I Get It! The Healthy Side of WordPress

I’m sure many of you have noticed the trend over the past few days of bloggers reaching the breaking point–that point where we realize that blogging has consumed our lives in unhealthy ways and we must reconsider the role it plays in our lives. Just today the fabulous Kathy at Reinventing the Event Horizon made a commitment to the Post A Day Challenge (which she has really been doing all along) but questioned that commitment she “didn’t want pressure to post daily if [she] had nothing meaningful to say on a given day.” And in the response section, in a discussion with Life in the Boomer Lane, Boomer wrote “I need a Blogging 12 Step Program.”

Isn’t that what we all need?

Just this morning I gave myself permission not to create a real post today. I even was thinking about posting an appropriate Mental Health Day sign if I could find one. I didn’t.

I fully intended avoiding my traditional morning habits, but I couldn’t as I decided I had to read and respond to a few of the posts, as well as comments from people who somehow stumbled onto my blog. So, there went my morning.

But I didn’t post, which is usually the very first thing I do in the morning.

Notice how successful I am at avoiding it all day. EPIC FAIL!

Why?  Yesterday, I had one of those less than thrilling days in the classroom that seem to happen more often than not this semester. One student decided another group was ignoring him (when they weren’t) and chose to be completely disrespectful. When I called him out on it, I believe he decided I was racist. But no, I said to myself, asses are asses no matter what color they are.

This morning, staying home with a “sick” child, I spent time grading papers for my on-line Comp I class in anticipation of receiving another pile of papers today from the in person class. Now, I have to point out that the on-line class is (much to my surprise) by far the better course, with more commitment and participation from most of the students enrolled (except for a few slackers who have disappeared). The live class seems to think that drafting is optional and don’t have any desire to workshop for improvement.

As I worked my way through these papers I inevitably stumbled upon the few who chose to ignore my comments on their first draft and continue on the path of imperfection that they were on. Most of the papers were actually pretty good, but I always become frustrated when I see little change. I don’t expect perfection but I do expect effort.

That’s when it hit me, my epiphany! I come to WordPress regularly because it is a community of people who actually care about something–or many things. They care about writing! They care about ideas! They care about learning! They care about improving themselves as writers, or artists, or photographers or simply as people.  I come here, because it is full of people who care!

Does that change anything about the stress level of participating? Well, in a way it does, because I find solace in reading the blogs I love so it aids my mental health. I do need to find a balance between writing and creating and responding and reading. I do need to find a slightly better way of functioning with WordPress throughout the day. But, I also have to allow myself time with this community–because it is a community filled with love.

So this is for you (to go along with Calvin and Hobbes from yesterday)

 

Update, I was just sent this wonderful little gift from Aligeata’s Blog, and I thought I should share with all of you:

 

22 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. indianmedicinebag
    Mar 30, 2011 @ 11:32:43

    You ARE an inspiration!

    Many Blessings!
    Father Time

    Reply

  2. Kathryn McCullough
    Mar 30, 2011 @ 11:46:44

    Thanks so much for the shout out, Lisa! I love this post, because what you say is so true–folks at WordPress seem to really care–about a lot–deeply–pationately!

    Maybe what we have here is a group of writers who really care about writing for the real reason we should write–communicating–sharing–connecting. Shouldn’t writing be about reaching out and reaching in–about reaching, at the very least!

    Maybe what we are all struggling with is our own reach–we’re stretched–strained to always reach further, higher, deeper. But maybe that’s to be expected. Maybe that’s part of the bargain, and if we didn’t feel it, then we should be concerned.

    Thanks so much, as always, for helping me think in new ways–beyond my comfort zone–beyond the event horizon!

