I've not been blogging as much lately... not been doing much research either. The reasons vary and it's not unusual for me to go through one of these "times". I've had one of these slumps earlier this year and while I know it will pass, it's never comfortable for me. I feel as if valuable time is passing and I'm doing nothing about it. In reading blog posts from several other bloggers lately, it's not just me; it seems that many of us are in a bit of a slump or stretching ourselves too thin.
My blog is suffering for several reasons - lack of what I feel are interesting topics, lack of time to sit and write a meaningful post and the biggest reason being it's summertime and I've got lots of kids! I've spent the last 4 weeks taking them here and there, sending some off on trips, getting them back home and sending someone else out. All of my children are under driving age and two of them are under school age... birthday parties, play-dates, get-togethers, sports activities, sleepovers, boo boos.. these are the things that summer break are made of. One plus this month was a recent visit to my parents home which did provide me some valuable research time in the way of family photos and putting some timelines together.
My research is stalling again and I think it's partly because I simply tend to go through this every few months - I just don't have anything that's "calling" to me right now. This has been something that I've done for the last 15 years - take a bit of time away from it and come back with renewed excitement to do more. The trouble is, I wasn't blogging before last fall and now that I'm into one of my down times, my blog is also suffering because my research is slowing. Tombstone Tuesday and Wordless Wednesday are about all I can muster at this point. In the meantime there are MANY records that I need to get entered into my database - something that I've always had a problem with. I go through a research "flurry" find lots of great stuff and then it sits in a folder waiting to be entered. Maybe during this slump I could get that done, trouble is whenever I open my software I have trouble keeping myself off the internet - anyone else suffer from this distraction? The next thing I know I've skidded on over to Ancestry looking something up, checked my email, replied to a few, stopped by reader to catch up on some reading, left comments on great posts, and searched the new members at GW... viola! an evening wasted and no data entered. This is certainly an area that I need to work on.
Two more distractions that have come my way recently are Twitter and GenealogyWise. While I am still loving GenealogyWise, I have not found much use for Twitter. I'm not sitting at my PC all day, I don't use a mobile device for texting/mailing/twittering etc. I think I am ready to get out of the world of Twitter - because I never truly entered it anyway. GenealogyWise is another story. Because I was not a user of Facebook (I was tempted but never got "into it" if you will) GenealogyWise offers me another way to reach other researchers and possibly other family. Rather than waiting for someone to trip over my blog, I can reach out to any other members researching the same surnames & areas and directly contact them. This is a wonderful tool in my opinion and unlike facebook, we're ALL there for the same general purpose - Genealogy.
Whew, now that I've gotten all that off my chest, I think I'll go do some laundry and color with crayons for a while. No need to push it for today :-) I don't want to suffer another genealogy blackout.
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