I Can’t Stop Blogging

A little over 6 months ago, I declared I would post very little on this blog and focus my writing on books and other platforms where I would not be tied to a self imposed editorial calendar.

As my regular readers soon noticed, I kept writing and posting here at well over half my regular rate. I did write some articles for other platforms and I did compile two books, but I came to understand how much I enjoy the immediacy of posting my work as soon as it is finished—waiting for an editor to accept and publish my work was much harder than I had anticipated. I still work that way to a degree, but I missed being able to share my writing in real time.

So, know that I have not ended up putting A Country Doctor Writes to rest, just know that I post when I have something to share. I know that my regular readers are quick to read my work because they subscribe via email or WordPress or follow me on LinkedIn, Facebook or Twitter.

I do enjoy the freedom of not promising myself a set number or frequency of postings. I had developed an all-or-nothing view of my blogging that wasn’t at all necessary. It’s a little bit like my dietary habits. Let me explain:

As a child, I was a picky and squeamish eater. I could eat meat as long as it wasn’t recognizable as an animal part, such as a chicken drumstick or a piece of steak with its obvious muscle texture. Approaching my teens, I didn’t want to be viewed as a picky eater, so I decided to call myself a vegetarian, but I eventually decided to simply eat what I wanted and not worry about how to explain or justify my preferences.

So here we are. I write when I have something to say. But when there is snow to shovel, animals to take care of or family matters that occupy my mind, I go silent without worrying. Nobody will suffer from my periodic radio silences and nobody will set their alarm clock according to my writing habits.

I was being a little obsessive-compulsive about the whole thing. And now I have gradually given myself permission to go with the flow—of life, of waxing and waning inspiration and inconsistent degrees of ambition.

But I have come to realize that having my own “platform” is a very liberating feeling. I was just being a little hard on myself in my view of what that platform should look like.

5 Responses to “I Can’t Stop Blogging”


  1. 1 Marilyn Findlay December 20, 2020 at 9:11 am

    I feel the same way. I think we want to be heard. we want to feel our message matters, what we think and feel is important and our lives shouldn’t be just swept under a rug. leave no stone unturned or word unsaid. everyone should have a voice that is recognized. love your posts. Doc.

  2. 2 Fredrik svennelid December 20, 2020 at 10:30 am

    Hej!

    Mycket trevligt du fortsätter blogga, uppskattar väldigt dina texter! Men det är ju inte mer än rimligt att vardagliga livet kommer före i prioriteringsordning.

    God Jul o Gott Nytt År från Skåne!

    Fredrik Svennelid
    Veberöd
    Distriktsläkare VC Skurup

  3. 4 Charlotte Duncan December 21, 2020 at 10:08 am

    Doesn’t matter to me — if you write it, I’ll read it.

  4. 5 DebRN December 22, 2020 at 5:05 pm

    I am delighted to hear it! Merry Christmas from Wisconsin. Another exquisitely beautiful state.


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