You Blog How Often?

The weeks in WordPress' "Insights" run left to right but down by day.

The weeks in WordPress’ “Insights” run left to right but down by day.

Last week I found myself in the middle of an unplanned experiment. From Sunday to Saturday, I published a blog post every day.

I didn’t like it.

Don’t get me wrong, I liked what I wrote. I won’t push that ‘Publish’ button if I don’t like what I’ve written. I didn’t like the experience. I didn’t like the stress. Yes, I said stress. Me, Mr. NoStress himself felt anxiety because of those silly posts. I forgot the rules of the photo challenge(s) midway through the week. I had to adjust my plans because the door I wanted to share on Thursday didn’t look good in black and white. Then, we agreed to announce the Cherished Blogfest on the one day I had been planning to not post, and on which I had hoped to give my readers a break. In addition to all of that, I felt like I was asking my editor wife to read a bunch more than she agreed to in our marriage vows.

I promise to love, honor, take care of your dog, test the computer programs you write, find a place for the things you build in your shop, look at your photos, remind you to take your vitamins, make meatloaf on a regular basis and pick out your clothes and proofread the crap you write so the world thinks you have a modicum of taste and a basic understanding of grammar.”

I follow a bunch of people who blog every day. They know who they are, and they know that I find a way to sneak a look at what they are thinking/doing/writing/photographing. Usually, I tap the ‘Like’ button (which means I did like what I saw/read). Sometimes I’ll leave a comment, but there’s a lot to read and there isn’t a lot of time. You might find it unfair, but sometimes the reason I don’t comment is because of the pile of stuff in my inbox and the amount of time I have to get through it. There’s only one me, 24 hours and I have a day-job and I like to get a good night’s sleep.

I wasn’t stressing out about writing. I can write every day. It’s not like I’m writing a novel. The stuff I write today doesn’t have to relate to anything I’ve ever written before. I was stressing out over reading!

I enjoy reading the blogs I follow. I enjoy really, really enjoy reading your comments and I try to respond to each and every one of them. If you’re a new visitor to my blog and like something I wrote, or leave a comment, I always read at least two of your recent posts. Sometimes I like what you’ve written and I follow you, adding to the pile. The more I write, the more I have to read. I love reading, but, you know, time.

In addition to only having so much time, my daughter gave me a great book for Father’s Day. In addition to that, my wife bought me the DVD set of The Outer Limits. In addition to that, I have a new programming language to learn. In addition to that, Maddie likes me to sit with her when I get home from work. In addition to that, MuMu needs to be brushed – MuMu always needs to be brushed.

What’s a boy to do?

Write less often.

This boy is returning to his comfy old schedule, with one exception:

Thursday Doors – I don’t know how it happened, but Norm flicked on a switch in my brain and Thursday Doors is now a thing. Thursday Doors took me from posting twice a week to three times a week, and I’m not going back.

I’ll fill in the time between Thursdays with an occasional Stream of Consciousness Saturday prompt response, a less frequent episode of “If We Were Having a Beer” and the regular old random thoughts that characterize this blog. It’s usually not going to add up to more than three posts a week. Some of you are breathing a deep sigh of relief – it’s OK honey, I understand.

About Dan Antion

Husband, father, woodworker, cyclist, photographer, geek - oh wait, I’m writing this like I only have 140 characters. I am all those things, and more, and all of these passions present me with opportunities to observe, and think about things that I can’t write about in other places. I have started this blog to catch the stuff that falls out, overflows and just plain doesn’t fit the other containers in my life.
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109 Responses to You Blog How Often?

  1. I find blogging regularly helps your blog.

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  2. I enjoyed your daily posts this past week, but totally understand how much time it can take. I started out my blog wanting to post daily, but I don’t always manage it. Once in a blue moon I do post twice a day, but that’s really rare!

    I like your structured plan. I know all your posts will be well thought out, well written, and accompanied with interesting images.

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  3. Debra says:

    I did the a-z challenge once where a person posts to the blog everyday for a month. It was good to write everyday and I learned a lot but I did not like having to actually post something everyday. It was stressful and a few things got put up when they really ought to have had time to settle first.

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    • Dan Antion says:

      It’s funny that you mention the A-to-Z challenge. I was giving that some thought for 2016, but I don’t think I can do it. I had an idea that would have let me do a lot of the hard work ahead of time, but after one week, I know I couldn’t handle a month.

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      • Debra says:

        Being organized and preparing in advance would really help make a-z work. And I have to say it was really wonderful for making connections. I found some of my favourite blogs though participating.

