Saturday, June 14, 2008

I miss hockey.

I'm re-posting here what I blogged about on HLOG about three months ago. Its even more appropriate to my life now.

In the past few months, the whole blogging vs. job that pays me money argument has taken up a considerable amount of room in my thoughts. Granted, my thoughts usually revolve around hockey, Chipotle and if I can get away with another day of not shaving my legs.

What brought about this internal argument was a career change. I recently started a new job that has long hours, lots of travel (to weird places with no hockey teams) and is 100% consuming of my time at work. The perk to my old job was that while some days were high stress, I still had time during the day to read hockey blogs, comment on them, and post on Capital Addiction, even if just on my lunch hour. My weekends are typically spent away from the computer so I dont have much time to post then either.

The question I have been struggling with is what makes a good hockey blogger (who posts the most?), and how do you assauge your guilt over not tending quite as diligently to your blog as you may have in the past? Or in other words, how the heck do I have a crazy job, season tickets to the Caps, soemthing of a social life, and still find time to be a good hockey blogger?

To give some perspective to this argument, I'll note here that I used to post about 1-2 day at least. Currently, I am lucky to post 2 times a week on my blog.

I still dont have all the answers, but in thinking about this, I've come to a few conclusions. Yes, I would love to be paid to write about hockey all day. But I'm not, people still pay attention to John Buccigross more then me, and I have to pay the rent, so life goes on. I havent found a solution to the guilt I feel over leaving my blog without new content for days at a time (the closest feeling I can compare it to is feeling like a bad mommy). My hockey blog is incredibly important to me, definitely not as much as a child, but it remains a fulfilling part of my life.

I've also realized that if I forced myself to post as much as I used to, the consequence would be poorer quality of posts, not to mention some growing resentment towards something that was a valued hobby. As much as I would like to post at least 30 times a month, perhaps its better that I write 15 good posts a month?

As I mentioned, I dont have all the answers on this one. As hockey bloggers who are also mothers, students and career jugglers, many of us are facing this same struggle. I imagine that some hockey bloggers out there, male or female, might be facing the same internal struggle and guilt, so I thought I would share my thoughts on this.

Originally posted to HLOG on March 30, 2008.


Dan, Jr. said...

As I commented on the original post at HLOG:

Don't sweat it Shmee. Most bloggers know how you feel. I (divorced daddy) have a daughter (and dog) to take care of and work six days a week. I also have a broken computer at home, so I have to run back to work after games or whenever I want to post something. I know I could do so much more and so much better, if I just had the time. But, I don't.

Ultimately, the blog thing is for you. You don't really owe anybody anything. Not as long as you aren't getting paid for it. Think of your readers as friends if you like. But, they're not your close friends. Should you feel bad about not catching up with friends you aren't really that close with, every day? I don't think so. That's just asking way too much. Do it at a level you can afford. More importantly, do it at a level you can enjoy!


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Nobody has all the answers and most will share your thoughts. By the way, I still haven't gotten around to getting my home computer fixed. However, I do get around to checking your blog every time I log on. I miss you, so stop by and comment on my blog, or E-mail me when you get a chance. I hope you get back to blogging real soon, and at a pace that makes you happy.

Anonymous said...

Do what you need, we will wait for you.

Rage said...

From Mirtle:

131st overall, Vancouver took Prab Rai, an East Indian centre from Surrey, B.C., who has put up great point totals with Seattle in the WHL

Let's go Desis!