Perhaps the most important decision from this review is that I'll publish blog posts every other week. The alternate weeks will be completely free for me to do whatever.
For nearly six years, I've been putting up four or five blog posts every week. I've seldom taken more than three or four days off at a time. I love working on the blog, researching and writing.
But for some time now, it's been clear that my obsessive-compulsive tendencies have once again gotten things out of whack. I fall into the trap of living my life according to Mae West's maxim that "too much of a good thing is a good thing." The blog is the latest "good thing." It doesn't pose the same serious threat to my well-being that resulted from my overdoing the "good things" of alcohol, nicotine, and sex. But I'd be better off guided by the "less is more" mantra, which I've often discussed here in relation to our healthcare system.
The various threats to our health are probably my number one blog topic. Invariably, exercise appears at the top of every list of things we should do to counter those threats. But then I use the time and effort that goes into writing these posts as an excuse for my failure to get enough exercise.
With each passing year, it becomes harder and takes longer for me to transfer my thoughts into blog posts. The increasing rigidity in my hands creates more keyboarding mistakes. Learning to use the Dragon voice recognition software has helped. It would help even more if I spent some time at the Dragon learning center, but I'm too busy correcting my mistakes to do that.
The Pause That Refreshes
I've come up with a to-do list that includes a lot of items, like "learn more about Dragon." It will be interesting to see how many of them are crossed off a week from now. I'm typically much better at "Get Ready" and "Get Set" than I am at "Go."