Saturday, 21 June 2014

Too much and too little

My last post arrived with little fanfare, considering I've been away for more than six months.

Life just became too much, and energy for sewing has been too little. I didn't want to post just to fill space on the internet, and I've been too exhausted to even turn on my computer after work. Things got a bit crap, to put it politely.

OTOH, I've been married to this guy for a year today. This stunning photo was taken five years ago in Walhalla, and still I agreed to marry him!
Work work work. I employed a new guy to help me out. He wasn't particularly dedicated to the cause, and resigned after 8 weeks of not doing much except sapping my energy and training ability. One of my other employees was so overwhelmed that I think he slept overnight at work once. Yet another hasn't taken holidays in a year, and is the only one who knows how to do her job. So now that she's on holiday, I'm also doing her tasks (at the expense of my own).

This seems incredibly dysfunctional, and very doom and gloom. These perceptions are pretty reasonable. But there is a light at the end of the tunnel. I've employed a new engineer. She's less experienced than I wanted (in fact, her exams aren't finished yet). But she is KEEN. So I'm confident she will learn fast and grab opportunities with both hands. Both of my other employees have now got coworkers to help them (or will soon). So we're going from a stressed team of three to a hopefully relaxed team of six. Aaaah.

What are your thoughts about putting blogs on ice when times are tough? Is it better to publish some short posts so people know you're alive, or leave it until you feel like you have something to say?

8 comments:

  1. Sometimes I think a little - I'm not dead post is good. I do worry about people I read and funnily enough I logged onto your blog about 3 weeks ago to see if you have posted and I missed it. Having said that - this is purely selfish and you need to do what you are capable of doing and if you are stressed out and "having" to blog adds to the stress then don't do it.

    BTW - I am still having trouble viewing your blog - it shows in my reader and when I click on it it shows page not available - I had to go to a cached page.

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    1. That happened to me, too! I thought it was my internet glitching, because the link worked OK once I went to the home page and clicked on the blog post there. I wonder what's going on there?

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    2. I wish I knew why Blogger is doing this! I've tried a few different things... I'll persist until it seems to be working properly :-/

      Anyway, thank you both for your feedback! I'll try to have a few posts in the queue for when I'm overwhelmed with other things.

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  2. No, I'm 'on-blog-ice' like you at the moment, and sometimes I think the break does you good. I still prowl around and check out what others are up to, but am just tooooo time poor to pull a post together at the moment. Does anyone really want to read a fill-in post?!? I think we all understand ... J

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    1. Thanks Judith - yes, I think it happens to most of us from time to time! And seeing as most of us treat it as a hobby, there isn't much point spending energy on a hobby that currently doesn't seem worth the time.

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  3. I honestly think if you post because you think you ought, then it kind of saps any enjoyment you receive from your blog. Breaks are sometimes necessary and they can be the best thing you can do for your home on the interwebs - you never know what you'll discover when you take time away from your blog. Earlier this year, I found myself less and less inclined to write for my blog... so I didn't. Instead, I tried to work out why I wasn't inspired and it resulted in my creating a whole new blog: Wool Geek!

    In the end, it's your blog so you get to set the rules. Sometimes, it's a low priority; sometimes, it's super important. Personally, I'm hoping you'll be able to keep posting because I always like seeing your photos and hearing about your sewing adventures. Very selfish, I know.

    It was great to see your post the other day and I do hope that things improve on the work front soon. It sounds utterly exhausting at the moment.

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    1. I didn't realise you had a new blog - thanks for sharing! I am even more happy to find little things to post, knowing that somebody looks forward to it occasionally :-)

      Let's put it this way - work can really only improve from here. I am absolutely certain that things will be (more) under control in a few months.

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  4. It's a topic I've often pondered on, mainly because I so often write a gushy post laden with personal details, only to scrap it and rewrite from a purely sewing perspective. I often struggle to find a balance! Especially because I enjoy reading about the personal side of things of bloggers who I feel I connect with - it's that weird thing about somehow feeling closer to them. But if I were in need of taking an unannounced blogging break, I would in all likelihood just keep it to a shortish note at the end of my 'return' post. Everyones different though, and that's something I like. Just gotta be true to yourself at the end of the day!

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