True life is lived when tiny changes occur.

It’s Sunday in my world. Monday in yours. Hi to your Monday, I hope you are all rested-up after your weekends of relaxation and luxury. I had a very stressful Saturday (work was cuckoo-bananas, as usual, even though I did get to work with my most lovely R., and that’s always a treat, HI, R.!) and now I’m having a very relaxed Sunday. I’m writing and later I’m going to put a ton of music on my phone so I can listen to music in the car with the help of the amazing sj, and THEN I’m going to set up my Roku box so I can get my Netflix started. THEN I WILL REST. I know. My restful days aren’t the most restful. But it’s all fun stuff, and I don’t have to leave the house, at least.

So we have big news over here today. Big ol’ news. Not even exaggeratey.

So time’s at a premium lately, as I’ve mentioned like a million times. See, I used to blog at work, because I didn’t have a lot to do at work. (Well, except for during tax season. NO MORE TAX SEASON FOR ME! I drive past my last job daily on my way home now, and I said the other day on the way home “HA HA SUCKERS NO MORE TAX SEASON FOR ME!!!” as I drove past. Yes, I talk to myself in the car, why do you ask? And are you at all surprised?)

Now I have a job with not only a lot to do, but I don’t want to risk losing it. So I don’t blog at work. (And I don’t have time to anyway. I just got trained up to my actual position, and it is BUSY. And also kind of awesome and a lot of responsibility. And there’s enough work backed up from before I was hired to keep me busy for a good long time. It’s like job security. Cabinets and cabinets of job security. It’s kind of awesome.)

Anyway, that’s neither here nor there. The thing is – my life’s gotten a little crazy and something’s got to give. I need time to breathe. And read. And play with The Nephew, hopefully, since he’s here now. And there’s some theater stuff coming up.

So the decision is…how do I get that time? And sadly, the answer is I have to do something about the blog.

The options are to either stop blogging, write shorter posts, or cut back on the amount I post.

I don’t want to stop blogging. I love it. Irrationally. I’ve met some of the best people; I’ve built this amazing community. I’m not wanting to stop that. I’d miss it too much.

I’ve tried to write shorter posts. I’m very bad at it. I attempt to write shorter posts and I start rambling and three hours have passed. I COULD try HARDER at it, but I’m a talker. And a writer. And I love all the words.

So that leaves cutting back on how OFTEN I post.

Which makes me sad, because I love posting every day. It gives me a sense of accomplishment and pride, and also I’m very hard on myself (I’m my own worst enemy, you see) so I am going to feel like a failure. But I think that’s the way it has to be, even though it’s going to be hard on me. I find it humorous that I beat myself up more than anyone else does. And I also seem to think in order to win, I have to do everything BIGGER AND BETTER. I need to stop that.

However, it will give me more time to live my life and do things and spend time with The Nephew and read books on the new Kindle and also in paper and play with the phone and watch movies and go to the theater and all the billion other things that I do in the world.

Much discussion has gone on with two of my nearest and dearest about this. Two of my people who know me (and my blogging) better than most everyone. And they both agree, me and short posts probably won’t happen. And I’m getting too stressed. And it’s not going to kill anyone if I cut back. They love me. (And it’s mutual.) They’re there for me. And I trust them. With everything. I listen to them when they talk. Because they’re my people. I didn’t take any of this lightly. (Shit, I don’t take anything lightly. Not anything in the world. It’s both a curse and a blessing.)

So. Starting soon (possibly even this week, possibly even TOMORROW, who knows) the every-day-posting you’ve gotten used to is stopping. I’m not going to stop writing…just not as often. Maybe 3-5 times a week. Maybe more, if I have more to say that week and more time.

If this is upsetting…well, I’m sorry. I need to go out and live some life while I’m busy making other plans, you know?

So don’t freak out if you’re all “WHERE IS AMY’S POST TODAY?” because I am doing something else. What am I doing? Who knows. Might be sitting on the couch doing nothing; might be watching a play; might be hanging with The Nephew playing with Playdoh, who knows. I’ll check in, I’ll let you know. I’ll still be here. And – AND – I’ll be less stressed when I am. A less-stressed Amy is a better Amy.

