Taking a break…

I had the pleasure of attending my brother’s wedding at the weekend, and managed to go completely offline for (most of) two days. I returned to a mind-blowing 400 emails, mostly blog notifications. Even if I read and dealt with each one in a minute, that amounts to 10% of ALL my time over the weekend, waking and sleeping!

I need to scale back a bit.

Actually, a lot.

There is so much that I want to do with my writing, but trying to keep up with the endless treadmill on WordPress is exhausting. There are so many talented poets, writers and bloggers that I follow… so much is inspiring, or beautiful, or heart-felt, or just plain old-fashioned funny… but it’s a distraction from my own writing, and what I need to do.

I am off to the Isle of Wight Festival this weekend, and will be completely offline from Thursday to Monday, most likely caked in mud, and merrily light-headed/unconscious (it’s a binary thing – either one or the other) from my stash of Jack Daniels, my festival buddy.

This weekend is a good catalyst for me to take a bit more of a break and re-charge the batteries.

So … drum roll… I’m going to take a full fortnight off from anything WordPress-y. This will be a HUGE challenge for me, but it needs to be done! (Can you help me out by being a bit less interesting and awesome for this fortnight? Please? 🙂 )

While I’m away, I’m going to write my Blogifesto – my promises to you – and I’ll share that with you in a couple of weeks. I’ve got a couple of other things up my sleeve that I hope you’re gonna love too…

Have a great fortnight, whatever you’re going to be doing. I hope you’ll still be here when I come back! 🙂

 

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Getting away from it all…

Picture credit: flickr.com/photos/fumigraphik/15006192406

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31 thoughts on “Taking a break…

  1. There’s quite a good dinosaur attraction in Sandown (you may want to keep that quiet in Chez Lane or a couple of small boys will want to come with you).
    Have a great break, matey. Hope you’re a happy jack when you come back.
    How are you getting there? Taking the 5:15? Or the Magic Bus? Keep away from Baba O’Reilly (I won’t get fooled again).
    I’ll get me coat…

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  2. Good for you, Al. Being as active as you are online must be pretty draining. I felt the same during the A-Z challenge and find this while blogging “commitment” a toss-up, since all the time spent on WordPress is time not spent writing articles or my book… Have a great weekend and a relaxing two weeks.

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  3. Wonderful, Al. This blog thing is so wonderful and such a time gobbler. Finding a way to make it work along with writing and having a life with family and friends is an on-going challenge. A fortnight will pass in a snap. Enjoy enjoy enjoy and don’t even think about blogging – it’s certainly will be here when you get back. 😀

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  4. Have a lovely fortnight. I have purposely limited the blogs I follow for this very reason. It’s supposed to be fun, not a chore! And it’s a very easy way to avoid “working”. So good for you, have a great break, work it out and come back refreshed.

    You could probably work out the weather pattern from my blog postings, actually. If it’s sunny, I’m not blogging!

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  5. I am SO jealous that you’re going to the Isle Of Wight Festival. Sling some mud for me when you get there. And don’t worry about me being a bit less interesting and awesome. I got that one in the bag!

    Have a fantastic time Al. We’ll all still be here when you get back. 🙂

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  6. Well, you know me, my life is dull, nothing interesting ever happens and I never have anything to write or say in a comment. 😉
    Enjoy the Isle of Wight. Loved it when I went.
    XO

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  7. I know exactly how you feel Al. That is also the reason I have had a bit of a break too, and for a while I am just drifting in and out of blogland until probably after the bash!
    Have a fabulous time, and of course, we will be here when you come back. ♥

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  8. Now I don’t have to cry because I haven’t had anyone to write silly rhymes about boats with. Bruce & I will be patiently waiting, and slicing away, for whenever you return. Have a great time! Don’t you even dare responding to this message. Here – for good measure I’ll throw in the words “scones are delicious with dark chocolate nibs” – now it’ll probably wind up in your spam folder. Enjoy that family!! 🙂

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