The COVID_19 pandemic has in no uncertain terms caused the lives of many, if not all of us to change and adapt in ways that two or three months ago were unthinkable. Of the many changes and adaptations that have taken place and been implemented has been spending way more time at home than ever before.
This time at home may have been a result of a variety of causes, such as self-isolation; mandatory quarantine; working from home; loss of your job due to being laid off; looking after your children due to schools being closed or a host of other reasons.
Regardless of the reason why many of us(not all, though) are finding ourselves with more extra time on our hands than we ever expected. So, what are we doing with this time?
Are you simply staring off into oblivion hoping the pandemic ends tomorrow all the while doing nothing? Perhaps you’re working a bit harder on your physical fitness by walking more? What about learning a new hobby or upgrading a skill?
Dr. Tanya asks that question in Blogging Insights #27 – “Repairing” – Yourself and Your Blog.
Dr. Tanya gives us a bit of insight to get started.
“When fishermen cannot go to sea, they repair their nets.”
I found this quote about fishermen repairing their nets on social media. It seemed so apt for using the lockdown time positively. This is such a great time for trying all those changes/improvements that you always wanted to do but never had time or energy for.
QUESTION What are you doing to ‘repair’ (re-vamp or update) yourself and your blog during the lockdown?
The short answer to this “absolutely nothing.”
Since the start of the pandemic in our area(say since the beginning of March), I’ve been working more than ever before. In fact, today as I’m writing this we’re selecting new emergency crews boards for the month of May.
Here in Ontario, the weather is just starting to turn nice. April was cold and wet for the most part, so getting outside for anything more than a walk around the block was a challenge. The parks are closed where we live, but many of the walking trails are open for walking, as long as social distancing rules are adhered too.
Having said that, there has been much confusion as to what trails/parks are closed and what is open. This confusion about what one can do and can’t do in the outdoors seems to be prevalent across our region and across the province as a whole.
Lynn and I haven’t been outside as much as we would have liked. A good chunk of the reason is due to the confusion surrounding what is permissible or not permissible, and the remaining reasons have been a result of the colder and wetter month of April.
In terms of changes in my blog, the only thing has been the introduction of a new category called “Short and Sweet.” These are intended to be posts that are short(perhaps just 200 words or less) and on no particular topic. The thought was that shorter posts would allow me to post and schedule posts on a more frequent and regular basis during this time.
In terms of “re-vamping or updating” myself, what has occurred was something completely unintentional. I think that I’ve become emotionally stronger through the pandemic to this point. What was scary and unknown at the start of this, has now become the new normal. I’m not sure if that reflects a greater emotional strength or not, but from where I sit, I do feel emotionally better.
At work, we all know what we need to do. We get our ppe on; put heads down and get on with the job.
From the confines of the “old homestead,” life continues as it has in the past, albeit with a “new normal” for sure.
Lynn and I are working at some new summer vacation plans, as it doesn’t look like our trip east at the end of June and in July will occur. Inter-provincial travel(travel across provincial borders) for the most part is banned, except for essential service trips. We’re hoping travel restrictions will be lifted by the fall when I have holidays at the end of September and then might be able to travel to Nova Scotia to visit our daughter, who we haven’t seen since July of 2019.
Once again, a big shoutout and thanks to Dr. Tanya(Salted Caramel) for her neverending work on this “Blogging Insights Series” and looking at “repairing ourselves and our blogs” during our lockdown time due to COVID_19.
— get outdoors; find inspiration; discover yourself —