Recent events on my blog and in my life are making me have a huge re-think at the moment. My widely-shared blog post on education had a big impact on me (I should really write a ‘five things I learned when my blog went viral’ post about, it like a proper blogger would), as did my experience of the kids strike and of running a campaign. Then my week off social media and blogging kind of hammered a few points home. Oh, and that book I read about happiness came along at exactly the right moment to make me pause and reflect too.
So, right now I’m certain I need to make some changes. Blogging, with it’s associated social media, linkies (including my own!) reading and commenting is taking up so much of my time and focus. I want to be an author but I haven’t written anything other than blog posts in weeks. I want to get published but I STILL haven’t got round to sending my manuscripts to the next batch of agents on my list, or got any further with my self-publishing plan for my limericks. I want to learn to illustrate but I’m not giving my course nearly enough attention. And, oh yeah, I want to be a good parent but I often feel I’m juggling so much I can’t focus.
I need more time – more hours in the day, but since ‘becoming ruler of the universe and changing the laws of physics or the way that the world is run’ isn’t really an achievable aim, I’m going to have to settle for cutting something out of my schedule. Or at least hacking my commitments back so I feel less like I’m wading through undergrowth and more like I’m wandering a rugged trail.
Blogging is clearly going to have to take some sort of hit – but how much of one? What do I need to lose? How much can I keep? At the moment I’m holding my scythe and wondering where to swing it…