What I did on my summer vacation from blogging

A few months ago, I proclaimed on here that I had several terrific new ideas for the blog that would be fun and exciting.

After that, I wrote a few posts and then didn’t write anything for more than two months. As it turns out, my great idea was to just have a blank blog.

I call it “virtual blogging.”

The good news is that I had very few typos over the last few months. The bad news is that I likely lost most of my readers, and I missed the fun of writing these posts.

I also missed out on reading other people’s blogs, having conversations with a few of you and marveling at the great content I read from so many people.

So now, I’m hoping to get back to writing regularly (or at least consistently, I don’t know if my writing is every regular).

Before I do, though, I thought I should report on what I have been doing on my summer vacation from blogging. So here are a few items that have kept me occupied over the last two months.

I stayed busy with my new job – I love the job, as the people are great and I enjoy the work. It’s kept me busy, though, and it has taken away from the time I used to have available to focus on important thoughts such as the Top 5 Rectangles. With that in mind, I’m not going to make unreasonable goals for how many posts I can write in a month or how many readers I can drum up, I’m just going to see what I can come up with and be happy with that.

Family life has been busy – We had one child move to Florida for college, another bought a house and everyone has been involved in new and exciting adventures. While I prefer life to focus around me, it has been fun seeing everything the kids are doing and having it take up more of my time. I did get to travel to Florida, too, which was awesome except for the 18 hours or so of driving.

My hands are still clenched from driving so long – It’s hard to type now.

I’ve been obsessing over exercising – I turn 50 later this year, so I have had a whole self-improvement plan that I have been spending way too much time thinking about in 2019, especially the last few months. The “Hawaii 5-0” plan is actually going fairly well (except for the part about becoming a better writer and becoming rich and famous), but it has been taking up more of my time. I only have a few more months to finish, though, so I better go run around the block again!

I couldn’t think of anything to write – Ok, I will admit I sat down a few times and all of my ideas were terrible. Usually, I just go with terrible ideas and see what happens, but these didn’t go anywhere. Top 5 Circles, what was I thinking?  I don’t even know if I can come up with five different types of circles!

We had the longest city rec softball season ever – We play on Tuesday and Thursday evenings in the summer, and at least once a week we would get rained out after we were down at the ballfields getting ready to play. So, the season kept getting extended with makeup games, and it ate into some writing time. Modesty (and honesty) will keep me from telling you that I was the most valuable player most nights (for the other team), but I can say it was a lot of fun.

I had some good ideas, but didn’t write them down in time and then couldn’t remember what they were – I hate that. The other day, for instance, I was sure I had a great blog idea while I was in bed. Now, I’m not sure if it was a dream or not, and it could have been a terrible idea, but I wish I could remember what it was.

I had to cut the grass – Seriously, what is the deal with all of the rain this year? The grass had to be cut constantly! Shouldn’t I be inside staring at the computer and eating Chex Mix instead of cutting the grass? Why is life so unfair?

At the end of the summer, I finally decided to make myself write again – The end.

14 thoughts on “What I did on my summer vacation from blogging

  1. Welcome back! It is good to read your musings once again.

    I turn 55 in 10 days, so I’ve been on a health thing since March – the “lose it now or be forever chubby” campaign. I recall that controlling weight and exercising more was a lot easier at 50. At any rate, I’ve done what I set out to do. My worst nightmare is that one piece of birthday cake will make me blow up like a balloon and it wall have been in vain. Happy soon to be 50 to you!

    Have you considered that your inability to remember your good ideas is all tied up with this aging thing? I’m SURE that’s not it, because 50 is so young. Now, I’m off to try to think of the things I need to do today that I thought of earlier but have since forgotten. Seems 55 is NOT so young.

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    1. Thanks! It is good to be back. Now I just need to make sure I keep writing. I know what you mean about the cake, but make sure you enjoy it and the birthday. And that is a good point about the aging contributing to the forgetting. I will have to think about that, as long as I remember to.
      Thanks again, and Happy Birthday!


  2. Hello Nick, welcome back into the fold of blogging without a clue what you’re doing or why you are doing it except it’s quite fun. Unless you can’t think of anything to blog about that is.

    I was 50 some time ago. I’ve also been 51 before as well. There wasn’t that much difference between them, to be honest, so I’m not expecting the upcoming 52 to be too much different either. Although I didn’t really notice what had changed between when I was 18 until 50 much, until it had passed by in about ten minutes, so I’m not a great authority on these things.

    There. A pointless contribution as usual.

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    1. Thanks Bryntin! I will keep going without knowing where I am going! That is good to hear about 50 and 51. I hope you will report back on 52 when you have the opportunity.
      Thanks for the contribution, too! I am always glad to see it.


  3. Welcome back, I was missing your musings. Hope you used your time wisely, is using time even wise? I am trying to write more often also. Is quantity more important than quality, can I do both or even just one? There are times I start one blog subject and it morphs into another, do I break them up into two different ones or just one really long rambling one? Will anyone even notice? I have had questions that you need to delve into, so glad you are back.

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    1. Thanks! I believe that using time is wise, as long as you take your time while doing so. I’m glad you are trying to write more, too. I always enjoy reading what Park has to say.
      I agree about blog subjects morphing into other subjects, and I don’t know what the answer is. I guess go with it if you like it, and break it up into two posts if you think it is too long (or you just want to save the idea for a second post).
      Thanks again!

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  4. Welcome back!!
    I missed your posts.

    I also need to immediately write things down whenever I have an idea about something to write or even something I need to get from the supermarket. If I don’t write it down right then and there it will be gone. Vanished into thin air. Which makes sense as I don’t think the specific gravity of thoughts is particularly great…

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