Blog on the Run: Reloaded

Friday, May 15, 2015 7:11 pm

The posting drought

Filed under: Housekeeping — Lex @ 7:11 pm
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A couple of times in this blog’s 13-year life, I have taken more-or-less planned hiati, a few weeks or months off to recharge and/or focus on other things that needed immediate attention. Lately, though, something different has been going on. In the past four weeks, including this post, I’ve posted just four times. Part of the reason is that I’ve been incredibly busy at both jobs. (April through Commencement is the busiest time of year for me at the college, by far.) But part of the reason is that when I’ve had the opportunity to blog, I’ve chosen to do other things.

Why? Any number of reasons. For one thing, I’ve been binge-watching “Mad Men” on Netflix, which I’m enjoying a lot because it’s a well-written show and I’m old enough to remember some of that culture while still seeing enough new to keep it interesting. Also, a new season of “Longmire” just dropped.

For another, we’ve had some of what will likely be the year’s best evenings for sitting on the porch. And when I’m out there, I may futz around on Facebook or Twitter, but I don’t do research and I don’t write at length. Just the wrong place: When I was in grad school, I associated inside with homework and the porch with not-homework.

For another, I’ve got my Kindle, plus two new actual physical paper books, to read.

But there’s something else going on, too.

God bless

I’m usually this guy, but not lately — at least, not enough to blog about it.

For the first time in a long time, stuff just doesn’t move me anymore. I still get entertained or intrigued or outraged by stuff I see/hear/read, but at the moment I no longer feel obliged to write about it. There’s no shortage of stuff to write about, from ISIS and the (dear God) 2016 presidential race to the Amtrak crash and the disintegrating Antarctic ice shelf, from the latest legislative outrage in Raleigh to our City Council’s absolute, bumbling inability to get anything like a coherent economic-development program going. Normally, I can’t not write about stuff. But not now.

In the past, this feeling has been attributable to my depression, but not now: By my standards, my mood actually has been pretty good.

And it’s not like I just need to put my butt in the chair and write; I’ve been doing that quite a lot in the day jobs.

So I’m guessing this will last however long it lasts. History suggests it won’t last forever, or even particularly long. But I figured I owe the regulars an explanation.




  1. There is not enough that can be said about the restorative power of sitting on the porch. Enjoy, my friend. And while you’re at it, reflect on the possibility of maybe one day visiting France!

    Comment by Blair Pethel — Saturday, May 16, 2015 1:35 am @ 1:35 am

  2. Comment by Fred Gregory — Saturday, May 16, 2015 3:55 am @ 3:55 am

  3. Blair, as you know, I’ve long wanted to visit y’all in France. And Carroll did two tours of Germany as a Fulbright scholar and grad student, and she’s been dying to show Germany to me. (Plus, we’re both dying to see Prague and Budapest, which neither of us has been to, and I’d be thrilled to revisit Tuscany.) We’re working a plan to get over there recreationally but also thinking hard about moving there for an indeterminate period once Hooper, who starts high school in the fall, leaves for college.

    In the meantime, I guard my porch time jealously. :-)

    Fred: I shall, my friend. Thanks very much.

    Comment by Lex — Saturday, May 16, 2015 9:16 am @ 9:16 am

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