At This Point In Time

Well, it’s been almost one month, a big four weeks more or less, since I’ve posted anything.

Yes, we were on vacation for the first two of those weeks and unfortunately, I’ve been back at work for the last two weeks.

To be honest here, the thought of creating any type of content(of any description) literally would ramp up my already throbbing anxiety new and really exciting levels of distress.

So, no new posts in a month or so.

And the reality is, I’m not sure of there will be anything of creative writing substance coming from yours truly in the near future.

I really do feel burned out in the blogging realm.

Not so much in the writing world of things, but exceedingly scorched as it relates to the blogging universe.

As I look back, I’ve created over 900 blog posts(and yes, some of them are updates and re-posts), but nevertheless those 900 have in many respects drained the tank.

I will admit that this feeling of burnout isn’t entirely due to simply blogging and writing. Much of it I suspect falls of of where I’m at in my life at this moment.

Which in many ways feels like burnout…….which it probably is.

So, what happens next?

I don’t have an answer for that, other than to say we’ll see what happens as time marches on.

I have decided at this point to point “Lynn’s Tuesday Picture Prompt” on an extended “leave of absence” so to speak.

I really do appreciate and have a heart full of thanks to the many, many of you who participated perhaps just once or often on a weekly basis or somewhere in between in making “Lynn’s Tuesday Picture Prompt” a wonderful exercise in creativity(on your part) for over a year.

I don’t think I’m at the point yet of completely abandoning my blog and blogging altogether.

I am really proud of what I’ve accomplished in the wonderful and often frustrating world of writing and especially in terms of “justabitfurther” as an entity within the blogosphere.

Writing, blogging and creating poetry has forced me to look very deep within myself and often having to come to grips with what is/was hidden within the crevices of my soul.

This isn’t goodbye post or anything close to that(at least I don’t think it is).

What I think it ultimately is or will be……is simply part of the evolution of “justabitfurther” as a blog “organism.”

Life moves on and changes are part of that process we call living. This is part of it.

So, not goodbye….but how about I’ll catch up and talk to you all later.

— as always with love —

— get outdoors; find inspiration; discover yourself —

11 thoughts on “At This Point In Time

  1. Burnout really does take the life out of living. I ended up walking away from a pretty good job because i was burned out 2 years ago. Just working part time now. Good on you for recognizing it Glen. And for taking the steps to address it. There is nothing worse than trying to write something and there is nothing there. Hope the break is very helpful! πŸ™

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    1. Thanks Carl.

      In some ways it came as a surprise, while in another way..not a surprise at all. The concept(although it seems better now) to sit down and write something was at times overwhelming. It was one of those, “nope – can’t do it” scenarios.

      I do hope it passes and I can in some way rejuvenate myself to write once again. I had put what I think was a lot of work and tears into my blog over the past four or five years and really don’t want to completely walk away from it.

      So, we’ll see what the future holds.

      Thanks for commenting and visiting…it meant a lot.

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      1. You are very welcome, Glen. I do try to make it a point to read (depending on the time) 10-15 blogs a week of the blogs I follow. I take my “managed followed site” and go through them in order. As a ultrarunner I follow a lot of different genres (not just running) and find it expands my world in doing so.
        I know some bloggers that publish a quality post weekly like clockwork. I can’t do that, but try to aim for monthly. There are times though, when the inspiration is not there, and it might be 3 months. Or longer. The hardest part is not to be hard on myself. I know it will eventually come back. And it always does. I usually have 5 or 6 articles in draft. Just not happy with them. I keep going back to them, and eventually get to the point where I’ll either delete them or find the words to get them done.
        There certainly is a lot of work that goes into a blog. I do hope things work out. And however long it might take, you will be back. πŸ˜€πŸ™πŸ¦‹

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      2. Thanks again Carl. I’m sure I’ll be back in one form or another. I’m just don’t at this point want or need the extra pressure(which is totally of my own doing) from feeling the need to write and create something on a regular basis.

        I have had some ideas about a few posts I could write, but not at the point of putting forth the resources and energy to be “fingers to the keyboard.”

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  2. so very sorry to read this Glen! I know I’m not a persistent follower and haven’t been over for ages but I was just getting my collection of ‘wordsmiths’ together and thought of you πŸ™‚ And yes you don’t write many poems and you are no real wrangler of words BUT your name immediately came to mind when I thought of people whose posts sincerely “touched my heart” on a persistent basis. For example not just the occasional post + Lyn’s amazing photography … your walks, your separation from your beloved daughter, your little doggie dying.

    You have been giving us so much and all this whilst still working full-time is impressive. Pray to see you back here when you are ready but always good to take a break and refuel the creativity πŸ™‚

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    1. Thanks Kate.
      I often think of you as well.

      The past 16 or 17 months have been draining to say the least. You know its time to back away for a bit when something you truly enjoyed and looked forward to doing(writing) be becomes like an unpaid job you hate waking up for.

      I’n sure that I’ll get back to posting material, but not likely at the rate I don’t before. At least that’s how it feels at the moment.

      Even though here in Canada things from my side of the street seems normal pandemic wise, we are in the start of a 4th wave which is being called “the wave of the unvaccinated.” Unvaccinated make up 70 to 80 percent of new infections. So, we’ll see. Also, the Liberal government met with the Governor General and dissolved parlimanet yesterday… so a federal election on September 20.

      But, on a positive note, Lynn and I are heading to Nova Scotia to see our daughter at the end of September. You have to apply to enter Nova Scotia(as you do now for most eastern Canada provinces) and you need to be double vaxxed in order to avoid a self-isolation/quarentine period. Both Lynn and I are double vaxxed, so we’re good to go. It will have been over two years since we last saw here.

      Anyhow, thank you so much for stopping by. It meant so much to see it was you.

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      1. oh wow, 2 years is far too long but I’m sure you’ve kept in close contact 😦

        Yes your very early election has had coverage here altho I don’t open the articles to read details I still read the headlines and knew something was wrong … assumedly about those poor children.

        Anyway love to you all and right to take time out … virtual safe HUGS all round, take care of each other and yourself smart man πŸ™‚

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      2. Oh yes, we video chatted and phone calls, but not the same.

        The unmarked graves at the residential schools will be a major issue for sure. The Prime Minister said it was time for Canadians to have their say on getting out of the pandemic on a number of fronts. From how to re-start the economy; vaccination issues(hesitency and vaccination passports); manditory vaxx for certain sectors(health care for example; federal workers).

        Again, thanks so much for your kind words and encouragement. Take care and be safe.

        Glen and Lynn

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