The Calm Before the Storm

24 Sep

Since the Phillies were mercifully rained out last night, this might be a good time to share with you, my readers, this bloggers dilemma.

I was talking to my sister, and fellow baseball addict Holly, the other day and she made  a good point.  She said that this part of the season must be the hardest time for a Phillies blogger to blog.  And she’s right.

The Phillies have clinched home field; the 25-man play-off roster doesn’t look like it will offer too many surprises; and meaningless games, especially losses, against the Nationals or even the once arch-rival Mets don’t provide much must-read material either.

So here’s my dilemma.  Should I keep writing  just like I have been all season long or should I take a couple of days off before the playoffs begin?

On the one hand, I could really use a little break, a chance to give my hands a rest, let those typing blisters heal and conserve my energy for the post season.  Maybe I could even get a cortisone injection to ease that recurring wrist pain I’ve been dealing with since the All-Star Break.

On the other hand what if  taking a break upsets my writing rhythm?  What if I lose my mojo and can’t get it back in time?  Maybe I shouldn’t mess with my routine.  I mean it’s worked for 122 posts, why change it up now?

But it has been a long regular season.  I’ve been writing Girls Best Phriend  since January 31st.  In fact I’ve actually been at this longer than the Phillies!  Taking a couple of meaningless games off could help me stay fresh and prepare me for the added pressures of writing during an intense playoff run.

And what about my all-important ‘word count?’  Should I keep it about the same so my writer’s vocabulary is all stretched out and ready or should I write fewer words for the next week or so?  After all, the most important thing is for me to be at my best during the play-offs.  Isn’t that what you, my loyal readers, deserve?

These are the weighty issues confronting this blogger on a soggy Saturday morning.  And you thought this whole blogging thing was just an ‘intentional walk in the Park.’

My biggest fear:  WHAT IF I DEVELOP WRITERS’ BLOCK???  Can a writer, even an experienced one, just turn that creativity switch back on when the big games begin???

OK, OK, maybe it would be best if I didn’t change my routine after all.

I think I’d better keep writing.  And I probably should keep my word count up, too.

After all, now is not the time to stop doing what got me here in the first place, right?

 

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6 Responses to “The Calm Before the Storm”

  1. geetie cohen September 24, 2011 at 3:03 pm #

    By all means keep writing.In order to give yourself some down time maybe you could reprise the most popular blogs.

    • girlsbestphriend September 24, 2011 at 10:01 pm #

      Yeah. Maybe I can reprise one I wrote after a win! You remember winning.

  2. Shirley September 24, 2011 at 5:11 pm #

    Good decision…keep on blogging! You don’t want to upset my morning reading routine either!

  3. LJ September 24, 2011 at 6:51 pm #

    Clever, clever entry. Just don’t get injured blogging during these “meaningless games.”

    • girlsbestphriend September 24, 2011 at 10:00 pm #

      Thanks for your concern, Lisa! But it’s not writing the blog that’s likely to injure me these days. It’s watching this team! Oy! What do you think is going on?

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