Its not that I wasn’t thinking of you, believe me. Its just that, well, I won’t go into too much sordid detail here, but there are some stomach complaints that leave little room for writing blog posts. Yes, I was ill. I still am. I’ve been hit by a particularly nasty bout of IBS, and its going to take some time to settle things down again.
But of course, because I never do anything by halves, my darling husband is having a couple of days off right now and decided, for a whole bunch of really complicated reasons, that it would be a great idea for us to switch offices. Yes, while I am ill. No, he did not expect me to help move the furniture. So now he has the north-facing back room, and I have the sunny, and much larger, front room with the sofabed-futon thingey to lounge on. I suspect I may have got the best end of the deal, don’t you?
This brilliant wheeze unfortunately has its down side. Evenlode OPs Centre now looks like a cross between a bad jumble sale and the aftermath of Chernobyl. Major purge, rethink and planning are urgently required. (Shame my brain is on illness-induced sabbatical, but there we are.)
This is not entirely a bad thing, however. I need to be systematic about everything right now, and the study change is just the external materialisation of the internal mess I am in. Because it turns out that this blogging thing is much harder than it looks, and I am going to have to be a lot more organised than I thought. I can’t just fire off a post for this blog in half and hour from a standing start, as I do with my personal blog, because its not that kind of site. I want my readers to be informed, and that means my research has to be spot on and my posts thorough and thoughtful. I need to write ahead, and I haven’t worked out how I can do that and juggle my health issues and life at the same time. I think its good, on the whole, to reassess what you are doing periodically, but I’ve never been one for planning systematically how to do something, as the state of my desk drawers unvariably show.
Yes, its cosmic learning time!
So, today’s Outflow is about two things, redesigning my work area, and planning my work method. I must be mindful about what I’m going to need and the issues I am going to have to plan for, like not being well enough to write on a posting day. I’m going to need a workspace that supports me, with all the tools for writing, painting, planning and running this little endeavour within easy reach. And its got to be easy to keep tidy and organised because I am crap at being neat and perversely, as a Libran, I don’t like working in a messy, ugly space. In this way, writing a blog isn’t any different from my other creative work, my writing and painting. It just has to be more systematic and focussed.
If you keep a blog, I would love to know how you organise yourself ahead, and plan your posts. And if, like me, you are lovingly embarking on making a new creative nest for yourself, I would love to hear about that too. Please leave a reply (the tag appears at the top of each post for some reason, thats another design issue on my blog To Do list!) and maybe we can do a compendium post of all the shared ideas and wonderful ‘Rooms of Our Own’.