May 15th, 2007

Breaking the Cycle


photo credit: Darwin Bell

For the past several months, I have written (at least) one blog post each weekday. This endeavor has been very enriching and intellectually stimulating for me, encouraging me to spend time doing research, studying various topics, and diligently seeking after truth.

It is time for the cycle to be broken. I’ve been contemplating this for a few weeks now, but haven’t felt the need to do it just yet. With so many things running through my mind, I am certain I will still post several times per week, but I no longer will be making a concerted effort at doing so each weekday.

A quote that Richard cited yesterday helps one to analyze the goals and tasks we deem important:

It is not enough to be busy; so are the ants. The question is: What are we busy about? (Henry David Thoreau, via Quoty)

I find blogging to be quite enjoyable and rewarding—well, most of the time. There are certainly other priorities in my life which merit equal or more attention, and in an attempt to focus my life on what’s important, I am dropping the goal of daily posts.

That being said, I already have posts planned for the rest of the week, so we’ll see when the cycle will actually be broken… :)

10 Responses to “Breaking the Cycle”

  1. Richard K Miller
    May 15, 2007 at 9:14 am #

    Interestingly, this and my other recent blog posts mark my concerted effort to blog more consistently. While you’re ramping down, I’m ramping up. I generally consider blog writing a good use of time–much better than indiscriminate blog reading–but I see your point. Maybe your writing will turn towards your future book?

  2. John
    May 15, 2007 at 9:51 am #

    I blog as it comes. I find if I’m writing on some sort of schedule, I feel like I’m forcing myself.

    Granted, I don’t get much readership (at least I don’t think I do), but its more for me than others anyway. :)

  3. mother
    May 15, 2007 at 10:08 am #

    Ah, finally balance has entered my son’s life in the form of female influence. WAHOOOOOOO!!!!

  4. Connor
    May 15, 2007 at 10:10 am #

    Richard,

    Book? Riiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiight… :)

    John,

    Yeah, that’s what I’m hoping to go for… only writing something when I really have the urge, rather than forcing myself to come up with content.

    Mom,

    ::: rolls eyes::: :)

  5. Michael L. McKee
    May 15, 2007 at 11:33 am #

    If we are able to bring but one soul back to our Heavenly Father, it will bode well for us.

    While balance is important in most cases, there can be no such thing as over-serving.

    I believe, if the Lord were upon the earth teaching today, He would utilize this venue to communicate with His followers, and He would have the most visited Blog Site upon the earth.

    Connor, you have served well and will continue to do so. I have been greatly uplifted and been the recipient of much wisdom through your exhaustive research and effort. Others have likewise been edified and uplifted although they may not be aware of the extent to which they have received the blessings of the Lord through his faithful and valiant servant.

  6. Dan
    May 15, 2007 at 4:47 pm #

    If only you thought of this earlier you might have been married a long time ago! ;-)

  7. Chris
    May 15, 2007 at 10:01 pm #

    Wait, what? When did you get a girl? Oh, yeah :)

  8. Mark Mathson
    May 15, 2007 at 11:34 pm #

    Taking time to enjoy other things can always be good. Sometimes that helps with inspiration as well.

    I remember once hearing that Eric Clapton will sometimes set down his guitar for a month and then will pick it back up later and have lots of inspiration.

  9. Ben Crowder
    May 18, 2007 at 8:43 pm #

    Chiming in from Richard’s perspective, I think that having a constraint in place — posting each weekday, in your case — often ends up becoming a catalyst for creativity. I try to post every day. There’ve been many times when I haven’t felt like it, but I sat down to post anyway and ended up writing what turned out to be some of my best work. (Of course, there are other times when nothing comes. I have no qualms about missing a day here or there.)

    But do what feels right for you — that’s what matters. :)

  10. Dustin Davis
    May 29, 2007 at 10:30 am #

    Really, you were blogging every weekday? I didn’t notice… j/k

    I figured this site would slow down after the “Life is Gooder” post

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