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  4. I keep hearing many bloggers complain that they just don’t know what to write — to post every day. All I can think is “OMG! Why do you think you need to post every day?”
    But i’m glad you’re keeping the Doors — definitely a keeper, no matter what day you post them.
    Loved the pets pictures!
    Okay now Dan… Breathe in…. Breathe out…
    Mega hugs! :D

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  5. Yes I’m one who posts everyday cause I need to do that. No stress just the way things unfolded. I hear you though. You should take this the way you want to and be kind to you.

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  6. Norm 2.0 says:

    I can identify with every single word of this. Finding the right balance takes time. I’ve tapered off my posting quite a bit since the warmer weather started and I’m liking it that way. We’ll see how I feel at the end of the summer.
    I’m glad to know you’ll be still be around for Thursday Doors :-)

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    • Dan Antion says:

      I might be obsessing a little over the doors Norm :) Seriously, I think I like them so much because they blend history and wood/metal working with writing. that’s close to as good as it gets for a hobby. Thanks for the comment. It’s good to know others understand.

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  7. Sammy D. says:

    I agree with everything you said, Dan. A-Z was fun – once – but I’ll never write daily posts again. Furthermore, I put oressure on myself by bloggers I follow who post every day. I take my ‘vows of followship’ seriously, and for awhile I tried to keep uo with those daily posts by reading/looking and commenting (because I also find the commenting interaction as meaningful as my writing). But then I started becoming stressed by the volume of those posts and my self-induced pressure to support their need to post every day. Finally I realized My introverted nature means I need to tend to my boundaries online as well as in person. Now I’m ok scrolling past daily posters. I like to read someone’s blog no more than twice a week or my stress rises and my interest wains.

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  8. C.E.Robinson says:

    Dan, I can relate to the time factor! That’s why I’ve slacked off on blogging. It was a shift in thinking when a screenwriter asked me to edit her script! I took a big chance to “learn” about screenwriting as I edited. It worked, I’m coauthoring the next. So, writing books, poetry, screenplays, and featuring friends is my thing. That’s the trick to find your “thing,” your “passion,” and stick to it. I love you blog and what you write. Stick with it! Christine

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  9. bikerchick57 says:

    Oh Dan, I feel your pain. So little time to blog, so much to blog about…right? I had every attempt to work on a piece at lunch today, but I was sidetracked in the reader with some very interesting posts on a variety of topics. Now that my lunch time is almost over, well, I guess I will try again tomorrow to write a few paragraphs that make no sense. Congrats on posting three times a week, I think that’s a good number to stick with when you have a wife and a life outside of blogging.

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  10. GP Cox says:

    I think everyday is too much and some people post 10 times a day – I don’t know how they get back to everyone who drops on by.

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    • Dan Antion says:

      I do follow a couple of folks who post more than once a day. If I have to start skipping posts to read, that’s where i have to start.

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      • GP Cox says:

        I’m afraid that is exactly what has happened to me. I don’t have the time to comment as much as I want to, but I don’t want to miss a friend’s post either – so compromises have to be made.

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  11. Dan Hen says:

    I wondered . Hey , is Dan doing an everyday thing ? Has it always been that and I just didn’t notice ? Now I can relax .

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  12. Those vows cracked me up, Dan. Hope you can relax now that the daily posting is done. Enjoyed them all!

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  13. Oh dear! What did the pastor officiating your wedding think of those wedding vows (lol)?

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  14. In my opinion, writing is supposed to be cleansing — A way to distress! It should come naturally, not be forced. If you enjoy posting everyday, fine, but if not, by all means find a schedule that is appealing (which you’ve achieved) . Happy blogging! :)

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  15. I hear you. :-) If I subscribe to a blog, I read it which means that takes time. And, after I read it I try to comment which also takes time. So, dare I acknowledge that I don’t subscribe to anyone who posts every day and I quickly unsubscribe to those who post 2-6 times a day because it becomes like a FB experience. I like Norm’s Thursday Doors too – nice group of folks. Keep writing on your own schedule, I’ll keep reading. :-)

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  16. You accurately summed up all the gremlins that haunt those of us who write and/or blog. Main reason why I’ll only blog on Sats.Thanks for the humorous rendition.

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    • Dan Antion says:

      Thanks Carol. I’m glad to find so many people in agreement. I really didn’t set out to change the pace of my writing. I have increased the pace over time, but I am comfortable where I am.

