And occasionally I skip blogging.
When I first began blogging, I had to blog every single day to get into the habit. Had to. No. Matter. What. No matter the time, no matter how exhausted I was, no matter what else I had going on, I was at my computer. It didn't even matter that nobody was reading! I called myself dedicated. My husband called me obsessive.
A funny thing happens when you try to force writing; your quality goes down. You can't push the creative process, no matter what all those books and online sites say. When you are focused on filing a page, there's not much time to savor the words you have written. It becomes stressful. I decided that I needed to get over that. Easier said than done. I still felt obligated to write every day. I still felt the "have to". Then I felt guilty about not writing, and angry about the guilt. I began resenting my blog. As tired as I was, I would find myself arguing with the computer screen. When a person starts arguing with their computer screen at midnight, it is time to put the mouse down.
Sometimes the ideas flow best when you're out living instead of waiting to live.
3.) Do you “unplug” during the summer months? Why or why not?