Don’t sign your blogging contract when you’re sleeping.

Chickadee and seeds

I can’t imagine not blogging almost every day, can you?

OK, that’s an outright lie.

I can imagine not blogging almost every day.

It almost feels luxurious.  It feels wide-open, limitless, free.  It feels like you’d have time to create wise posts.  You’d sound just like Confucius.  You could edit your posts properly.  You could use gramatically-correct language.  You would use exclamation marks and ellipses and parenthesis sparingly, if at all.

Readers would stop by your blog and nod with amazement, “What a wise blogger!  We should subscribe to her Wise Blog.  Her pearly words of wisdom will tremendously enrich our days, when she chooses to publish.”

You wouldn’t use a double negative in your first sentence.  (Remember Grammar 101?  Do not use a double negative in your first sentence, your last sentence or any sentence in between.  That involves words like “can’t” and  “not” in the same breath.  Miss Mahaffy, my white-haired horror of a 7th grade English teacher is fuming in her grave this morning.)

I would like the luxury of not being inspired to blog more than 1,000 posts since 2008.

Chickadee hearts seeds

Except, somewhere along the line, I signed an almost-daily contract to be a Conduit for Blogging Creativity.

If you don’t blog, the Conduit just gets fitful.  It hisses, “You are not holding up your end of the contract!  I have things to say.  Open your clutched fists and type, you wimpy lazy contract-breaching so-and -so!”

Kathy has nothing to say on these mornings.  (Such as today.)  Why blog?  It makes no sense.  This is a perfect day to receipt taxes and watch snow spatter from the heavens and, OK, maybe start work on federal taxes, except, hey, isn’t that too much tax work for a Saturday?   (OK, Miss Mahaffy, yep, run-on sentence, but I adore them lately.  Please kindly stay in your grave or you’ll be born again as Conduit for Creativity rather than a Conduit for Grammar and you won’t have a Say what arises.)

This Passion rises again and again and again and again and tomorrow and Monday and probably Tuesday and definitely Wednesday, except we’re sometimes allowed to skip a day.  It rises with a fluttering in the heart, a burst of serotonin that feels better than dark chocolate.

Painters can’t stop painting.  Authors can’t stop penning stories.  Photographers can’t stop framing photos.  Dancers can’t stop dancing and bloggers can’t stop blogging.  Not if they’ve signed their Passion Contracts.

I think the Passion Contract reads something like this–although I do believe that it was signed in a dream, so it might not be binding:

I, _________ (insert said name here), being mostly of sound mind and body do vow to listen to my heart’s pitter-pat of passion for _________ (insert said art, hobby or philosophy here) and do duly abide to be ready at a minute’s notice __________ (insert 5 minutes, 10 minutes, 15 minutes) to ________ (insert said art, hobby or philosophy here) and I shall not whine, complain, grump or fuss when called by the Almighty Creator to create.   _______ Your signature.

Chickadee following his or her passion...

My husband sometimes says, “You blogged again today?  STOP!”

“Why?” I ask, all innocent.

“Because you’re going to burn out and then start carrying on how you’re going to quit blogging again,”  he says.

“I promised you–and all the rest of my blog-reading family–that I would never ever ever ever ever say that again,” I say hotly, with just the proper indignant emphasis.  “You will never ever ever hear me say that again!”

Then I mutter under my breath, “When I decide to quit blogging, I’ll just quit.   None of you need to hear a word about it again.”

The Creativity Conduit elbows me in the mouth when I say that, bringing up bold images of the dream-contract, but I ignore her, too.

Some folks claim that they can’t write more than two blogs a month.

“Good for you!” I heartily encourage, patting them on their silent wise blogging backs, “The Creativity Conduit hasn’t bribed you in the middle of sleep to be her maidservant, running after her every inspiration!  You get days off.  Lucky you!  Enjoy your hours of rest, silence, quiet un-inspiration.  ENJOY IT!  When the words and photos dry up– love it.  And don’t go signing any contracts with that Almighty Creator for DAILY labor.  She’s a strict and crazy taskmaster.  You’ll have no time to watch the chickadees or moan about the weather.”

Chickadee magic

Without signing that daily Creativity Contract, you’ll be in charge.  You’ll be balanced.  You won’t wake up writing blogs at 4 a.m.  You won’t fall so behind responding to comments or reading other blogs because the Slavemaster beckons with Yet Another Post.