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  17. I can sympathize with you. I have tried to figure out when the number of posts it too much. I know people are busy and posting too much can just plain burn them out. I guess what I would say is that I post as much or as little as I want to and let the proverbial chips fall where they may. As far as the inbox goes, I’m like you, I have trouble getting through the new post notifications that I have delivered as it is, so I don’t always opt to receive email notifications from new writers I follow. In those cases I hope to catch them periodically in the reader or I will make a point of visiting their blog when they visit mine. Either way, it seems that the longer I am here the harder it gets to visit everyone (and I really would like to visit everyone’s blog if I could) and many times I just press “Like” after I read or view a post because I just don’t have as much time as I would like to write a comment. I just hope that people know that if I pressed “Like” I really did like what they posted.

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  18. loisajay says:

    You are not the first blogger who has posted a similar message this week, and I really admire you for doing this. There is no way I could do this every day and it warms my heart that I am not the only one to think like this. But, yeah–fun, please! I enjoy your posts, Dan, so that’ll make them more special. Aww, yeah. That was sweet, I know. Now brush MuMu–she’s adorable. :D

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    • Dan Antion says:

      I think Teemu added that last sentence Lois. Thanks. I guess this thought crosses everyone’s mind from time to time. I’ve seen others touch on this. This was just a little too close. I’m planning to keep it fun. Thank you so much.

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  19. Sue Archer says:

    I’m a once-a-week blogger most of the time because realistically I have only so much time. I try to visit other blogs at least once a week – I can’t imagine doing it every day! Loved your marriage vow, by the way – it cracked me right up! :)

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  20. I totally hear you Dan, blogging everyday can be stressful.

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  21. I see all these comments and think you must be groaning, but you hit the mark for many of us. For me at least. I used to post once a month and gradually moved up to 2-3 times a week. That will completely max me out. If I do any more than that I might as well stop writing altogether. As much as I love blogging and reading blogs, there is a limit. Adorable vows by the way :D

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    • Dan Antion says:

      Thanks. I never really thought about it before, but I really do like having time to write and to read. I love the comments, and I don’t want to feel bothered by “having” to respond. I like the conversation around posts very much. Thanks for the comment.

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  22. Jill's Scene says:

    Dan, clearly you understand the rule – happy wife, happy home; happy home, typo free blog; typo free blog, impressed followers. Or at least, one very impressed follower, and that’d be me.

    As it happens, I’m married to the comma king. He can spot a redundant comma anywhere on the screen.
    And, Dan, you do have very! very! good taste in DVD series, comics, and cats and dogs. As to programming languages I’m glad there are people like you out there doing that stuff.

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    • Dan Antion says:

      OMG Jill – I am married to the comma queen! She has threatened to put one (or a few) on my headstone because I always have one where I don’t need it and I’m usually missing one where I do. But, we argue over the Oxford Comma thing and she would say that I should not start a sentence with but. But I did.

      Also great to see a fan of good TV :) Thanks for following and for the comment.

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  23. I completely understand how you feel. I do love to write on a daily basis, but I don’t publish it until I am thoroughly satisfied. I believe in quality, than quantity, so I ensure whatever I write makes sense and appeals to my readers. I love to participate in various such small and large contests, but I have very limited time to spare. So, I stay away from it. I don’t promise anything that I can’t deliver. This way I stay away from false expectations of the people, but it still upsets them when they hear a blunt “No”. I’ve stopped reading books because I don’t get time for it. Secondly, I want to keep my mind at ease when I am not writing. I’m already writing and reading for 8 hours daily, which means 48 hours weekly and 192 hours monthly, even if I don’t type a word for my blog. I am desperately looking for a 10 day holiday where I can pack my bags, switch off my smartphone and just disappear into nowhere. No TV, No internet, No books, No human contact..just me and the wild nature. I should rush to the Himalayas. :)

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    • Dan Antion says:

      Your writing shows the emphasis you place on quality Sharukh. As a faithful reader, I appreciate that. I would encourage you to take that holiday but take your camera and maybe a notebook because I’d like to read about it later :)

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  24. Almost Iowa says:

    Without a clear idea of why we are here and what we want to accomplish, it is easy to get lost and stressed out. I can only speak for myself. I blog as exercise. It is what I do to make myself a better writer. But just like an athlete, writers need time to recuperate and relax after exercise.

    Publishing every day is something you have to work up to.

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    • Dan Antion says:

      I agree. It’s just at this time, and for the foreseeable future, I don’t have daily publishing as a goal (no 6-pack writing abs for me). I do write every day, I just don’t want to publish every day.

