I survived the Week Away From Home…or, in this case, the Home Office. My son and I returned to Nashville on Friday evening. I had a great time with my family, but they’re moving to a new house, and it was time for us to leave and let them get their stuff packed. So, today, I’m back at work in my cluttered little nook, with a big tumbler of cold Diet Coke in front of me.
What I’m working on today: putting together some news briefs for a health care website, doing research for an article for the same website, and making some calls and sending out emails to set up interviews for future articles for the website. Later this week, I need to send out some new queries to other publications; I had made it a goal to send out at least one each week, but the last few weeks have been rather hectic, so that goal temp0rarily fell by the wayside. I also need to work on some research for an article that I’m writing for a magazine for a university here in town. I have an interview set up next Monday with the subjects for that article, which I’ll be writing next week, too. And I’ll be blogging, of course.
So that’s the rote summary of my work life right now. In other news, did anyone see the article “Blogs Falling in an Empty Forest” in yesterday’s New York Times? The article by Douglas Quenqua discussed a growing phenomenon: bloggers tend to launch new blogs with a burst of enthusiasm, then slowly get bored or discouraged, and then abandon them.
In fact, check out this paragraph: “According to a 2008 survey by Technorati, which runs a search engine for blogs, only 7.4 million out of the 133 million blogs the company tracks had been updated in the past 120 days. That translates to 95 percent of blogs being essentially abandoned, left to lie fallow on the Web, where they become public remnants of a dream — or at least an ambition — unfulfilled.”
Know what that means? It means I’m part of the elite 5 percent of bloggers who actually maintain and update their blogs on a regular basis! I’ve kept this blog regularly updated since November, and I’ve updated my family blog (Three Peas in a Pod, if you’re curious) for more than three years now. Woohoo! I’m going to stop apologizing every time I have a hectic freelance week or a sick kid and let four or five or six days slip by between posts. I’m still doing better than the vast majority of bloggers.
I remember worrying, though, when I started my family blog that I would never have enough to write about to update it more than once a week. And yet, I’ve managed to update it three or four days per week during many weeks, and average at least twice a week. I try to update this blog two or three times per week, and I’ve been successful at doing that most weeks, too. Sometimes you just have to sit down and write. Even if you don’t know exactly what you’re going to write when you sit down to do it. It’s still good practice, and you might even get something good out of it. Maybe not today for me, but somedays.