I've decided to take advantage of the time I have spent away from this site for a bit longer. I am going to take a short break from blogging for the rest of the year. I may still post something for the holidays or if something comes along that I feel the need to say or post then I will, but until 2015 there will be no regular updates. I've been doing this very regularly for over 5 years now and I want to get away from that feeling that I have to post something - sometimes anything - unless the urge hits me.
I may not have actual OCD - most people who say they do really do not have the obsessiveness of the real disorder - but I definitely do have OCD tendencies and I always have. In fact, I used to be much more obsessive-compulsive than I am now. This break is to help me make some changes in my day to day life. I want to stop needing to check a list of websites daily, needing to post at least 7 times a month (I always have), needing to keep current on all my (soon to be fewer) favorite podcasts, and spend more time with my wife, read more books that I'm interested in and even work on more household chores and projects (but don't tell my wife I said that!). This is a lofty goal for myself, I know, but I should think about it kind of like a head start on a New Year's resolution.
So I may not be posting much in the near future, but I will be around the 'net and even stop back here occasionally. When I return I hope to be less anxious about everything and a little bit more in control.
Try not to mess the place up too much while I'm out, huh?
P.S. I feel better already just making this decision!
This must be the longest I've gone without posting anything since I started this site. Shortly after my last post the old computer was just done. I couldn't get it to do anything. She was a workhorse, used practically every day for around 4 and a half years. Thankfully, I keep everything backed up on external hard drives so we lost nothing.
Then I had no desk top computer but I did have my phone and sometimes my wife's little laptop. Either one is way too uncomfortable typing to put together any actual post, so my only online presence this past two weeks has been comments here and there on other sites. Otherwise, at least I was able to keep current on the sites I like to visit daily.
The new computer is essentially the same as the last one - just a little less memory, which is fine because I do not need a terabyte of memory on the computer when I have my external hard drives already. It also has only one disc drive. I can't even remember the last time I used a disc drive, it was probably to play a DVD. I had two disc drives on the last computer thinking it would be easier to copy discs. That turned out to be about the time I went almost completely digital and I don't think the second one was ever used. I still buy the CDs and DVDs of bands I want to support, out of loyalty, but it is actually easier to find that stuff online these days. I wonder how many discs I have that have never been played?
I still have some things to do to get everything in order with this machine but the bulk of it is done. Eventually it should get back to business as usual around here. Not better, not worse. Just as it was before, I suspect.
I'm 50-ish, happily married and child-free. My wife and I have a home near downtown Madison, Wisconsin since 2009. I am not on farcebook or other social media, only this blog. If you wish to reach out to me you may email me at firstname.lastname@example.org. I check it when I think of it, at least monthly.