Blogging Vacation · 27 August 2022

I feel like I need a vacation from blogging.

I have written a weekly blog post for many years now. Since 2007. Yes. If you look at my website, it has posts from 2006, but I did not actually create my website until 2007. Which is all just to say that I have been writing those weekly posts for a long time. I am not sure I ever missed one. Even when I have actually been on vacation. (Not bragging. Just commenting.)

I must admit that I really do enjoy blogging. Whether anybody reads or not. I do not know why. I guess I just enjoy the routine. And maybe the thought that somebody might get something from reading my words. Just maybe. Which is part of the reason I post something each week.

Oh sure. I am also a glutton for punishment. I like to write whether anybody is reading or not. Whether I hear crickets after posting my blog for the week.

Another part of my enjoyment comes from believing that God wants me to write. I am not sure why, but I do feel it. A calling. And an admonition. Do not waste the talent. Regardless of how meager that talent is.

Which brings me back to my notion. I seem to need a vacation from blogging. I feel it every once in a while. Those are the times when I cannot feel the ideas flow. Those are the times when I feel like my writing is forced. Those are the times when I just want to not write for a day or two. Those are the days when I feel like posting that proverbial “Gone Fishing” sign.

But I never do it. I never post that sign. I just keep writing. And I keep posting. Always some words. Never that sign.

In reality, writing can be a therapy for me. I write to think. I write to release. I write to complain. I write to cry. I write to laugh. I write to mourn. I write to celebrate. And sometimes I just write to write. Those sessions can be the best. When I just write and write and write. Thousands of words come flowing without effort. Of course, those words are rarely blog posts, but sometimes they are. Sometimes I write two or three posts at a time when the words are just flowing. But those are rare occasions. Once or twice in all these years.

Which brings me back to a blogging vacation.

I do not really need a vacation from blogging. I just need to write. For writing is my way of expressing myself. It is my joy and sorrow. It is my release. It is just part of who I am. And I cannot really take a vacation from myself. I do not even know what that would look like.

Well, I guess today was a bit of a therapy session. I am refreshed. I do not need to post that Gone Fishing sign on my blog post today. When it comes right down to it, I wonder if writing a blog post is not a vacation in and of itself.

© 2022 Michael T. Miyoshi

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