This is the blog post I did not want to write.
I love writing here. Actually, I love writing. I enjoy being a part of the Diabetes Online Community, and I enjoy writing (and now podcasting) maybe more than anything else I’ve done in the past few years. It’s a constant source of enlightenment (yes, I learn from you). It’s a constant source of joy to look at a topic and write something meaningful. It’s fun. A lot of why I do this is because it’s fun. It’s a gift to be able do this, and it’s one I’m grateful for every day.
But my paying job needs me right now. Until the end of the year, my work weeks that usually total around 40 or so hours are now totaling around 55 hours or so. That’s not so much when you’re 25, but it’s a lot when you’re 53. Also, The Great Spousal Unit has been away almost as much as she’s been home over the last few months, and I really feel like, you know, since I made this commitment to her 22 years ago, I should actually spend time with her when she’s here. Both of those things have seriously cut into my time to write and podcast.
Let me be clear: I am not closing up shop. I will continue to write. I will be delivering new episodes of Diabetes By The Numbers. If you write to me requesting a Champion Athlete With Diabetes medal, I will be happy to send one out. I still plan to participate in the #DSMA Twitter conversations every Wednesday night. I’m not saying no to anything, and I will try to fit whatever I can into my schedule any way I can. I am not going away.
But, though it really hurts my heart to say it, unless something changes, my pretty much three-times-per-week posts will be less frequent through the end of the year. Once we reach January, I suspect that will change and I will be able to go back to something a little more regular again. That’s what I want, and that’s what I like. I write here for you, but I write here for me too. Can you get endorphins from writing?
The really good news is that there are still plenty of other diabetes blogs to read, and even more coming online all the time. I get so much reading about others living with diabetes, their experiences, their challenges, and how they’ve met them with bravery and resilience. That should hold me for a while, and I hope it will hold you too in the times when you don’t see something new here.
I’ll talk to you soon… I promise.