Also, we’re in the middle of a big blog design over here. Wait til you SEE. It is going to be SO SO BEAUTIFUL. (Well, it already is, it’s just not here yet. Will be soon.)

Lots going on. All the things. I’m going to go do some things now that are NOT internetty. I know, it’s shocking. Love you all to pieces. Big week coming up, theater and doctor’s appointments and salon appointments and ALL THE THINGS. Hope you’re all having the best week and thanks for being here, you know? What would I do without you all? No idea. None at all.

(Title is a Tolstoy quote. Credit where credit is due, always and forever.)

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45 responses to “True life is lived when tiny changes occur.

  • scottmac56

    Good. Don’t quit. Your absence will only make my heart grow fonder.

    “Shit, I don’t take anything lightly. Not anything in the world. It’s both a curse and a blessing.”

    Dude! Get outta my head!!

    Seriously, I think that statement is the universal mantra of bloggers everywhere.

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  • mfennvt

    I didn’t catch the Tolstoy quote, but I caught the Lennon one. Good luck with the changes; it sounds like you’re making the right choices. Can’t wait to see the new blog design.

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    • lucysfootball

      Ooh, the new blog design is SO PRETTY! I’m so excited to show it to everyone!

      They are the right choices. I’ll still be here. Just…less. And I’ll come back with all the best stories!

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  • Andreas Heinakroon

    Perhaps you’ll even show up on Twitter more often now? You’re sorely missed over there. (I know I’m not the best example, being rather missing in action there myself, but still.)

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    • lucysfootball

      I miss it, too. It’s partly a time thing and partly a…other stuff…thing…but, yeah. I’ll come back. (Plus, you know if you ever tweet me, I’ll come running, right? OK, good, just so we’re clear.)

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  • blogginglily

    Playdoh is so much fun. And I love how it smells. Also, you can eat it. But don’t. It doesn’t taste blue. Or red. It just tastes doughy.

    I’ve never understood how you blogged as frequently as you did. Something’s GOT to give.

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    • lucysfootball

      Salty and doughy. Yes. Not at all blue or red.

      It used to be a lot easier, because I could blog at work, then come home and relax. Now I come home and blog and that leaves me about an hour to relax/eat/pet the cat/clean/etc. Not at all enough me-time. I’m going to be a little more greedy with my me-time from now on. Sorry, world.

      (And, hi, Jim! Miss your face!)

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  • becomingcliche

    Something about yesterday’s post made me wonder if this announcement was coming. I support your decision, and I’ve done the same thing.

    My books aren’t going to get written if I don’t make time somewhere, so the blogging gets scaled back a bit. Sometimes we have to choose. Each post will be all the more exciting for that there are fewer of them, right?

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    • lucysfootball

      I’m hoping that’s the case – I’ll go away and come back with all the ideas.

      (Strangely enough, I had THREE IDEAS for posts today, which is so not even fair. But they’ll get posted. Just a little less frequently than they have been.)

      I have to be more selfish right now. Also, if I don’t live my life a little, what the hell am I going to blog about?

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  • sj

    What everyone else so far has said. I’m proud of you for allowing yourself to make this decision. <3

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  • Charleen

    I think you are the only blogger I follow who posts every day, and I don’t know how you’ve kept it up for as long as you have. I would have burned out long ago. Glad you’re able to find some balance, we’d miss you if you gave it up completely.

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  • unexpecteddreamer

    Ha figures because I’m thinking of kicking my blog up to everyday posting. But I hear you super stressful. Take time for you!!

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  • Mer

    I am always in favor of any decision that helps you take care of yourself and enjoy more aspects of life. In other news, I may be 40,000 times more excited than I should be that you’ll have Netflix and Roku (you can stream Pandora on that, too, but you probably already know that). I will try to refrain from inundating you with recommendations.

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    • lucysfootball

      Thank you, lovely!

