Writing is an adventure. To begin with, it is a toy and an amusement. Then it becomes a mistress, then it becomes a master, then it becomes a tyrant. The last phase is that just as you are about to be reconciled to your servitude, you kill the monster and fling him to the public.

— Winston Churchill

Blogging is Like Sex

I’d like to report that I’ve spent the last 24 days unplugged from the land of blog so that I could dedicate time to a fitness regime, to my family and that I even got to throw in a few days of vacation. That would be a big fat lie.

In addition to losing my mind through simultaneous work deadlines, I learned something about myself and blogging in the last three weeks. It’s like sex. The more you have it, the more you want it. The less you have it, the less you want it. Or, maybe that’s just me? Sorry, was that TMI?

Anyway, I seem to take periodic blogging breaks, which I know is the worst thing a blogger can do if she intends to deepen her online relationships, but I learned something else about myself and blogging. I seem to think every post needs to have a purpose; that it needs to be somehow poignant and meaningful. And then I get stuck. You’re not surprised, I can hear you chuckling and saying, “Now Tricia, stop that sniveling and get on with it.” I know, I know.

Follow along with my sex analogy for just a minute longer, if you will. If you’ve gotten out of the habit, if you’re tired; if work, kids, family drama or whatever other excuse we lay at the feet of passionate denial keeps you wrapped up in a flannel night gown, you know that you have to break the cycle and make a date to engage that primal part of your brain.

I think it’s the same thing with blogging. Sometimes it’s simply, excruciatingly amazing and sometimes it’s just an afternoon quickie, but the point is that you’re still connecting, you’re still creating intimacy and you’re not leaving out an important part of your life. (You had no idea blogging and sex share so many similarities, did you?)

To help prod myself back into the world of blog, I just joined NaBloPoMo and I’m committing to blogging every day during the month of August. I’m absolutely certain this means I’ll push myself to create engaging content at least once or twice in a 30-day span, but more than likely it means you’ll be subject to hearing about how frustrated I am that my son’s toilet aim still isn’t perfected or how when my husband does laundry, he keeps holding up my torn and tattered underwear and threatening that if I don’t find some time to splurge at the mall, he’s going to go shopping for me.

I hope you’ll tune in while I reengage and won’t think too horribly of me if I cheat and post photos of my child or dogs every now and then, but I’m looking forward to jumping back in with both hands (I’m talking about the keyboard…get your mind out of the gutter, we’re done with the sex analogy).

Check back August 1st and wish me luck. 30 posts in 30 days…

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