So I managed to stay away from Facebook for about four days, which is like an eternity for me. I had a terrible time staying away from WordPress—I basically stayed away from my own blog but still read other people’s blogs, just without commenting for a few days. So that was a rather short vacation, and I am absolutely pathetic at staying away from the Internet.
I did get to the park where I was intending to visit the ducks. As it happened, the ducks weren’t there that day, but I did have a lovely time with some frogs that were singing in a pond. I LOVE frogs that sing in ponds. And I need to make sure I get to that park on a regular basis throughout the summer. I’m going back tomorrow.
I realized some things about blogging over the last week. I was trying to post as often as possible, preferably every day or every other day, which means I was constantly reading articles and looking for things to post about. This was taking up large amounts of my time and mental energy. I finally had to let go and stop caring about reading every damn article that I come across. What I really needed a break from was the constant ingestion of bullshit, wankery and depressing news. I did, in fact, take a break from that.
It looks like my vacation is officially over since I am writing again on here, but in a way it’s not over, because I realized that I didn’t just need a week off and then start again at my usual pace. I needed to slow the pace down on a more permanent basis. The best pieces I’ve written on here took weeks to write, because I read books and slowly digested ideas and thoughts and then revised and edited several times before posting. But, in an effort to post often and keep conversation flowing, I started posting everything I could find, just for the sake of posting something. I want to get away from that habit, because I think the strong point of my writing is that I read and think and take my time with things before blogging about them, and without that, then my blog loses its quality. So I guess this “vacation” was just me putting on the brakes and telling myself to slow down.
I’m still reading Deep Green Resistance, and I was right that now that I’m out of the theory section it’s less depressing. I’m reading about the psychology of resistance, and strategies, tactics, organization, and security. It’s all very interesting and I’m glad I’m reading this book.
I’ll be reading the comments that came in while I was away from my blog. I hear there’s information about the word “manko.” Thanks for that! Y’all are lovely. 🙂