By Legal Eagle

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


  1. Posted February 21, 2013 at 3:49 pm | Permalink

    thanks. i never knew how you did it all either.

  2. Posted February 21, 2013 at 5:11 pm | Permalink

    Follow the love!

    And best wishes.

  3. Dr Soup
    Posted February 21, 2013 at 5:13 pm | Permalink

    Three cheers for a woman able to say “Enough is enough, I can’t do it all, all the time” – hopefully without feeling any guilt for it.

  4. Posted February 21, 2013 at 9:24 pm | Permalink

    I’m sure all the other aspects of your life are well deserving of your energies. Good luck with the on-going juggle that is modern life.

  5. Mel
    Posted February 21, 2013 at 9:33 pm | Permalink

    Best wishes and I hope your next book outsells Harry Potter, or at the least very least, Hari Puttar.

  6. Posted February 22, 2013 at 3:43 pm | Permalink

    I will miss you, LE. Selfishly, hurry back!

  7. HeathG
    Posted February 26, 2013 at 6:46 am | Permalink

    Look after yourself LE. There will always be blogging to come back to later.

  8. David J H
    Posted March 2, 2013 at 4:59 pm | Permalink

    Um, as a single male – (and at my age on this planet) with no responsibilities – apart from a rental household and a dog – consider this post fascinating.

    Perhaps we never know the out comes of our actions.

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