Thursday, November 01, 2007

Taking a short break

Aside from the usual features (Transmundanity, the comic), I don't think I am going to be posting much for a few days.

I'm really starting to run on fumes, and I don't think I've been producing my best work for a while now, so I really need to take a few days off. I don't know how some of you manage to write so much every day, I really don't.

Hopefully, I will have some new ideas by Monday, but I am not making any promises.


The Foo said...

i've been kind of feeling the same lately. being bombarded with work and me being on twitter and jaiku hasn't helped either. funny thing is there are a number of personal blogs i read daily that hasn't been updated in a while. maybe it's catching up to everyone at the same time.

like you, i can't see how some people write multiple posts a day on multiple blogs. one blog is enough for me.

AG said...

Make that three. I had, in theory, two weeks off back in September, but it wasn't enough -- every day I look at the Typepad post and the 70-odd tabs I've got open and all the other crap that in theory I *could* be writing about, and there's just nothing I need to say.

And what The Foo said about Twitter, by the way. Something about that service seems to have drained me of the will to even string two sentences together. I suspect blogging is something we do to the detriment of long-form writing; maybe Twitter is the same for blog writing.

Good luck. Hope the time away takes you where you want to go.

MC said...

The Foo: The malaise hit a lot of my fellow pop culture bloggers this summer. It wasn't people taking summer vacation... it was as if collectively they all needed a break, and only a few of them have gotten back into the same groove they once had.

AG: You put out such a stunning amount of content most days though. I mean, I know you are a professional writer and all, but I am still amazed by the amount of content you produce day in and day out. I am smart enough not to try to compare myself or perform at that same level, because I really don't have it in me. I am a slow producer and I know it. It just seemed like as of late, it was taking me so much longer to write an entry.

I mean, I think this is classic blogger burnout... the word "chore" comes to mind. But I've been having a hard time letting go, because blogging is something that has sort of become regimented with me, it really has. It is just something I do every day, and I am nothing if I am not semi-structured.

I do agree that Twitter does have a detrimental effect on some bloggers, though I do hear there is a wordpress plugin to turn a days worth of Twitterings into blog entries.

Holy crap... I can still write... I just can't blog... man, I got some issues to deal with.

Semaj said...

Hey, i understand. I feel that way sometimes too. I've taken a break before and it did help me out too.

Anyway, looking forward to reading more of your stuff, MC

Mr. Fabulous said...

That's the nice thing about being insane. I can always pull something out of my fevered brain. Or my ass. Or my neighbor's ass. He get's pissed if I do it too much though.

I have a much harder time coming up with ideas for Directives, because I often have to do multiple posts a day.

Hang in there. You'll get it back!

MC said...

Semaj: Thanks for the support.

Fab: I've already found that I am coming up with better analogies, so I may get some of the mojo back.

Jeremy Barker said...

MC, take the time you need - the blog and your readers will be there when you return. When I took off I thought it would be for a couple of weeks and it turned into the summer. Now that I'm back it doesn't feel like a chore, but I am writing less. It's better to take a break than end up resenting your creation.

MC said...

My Break may be a little longer than the weekend, but I think when I do return, I will be a lot fresher.

Micgar said...

Our blogs are different in that you actually write "stuff." I don't know how you (and my other blog-mates) do it every day so successfully. My stuff is just descriptions of clips and the comics mostly and that's difficult for me to do every week.
Well, hope the break brings you back feeling better.

MC said...

You sort of get into a rhythm really... it makes it easier to do it every day when you are doing it ever day... but it sometimes takes a toll.

Chris said...

Hey, I aspire to run on fumes!

MC said...

Perhaps you shall one day, perhaps you shall.