Tuesday, May 26, 2009


Fasten your seat belts, keep your hands inside the trolley car, and hang on tight. I am about to break a cardinal rule of blogging. If you are a reader of Leo Babuata's blog, Write to Done and filed to memory the Nov.12, 2008 blog post 10 Mistakes That Could Be Killing Your Blog, you will note that I will be committing blog sin # 3: "Writing About Infrequent Posting."

In case you are wondering about the predecessor to menace #3, it is "Infrequent Posting."

Yep. Guilty as charged.

And while I do respect the advice from Leo Babuata (he's a fabulous professional writer/blogger and knows his stuff), I am choosing not to apply it to Becoming Me at this stage of the game. Why? Because in the growing world of blogging, I reside in the sprawling community of mommy bloggers. And, I think, rest, work, play, and pray in a smaller neighborhood within that mommy blogging community. And in this neighborhood, we know and care about one another.

If my real life neighbor went missing for several weeks, I would feel concern. And then if she reappeared and seemed a bit different than her usual chipper self, my apprehensions may rise.

So what has been keeping me from blogging? Several factors, but please know I am not closing down this blog.

1) Some Personal Chaos: Nothing terribly traumatic in the long scheme of life, but enough to keep me busy. Due to budget cuts, The Professor's job contract has not been renewed. This means we will be moving again (our fifth major move in a five-year period).

To where will we be moving you ask? We have no clue. But God does, and that is a beautiful and bankable truth. At this point, The Professor is on the job market looking for either another college level teaching position or a job in the field of political science.

I will also be going back on the job market and have taken on a few freelance projects. Revamping my resume, job searching, and freelance work has required time that I previously devoted to writing blog posts.

2) Technical Issues: I have been plagued with various technical difficulties from blog posts to Internet connections. Not fun.

3) Too Many Commitments: I'll keep this one simple. I say yes more than I say no.

4) Brain Fizzle: I bet you didn't know that Brain Fizzle is a technical term. OK, it's not. But I have a definition for it anyway.

Brain Fizzle is a cousin of Writer's Block. Unlike its cousin, Brain Fizzle victims easily find topic ideas and the words necessary to discuss them. However, those with brain fizzle think of so many items at one time that the ideas stop bubbling and fizzle out.

Those are my dilemmas. But like I wrote above, I'm not planning to bow out of blogging. I will post when I can. I also have some great guest posts coming up for you next week.


Leslie said...

I'm so sorry about your hubby losing his job and that you have to move again! God probably has something even better in store for you all.

I was just on Sheryl's blog, The Perch, and today's post was about her "new normal". This sounds like what is happening to you.

Prayers and blessings to you, and I'll look for your future posts even if they're not as frequent!

Sarah@Life in the Parsonage said...

We mommy bloggers get it...we're in the same boat :)

Mel said...

The job loss is well stinky and I am trusting that the new job for The Prof will be astoundingly wonderful. It sounds like your priorties are awesomely in line!!!

Beth in NC said...

I am sorry to hear about your husband's job. God bless you both as you walk through this season. I pray a job opens up ASAP.


Anonymous said...

I've broken that rule so often it's not even funny. I didn't even realize it was a rule!

I'm glad you updated, because it is nice to know what's happening, and now we can know how to pray for you. And you should never apologize for being busy with real life - we all understand!

Anonymous said...

I am so sorry to hear about your husband's job! I pray that something wonderful comes open for him soon.

Proverbs 27:19 said...

I am sure we all understand.

I admire you attitude about not knowing where you are moving!


MaryBeth said...

I'm glad you posted because I was wondering if you were doing okay.

I'm sorry to hear about your husband's job loss and the subsequent move, but as you mentioned it is in His hands.

I'll keep you all in my prayers and look forward to seeing updates from you as brain frizzle and time allow.

Aspiemom said...

I'm sorry to hear about your husband's job. It sounds like you have an awful lot going on and a lot of changes. God's going to be stretching your faith, huh?

We'd love to have you in Chattanooga!

lisasmith said...

I keep telling you that you must lead my double life...so glad my condition has a name. :)

Falling Around said...

You and I, we get each other. I am right there with you in the brain fizzle-ness of life. I have about twenty topics pop into my head on a daily basis and then... gone. Not sure where they go. Perhaps they fly away to someone else's brain. ;-)

I am so sorry to hear your hubby's contract didn't get renewed. God has a plan for you through this, but I'm sure you don't need me to tell you that. I will pray he finds another position quickly.

Blessings to you.

Falling Around said...

BTW, I had to check my comment after I posted it just now to make sure I wrote "pop" and not "poop". So glad I got it right... whew!

Muthering Heights said...

I will keep the employment/moving issue in prayer!

Tracy said...

boy do I hear ya on the infrequent blogging, emailing, phone calls, laundry, etc. & especially on the brain fizzle - yowsers.
keep us posted on life.

Misty said...

i've been blaming my brain fizzles on mommy brain in one of its states (preggo brain, sleep deprived brain, and then just plain old mommy brain!) for the last 3 yrs.... dh says it's getting old! :)
i understand the need to lie low blogging-wise. i've been in my own nonblogging funk....
definitely looking forward to hearing from you when you and your guests do write, tho!

Melissa said...

May the Lord be with you on this journey you and yours will take. I am thinking about you.

Joy Abbott @ Insane4Indo said...

I feel with you on the whole moving thing. Totally not fun. I've moved over 30 times in my 26 years of life. Hang in there. I'll be praying for you as the Lord brings you to mind.

Wendi @ Every Day Miracles said...


Even thought the posting has been less frequent, you are still high on the list of my favorite bloggers. :) Ever since I first found your blog I have been excited to see a new post each time you have written one. - Whether it is once a week or every day. :)

I feel like I know you - even though I think that would be on the "things not to say when leaving blog comments, because it gives away your dorkiness" rule list. :)

I will be praying as you go through these changes.

Mrs. Sidney said...

I think I have been plagued with Brain Fizzle before and I, too am learning to say no.

I have never had a normal blogging schedule, at first I tried to blog everyday and the quality wasn't great and now I just blog when the holy spirit guides me to share.

Glad you aren't quiting blogging all together.

christy rose said...

When one door closes another one opens. God will show you where.

Prayers and blessings,


Lisa writes... said...

Fizzling right along with you...

And who knew there were rules?

Kimberly said...

I like your word brain fizzle. :) But I am sorry you have it! And I am so sorry about your husband's job.

I will definitely be praying, my friend. I know I live nowhere near you, but if you do think of something, anything, I can possibly do...let me know. I know prayer is powerful...but I like to "do", too.

Hey...I hate you have to move, but maybe you will move close to me and then I can actually do things to help. How about moving back to South Carolina? ;)

Love you!

Adventures In Babywearing said...

I hope all is going well. I will be praying!


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