You’ll be like Confucius.

Confucius say:  Wheresoever you go, go with all your heart.

I think Confucius, the good blogger that he was, is attempting to tell us that ALL our hearts have signed a contract with the Almighty Creator.  Some of us signed a contract for 365 posts a year teaching photography skills.  Others signed for sixteen thoughtful blogs per year, and not one single more.  Others signed up to be humorous conduits of creativity.  Others signed for–gasp!–no blogs, ever.  Perhaps they signed up for chickadee watching, for re-building old cars, for being kind and loving.

We get in trouble when we argue with our hearts, when we think we should blog more or less than the Creativity Channel decides.

Let’s listen to our blogging and non-blogging hearts yet again.

With love, Kathy

(Blogger’s note, oh, thank goodness, the Creativity Channel added something a little bit wise.  Thank you, Almighty Creator!  And you, too, Confucius, and you, too, little chickadee, and of course, Miss Mahaffy who is about to be reborn as a wild & crazy blogger with only occasional grammatical past-life memories.)

P.S.  The heart’s contracts can change overnight.  You could wake up tomorrow morning with a brand new contract–or the Almighty Creator could tear up the current contract and assign you a passion for learning, say–Tango.  You never know…

About Kathy

I live in the middle of the woods in Michigan's Upper Peninsula. Next to Lake Superior's cold shores. I love to blog.
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307 Responses to Don’t sign your blogging contract when you’re sleeping.

  1. Elisa's Spot says:


    do you just seeee all of the big sticks that I beat me with?
    this is too funny!

  2. Heather says:

    I loved this today! Your words were fairly prancing across my screen 🙂 I’m sorry that you feel enslaved by your creativity task master *teehee*, but I’m so happy that you cave to your blogging whims.

  3. jeffstroud says:

    Fuunnnnyyyy! But all so true!

    I finally got to blog myself this morning for the first time in over a month, even through I have been “trying” for at least that long to find the time and space to!

    • Kathy says:

      Jeff, I am glad the Channel wanted to speak through you this morning. Shame on that Channel for withholding herself! I shall be by to visit shortly, honest.

    • Kathy says:

      I love you philosopher mouse. I felt, briefly, like this was a book review. Maybe someday the Channel of Creativity will choose to write books instead of blogs?

  4. Sybil says:

    I don’t not love today’s post !

  5. lisaspiral says:

    Contracts with the Divine for one’s hearts desire are tricky tricky things. I promise it’s okay to avoid “sign in the next 5 minutes” and also to add your own clauses. Thus my weekly rather than daily blog. Of course sometimes the reality is you do want to sign up for the contract as written. Darn it.

    • Kathy says:

      Dear Lisa, the computer just ate my thoughtful comment. Therefore, you shall get the hasty probably muddled version. You are SO right! I am proud of you for reading the fine print before signing your contract. Do you offer lessons? Hourly advice? Next time I’m heading to you before signing!

  6. Creative blog…yup…you signed on!

  7. Okay, I’m one of those people who used to post everyday and now only does 2 or 3 times a week–mostly because my partner would kill me otherwise. And I spend close to 3 hours a day reading blogs. I write every single day. I’m constantly full of ideas, but I can’t craft anything worthwhile and live life and read blogs, if I do more than that. I’m just not smart enough. I write so slowly, it takes me days to write a single post–not because my writing is perfect. It’s still lacking–a lot. I don’t know why I spend so much time writing so few words. Sometimes I think I must be downright nuts to do it–or really, really stupid. Is there something wrong with me, do you suppose?

  8. Dana says:

    Brilliant post, Kathy! There was a time when I’d feel panicked if less than 5 posts found their way to my published section every week. Now, I’m happy to let the muse guide me whenever she feels like it (currently 1-3 times per week), but I have to say– having time to enjoy offline life feels good, too! 🙂

    My double negative story for the day: I needed to buy non-flammable wire one day so I could string up some gorgeous, red glass candle holders and hang them from my ceiling, without worrying about my tea lights burning through the wire within minutes. When I went to the hardware store and asked a clerk if a particular wire would be suitable, his answer was: “It won’t not be non-flammable”. It still puts my brain in a knot trying to untangle it! 🙂

    • Kathy says:

      Dear Dana, I read Barry your comment. I especially like the “brilliant post, Kathy!” comment. LOL! Actually, I read him your double negative story. We both ADORED it. And do not know what it means…except that it’s not non-flammable. YIKES! Be careful!

