Blog posts are hard. You would think with four children ages 8 and under that I would have a constant source of amusement to share, and you’re correct. My kids are phenomenal in providing fodder to write blog posts about. Much of the problem is in getting the time to write things down consistently to create a cohesive narrative to best convey what they do. Spending 800 words to explain why having my 8 year old practice being a shark in the hot tub is as funny as it actually is doesn’t have the same impact as if I had written about his leg pain and our entire journey with the hot tub (acquisition, installation, repair, etc.) and these background facts are where they should be, in the background and not part of the main post. See last week’s blog post as an example of this.
I tend to write better blog posts when I’m writing about something, almost as if given an assignment. Last month I gave myself the task for the 30 days of song challenge, and I met that, having written something for every day. Granted, I started a couple of weeks early and didn’t actually write a blog post each day, but the point is that I had a blog post for each day created as I was writing about a specific thing.
And time is a premium. I’d much rather not write a half-hearted blog post than get other work done. There’s a lot of stuff to do to get this website going, and then there’s the normal household stuff to take care of as well. I don’t have time to sit there staring at the keyboard hoping inspiration will come, or taking 3 hours to coax a thought into a well written blog post when I could spend those 3 hours writing a couple of reviews, getting dinner made and making sure the kids don’t kill each other.
So yes, this is a lame attempt to pad out my blog post count with an even lamer apology. At least I’m aware of it. That’s got to county for something, right?