Just a note

One of the things I’ve missed during the past two busier-than-usual months has been having time to blog more regularly. On the one hand, I’ve missed being able to write long, carefully crafted posts: posts long enough to let my writer’s-mind wander off leash until it sniffs up something meaty to savor. The whole reason I started blogging, after all, was to give my writer’s-mind such a place to roam, so it bothers me when I’m too busy with other things to devote the time here I feel my writing deserves. After two months of such blog-neglect, my writer’s-mind starts to chafe at its chain: “Let me loose, already!”

Chris was here

But over these past two busier-than-usual months, I’ve also missed having the time, opportunity, and energy to post “early and often,” offering what I’ve previously called “postcard” entries–a quick picture along with a sentence or two–as a simple way of saying “I’m still here!” Although my writer’s-mind feels caged and cagey if I over-rely upon picture postcards to feed the blog, I’ve come to see a genuine value to these quickie posts . They keep Hoarded Ordinaries warm, so to speak, by keeping a virtual light on. Even when I don’t have time to socialize, I can pop in every now and then to let you know I’m still standing: “The weather is beautiful; wish you were here!”

When I first separated from my ex-husband, I spent a week or so sharing wordless postcards: my way of checking in even when I had nothing I wanted to say. At the time, an out-of-state friend told me she’d check the blog every few days just to make sure I was still “around” even when I didn’t have the time, energy, or wherewithal to email, like checking to make sure an elderly neighbor’s lights turned on and off at the proper times: signs of life.

Storm-tossed

This morning, Leslee announced that she’s thinking of participating in NaBloPoMo: National Blog Posting Month, a shared endeavor by bloggers to post every day for a month. Like Leslee, I’m not ready to make a definite commitment: I wouldn’t want to make a promise I can’t keep, and although November will be less busy than October was, it won’t exactly be leisurely. But I find it interesting that Leslee, on the eve of NaBloPoMo, has starting blogging mini-posts she calls Nubbins: two or three lines of prose that serve the same function as postcards. Could it be that the philosophy of “early and often” is in the autumnal air as folks in my corner of the blogosphere realize that in darkening days, it’s more important than ever to keep your lights on?

And so, I hope to be blogging more regularly now that November is here, realizing in retrospect that sometimes your writer’s-mind surprises you when it tugs free from its leash on a day when you thought you didn’t have time for a proper stroll. Sometimes, when you sit down to write just a note, your lines grow longer and more leisurely, and before you know it, you have an entire letter, ripe to share. What better time than November to commit oneself to such a daily harvest?