  9. Brenda Hardie says:

    😀 ohmygosh! 😀 I am laughing like crazy…you are SO funny!

    Yet, you don’t realize the gift you offer to those of us who cannot write.

    Your wicked slavemaster knows you have the gift and some of us poor souls do not…so it’s a balance.

    And behind the tantrum I can still see the goodness in you ♥ I can read it in your words and for sure can see it in your lovely photos. I know you get tired and you feel overwhelmed and sometimes, just empty. And when you happen upon those quiet, empty times…there is no need to announce it to the world. Just allow yourself to BE in that quietness.

    You know that the time will come for you to write all about that quiet time! 😀

    And who knows…perhaps there is a slavemaster pushing contracts for the “readers” of said blogs…contracts that say “You must must must read 15 bazillion blogs before anything else! Make more coffee! Read more, respond more (and yes Miss Mahaffy can correct all the errors in my comments…she’ll be in her glory!) Get to work reader!” lol imagine that! 😀

    • Kathy says:

      I swear the Creative Conduit already replied to your comment…but then again, I probably dreamed that she did! I love what you said about the readers having contracts, too. Of course you do! How couldn’t you? I hope you’ve read your quota for today! If not, get reading, Brenda!

  10. This is perfect. Some days I just have to blog, sometimes more than once. Some days I pour my heart’s passion into other creative outlets. Some days I rebel, and then repent later. The key is to just give into the flow of creativity and forgive yourself when you take a few days off.

    So fun and wise at the same time.

  11. Dawn K says:

    Some days I feel like a blogger. Some days I don’t. But I always feel like reading yours!

  12. Karma says:

    How funny for me to come and read this now. I need, I want to blog today. I’m reaching for that last, 7th, elusive “thing” to complete my imaginary contract with myself. I will feel restless until it comes to fruition.

  13. susan says:

    Cute post! I blog once a week – that’s it. I started out doing every other day several years ago and my audience said to slow down, they didn’t have time to keep up with me. I let that dictate my writing. I’m fine with it. I blog ahead of time, schedule them, so I do write often, but not daily. I write, teach and have clients – no time for a daily blog.

    • Kathy says:

      Well, the Creative Conduit had its way with me yesterday, Susan, that’s for sure. I was utterly amazed what it had to say! (I think people can’t keep up with me, either, and feel terribly awful about it, but the Creative Conduit doesn’t seem to care, evil witch that she is. She says “follow your heart” and people will or won’t come.” Sounds like you are SUPER busy! If I did that much, I would null & void this contract, honest. HUGS to you! I love your hugs!

  14. bonnie says:

    Love your post. My contract stipulates,”Whenever the spirit moves you”. You are a great blogger. Thanks for your words.

    • Kathy says:

      Oh, I am glad that you inserted that VERY important clause in your contract, Bonnie. Way to go! I am going to remember that VERY important clause for future contracts. Thank YOU for your words!

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  16. Lynne Kovan says:

    Most of the time I blog away, feeling I must keep up to date with my readers…then I think…what readers!!! How come people get 30 and 40 and more comments? I think the most I ever got was 5!!!! And that was really going some!

    • Kathy says:

      The only reason that I get lots of comments–on this blog, anyway–is that I had a Chatty Kathy doll when I was little. I was super duper shy and always wanted to be a chatty sort. So the Universe is, for some reason, letting me be a Chatty Kathy on this blog to see what it feels like. People must want to chat back. (In real life I am way more quiet. I think. With some people anyway.) The Creative conduit thinks it would be good to blog about comments again, it says.

  17. Carol says:

    I have adjusted to the idea that sometimes I may go days without blogging, and other times I blather on about nothing every day, or nearly everyday. Okay, so today I think I have adjusted to that. Tomorrow, maybe not. Sometimes your blog is daunting – your creative muse takes us all down roads that twist and turn and paths that lead us into the deeper woods and sometimes I wonder where on earth we will end up. Where we end up is with good thoughts, chuckles, envy, but always, always enjoyment.

