point?)

(My sincere thanks to those who left comments on my blog yesterday. True blog buddies do that sort of thing even when they don’t know what the hell you’re talking about.)

The truth is I may be suffering from blog-burn-out.

With the exception of a few days off, I’ve been going full tilt since I started. (How do others do this??)

Smile and the world smiles with you is an excellent approach to life. Blogging encourages this. But sometimes — just sometimes — the smile becomes a tad forced.

Reality beckons. Perhaps some mental health days are in order. (You can run but you cannot hide. And I think I’ve been running on empty for awhile.)

Ladies and Gentlemen: Beth Stewart is on hiatus.

20 comments:

Beth said...

Everyone needs a mental health day every once ina while, so enjoy it!!! You'll come back all refreshed and probably 20 pounds lighter....gee, maybe I should try it too! ;)

Trish said...

A break is a good thing.
See you when you get back!

older but not wiser said...

Hey there - wise idea. Take some time for yourself. As we both know, sad things can happen suddenly and we should stop our little world/duties/jobs and think of ourselves.
I can say this unselfishly because I have the phone! Your blogmates will wait for you.

oreneta said...

I didn't find it all that lost...Sorry your burned out though, see you when your ready to come back. I have a draft with ideas I haven't gotten to, but my blog isn't so old yet...

Enjoy your break, looking forward to your return.

Nomad said...

HI Beth,
I COMPLETELY relate to you...It is very nice to know that when you feel you want to communicate with "friends" we can just switch on the laptop and well..there we all are. (a little seductive no?) I know I have been spending WAY too much time online...)I have also been feelng pressure write every day...to make sure everyone keeps coming back and pushing the bar (so to speak)...but at the end of the day it is nice to remeber why we are online and I guess for everyone it is a different reason. Do we need to post and read everyone very day? I would rather write or post when I feel I actually have something viable to say...I think it is really good to take a break too...Hope it is a good one!!!

Beth said...

beth: For sure I'll be back. Refreshed? Hopefully. Twenty lbs. lighter? Uh-uh.

trish: And I will be back...

older but not wiser: Coping is an art, right? (oh, wise one...)

oreneta: It's not for lack of ideas - other matters beckon. Won't be gone long.

nomad: Yes, yes, yes, yes - and thanks.

Attila The Mom said...

You know that as soon as you take a break, blogfodder is going to rear up and pinch you on the heinie!

Can't wait to see you when you're back!

xoxoxo

Beth said...

attila: Blogfodder is always "pinching my heinie" - I'm just sitting on it for now!
(thanks)

Dorky Dad said...

Everybody needs a break. I wish you luck. And we'll be here when you get back.

This blogging thing can be a lot of work sometimes.

Beth said...

dorky dad: Thanks for checking in - comment very much appreciated.
I'll be back soon - for sure.

DJ Cayenne said...

We'll miss you, but I'll be checking regularly for your triumphant return.

I'm sure that you do some of these things yourself already, but here are a few things that I do to keep from burning out (of course there are those days where I just "mail it in").

I have some help, not much, but a little goes a long way when you don't feel like writing. When I am in a writing mood, I'll write several posts at once and save the extras for a rainy day. It's a huge help. I've got Google Reader set up to dump fresh and interesting content into my lap. There's always something interesting out there that desperately needs me to weigh in on it. I also e-mail myself with ideas for the down times.

Come back soon.

Beth said...

dj: Thanks, blog pal.
And no question about it, we do need you weighing in on matters of the world and books!

bec said...

I've read other posts about the "pressure" of blogging, and then I ask myself - why do we do this to ourselves? Blogging is supposed to fun (for me anyway... for others it's therapy) but whatever the reason, it should be enjoyable.

A friend of mine recently tried stand-up comic. It was a lifelong dream for him. He quit (after landing some pretty good gigs) when it stopped being fun and just became a chore/something he dreaded. Just thought I'd share that little story.

I guess I just never want blogging to FEEL like that... even though it sometimes does.

Beth said...

bec: Thanks for sharing. You know, I think my hiatus post was misleading. I should never have used the term "burn-out." It's not that I ran out of ideas for the blog or felt horrible pressure to keep at it. I was just at a point where I was neglecting and/or not dealing with other "stuff" in my life. (Crappy stuff.) Balance is key. A few days off and I'm getting there...

ragdoll said...

Yay! Rest and relaxation, for the body and for the mind. Enjoy a nice cup of tea for me.

Beth said...

ragdoll: Ah, yes, and that would be lemon ginger herbal tea, some reading and some thinking....
All good.
(thanks)

Nomad said...

*Blush* *Blush* and one more *Blush*!!!

Ok two spelling errors and one grammatical floob in one comment (even!!) must be some sort of record!!

Just to prove I can spell correctly (sort of)

feel"I"ng
pressure "TO"
reme"M"ber

(impressed you would still even venture near my blog...)

Hope you have caught up are and rejuvenated!!

Beth said...

nomad: It's the thought that counts! What are a few typos between friends? We all do it.

And I love your blog - it is impeccably (sp.?) written...

Nomad said...

Beth you are SO sweet.

:-)

Beth said...

nomad: Aw, shucks. Thank you, ma'am.

;-)