Tuesday, March 2, 2010

Mastering The Art Of Recalibration

Sometimes we get so busy doing the multiple things that keeps our inner beings properly functioning, that we often don't see when our inner being is throwing out bad jujus to let us know that something is seriously out of whack.

That's when Fearless Leader steps in to say, "Time now, for a little recalibration."

It's only after when Fearless Leader utters that fearsome word do we realize that the tether, formerly slack, has now gone taut and has yanked us backwards some two hundred feet, dragging us through the muck, the dreck, the filth and the ooze that our inner being is now hemorrhaging.

You look up into the eyes of Fearless Leader, and you hear him say, "Listen you, why have you been ignoring the warning signs. Didn't your inner being tell you something was seriously wrong?"

"Ummm...I don't know?"

"You don't know. Tell me, out of all things that you've been doing on a daily basis, what has been the one thing that you been having a problem with in doing?"

You furrow your brow for a minute as tiny rivulets of sweat begin to drip down the side of your forehead. Suddenly, a light bulb goes supernova and smoke pours out your ears as you finally understand what your inner being has been trying to pound through that thick skull of yours.

"Yes, that's right, laughing boy. So, don't you think it's time to take a step back and let that rubber band unwind just enough to relieve the pressure that's been building up for the past month or so?"

You take a deep breath, hold it for a few seconds, and then you reluctantly drop your head in shame.

"Glad to hear that we're in total agreement on this issue. So, my prescription to you is this: Take some time off to recalibrate. I don't want to see you back here no earlier than March 4th. That means a complete break. No surfing the blogs, no commenting on other blogs, and no moderating the comments left on your blog. Trust me, your friends will understand."
My good friends and good readers.

I originally wrote this post as a prelude to taking a short vacation due to blogger burnout, physical burnout, mental burnout and just plain ordinary all purpose garden variety burnout.

However, after finally coming up with one last original post to close out the month of February (and believe you me, it was like the molar extraction I had done some three weeks ago, it was just that painful), I revisited the idea of taking a short vacation from the Cyber World.

After doing some contemplative soul searching, I decided for the time being, to cut down from posting every other day, to just posting three days a week: Monday, Wednesday and Friday. I will finish out the week by making two final posts on Thursday and Friday, then take a long weekend siesta before starting on the new schedule March 8th.

I figure with the reduced posting schedule, it will reduce the current blogging burnout I'm going through, and quite possibly brighten my mood, my attitude, and motivate me enough to stop lurking on your wonderful blogs and to start commenting on your wonderful blogs.

Eventually, I will get back to normal sinus rhythm, but for now, this is something that I really need to do.

Thanks for understanding, thanks for visiting both Cedar's Mountain for the past 21 months and Flashing Georgie's Shorts over the past 12 months, and thanks for simply being you.


  1. I've been there. I do find that it comes back, although one's relationship with the blogging world changes over time and that is inevitable. I've definitely cut back quite a bit on my blogging.

  2. That sounds like a good plan. I used to post every day and then cut back to Monday - Friday. My biggest problem is coming up with a good photo.

    I hope this schedule rejuvenates you and that things will be back to rhythm again soon.

  3. Sounds like a good plan, G. Blogging should be a fun experience and when it starts to feel like work, it's definitely time to take a break.

    I hope you truly do get to refresh your mind, body and spirit...and just think - Spring is just around the corner.

  4. You deserve a break (or at least a less rigorous schedule).

  5. Georgie you do what you gotta do but KNOW that you will be missed.

  6. Wait a minute. I took my internet break last month.

  7. Charles: I'm just finding that the creative well is running a bit dry, so I figure that I cut down to two original posts plus the story post, it should help prime the pump.

    Lynn: It should, and to tell you the truth, I still feel a little guilty in cutting down like this. I never like to disappoint my friends and readers, but sometimes, you just got to recalibrate and decompress.

    Talon: Good point about spring being around the corner. I've never suffered though that seasonal stuff, but this has been an especially tough winter season for me.

    Mama Z: Thanks. It's funny, but except for when I went on vacation in August '08, I've been running full blast on my current schedule for my entire blog existence.

    Bea: I'm not going anywhere. I'm just tapering off a little bit, so as to catch my breath. I'll still be posting, but this will also let me catch up on everyone's blogs and comment more frequently as well. You'll still the full dose of G, just in concentrated quantities.

    And thanks.

    Bearman: I'm incapable of taking a complete internet break unless I'm on vacation. Out of state. With no computers.

    This is the best I can come up with right now: two original posts plus the lead in to my story blog every week.

  8. Take a well deserved break! We'll be here for you when you return. I love coming by to visit this mountain!

  9. Like any other kind of art, you've got to do it just when the mood strikes you. I don't believe a writer has to write every day.

    BTW, when I saw the title of the post out of the corner of my eye, I swear I thought it said something about masturbation, so I'm either a pervert or more tired than I thought :)

  10. Kelly: I'll stil be here, as I'm just dropping down to three times a week. You can't get rid of me that easy anymore. :D

    R.K.: That is so true. When the mood hits, you have to strike when you can. Fortunately I'm having no problems with a particular story I started, and who knows, it may help me jump start the other novel I got sitting next to me.

    And yes young lady, you are tired.

    I wish my blog was as popular as Seinfield. :D

  11. I think we all need a break sometimes. I just go with the flow. Post when I have something to say, and leave it a few days when I haven't. I've been on blogs where people have disappeared for weeks and yet they still seem to get their followers back when they return. I think the only blogs that I've seen die, are those that rarely post, all the time. That's when people lose interest.

    Because I have a wonderful set of followers that do comment I like to give them a break too, that's why I don't post everyday, just so they don't feel "God Joey's written another damn post I've got to comment on now!" :D

    Enjoy the break and we'll be here when you get back. :)

  12. Thanks.

    I don't think it'll be so much as a vacation (lord knows I could use one again), but more like simply scaling back.

    It's tough having to come up with fresh content, and I usually loathe the idea of re-posting stuff from days gone by.

    I've been able to weather previous bouts of the well running dry (having a calendar month's worth of posts pre-written by hand last year helped me get through the summer months relatively unscathed during those dry bouts), but this time, it's just simply not there.

    I figure cutting down is the lesser of the two evils right now, because I simply don't want to disappoint everyone by taking an extended break.

    A bad character flaw I guess, but I guess its the end result of really enjoying what I do.

    Anyways, I'm hoping for this to be just a temporary thing, and once things start to get back to some semblance of abnormalcy, I should be back to proper sinus rhythm.

  13. btw- I love the first part of this post- because I hate the side-chain train track I ride to just get one thing done sometimes!

    You just do whatever you want here- I don't know why you wrack your self trying to keepup with the imposed scheduling- I find I post more when I plan not to! An odd side-effect of saying I won't...

  14. Snaggle: Thanks.

    I'm usually pretty good at writing stuff that pokes fun at me.

    It's kind of weird but its a quirk that I have. If I have certain things that have to be/want to be done set up on schedule, it's makes my life go just a little bit smoother.

    Believe it or not, this is actually the second time I've adjusted my posting schedule.

    From May until September '08, I was posting twice a day every other day. That's 6 to 8 posts a week, so adjusting this again to a lighter schedule won't be that difficult.

    For the moment, I'm finding that its letting me outline with a greater attention to detail than previously.

    Which is good, because you know how verbose I can become if I'm not careful.


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