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June 25, 2007


I recently spent four years on a bed made of 4 layers of foam in an alpinish apartement avec vue de montreal. Don't you dare stop blogging. If you need to change, just post from time to time on "the unbearable lightness of being", even if it makes no "sense". Sorry. Enspirited.


Oh, you scared me at first, Beth, thinking you were going to stop bogging, period! I do understand the need for a break, a change for a while, but I would miss you greatly! Your retreat sounds amazing - spiritually and visually, and inspired a lovely piece of writing again.

I for one would completely support whatever decision you make, Beth. Lately I've been far less "present" online, although my teaching prevents me from completely pulling the plug. But I know what it's like to sense your "real life" pulling you away from your "virtual" one, and I don't see that as a bad thing.

So do what your soul is calling you to, then see where that leads you. You owe nothing to your readers than being true to yourself: the very virtue that's always made Cassandra sing.

A lovely post. And what Lorianne said.

I wish I had - what? - the strength of mind to do the same, Beth. The eccentricities of Radio Userland provided me with a one month break when I was on Salon back in 2004 &, after initial carpet gnashing, I felt the benefit enormously.

But although spirit was willing when RU sputtered back into action, it was very difficult restoring momentum. Resuming blogging felt a little like trying to board a moving train. I share Natalie's tendency to procrastination so it might have just been me, but (now I'M in Cassandra mode) be warned, Beth! At least, give us all fair warning of your furlough in the wilderness...

I'd miss finding your thoughts here, but I would envy you for being able to shake off your barnacles for a while.

I think Dick is right, though -- if you stop altogether, you'll probably find it hard to start again, even if you keep up other journals throughout.

How about a regular Sunday Evening Update? You could save up the best of the week's thoughts and discoveries and set down the ones you had time and energy for, and maybe the ritual would become a milestone for starting a fresh week.

Good luck in whatever you choose --

I am glad that "pulling the plug" means, in this context, taking a month or so away from the blog, and not deleting the blog altogether as some of my favorite bloggers are wont to do! :-)

I would miss you, and your lovely posts, if you went on hiatus.

But, on the other hand, I would understand. Sometimes life just doesn't have room for blogging, or one is not in a phase where the sorts of thinking that blogging rewards (or discourages) aren't quite right. I wonder, too, if this is an inevitable stage for many long-term bloggers - I've known many people who've had to, or simply wished to, take a break for a bit.

I think the trick is to figure out what it is about blogging, or not blogging, that appeals to you - or does not. Going on a few weeks (or even months, gasp) sabbatical can help you decide how blogging is going to fit into your life in the next phase. Who knows, maybe it will make blogging exciting again.

Of course, I am hoping that, after such a break, you'd want to come back!

What an amazingly wondrous garden and what a joy it must have been to be there. Beth, I don't think you'll stop blogging. Once the germ has entered the blood, it stays there. At least in those of us whose immune system welcomes the blogbug with open arms. It can be a kind of meditation too - certainly your posts often are. I'd like to try and reach a point where I am detached from the results of blogging (the stats, the comments, the "popularity") and even from the formalities of doing something for an audience. Simply to use the space as a kind of blank canvas or notebook, an experimental space.

Your sojourn sounds wonderful, rich, inspiring.
Do what you need to do, you know you'll always be welcomed back!

Oh my, Beth...we can probably go for a month without hearing from you, but if t'were to become permanent, I would surely miss your gentle but penetrating and provocative observations and musings. I love this blog.

Hi Beth - just dropping by for the first time in a while. I find my various breaks really useful - breaks from blogging, breaks from writing, breaks from people, even if I resist them! Hope you can give yourself what's right. Hope all is well with you too. Off to visit qarrtsiluni now!

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Who was Cassandra?

  • In the Iliad, she is described as the loveliest of the daughters of Priam (King of Troy), and gifted with prophecy. The god Apollo loved her, but she spurned him. As a punishment, he decreed that no one would ever believe her. So when she told her fellow Trojans that the Greeks were hiding inside the wooden horse...well, you know what happened.