I write an article a day, every day.
Or at least I had up until Saturday, last.
I was sitting at the laptop, looking at the machine, going through my normal grind and something happened. I guess I got distracted by some shiny object.
At 9AM, I reviewed what I had written to go onto the blog. That's pretty typical for me. I tend to write off the cuff and get things done at the moment. Off the top of my head. For the longest time I was "A Week Ahead". That slowed to "A Day Ahead". Then I started having writer's block and ended up dipping into my Day Ahead and setting them off while writing something for tomorrow at a more convenient time. My cushion was gone.
Weekends were easy, I keep a file on the desktop called "jokes.txt" where I grab jokes that amused me, change the language so that they could be broadcast on TV, then save them onto that file. I'd post one on Saturday, one on Sunday. Just copy and paste and then release, announce the post, then done.
But I slipped. Who knows. I'm a great multi-tasker, usually doing four or five things at once. Well we all make a mistake from time to time, I guess that's why pencils have erasers.
That was the first time since September 10, 2009 that I haven't posted something and that next day was when I went to go to a daily post. Coming up on 5 years.
I realized that I had done that when I woke up enough to look in the mirror Sunday morning. Up at 5AM on the dot. Stupid o'clock ... or so.
Those jokes aren't the favorite things to read by the people who have liked the blog on Facebook. Yes, I'm there too. The number of people who read them tend to be markedly lower than the weekday postings, immediately. But they do get read by people out in the world. Believe it or not, there are quite a few people who like to read dumb jokes about Moose and they end up reading my blog for a page or three.
It's all linked and they show up on your favorite search engine, whichever that one is. On some searches, I am actually the first link you will find. I guess I really do understand Search Engine Optimization, or I have an idea of what I'm doing. Generate enough content and people will actually read it.
When I got back from the morning rituals in the house, the dog walk, and my first mug of coffee, I thought I might just blow it all off for Sunday as well. Hey I took the weekend off!
Nope. It's Sunday afternoon, I'm sitting here with a glass of iced tea, ducking laser beams from the sun reflecting off of two different properties, and listening to a generic dance channel, all the while writing to you folks.
I said it once a while back that I didn't know how long I will keep this daily article writing up, but I will go back to pre-writing the blog for now. It makes it easier to Skip A Day. I did that when I went to Key West. Got a full two weeks ahead and took dozens of pics, then posted them for weeks after. I think that happened the same time that they pulled down Old City Hall here.
There is a funny thing about writing a blog. "Different strokes for different folks" is a great way to describe writing and content. Some people actually look forward to my stupid jokes. Others love the dog stories. My recipes get hit very heavily. This week there was only one article that I wrote within last week that was in the top five - the one about scrapple. All the rest were heavy tech about Linux, Job Search Online, and the Biscuit article - in no particular order.
I do watch what gets read here, it's all about what's on the top of my head when I sit down to write, but I do try to write on a different topic and discipline each day. I also try not to be too dry. In fact, I'm reading this and thinking it's one of the more dry articles that I have written in a while.
Since it's going to be a crazy-busy week for me, I will take some more time and try to get ahead a bit. That includes posting next weekend's jokes today. Blogger will release them when I tell it to in the future. It makes it easier for me if I actually remember to put something out there.
So if you actually do enjoy what I write, tell me and thanks, it helps to know and it helps to keep my brain cleared of the chaff. Introspection is good for the soul.
If you don't then why have you read this far down?