For the last two weeks, ending today, I have had a blog entry for every single day. Has anyone noticed? I’m not sure – and it doesn’t really matter. At first I just happened to have a deluge of ideas, but once I hit a stride, I decided to try to continue it as long as I could. I’m sure I entertained some, and all of the entries were genuine (I was never stretching for one that wasn’t there), but it did come at a cost – everything else.
For a simple post sans images, it usually takes me a little while to
write it out, proofread, and edit it. Add any kind of image
selection/editing and the time is increased. Some massive entries can
take up to and beyond an hour; my 2009 Summer preview took me about 4 hours gathering links, re-watching trailers and editing.
That’s a long freakin’ time :-). By the time I’m through with one entry, though, I’m a little drained – and going into some drawing or working on my site doesn’t work as well. I’m sure most folks don’t spend as
long when they blog, but I have two things going against me: I try to do something the best that I can, which forces me to spend more time getting details right, and beyond that, I’m just naturally slow at things. This used to create a large amount of frustration for me in years past, when I would spend so long on a project that I’d feel like I was wasting time. The end result never seemed worth the time it took me to create it. I’d lie if that feeling didn’t still return from time to time, but it doesn’t upset me the way it used to. Case in point… the previous two weeks of daily blogging.
People enjoyed them, I’m sure (I hope?), but I took so much time working on them, that I neglected any other projects I have going. I’ve been working on a Writing section of this site, where I can place short stories, but I haven’t worked on it in two weeks. I have quite a few little drawings/art projects I want to do, but I haven’t worked on them in two weeks. I have short stories to collect and re-write, scripts to write, and things to do, but… well, you know. This isn’t an entry attempting to make excuses or complain – like I said, I enjoy writing all of the blog entries that I do. It certainly brought home a good point for me, though. I can’t do everything… not all at once.
Bringing everything back to my turtle-pace, aforementioned, and I’m probably really going to be scaling back on blog entries for a little bit. I have realized that it’s not a matter of my trying harder to get multiple things done. I’m slow, I’ve known this since I was a wee lad, and in order for me to do anything else productive I’m going to need to cut down on entries. Obviously the two weeks straight was a fluke, but even beyond that.. I may go a week without posting anything but Behind The Counter or a Review on Friday evening. I mentioned that working full-time is going to cut down on what movies I can watch during the week, so even Behind The Counter’s weekly recommendations may scatter. These blog series are not necessarily the point of my site, though. The purpose of this site is daftly hidden within its name, actually. MarkMushakian.com. Hey, that’s me!
So, indeed, the purpose of this site is Mark Mushakian, myself. If I have something to share I’ll share it, if I have something to say I’ll say it, but for a little while I have something I want to do… and I’m going to do it. I have too many creative ideas bubbling over right now to ignore them for the sake of devotion to a blog. I know there won’t be a public outcry over the lack of entries, it’s much more a personal thing – I don’t like ignoring one “project” for the sake of another, but with how I work, I have to. I probably wouldn’t have even said a thing, but this is a personal site and this entry is just as much for me as anyone – plus, after two straight weeks of blogging, I thought I’d explain my upcoming semi-disappearance.
Now, if you’ll excuse me, I have some drawing to do :-).