photo: xray delta oneBy Crabby McSlacker
So, a couple things to run past you guys this morning.
Can I coax you into sharing your thoughts with lovely appreciative Cranky Fitness readers in a guest post?
And yes by "you" I mean YOU! ... You there, who are reading this right now, whether you are blogger or a regular commenter or a quiet lurker.
Not if you are too busy, of course. Or if you have a commercial site and have been harassing bloggers relentlessly with "did you get my email" follow-ups in order to find a home for your generic prose and spammy links. Or especially not if you were the person who arrived here googling "nude girl fuking in gym mashion." (I do love checking my google search keywords). Can you imagine? This is a high-class site! We can NOT tolerate blatant spelling errors.
But I do indeed mean YOU if you are someone who actually reads the blog sometimes, and have some thoughts or experiences of pictures that others might enjoy or benefit from--even if you don't feel entirely confident about putting yourself out there. Actually, especially if you don't feel entirely confident about it.
It's a relatively safe way to "stretch" a little, right? Cranky Fitness readers are very sweet and forgiving--after all, they put up with Crabby week after week.
And if you do have a blog or website or whatever, it could be a way to introduce yourself to a few new folks who then may want to come visit you at your place! Just email me at crabby mcslacker at gmail dot com and if looks like something that's a reasonable fit for the blog, we'll get it all figured out.
So... naturally this brings up the question:
...Does This Mean I'm Flying Off Somewhere Yet Again?!?!
Indeed it does!
I've got some travel to New York coming up and then a big-ass 3 week European trip thing, plus all the preparation, procrastination, fretting, under-planning, panic, last-minute shopping, overpacking, forgetting important stuff, jet lag, and chaotic re-entry that always results when I attempt to go anywhere. Excessive "blog guilt" ain't gonna help.
But it's more than that. I'm steppin' back a bit from blogging again for a few months.
After a big "I'm all charged up about blogging" phase at the beginning of the year, I'm hitting one of those slumpy periods where I'm not so charged up anymore. Looking back, I think my energy both peaked and started to crash at Fitbloggin'. There is SO much more I could be doing with the blog, some of it fun and exciting stuff! And yet maintaining even half-assed status quo is time consuming.
It's not that I don't have things to write about--my overthinky brain still tosses out ideas at an alarming pace, especially when caffeine is present. But I'm having trouble finding time to actually write the posts, and when I do sit down to do it.. Poof! All the sparkly enthusiasm is gone, and it seems like too much effort to round up links and pictures and try to make a few jokes along the way.
When every other sentence contains an expletive or an apology, regular readers probably recognize the signs.
But it's not a bad thing, it's just a balance thing! It helps that other bloggers I look up to like the awe-inspiring Charlotte at The Great Fitness Experiment go through similar ambivalence.
There's an ebb and flow to my blogging energy, and be forewarned: it always returns! But right now, other adventures, chores, projects, and endeavors are calling. One thing I've learned throughout the years is that you have to own your choices and actively prioritize the shit you want to do, or you end up trudging and slogging when you should be dreaming and scheming and dancing and frolicking.
But Please Don't Leave. I'll Still be Posting!
It's just that for the next few months, it's going to lighter and lamer, and not so health-and-fitnessy, so I'm thinking guest posts will be very handy. Also, my networking and blog visiting will dwindle and people will forget I exist, but whatever. At least the googlers searching out gym porn will still be here.
And Here's Where I Invite You All to do A Wild and Crazy Thing:
Just take a moment to consider:
Is there anything in your life that you voluntarily signed on for--yet you've come to feel obligated to "feed it" at the expense of other things?
(And sorry, for practical reasons you may have to exclude "children" and "pets" from this list).
----What would it be like if you could do just as much of it as you wanted to do and free up extra time and energy for other things?
----To make this happen, would you need to confront some
----Might there not be some good things that could come from that process?
Whaddya guys say--