I miss blogging. I did it daily at one point and enjoyed the opportunity to record what my day had brought, so I am returning. I listened to the ‘Get Off the Bench’ podcast from Kerryn Vaughan interviewing Nicky Williams – https://www.kerrynvaughan.com/podcast1/nicky-williams-writing-off-self-doubt I could relate to what Nicky was saying.
Since July last year my blog has been unavailable. I have missed making a note of life as it whizzes by and it seems much longer than less than a year that I’ve stopped. I still hope to restore the 10 years of writing, yet if not – here I go again.
In my absence a lot has happened both personally and at work. I am realising the benefit of recording what happens and making the time to pause and write down the important bits.
I’ve had the chance to meet a few bloggers through working on the Connecting Women Across Gippsland Conference last year. There are some amazing local voices. I blog for personal reasons. In the beginning I wanted to learn about blogging – so it was learning by doing in action. I found it useful, so I continued.
I’m re-entering the space with an intention to write better, to apply some of the things I’ve learnt.
Tonight I had my last massage for 2007. It was lovely. This morning in the staff room, many teachers were complaining of sore backs and shoulders from long hours hunched over the computer, writing reports. I went to the chiropractor last night. Two other teachers had been there before me. I feel great, even though I had a pretty busy and demanding day.
I was chatting to the masseur tonight about the many courses I have done in my life. I love learning new things and she does too. She was commenting on how people sometimes think you are crazy to be learning all the time or doing more courses. I have usually done some kind of study at most times of my life. Even when I am not formally attending a school, I have been focused on learning some new skill or practising something new.
Blogging would be in that category. I don’t know everything there is to know about blogging, but I know enough to do it to the level I want to, with ease. I expect to learn more over time, yet at a more gradual pace now. One of my friends commented to me last night, after checking out my blog that I must put a lot of time into it. I have in the past, yet I don’t really now. I would spend around half an hour on a post usually. Occasionally I spend a couple of hours when I want to rearrange or shuffle things about, or have something I really want to write properly about.
What’s the connection between massaging, blogging and learning? Well I realised today that I do all that learning to make the things I want to do quicker and easier. Short term pain, long term gain. I think you are crazy if you don’t try to make your life easier and more effective! Learning is the fastest route I know of.