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Miscellaneous thoughts and ramblings
Tuesday, October 09, 2007
Why I stopped blogging
Seems indulgent to blog about why I'm not blogging anymore. But I got tagged by the PT, and I've always wanted to be tagged (is that sad?), so here goes.

10. The Jewish Holidays.

Well, not really. I slowed down to a crawl and eventually stopped way before that. See that picture of fireworks on the side there? That's from July 4. 1987. The point is the holidays had nothing to do with it.

9. Losing my job.

I was actually on the job for several months, lame-ducking it while I helped train my replacements (I hate myself). So you'd think I'd have lots of time to blog, and maybe I did, but I don't remember, and I'm too lazy to check my archives. From what I recall, I spent most of my online time at useless job listing sites and useless company job listing pages.

8. Contracting.

When my real job finally disappeared for real, I got an hourly job. I felt weird billing for time spent blogging, and since I wanted to get home at a reasonable hour, I did not blog. At least, not that I recall. Again, lazy.

7. Getting a new job.

Got a new job. Lots to learn, lots to do, no time to blog.

6. Facebook.

Not really. I did accept an invitation to join, and have connected with some childhood friends and/or acquaintances, but there's no way I'm getting stuck in this time-sink. I think this is where I officially let the kids take over and I start wearing plaid shorts with black knee-high socks.

5. TV

Well, sorta. My wife and I were addicted to 24 and burned through the first 5 seasons (6 isn't out on DVD yet, and I hear it was awful anyway). Then we turned to Ugly Betty - pretty good show, actually. And I'm really into the Office (US version), which I hadn't seen much of before. Just starting season 3. I tried to get into Heroes - I really wanted to like it, and it started getting interesting around episode 6 or so, but I couldn't bring myself to continue. Part of it was that Mrs. R was totally not into it, and I don't get too much TV time on my own.

4. Learning

Laughable. My learning has really dropped off (related to item 5?), but I try to get a few minutes in every day.

3. Exercise.

Laughable as well. Bought a dirt-cheap clearance sale floor model elliptical, and used it a couple of times. But I'm trying. And at least I get to watch TV on my own while I'm using it.

2. Writing

Any spare time is devoted to writing - a little for pay (copy writing for a tech company's website & email newsletters), a little for no pay and no audience (screenplay, sitcom spec, etc.). I've done embarrassingly little of the creative writing since I started the contract job. Thought I'd have a lot more time once the full-time job started but I don't. Or maybe I do, and I just don't write anyway.

1. Family

A. Trying to spend more time with the wife & kids, you know, like, when I'm at home.
B. Baby doesn't sleep well, and when she sleeps all night, "all night" ends around 5, 5:30 AM. So I'm a pretty tired dude.

But all that's just excuses. The real reason is I'm just not that into it anymore. I prefer to leave witty and/or pithy comments on others' blogs. And it's not like anyone's reading this anymore, anyway. Blog fatigue deals the fatal blow.
Well this is pretty damned depressing.
The creative writing -- screenplay, sitcom spec -- drew my attention. Does that Hollywood bug bite most residents? In any case, I have high hopes for you in that area: you're witty and you probably have a little to say about a lot...or a lot to say about a little. Perfect for a screenplay.

Because you haven't been showing up 'round this coffeehouse in a dog's age, I wasn't able to wish you a happy and healthy New Year. Hope the coming year is a better one,and a stable one, work-wise.
PT - what'd you expect?

Pearl - thanks for the kind words. I've always had a bit of that bug, but always been too lazy to do anything about it. Sigh.

As for work... I like to think that I'm in between layoffs at the moment...
seems that many of us have dropped off...but some of us still lurk around :)
Oy. Perhaps I should add you to my "m'varech hashanim" list. Good luck with the job hunt.

Hope you'll drop by the J-blogosphere every now and then.
Just to clarify: I have a job at the moment, baruch Hashem. I am between layoffs.

Thanks for the concern, however. Always nice to be wished a blessed year!
employment in this day and age is transient at best. There are no 25 year crappy watches in most jobs.

that being said, you've lost your fire for blogging. Most of us have. You've no need for a list of reasons! Just seeing a post once in a while makes most people smile.

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