    Reply

  3. TheIdiotSpeaketh
    Mar 30, 2011 @ 12:15:00

    Pretty darn good post…for not having anything to blog about… 😛

    Reply

  4. Piglet in Portugal
    Mar 30, 2011 @ 12:50:02

    Hi Lisa,
    You are right – we care, but not only “care” we also try and lend support when fellow bloggers are down. I no longer work and I still find blogging a challenge. I can only imagine how much of a commitment it is for those who work full time, often torn between researching and creating a post or reading the posts of fellow bloggers. One of my new years resolutions was to enroll on an online creative writing course, and as yet, here we are in April, an I’ve done absolutely zilch. Take heart Lisa why not lead the way and post say 3 times a week. It seems to me it just needs a few PAD bloggers to do this without feeling guilty.
    Hugs
    Pip
    I love your gone fishing sign

    Reply

  5. vixter2010
    Mar 30, 2011 @ 12:51:59

    It’s amazing how caring and supportive people are here, you included!

    Reply

  6. Sandi Ormsby
    Mar 30, 2011 @ 12:53:18

    I think I had mentioned this very thing on a prior comment to one of your posts. My husband wants me to find a way to manage all this. I agree and am working on an idea. If it works, I’ll let you know!

    My problem is, I have too much to say…the whole gift of gab…blabber-mouth!

    Sandi
    http://www.ahhsome.wordpress.com

    Reply

  7. lifeintheboomerlane
    Mar 30, 2011 @ 13:30:02

    The Idiot said it well: Great (non post) post. I love that you gave yourself permission to not post today. The result sure works for me! Thanks for the shout out. I’m working on a saner way to stay connected, to continue writing, to be supportive.

    Reply

  8. nrhatch
    Mar 30, 2011 @ 13:49:03

    Loved this: But no, I said to myself, asses are asses no matter what color they are.

    When I started blogging, I had a single “goal” . . . to enjoy the journey. If we are absolutely determined to enjoy what we do, we win.

    No matter what happens, we win.

    Reply

  9. Aligaeta
    Mar 30, 2011 @ 14:08:45

    I tried and tried, unsuccessfully, to send you images. Still trying to get it right.

    Reply

  10. athursdayschild has a long way to go and much to be thankful for.
    Mar 30, 2011 @ 14:25:15

    People on here DO give so much of themselves!

    Reply

  11. Hilary Clark
    Mar 30, 2011 @ 14:28:45

    Love this post!

    Reply

  12. heikoworld
    Mar 30, 2011 @ 14:55:08

    I have spent my whole life working as a Television Cameraman and have been to just about every country, now I am retired, sadly!
    I was always far to busy to worry what people thought.
    Then in Feruary 2009 I started my blog on WordPress, two years on and 61,700 hits later it matters what people think.
    I have been reading your blog for a while and yesterday I decided to subscribe to your blog, in fact I have subscribed to a few more today because I find people do care and it really does matter what they think.
    Someone once said to me My head is so far up my A**S, now I see what they were on about, this is the type of thing you learn by reading blogs like yours, as for one blog a day, I don`t have time for that as I am still a photographer and people seem to want my services.

    Heiko

    http://heikoworld.wordpress.com

    Reply

    • Lisa
      Mar 30, 2011 @ 15:15:35

      Wow. 61,700 hits in two years. That’s incredible. I am very honored to have you join my blog. I just visited yours. I love that owl photo.

      Reply

  13. Aligaeta
    Mar 30, 2011 @ 14:55:28

    The link doesn’t open the image, so I posted for you and friends to pingback if desired.

    http://aligaeta.wordpress.com/2011/03/30/i-need-it-bad/#comment-483

    Reply

  14. D...
    Mar 30, 2011 @ 20:48:28

    It really is a great community. I am not into much else for social media, but I have really enjoyed the people that I have met here. Without face to face communication we all seem to really care about one another. It’s really great. And now, time for a happy dance for Lisa!!!

    Reply

  15. amblerangel
    Mar 30, 2011 @ 20:51:44

    I was thoroughly entertained by your non-post. Happy to have you posting- or breaking for a day or two- as long as you come back!

    Reply

  16. thepetalpusher
    Mar 31, 2011 @ 06:22:34

    It seems all I have been commenting on lately is support for those who can’t seem their muse. A poet from Africa with whom I subscribe is really stressing out over this, but in turn has bared his soul about his personal side. The support he”s receiving is tremendous! Sometimes its ok to say, ” I got nuthin’.”

    Reply

  17. David (1MereMortal)
    Mar 31, 2011 @ 22:08:18

    Great post!

    Reply

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