I frequently get comments from female working friends with kids who say, “I don’t know how you combine full-time work, two young kids and blogging! What’s your secret?” It’s a juggle which involves many late nights and a sympathetic, helpful husband. I have often wondered how many balls I can simultaneously juggle, as I’m one of those people who seems to only be able to exist if she’s doing one hundred things at once. However, in recent months I’ve found my limit.
For the last six months I have been writing a textbook (with a co-author). The final manuscript is due in August. This has eaten deeply into time which I used to use for blogging. But it was a struggle even before then. It’s been hard ever since I’ve gone back to full-time work. Sometimes something has to give, and if it’s a choice between my family, work which I’m paid to do and blogging…well, much as I love my co-bloggers and my readers, it’s the latter which has to give. Moreover, I’ve run out of energy for confrontation at the moment: I’ve got a number of contentious draft posts, but I have neither the time nor the inclination to finish them. For the last few months, I haven’t even had time to read the blogs which I used to read daily.
I don’t think I will be blogging regularly until the textbook is finished. I’ll probably still be about from time to time, but I do not think I’ll be able to come around as often as I used to. I thought I owed my co-bloggers, friends and readers an explanation for what’s happened to me over the past few months.
With best wishes, LE