      I was so excited to see it had Pandora! I can listen to music while I do things around the house! And there are so many fun channels on the Roku box (I have Amazon Prime so I get the streaming videos, and Netflix…so many things to watch!)

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  • Kris Rudin (@krisrudin)

    Glad you are making positive decisions for your life! This can only be a Good Thing – a less stressful Amy is a better writer. So the posts we DO get will be even AWESOMER!!

    Must be the new year – I’m also cutting out some things in my life in order to get back into reading more, and (gasp!) maybe even writing! (You have been an inspiration for me. Truly.)

    2013 is shaping up to be a Very Good Year in Amy-land!! :-)

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  • Alison

    Good for you–you have to make time for your actual life! I’ll still look forward to reading your posts, but no pressure here–post when you can!

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  • Le Clown

    Amy,
    I will support your decision, but I will pout. I was just getting to know you. Not that I am selfish, or anything… Probably more selfish than anything actually…
    Le Clown
    PS: You take care. Until our next email/tweet exchange.

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    • lucysfootball

      I’ll still be here. Promise. Just not daily. Don’t pout, Le Clown. It causes wrinkles and you’ll have to go buy unguents. No one wants to purchase unguents.

      (Also, less blogging = more time for emailing and tweeting. So you could TOTALLY have more ONE ON ONE time with me. That’s like a win, right?)

      Also, there are about 18 months of archives for you to read…that’ll take you a while. Start a’readin’.

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  • 35JupiterDrive

    I actually think this is a very good thing. I’ve been blogging daily for a couple of months now (well, mostly) and it’s no where near as easy as it looks! And it doesn’t look all that easy. (And I cheat and do really small posts at times.)

    I am glad you will be around still and I agree that it’s hard to imagine short Amy posts and I am glad that you will be having much life that you will be living! This is all good, Amy.

    And if your perfectionist side gets after you, you send it to me. ;)

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    • lucysfootball

      Perfectionist side is in the mail to you as we speak, all grumbly and complainy. You can have it, I’m tired of it.

      I will definitely still be here. Happy and less-stressed and with many stories of the outside world. The awesome outside world. I have many plans and schemes!

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  • elaine4queen

    whenever i do every day i love it, so i feel your pain (a bit). THEY (whoever THEY are) say that doing regular days is good. like – you always post on a monday or whatever, so people know and look forward to it. I HAVE NEVER MANAGED THIS so i have no idea if it is true.

    another thing THEY say is that you should theme your blog – but i think that THEY are thinking about monatizing. and i have never managed to pigeonhole myself appropriately. i categorize my posts as ‘humor’ but that is more of a cheeky wish than a statement.

    i am excited about NEW LOOK amyblog – i am impatient to see it now.

    NOW!

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    • lucysfootball

      I do love posting every day, but it’s sadly not going to happen any more. I will be having the most fun doing outside things, though, so that’s some comfort. I wish I could post on regular days, but my schedule is so all over the place that I don’t think that would ever happen.

      Hmm. I think my theme is “random.” Is that a theme?

      New blog theme should be soon soon soon! Sometime by the end of the month, I think! It is very pretty!

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  • Heather

    Your besties are correct–we will still be here, no matter how often (or how little) you post. :)

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  • Rachael

    It WAS cuckoo bananas Saturday!! I felt strangely guilty leaving when I did!!! But I may be back again Saturday. I’ll keep ya posted!

    Totally understand the need to take a lil time off from the blog! It will mean when you do post we’ll all be ecstatic :)

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  • greengeekgirl

    I am actually HAPPY that you are cutting down because you know I am like, ALL THE WORST at checking in every day, because, I don’t know why, so now I will not be SO far behind when I do stop in. I will be SLIGHTLY LESS FAR BEHIND. I’m just going to pretend like you did this for me.

    Also, ALL THE AMY TIME *\o/*

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    • lucysfootball

      Hee, just for you. Absolutely! :)

      Now, if I could just DO it. I’ve actually written every day this week. But starting tonight/tomorrow/Saturday I won’t have time, so there will be a lull. Which is already stupidly making me itchy.

      I’m at constant war with my brain.

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