    • Kathy says:

      Carol, I found your comment in the spam–so I’m not the only one who has been hanging out with the Spam Boys lately! Yes. Yes. Yes. To everything you said. Wondering where those twists & turns will take us this week…

  18. Colleen says:

    Oh my goodness Kathy, how I love and look forward to these days/blogs when you feel you have nothing to say, not that I don’t love and look forward to all of your blogs but when you start with these words, I always fasten my seat belt and know something special is coming 🙂

    • Kathy says:

      Tee hee, Colleen. I am almost always SHOCKED when there’s nothing to say and 1,000 words later I’m shaking my head saying “what happened? what just happened?” LOL! Good idea about seatbelts…

  19. Barbara Rodgers says:


    • Kathy says:

      I thought of you when taking these pics, Barbara. We aren’t feeding the birds this year, for the first time in 20-some years. However, we do have leftover seed and have started sprinkling it atop the snow.

      • Wondering why you decided not feed the birds this year?

        • Kathy says:

          A bear wrecked our feeder, Barry’s knees were really bothering him when it was time to repair it, the cost of bird seed, the fact that we’ve done it so many years and wanted to see how much we would miss it. The jury is still out for next year! I do miss seeing them–although it feels extra-special when I do see them in the woods now.

          • Ah, pesky bear! There has been a wave of bear attacks on bird feeders here in Connecticut, too. In fact, an 83-year-old man was arrested for illegally shooting and killing a bear guilty of tearing down a feeder…

            I hope Barry’s knees are a little better now.

  20. so dramatic and funny – thanks for sharing!

  21. Rob Rubin says:

    Great post. I feel like if I don’t post according to my schedule my fans will revolt and cause the complete meltdown of the global financial system. Who cares if I don’t get any sleep for weeks – my readers need to know about the 4 stupidest things I’ve ever done to my body.

  22. The Hook says:

    Fantastic post about writing posts!

  23. Smaktakula says:

    I feel your pain with the daily grind. Your use of double-negatives is completely acceptable however. In fact, I would say it’s not inappropriate.

  24. Love this! I just started blogging probably about a month ago and I am so completely addicted. I am a grouch if I don’t get my blog fix in for the day, wether that be reading them or writing them.

    • Kathy says:

      “Blog fix!” Girlfriend, I love it. We don’t want to be the Grinch whole stole blogging…therefore let’s keep reading and writing! Thank you for pausing to comment.

  25. Couldn’t agree more!

    Great post! Thank you for sharing!

  26. Dana says:

    Hey again, Kathy– I noticed you’ve been Freshly Pressed today! Congratulations!! The blogging muse must have appreciated your channeling efforts. 😉

  27. Oh, the 4AM posts. Do you start talking to yourself on the commute home from work and frantically trying to keep all your thoughts in order long enough to get to a computer? That’s where I’m at now. Sometimes I’ll voice-text myself a drafted text message and use it as a starting point. The worst thing though is the writer’s block – it’s like the Conduit has a charley horse. 😦

    • Kathy says:

      I’m smiling. Yep, been there, done that. Never thought of the voice-texting solution! Loving your thoughts about the Conduit’s Charley Horse. What’s the solution? Keep writing!

  28. JulianeAshley says:

    You just inspired me to go beyond my once a week post goal 🙂
    Thank you… I think.

    Love the post, though!

  29. Now I don’t feel so alone!!

  30. Whew…glad I don’t have this particular illness, yet. It sounds exhausting and could potentially be addictive and use up way too much of my time.

    Now, I’ve just got to pull out my blogtravenous in order to get on with my day…I mean I’ve had my hit today, I’m good!

  31. Christine says:

    As someone new to blogging/writing, I didn’t even realize I’ve already made that contract with myself. It’s kind of crazy how it always wins out. 1-2 times a week and lately I’ve been itching to find time for me. Thanks for this post! Loved it!

    • Kathy says:

      We’ve got to find time for ourselves! No matter what happens… OK, not all of us have to. But for some of us, it’s contractually required. **grin**

  32. edrevets says:

    Bloggers gotta blog, am I right?

    My family now accuses me that I only do stuff for blog fodder, and I have to admit they’re not entirely wrong.

    • Kathy says:

      Oh edrevets, shhhh….we mustn’t say this too loudly. Every time anything exciting happens I’m already writing a blog. **Bloggers gotta blog**

  33. James Betts says:

    The idea of not using double-negatives is an unfortunate grammar misconception that those lacking a firm grasp of formal logic didn’t realise wasn’t the way to go. Double negatives in colloquial use are, granted, mostly erroneous nonsense, and have picked up an association with ‘lower class’ English. But they do have their place.

