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I’m Not Stressing

Posted by Katie L. Carroll on November 17, 2011 in Anecdote, Writing |

I will never apologize to you, dear readers, for going long stretches of time without writing on my blog. It’s not that I don’t appreciate you…I cherish each and every one of you (really, it’s not that hard to send out a little love to five or so people!).

It’s just that when I started this blog I did it for fun. I wanted to have a place to exercise my personal literary voice and my opinions and thoughts. I said to myself, “I’m not going to stress about this whole blog thing. If I feel like posting, I will, but if I don’t feel like it or don’t have the time, so be it; I won’t stress about it.”

So when I see day after day that I haven’t posted anything since October 29th (and it was a short post about the weather of all things…with a picture that filled most of the space), I keep telling myself, “Don’t worry about it.” I’ve got plenty of good excuses as to why I haven’t posted (I just had a baby a couple of months ago!).

Still, I hate seeing that same posting every time I click on my blog page to read all those other blogs that are listed on my sidebar. It makes me feel like such a slacker. It reminds me off all those journals I started as a kid and teenager and fell short on. I would write furiously in them for a few days in a row, then a week would go by, maybe a month, maybe even years before I would write again. And still, to this day, there are more blank pages than full ones in each one of those books.

And then it spirals into a reminder of all the things I haven’t done in life, of all my shortcomings and failures. The dirty laundry in the hamper, the maternity clothes that haven’t been packed away, that manuscript that needs to be revised, that e-mail I haven’t responded to. It’s enough to drive any sane person (and I’m not claiming to be entirely sane!) mad.

Now, though, I can breathe easy for another few days because there’s a shiny, new post on my blog.

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6 Comments

  • Anonymous says:

    you are not fooling me…that husband of yours would never leave dirty laundry in the hamper long enough for you to stress over!

  • Mirka Breen says:

    Oh, dear, oh dear, OH DEAR… {{{Hug}}}
    You just had a baby two months ago, and you feel like you are slacking about blog-posting?
    Come over here— {hug} again.

  • Procyon Lotor says:

    A post about posting – very meta, Ma'am!

    I'm much amused to see that you sometimes consider yourself a slacker, since you seemed like quite the opposite when I met you. Playing multiple soccer leagues at the same time, writing books, etc.

    Oh, and not having gotten to things like packing clothes and responding to e-mail isn't in the category of "shortcomings and failures" – it's called life!

  • Kelly Hashway says:

    No reason to stress over your blog. We all know you had a baby recently. It's natural and totally understandable that you aren't posting regularly. Give yourself a break. No one will hold this against you. I hope you and your little man are doing well. 🙂

  • Katie L. Carroll (KT) says:

    You guys (and ladies!) are the best! And you're all right…the hubby won't let the laundry pile up too high (even if it's all mine!) and I shouldn't worry about being a slacker. Honestly, it helps just to vent about it a little. Thanks!

  • inluvwithwords says:

    Whenever that song comes on the radio, it seems to be appropriately timed to talk me down from one ledge or another.

    I think we all stress (at least a little) over our blogs. They are one more obligation, after all.

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