Whenever I think about how long it’s been since my last blog post, the lyrics from America’s Sister Golden Hair run through my mind. I know I’m dating myself.
“I’ve been one poor correspondent
and I’ve been too too hard to find
but it doesn’t mean
you ain’t been on my mind”
I guess, in my mind, that makes all of you Sister Goldenhair. I can think of worse things. Green hair, for one. No one likes green hair.
I got a new job last summer. I’m happy to say that I now have a very short commute which affords more time for personal interests like staying in touch with all of you. I’ve been meaning to tell you about it. Like, last Sunday but I got so damned depressed. And then I set my site on Monday but….just kidding. I think, sometimes, when I’ve been away for a long time, that first blog post back is like a hump I have to get over. I run different ideas through my head…different takes on the same theme, which is where I’ve been, what I’ve been up to, why I haven’t written. I start with apologies, move on to explanations, decide denial might be the way to go, and then decide to put it off altogether until I have something of importance to tell you.
Here’s the thing. My life, knock on wood, has been like that Monty Python skit where a man was walking down the road one day when, suddenly, nothing happened. And I like it that way. I consider myself lucky. And I hope things stay that way.
But it doesn’t really make for very interesting blogging material, does it? A few years back I had a run of blogging almost every day. I’m not sure how long it lasted. More than a month, less than a year, I’d say. When I go back and read old posts I enjoy the ones I wrote during that timeframe most. I think the practice of writing regularly helped with the generation of ideas. Do you find that? Is it harder to come up with something when the habit is sporadic than when it’s regular? Have I just been stuck in a three year cycle of writer’s block? Maybe I just need to get that first post over with and accept it won’t be that good or amusing or insightful. It will just be.
Maybe there will be another post tomorrow and maybe it will be better.
I sure hope so.