      As for reading posts by the people I follow, I do tend to show a preference for the ones that land in my inbox less often. I’m just spreading a finite resource (me) around fairly. Since others seem to be taking that same approach, I think I have a good combination at three times per week.

      Thanks for taking the time to comment – ‘cuz I love comments.

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  25. AmyRose says:

    Oh dear! I promise NEVER to nominate you for a challenge again, Dan. To think I am the cause of your stress. A hundred apologies!!! I normally do not do challenges either, for the same reason …. time. I also have a very busy Life where I must form my schedule around what I do within said Life. I do not usually blog 5 days in a row, and if I do, it is because my Life has slowed down some in order for me to do it. Well, at least I did cheer lead you on! Apologies to your wife too, for giving her extra ready material. (((HUGS))) Amy <3

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    • Dan Antion says:

      Oh Amy, please do not worry. I almost never agree to challenges. I thought those challenges would be easy to combine with my other posts. The stress was totally self-inflicted. It might have been a good thing because I was thinking that maybe next year I would try the April A-to-Z – very doubtful now.

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      • AmyRose says:

        Ah, you DID learn something from out of this challenge. Good then!!! I did too! I won’t be doing another challenge any time soon. That is a given. ;) <3

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        • Dan Antion says:

          Life is about learning and sharing Amy. You do both well. I hope that I do too.

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          • AmyRose says:

            You do, Dan. This is one reason I really enjoy your work. If we didn’t share what Life has taught us, what exactly is the point in living? Those of us in our generation and older will not be here forever, and so with this in mind, I live every day intending to speak Truth and rock boats if I have to. The generation that is following us and the one after that one, scares the bejeebers out of me. Hopefully we can shake them up enough before we exit this world so that their eyes OPEN. Not sure what brought all this up …. perhaps last evening when I zipped to the store for a birthday card for my sis, and no matter where I looked, I saw peeps glued to their cell phones, not paying any heed to their surroundings. Unbelievable! Once I spoke up to a young woman in our Yoga class who was glued to her phone and gently I said this is about Yoga, not phone. She was very rude to me and I haven’t seen her back since. Scary. OK …. that is for another post!!! LOL

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  26. cardamone5 says:

    Enjoy your books, programming stuff, pets, family, and hobbies. That’s what summer is for, even if you are still working. To Relaxxxxx.

    Fondly,
    Elizabeth

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  27. I was a naive newbie in 2012 when I started blogging, thought I’d join other women like me, a lot of people would read my witty words, and I’d go on all the talk shows. That’s when I blogged every day. Now I blog sometimes a couple days in a row, then go for a week with nothing, I think I’ve lost interest as I realized that women (not men) who are not nice in real life are also not nice in the cyber world. Too much stress to blog every day I agree!

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    • Dan Antion says:

      I’ve been reading your stuff for quite some time now and I’ve never not wanted to be nice to you :) I think you’ve had one or two posts where I don’t want to comment because I feel like anything I say would be inappropriate, or make me sound like someone Tugboat Man is going to want to pound into the ground, but I get that a lot with the women bloggers I follow. Sometimes, you guys go where (male) angels fear to tread.

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      • Hahahaha, he doesn’t read my blog anyway, unless I force him to, or if there are photos I took that he wants to see. Mostly he doesn’t “get” the whole blogging thing and wants me to finish or just work on my book. But I’m curious, what would you have wanted to comment on that you did not?

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        • Dan Antion says:

          Actually, I wouldn’t say I wanted to comment. When women talk about fashion or personal “prep” products or anything intimate, I just want to quietly disappear into the woodwork. I’ve been drawn into blog series about undergarments and feminine products by people with whom I have a more established routine, but even there, there are lines I won’t cross. Some of the women poets I follow write very sensuous poems. Sometimes I press ‘like’ and move on. Sometimes I pretend I missed that one.

          It’s not that the subjects bother me, it’s that I get uncomfortable trying to weigh in on a subject where I could say so many things that would be misinterpreted. I do enough of that in my own house, I don’t need to try that with a larger audience :)

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  28. NickWAllen says:

    I really must get back to weekly writing Dan. Thanks for the nudge.

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  29. It’s so difficult to blog regularly! I’m really aiming for two posts a week, but it’s tough to get something ready that I’m satisfied enough with to put out there!

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    • Dan Antion says:

      As many here have said, I’d focus on quality instead of an arbitrary schedule. When I started, I was only posting a few times a month. I found that I grew into a pattern that I liked, but it’s been a long time. Thanks for dropping by and taking the time to comment.

