I mean, I say that casually, almost in a cavalier sort of what. It isn’t something I’m deeply concerned about. KellyMRivard.com has fulfilled many needs in my life over the last few years: a digital sandbox, a creative space, a career search tool. But, I’ve always operated it under the caveat that it had to be fun. It is, and has always been, first and foremost a hobby. A safe haven. An online forum for me to use for decompression.
So, despite being a professional communicator who puts bread on the table by helping others make the most of their social media presences (including blogs), I don’t approach it with a whole lot of passionate.
Don’t get me wrong; I am VERY passionate about this blog. I have put in a lot of work to create this little online aggregation of disorganized thoughts and rambling insanity. And I’ve definitely done some interesting work with it from a strategic standpoint. But, only when I’ve felt like it. When you run a blog as a hobby, it should be fun. (Don’t get me wrong — blogs I’ve worked on as part of my career are fun, also. Blogging, to me, is inherently fun. Working on blogs is naturally fun and interesting to me. But there are definitely times then work-related blogging DOES feel like work.)
(I guess I should also point out that I very rarely, if ever, proof-read my own blog before I hit “publish.” I’m awful at proof-reading myself. I have to do it at work. Sometimes I can’t muster the drive to do it here.)
I guess my point is, sometimes this blog gets slow. Sometimes I go a week, or two, or even three, without posting. Sometimes, I post every flippin’ day of the week. Why? Because.
Because, when you spend a work week (anywhere from 35 to 70 hours, I’m realizing) working on these sort of things, sometimes it’s a nice feeling to NOT work on it at home, at the end of the day. And sometimes, when you are so inspired by what you do and who you work with, you can’t NOT write. So, according to most of the best practices I tell people when getting started in blogging, I am not very good at blogging.
That’s okay. My incoming traffic fluctuates. My content is often varied between super-serious and not-serious-at-all. But, overall, this is an online safe haven.
Now, this post reminds me of a saying, the sayer of which I can’t seem to recall: “If you love what you do, you’ll never work a day in your life.” Now, I disagree. I love what I do. I adore what I do. But I work hard. I come home exhausted. I second-guess myself. I stress. Working in an agency isn’t always sunshine and daisies and lollipops and unicorn farts. It’s hard. It’s stressful. It’s taxing on the mind and body. But boy, is it fantastic.
And I truly, really love blogging. And social media. And a lot of other facets of communication. And, I LOVE agriculture. I love the connection I feel with the products I use because of my place in the agriculture industry. I love that my job allows me to be a sponge for agricultural knowledge and trivia. I love that working with a wide variety of projects, both at work in a volunteer setting, means I get to continue learning and growing in my understanding of agricultural systems.
But, just like blogging, sometimes I like to shut it off. Sometimes, it’s nice to not discuss agriculture.
But, just like blogging, sometimes it’s hard to avoid. Sometimes something sparks me so brightly that I MUST discuss agriculture, even after saying I wouldn’t or didn’t want to. I’ve been guilty of saying, “I don’t want to talk about ag right now,” and five minutes later something would pop up that would plunge me into a very engaging conversation about beef cattle, or how cheese is made, or the value of seed stock pigs, or the impact that corn and soy prices have on all of the above.
I guess what I’m saying is, you can be passionate about something. You can love something really, truly, deeply…and still need a break from it. You can immerse yourself in what you love and still have to come up for air. That doesn’t mean you don’t love it. It doesn’t mean you aren’t passionate. It just means you’re human.
In fact, taking a break, needing a break, now and then…it probably makes you better at what you do. At least, it does for me. It adds perspective. It freshens the rush and keeps things from getting old.
So what if this blog goes a few weeks without much riveting content? I was never in it for fame or pageviews. Sometimes that break from it makes me better at what I do. Sometimes, putting my blog on the back burner means the work I do for others is done that much better. Sometimes it means that I come back to my work and my personal blog with a refreshed spirit and a renewed drive.
And sometimes it means I get an extra hour of sleep because I didn’t spent that time writing a post. And everyone likes sleep.