I have a shameful secret: as I type this there are are 847 unread blog posts in my feed reader. That’s a really, really big number. The reality is that I will not get around to reading all of those posts. I have not been consistently clearing out my feed reader for months, a fact that wounds my soul. I really like reading other blogs. I really value the blogging community, and my connection to it. I want to be in the loop on what my friends are up to and what everyone’s talking about.
So why haven’t I been visiting other people’s blogs all that often? I simply haven’t had enough time. It sounds a touch whiny, but the past few months have been very busy for me. I lost my childcare very suddenly. I started a new job. I got Jacob started in a new daycare. I attended a conference and wrote the Crafting my Life e-book. Since I can’t make more hours in the day, I’ve had to let things go. My carpets desperately need vacuuming, my garden really needs weeding, and I haven’t been reading other people’s blogs.
My Unread Post Count Taunts Me
In the past few months, I’ve tried sifting through my feed reader every now and then when I had a few free minutes. My meager efforts were never enough to make a serious dent in my unread post count, so the number continued to climb higher and higher and higher. It taunted me, until I felt so guilty just seeing it that I stopped opening my feed reader altogether. I couldn’t handle the angst.
As I explained on Tuesday, things have changed for me. For the first time in years I have reliable and consistent time to myself. This means that (hopefully) I will be able to get the lion’s share of my work done during the three days a week that both of my kids are at school. My other time will be left open to do more of the things that I like to do, rather than the things that I urgently have to do, or face dire consequences. I’d like to start a new knitting project, and maybe sew a dress for Hannah. I also plan to return to my blog-reading ways.
Help me Catch Up
While I am excited about catching up with all of my friends, I can’t reasonably tackle that unread post count. It’s setting me up for failure before I even begin. I need to bring a little bit of space into my blog-reading and give myself a clean start. I have decided to take drastic measures, and click the “Mark all as read” button. Berating myself over the total hasn’t gotten me anywhere, and neither has hiding from it. It’s time now to acknowledge reality, and cut myself some slack.
I hope that once I don’t have that number taunting me anymore, I will be able to actually enjoy visiting your blogs, and hearing what you’re doing now. The metaphorical weight will be lifted from my shoulders. I’m looking forward to it!
In the meantime, I hope you will fill me in on what’s new. Whether you blog or not, tell me what you’ve been up to these past few months. If you do blog, leave me a link to one or two of your favourite recent posts. Help me out, so that your news doesn’t get lost when I click “Mark all as read”. I’d really love to hear from you!