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  30. reocochran says:

    You may look my past blogging habits up or you may remember. It is posdible our busy lived help us to decide not to pay as much attention to multiple posts.
    Dan, I will miss your diligence but also, express relief.
    I read some bloggers who post almost 6 days a week and then some post 2 x daily! Yikes, this was too much for me to read aND lead a normal life: socially, with grandchildren visits, friends and being worn out from work in summers.

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    • Dan Antion says:

      I’d rather have steady readers and gather a few comments than hit some arbitrary goal. Also, as someone mentioned, I don’t want this to have a Facebook feel to it. Thanks for supporting this blog, I do appreciate it.

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  31. Dan, not only did I laugh out loud when I read your wife’s marriage vows, but it was a full on snort laugh. Had to get that in first ;-)

    Posting every day is definitely stressful, especially if you’re trying to keep up with other people’s blogs. I definitely think quality is more important than quantity though. I don’t think there’s much point posting for the sake of it (not that you do that, your posts are always funny or informative, or both!). I’ve taken to scheduling posts ahead of time sometimes, and that helps too with freeing up time here and there, and giving myself a break from blogging every so often….

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    • Dan Antion says:

      I’m glad I could make you laugh. I even got a smile on the page from my wife when she read those vows. I do think that’s how she must feel sometimes. During the photo challenge, I did feel that I was posting just because I had agreed to the day I posted the picture of the CT Capitol. I like the photo, and it was a true story, but I wouldn’t have bothered sharing it if not for the challenge. I’d rather share stories I want to tell at a frequency that (I hope) people want to read. I have tried scheduling posts, but until they are published, I get the urge to mess with them. Are you able to schedule and leave them alone?

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      • I used to keep messing with them at first, but after a while I stopped, and now I can schedule them and leave them. I’ll often do a quick read through just before they’re meant to come out to make sure I’m still happy with what I wrote. I’ve had to work out a strategy that gives me regular breaks from blogging as otherwise I find myself taking weeks off at a time, which obviously isn’t ideal!

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  32. Aunt Beulah says:

    You tapped into something I struggle with as well, Dan. Sometimes it seems like commenting interferes with my writing. (I only blog once a week but keep two weekly columns going as well, and I’m retired, and sometimes I just want to sit and stare, and sometimes my husband wants me to sit and stare with him — all of which takes time, dammit) Yet responding to those I enjoy and reading their comments on my blog is what keeps me blogging, so what’s a person to do? PS: the wedding vow you wrote for your wife is so clever and funny and true.

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  33. Val Boyko says:

    For me, it is about balance. We are always moving and adjusting to find balance in all aspects of our lives. Sometimes there is so much space and at other times everything is cramped and tense. I agree Dan that the reading takes time and it seems unfair not to contribute and have some good conversations. Today I have had space to explore .. and find you. I am grateful.
    No pressure intended 😉

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  34. Mél@nie says:

    I NEVER plan or count my posts in advance… you’ve already noticed that my playground is kinda “melting pot”, as everything can and may inspire me: a photo, a movie, a song, a poem, a sentence, a word, etc… and then, imagination does the rest… :) in fact, I did mention my point here: :)
    https://myvirtualplayground.wordpress.com/about/

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    • Dan Antion says:

      I was so impressed with your photos and the fact that you post in both French and English that I made your playground a regular stop. You’re grandfathered in, as it were. I always find your little slide show and story to be a great way to take a break from the day. Thanks for dropping by here.

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  35. joey says:

    AHAHAHAHA! OH LOL at the paragraph about your wife’s vows. I read that to The Mister and we had another hearty laugh together!
    And of course Mu Mu always needs a brushing! Our housesitter brushed our dog on Friday and sent us a photo of the furball baby she collected! :P
    I never once opened my laptop on vacation. I didn’t read or write a single post. I never even cracked a book. I stared at nothing and thought about reading, but I truly enjoyed staring. It was vacation, after all! I’ve been posting heavily for a while now, but I never set out to write every day. I just write a post when I feel like it, so I guess lately I’ve been feeling like it!
    I think today is sorta like a catch-up day, and who knows when I’ll be ready to publish something again?
    I love Thursday Doors and If We Were Having a Beer.

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  36. Glynis Jolly says:

    Although I would love to receive as many comments as you do, the thought of reading the posts of that many bloggers is mind boggling. I wouldn’t have time for anything else, including going to the bathroom. Way too much for me. Even if you’re blogging just one day per week, the reading task must be exhausting for you. As you know, I’m blogging once per week for the summer, maybe for the fall too. I have noticed a drop in comments but I’m thinking that some of those people are trying to be understanding about my WIP whether I want it or not.

