…when you’re making other plans.
That’s the way things work according, I believe, to John Lennon. I have to say that that’s how it felt a week or so back when I realised I hadn’t blogged for about 5 months. Looking back over the period between Christmas 2010 and now, I’m not surprised that I haven’t blogged – it’s been a Hell of a few months for me and mine, and we’re still hacking our way through them.
I’ve noticed a similar fall off in tweets and Facebook usage. I guess that this is where I say something that will mark me out as a dilettante amongst online comentators, a wall-flower amongst social networkers, a poseur amongst the digerati:
My offline life was too intense to allow me to be arsed to blog.
There, I said it. I just didn’t feel like blogging. And is that such a bad thing? When I was a kid, I must have promised myself year after year at Christmas that I would keep a diary. The longest I managed it was probably until the 6th or 7th of January – after that entries slowed down to the rate of one every few days, then every few weeks, then stopped dead. In later life I have managed to keep a ‘professional diary’, mainly for the purposes of billing and getting me to meetings, but very little, if any, personal stuff goes in there. I manage better with blogging, but it falls apart when my offline life gets ‘interesting’.
I guess I’m just not capable of blogging when there’s stuff happening in my day to day life. I’m the same with creative writing – I’ve never been a great believer in the nonsense that gets written about artists starving in garrets and being incredibly productive. What might happen is that hard times may create inspiration for creative thought, but it’s a rare talent (and one that I certainly don’t have) that can write or blog when hungry, cold, skint and anxious.
I’m sure that some of the events of the last 6 months will show up here sooner or later – but for now I’ll just do my best to write something occasionally.