I used to think I was interesting. But the last dozen or more classes, business meetings, and social gatherings I've attended have tried to convince me otherwise. You see, there are always two questions asked in those settings: what is your name and what are your hobbies. Last summer, I went to a job interview where my hobbies were questioned before my job skill set.
Typically, when asked to list my hobbies, I can only think of the negatives:
I am not a scrapbooker.
I do not sew, crochet or knit.
I do not play sports.
I do not travel.
I do not have a gym membership.
I do not make jewelry.
So what is my hobby?
But I've learned that response often brings about a blank expression from the question asker, and I usually feel boring and unsuccessful as a hobbiest. Sure, I've given hundreds of hours in volunteer work to my church, to our neighborhood school, to scouts, and I work part-time and spend hundreds of hours each year grading essays. I have four fed and dressed and ready-for-school, sports, music, scouts kids.
But I don't seem to have a hobby many people find exciting.
Then blogging and I found each other. And wonder of wonders: I grabbed hold of my new hobby with all the gusto I possessed. Was it interesting? Absolutely. Did other people think I was kind of interesting? Yes!
And that is where my next problem germinated.
My new blogging hobby has taken over my days, and time which should be spent on daily necessities is now spent in front of the computer chronicling my life and reading about your lives. So how do I reclaim that time?
I decided to quit blogging. Cold turkey. My days would be spent doing what I needed to do. My school work would be caught up, my house would be clean, dinner would be cooked, long-neglected local friends and family would be called, closets organized, time given to other community agencies, and Pepper the puppy better trained. In my free time I would fix the Big 3 automaker mess and find Checkered a new employer and I would also pick up two or three extra jobs to help out.
But can I really walk away from blogging and those of you I've come to "know" and care very much about?
I doubt it.
SO, here's the plan:
I am going to take a hiatus from blogging. Maybe a month's worth to catch up on life. Then, I'll be revived and ready to reconnect with blogging.
In the meanwhile, Merry Christmas and the Lord's blessings on your new year, my blogging buddies.
Okay, gamblers: place your bets. Can I really, truly walk away from my blogging for a month?
We shall see.