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‘Something feels funny. I must be thinking too hard.’ Winnie the Pooh.

08 Dec

Soas I am sure you are all excruciatingly aware—the end of this year is upon us and the start of a brand new year is fast approaching.  I am not quite sure how that happened again so soon (it feels like I have just gotten over last Christmas and New year) but nevertheless here it is and so it seems like a fitting time for a little self-reflection. (You have my permission to run screaming from the building . . . )

When I started this blog in 2015, I admit, it was on a bit of a whim.  I didn’t know anything about the mechanics of blogging, and in fact, I don’t think I even read any kind of blog on a regular basis.  I can only imagine that it ‘seemed a good idea at the time’.  I was doing a bit of writing for the college brochure (just a paragraph a term) and perhaps thought it might be fun to see if I had anything to say on more a regular basis.

(Well—that’s the party line.  In all honesty I was probably bored rigid and looking for a new ‘project’.  I think I probably fully expected that I would give it a go for a couple of months and then it would all fizzle out, like so many other of my pet projects—’Cure for an obsession: get another one’—Mason Cooley . . . )

Anyhoooo—imagine my surprise then when last week I realised that I have actually been posting my scribbles and sketches for over two years now!  Two years!  That seems incredible to me and I was immediately prompted to ask myself a couple of questions.  Onewhat did I do with my ‘spare’ time before I started blogging? . . . and Two: what on earth did I find to write about during those last two years?

I have no idea what the answer is to question number one (slept more, probably) but the answer to question number two seems to be anything and everything . . . and (often) nothing of consequence at all.  Taking some time to go back and re-read some of my much earlier posts has been a weird experience.  Some of it I remember writing and some of it not at all.  Some of the writing seems quite readable (trying to look at it objectively) but at other times I wonder what on earth I was thinking.  Very strange.

I have never considered myself a natural writer and I have never found writing easy (you know those people that say ‘the writing just flows out of me . . .’?  Well, bully for them.  Personally, I just want to poke their eyes out with a sharp stick) but I do think I assumed it would get easier the more I wrote.  It seems like I was kidding myself for, in fact, I found almost the exact opposite to be the case.  I am not even sure whether this is a good thing or a bad.  Is the writing getting more difficult because I am trying harder—or am I just running out of things to blather about?

So, here’s the thing.  Here’s what I have been asking myself.  Should I continue?  Should I continue to write my weekly missives or have I run my course?  Seriously.  I’m asking.  I don’t think I am ready to stop writing entirely (although there are certainly days . . . ) but then perhaps I have already passed my ‘use-by-date’ and you lovely people who regularly drop in to catch up with me are just all too polite to tell me.

I have been going back and forth about it in my mind for a couple of months now and I have decided I need to clear my head.   I am therefore going to give myself a couple of weeks off.  I mean really ‘off’.  The college closes next week and I will be away from the office for three whole weeks!!!  During that time I have determined I am going to do as little as humanely possible (perhaps I should say as little as ‘doggily’ possible.  My girls have it down to a very fine art and I am going to observe them closely . . . ) and that includes taking some time off from writing this blog too.  (Was that a collective sigh of relief I just heard?)

So dear readers, I am going to now take this opportunity to thank you all for following me thus far and for your much valued friendship and support.  I’ve learnt a lot, I’ve made some fabulous new friends and I’ve even reconnected with some very old friends again too.  It’s been great.

But for right now Winnie and I need to take a bit of a break from thinking so hard, so I want to wish you all a very happy and safe and carefree Christmas (eat, drink and be (really, really) merry!) and a fabulous start to the New Year and, with a bit of luck, a much clearer head (and I’m hoping a vastly renewed enthusiasm) I look forward to seeing you all again in early 2018 . . .

Sally and ‘the girls’ XXX

 
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7 responses to “‘Something feels funny. I must be thinking too hard.’ Winnie the Pooh.

  1. S. A. Young

    December 11, 2017 at 3:29 am

    Happy holidays to you and yours, as well, Sally! See you next year!

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    • sallyinthehaven

      December 11, 2017 at 7:27 am

      You have a fabulous Christmas and New Year too! See you in 2018! 🙂

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  2. stevetalbot51

    December 8, 2017 at 1:27 pm

    I hope you keep going Sal – you have kept me entertained and amused over the past two years 🙂
    To take a bit of pressure off, maybe you could do once a fortnight, or once a month, or just whenever you have something important to say or sketch? We already have enough deadlines in our lives without the self-imposed ones as well !!

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  3. Anonymous

    December 8, 2017 at 10:45 am

    I’m still enjoying your bletherings Skip – have a lovely Christmas and I hope you continue writing after your rest.

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    • sallyinthehaven

      December 8, 2017 at 11:55 am

      Thank you. I can’t see who this is as you came through as ‘Anonymous’ – but I do know that you are one of my ‘old’ friends (and I am not talking about age here!! The use of the old nickname gave it away). 🙂 You have a lovely Christmas too and I am sure I will ‘see’ you again in the New Year. 🙂

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  4. Pam Talbot

    December 8, 2017 at 9:22 am

    Don’t you dare think about giving the blog away completely! But you’re allowed a little break. Your blog has become my “looked forward to” regular email. sometimes funny, always quirky, sometimes food for thought & always an enjoyable read (or view, if one of your sketches). So I’ll look forward to more next year! Xx

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    • sallyinthehaven

      December 8, 2017 at 10:29 am

      Thank you for that Pammy! I am sure I will be back in the new year. Consider yourself forewarned! 🙂

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