In 2011, I wrote 90 blog entries. That is up from 2010 (68 entries), 2009 (52 entries), and 2008 (35 entries). Normally, increasing productivity is a good thing. If I were a professional blogger, it would be a really good thing. But I am not a professional blogger, and there are too many other things in life to do. When I step back and think about it, I need to get my blog numbers down!
I keep finding myself at the computer late at night blogging instead of doing other things that need to be done (paying bills, sleeping) or would be restful or relaxing to do (say, watch a movie). If something interesting or funny happens with the kids and I don’t put it in the blog, I felt vaguely bad about it. That is kind of messed up. I mean, if something interesting or funny happens, that is a good thing in itself, and blogging about it should only be icing on the cake, not an extra burden.
This blog started out with the idea of tracking the kids’ big milestones and occasional anecdotes, but it has turned into something more like a twice-a-week journal of the major things going on with the kids. That is a good thing, and I actually love doing the blog. The kids are always doing something interesting, and I really like to write about it. I especially think this stuff will be interesting for us and the girls to read about in 10 years, 20 years, or hopefully longer.
But with time being so precious every day, I am going to make a conscious effort to keep the blogs fewer in number or at least shorter in length. Kit has suggested that I rely more on quick bullet points and pictures, and I like that idea. I have actually been trying to do that, but that’s not how my brain naturally wants to do it. It wants to write a story. But I think it’s time to retrain my brain, set a timer, and just whip out some quick notes here and there. And just let more things slide into the cloud of memory like everyone else.
By the way, our photo library will help fill in any blanks in our memory. I kid you not, we just topped 10,000 photos, mostly of the kids. That is another number I need to get down. Who would ever look at 10,000 photos of anything (even something as precious as our girls)? It turns out that deleting the photos takes way more time than taking the pictures, but that is a fight for another day…
See, there I go again, this is a long blog about the need to write shorter blogs. Oh, the irony! For practice, let me rework this one in the new, crisper style…
- Must cut back on the blogs
- Love the blog, but time is too precious
- Must write in shorter style, ie like this
- We have 10,000 photos of the kids, and that number will only go up