Why this blog won’t go on vacation.
It has been almost five years since I started blogging, and while I’m not the biggest vacationer, I have stepped away from my office a couple times during this half-a-decade.
And because I’ve got a bit of a big bday coming up pretty soon, I’m actually writing this from 35,000 feet . . . on my way to a bit of R&R&G (rest and relaxation and golf).
As a Producer and a business owner, it’s virtually impossible to completely “go off the grid.” I don’t care what anyone says. And I don’t even think it’s the healthiest to disappear completely. If I ever tried, I’d probably spend more time on my vaca stressing about whether everything was going ok or not than relaxing. Do parents go away without checking on their kids? Nope. And Business Owners have to make sure their little ones aren’t getting into trouble while they’re away too.
That said, there are ways to lighten your load, delegate to staffers, and try to recharge your batteries so that you can have the energy to tackle the challenges of producing, writing, acting, running a bakery . . . whatever it is you do.
So as I was packing my bags (dang it, forgot my bathing suit), I got a lot of advice from peeps suggesting that I keep my cell phone turned off except for one hour a day (nope), only check email once a day (maybe), and put my blog on vacation for the week.
Not a chance.
“Why not,” piped the peep. “It’s a lot of time and energy. Your readers will understand.”
No way no how.
I’m sure you would understand. You’d get it. I could even recycle some of my favorite blogs from years past and call them “From the Archives” or something.
But if I stopped blogging for a week, three things would happen:
- I’d be bummed out because I like blogging.
- I’d go back on the promise I made to myself five years ago that I would blog on good days and bad days. But every day, no matter what. And the super duper important one . . .
- I’d lose momentum.
One of the first rules you’ll learn in Physics is Newton’s Law of Motion, which goes something like this:
An object in motion tends to stay in motion. An object at rest tends to stay at rest.
(For the fancy version of Newton’s complete law(s), click here.)
If I stopped blogging for a week . . . why sure, I’d pick it up again. I do love it. And it’s introduced me to so many cool people. But it might be a bit harder for me to do once it’s at rest. Once I feel what it is like to not do it for a day or two or seven, it might take a bit more effort to gear up again. I might lose some of the energy I’ve got going. And in any industry, losing momentum is a business-buzz kill.
Think about it.
Ever been on a diet and cheated? Easier to cheat a second time, when you’ve cheated a first. Ever skip a workout day? Easier to skip next time, right?
Blogging and Producing and Writing are no different. It’s about keeping the momentum going. Producing one show, and then another and then another. Writing one scene and then another and then another. The sheer momentum of your passion for what you’re doing will get you to the finish line if you let it.
Breaks are important. They flush the mind free of “thought toxins,” but make sure you don’t lose the incredible momentum you’ve built up when you take one.
See you tomorrow, rain, shine or vacation.
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