in thoughtYou know what’s funny about today’s post?

It almost didn’t get written.

Now, that’s not “laugh out loud” funny; in fact, it’s not humorous at all. Perhaps the only kind of “funny” it is, is if it made you raise an eyebrow and sarcastically smile, saying, “And how would that be different from all the other posts you haven’t written recently, Shonali?”

And since I suspect most of you are really nice, you’re not doing that (well, I hope you’re not!). In which case there is nothing to laugh at here.

As I sometimes say, when traffic backs up because of an accident and all the lookyloos: “Show’s over, folks! Nothing to see here! Go back to your homes!”

No! Don’t go back to your homes! Please stay right here! Just for a few more minutes!

So … anyway.

I’ve been feeling really bad that I haven’t been more visible here at WUL lately. I know you’ve had terrific guest posts to read; how about that Manwich post Howie wrote, or Dan’s “tweet after death” one? Super!

I am so grateful to all my guest bloggers for keeping WUL going – but this is my blog. And to not be able to show up at my own place hasn’t been easy.

The thing is, I had a huge career change recently, and adjusting to it is taking time.

My commute has gone from 15 seconds to 50 minutes, and that’s on a good day. However, I have found that I can drive most of the way through a national park, which means I can sometimes make silly videos that make people smile.

Because I was traveling and getting used to going into a “real” office, I stopped working out.. for almost a month! I picked that up again a couple of weeks ago and boy, is my body feeling the results of slacking off.

I’ve had to get used to being accountable for my time to someone else, working with a variety of personalities (and it’s different when you’re in an office, you know that) … and don’t even get me started on the personal “perks” independent practitioners/those working from home offices take for granted.

All this is to say, there has been so much for me to adjust to, I didn’t have the energy to blog.

Literally.

I’d wake up tired. I’d come home exhausted. And then I’d do it all over again the next day. And the next. And the…

I’m not complaining (really), but it’s a lot. That, by the way, is why this post almost didn’t get written.

Now

while I wouldn’t say I’ve found my overall groove, things are somewhat better than they were a month ago. I think.

And I know that I now have to find a way to get my blogging groove back… and that it has to work in my “new life.”

So there were two things I wanted to share: one, a thought, and the second, a question:

First, the thought.

I was talking to Richard Bagnall about this not too long ago. He could see how stressed I was getting, and suggested dropping one publishing day, specifically, Mondays.

After all, Mondays really are catch-up days for most of us, aren’t they? There’s so much reading/reviewing to get up to speed on, after what has hopefully been a relaxing weekend.

I know how overwhelming it feels to have to catch up on all that content … and I suspect you may feel the same way (about Mondays being content-heavy).

So how would it be if we just didn’t publish on Mondays? It would stress me out a lot less, and the team thinks it’s a good idea too. I just don’t know why I didn’t think of that earlier!

So that’s what I’m thinking of trying from next week (emergencies/critical issues excepted, of course).

Second, the question.

What do you think of this idea? And if you have been in a similar situation, how did you find your groove… and how long did it take you? Do you have any other words of wisdom to share?

And thank you for taking the time to catch up with me!

Image: irishwildcat via Flickr, CC 2.0

Shonali Burke
Founder and publisher of Waxing UnLyrical, Shonali Burke helps purpose-driven brands bring big ideas to life. She teaches at The Johns Hopkins University, has gone back to school herself with the Harvard Business Analytics Program, and is creator/lead instructor at The Social PR Virtuoso® online training hub , where ambitious PR pros learn how to unleash their inner Social PR superheroes. Owned by Lola the Basset Hound, she's mad about ABBA, bacon, cooking, dogs, and Elvis, though not necessarily in that order. Wouldn't you like to be in her kitchen?
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