I started writing this blog a year ago in July. I had wanted to blog for a while, but when writer friend Janis Thornton asked when could she come set it up—well, the time had come.
I’ve kept newspaper deadlines for decades so giving myself a steady deadline didn’t feel hard. I would post twice a week, Wednesdays and Saturdays. I would be consistent, and I would write about something, because deadlines had to be kept. (The old journalist in me talking.)
Also, I’ve read enough blogs myself, and attended enough social media workshops, to know that readers lose interest if they can’t count on the bloggers they follow to add new content regularly.
I don’t mind posting my blog early. In fact, I get a kick out of that sort of “over-achieving” accomplishment. But I do not like being late.
Today coming home from work I thought (briefly) about skipping this mid-week offering. Who would care?
I’m in the middle of a stretched stretch. Saturday I took the morning to run bunches of errands and pay some visits regarding books and programming before attending a birthday party in the afternoon.
Sunday I drove 100 miles to Covington’s Beef House where my long-ago colleague Janie Bowers had invited me to speak at the annual fundraiser for the Friendship Circle Center in Covington (formerly known as the senior center). The banquet hall was full of folks who came out to enjoy the afternoon of music, silent auction, a humorous style show and of course, those fabulous Beef House rolls and other goodies. Then it was 100 miles home.
Monday was work and Bible Study Fellowship in Middletown that evening.
Today was work and the next two days, I have separate programs to give to two groups. Tomorrow I’m speaking to the Spring Valley Quilt Guild in Pendleton. Our across-the-street neighbor Linda Lupton invited me after finding my first book in the Pendleton Library! I’m looking forward to sharing a program with them – and I’m taking my grandmother’s quilt along just to show it off! Who doesn’t love a quilt?
But also tomorrow, I have some essential errands to run, a hair appointment, and getting over to the library early to set up for the program. I’m happy that tomorrow finds me in the town where I live because I also need a good chunk of time to work on Thursday’s program for the Henry County Extension Homemakers’ County Club Nite!
I wrote a special program for that wonderful group that has shown me such kindness through all these 27 years I’ve covered them. Their annual County Club Nite was the first evening event I ever covered for The Courier-Times.
Tonight, I have a panic-y sort of feeling of too much to do, and a shortage of time to get it all done well. The next two days and nights are GO TIME! A condensed schedule.
So this will have to do for a blog post. I leave you with some grass – some ornamental grass – that grows outside our front door and never looks prettier than it does now when it suddenly gets these brown-gold spikes just before dying and becoming dried and corn-stalkish.
For now, I am done. I’ll have more to say again soon. At least I exceeded my deadline, if nothing else.