    Dan, blog when you want to and read what only catches your eye in the email or in the list at WP (if that’s how you’re doing it). I, for one, will understand. ;)

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    • Dan Antion says:

      Thanks Glynis. Under normal conditions (which I am going back to) the comments are fun to read and respond to. The people I follow, publish on different schedules, reading doesn’t take that much time and I do enjoy it. Some days, I skip the whole thing, but not too often.

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  37. When I started my Ipswich Waterfront Blog at http://www.waterfrontblog.co.uk I said that it was to be daily. I found that an enormous strain and finally was very pleased to give it up. I now post as and when I have something to say about the activity in the Ipswich Wet Dock. Sometimes, in the winter, there can be a couple of weeks between. How would I have ever kept up the daily routine then?

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  38. Damyanti says:

    I think you can blog 7 days a week, Dan, and people would still listen. I used to blog twice a week. Due to work pressure I whittled it down to once every two weeks/ month. Now I’m slowly coming back to twice a week– I find I like visiting and listening more than posting. Catching up on your posts I missed during the week– and enjoying myself in this space, as usual.

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    • Dan Antion says:

      Thanks for the very kind words. I think three days a week suits me better than seven. It’s good to see you posting again. I’ve always enjoyed visiting your blog.

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      • Damyanti says:

        Thanks, Dan. Life and work took over for a while. Hoping to get back to my sedate 2blogs a week routine. Will most probably shut don my blogger blog…but lack the willpower because am scared to lose all the friends on there.

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  39. Peter Nena says:

    Dan, I am stuck with an idea in my head. I really want to write it but I am stuck. I have tried and tried and tried. In vain. A strange thing usually happens to me: if I don’t get the idea out, I can’t get anything else out. It’s as if it blocks all other ideas from exiting my head. This thing happens not just in writing, but also in other aspects of my life. So I’m stuck.

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    • Dan Antion says:

      That happens to me Peter, but I am usually able to move on to something else by parking the problem child in a corner. Sometimes, I have to create a really bad draft of the thing I can’t seem t write first. The post I wrote about “Running the Table” is one I mentioned back in December to the group. It was going to be my New Year’s Day post but I didn’t publish it until May 4th! I had several bad drafts of that. Every time I took it out, it sucked me in until I wrote something, called it v2, v3, etc. and moved on.

      This happens at work too. I have projects that will taunt me, but if I make some progress, I can usually move onto something else.

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  40. I think you’re doing great managing three posts a week. I’m struggling with two. I’m trying to edit one novel and write the next so as far as writing goes, it can be difficult keeping up.. That’s aside from working part time in the salon. Time can be our best friend or our worst enemy depending on what you want or need to do with it.

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    • Dan Antion says:

      Thanks Jean. You’re doing a lot of writing. My stuff is nearly random, working on a novel, you actually have to remember what you were thinking yesterday :)

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      • I never thought of it like that, which is why the advice to write even a couple of hundred words every day is probably good to follow. When I let a few days go by I find it difficult to start up again. Still, random takes effort, and time.

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  41. dweezer19 says:

    I hate to add to your backlog here and no need to respond Dan. But I SO get it. If I post more then twice a week itis accidental. I have been inspired by a photo and exploding with emotion that needs an outlet. Twice a week is only recent as well. I don’t like schedules, rules, boundaries, limits or expectation. I am the original creative rebel who longs to still be seen, heard and understood. Whatever you do, or don’t post, know. I enjoy and appreciate the effort it takes to move between the world of words and that of obligation and regular fun life! Cheers. I am having my Yeng Lin Lught right now. 😉👍

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    • Dan Antion says:

      I always respond to comments Cheryl, I love the conversation. I read everything you toss out there, from random photos to beautiful poetry to complex stories. I don’t know where you find the time, but as long as you do, I’m on board. The key is balance, not boundaries. Thanks for taking the time to read and comment.

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  42. dweezer19 says:

    Thanks Dan. I appreciate you and love your posts. BTW, those typos above came from posting via my phone and NOT due to the Yuengling. Lol

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  43. John Hric says:

    Dan,

    I figure the flower is the best part of my blog no matter what I have to write or how well the writing comes off. And I have long since given up predicting the response to any post. I just figure someone somewhere might need to see a flower that will counter the events of their day… funny how the ‘rules’ can vary with the mission.

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