    • Kathy says:

      James, thank you for the grammar lesson. I agree with you. Double-negatives have their place and must be kept in their place. (I hope you agree that this was a good place to let one not assert itself.)

  34. Funny. However, I assure you, if you post only once a week like I do (ok, maybe every 10 days) the pressure is still there–the Conduit still hisses–and i still sometimes feel like quitting. I cannot imagine posting everyday. I would crack under the pressure.

    • Kathy says:

      Really? The Conduit hisses if you only post every 10 days? What is up with that Conduit? Tell Him you’re going to crack. I’m sure he’ll sweetly allow you another five days off.

  35. rmv says:

    a blog about blogging.

    how original.

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  38. Yay! Kathy! Congrats on Freshly Pressed 🙂

  39. annah40 says:

    Excellent! I love to blog and sometimes feel guilty when I don’t. But if it weren’t for work and the other mundane things that creep in on a daily basis, I know I would be very witty and full of ideas. Plus I have my husband asking “Are you still on the computer?”

    • Kathy says:

      Yep, work and other mundane things…how dare they interfere with our wit and ideas? **Shhh, my husband started this afternoon asking How Long are you going to be on that computer?** Thank you.

  40. Shamelessly adding to your hit count! 😀

  41. conniewalden says:

    Thanks for sharing this. I love little birdies. Connie

  42. johnmoretti says:

    One more grammatical pitfall to avoid: superfluous hyphens such as “grammatically-correct.” If it’s an adverb modifying an adjective (as it is in this case) it is grammatically correct to leave out the hyphen. But your white-haired teacher would need one.

    • Kathy says:

      John, some more grammatical wisdom! Thank you. If spell-check doesn’t catch it–and the ghost of Miss Mahaffy doesn’t catch it–I will probably forget. Then again, maybe spell-check URGED that hyphen. In which case, I’m a sucker for spell-check. (Is spell-check hyphenated?)

  43. Hana says:

    Unfortunately, I signed the Post A Day contract and am somehow suffering. 🙂 I maybe a blog expert after my 10,000th post! I enjoyed your post. Thanks.

    • Kathy says:

      Oh Hana, I feel your pain. I wrote a nature blog every day for a year and suffered for a while. Then, suddenly, the joy overcame the suffering and then…the addiction came. You’ll be an expert sooner than you think!

  44. sineadd says:

    Loved this post. I’m a writer by trade (formerly in journalism, now in PR). I started my blog for a number of reasons but partly to reconnect to writing on a personal level. I’m so glad I came across your blog because I’ve been feeling a little jaded about the commitment I’m giving to my blog versus what I think it requires – it can be very easy to get sidetracked with other things. You’be inspired me to get back on track – thank you.

    • Kathy says:

      I am so happy when we bloggers can support one another. Glad to have shared some inspiration. (Next time when I’m jaded, I’m looking YOU up!)

      • sineadd says:

        Absolutely. And I’m also making a pact to read more blogs too – so much more fulfilling than watching mindless TV! Looking forward to following your musings and you are of course welcome anytime to read mine. 🙂

  45. Oh snap, I wished I had read this post before I hired an expensive Beverly Hills attorney who charged me $3500 to draft a contract between myself and my mind to do a daily blog.

    Great post and congrats on being Freshly Contracted..oops, I mean, Freshly Pressed.

    Mr. Bricks.

    • Kathy says:

      Mr. Bricks, $3500? Who got the better deal, you or your mind? Now you’ve got me thinking…do you think there is a hidden clause in this Freshly Pressed Contract? Must go study the paperwork. Thank you!

  46. You are amazing, Kathy. Congrats on Freshly Pressed. If anyone ever deserved this, it’s you! Love you, my friend!

  47. Allie says:

    I’m definitely not driven by your hard taskmistress, but I feel all bloggers can identify with this post. Mine pokes and prods at me, whispering insidiously into my ear “write something, you know you want to…” If I ignore her too long she waits for a weak moment and strikes! She knows that eventually I’ll have perhaps one too many glasses of wine while in front of my laptop. I’m always reluctant to view the resulting post. From now on I promise to not never forget The Contract. I’m afraid that I will never be blogging pearls of wisdom – or even photos of Chickadees in Snow. My taskmistress has other things in mind.

    • Kathy says:

      Allie, oh yes, that voice: “write something, you know you want to”…oh, and don’t talk to me about blogging after a glass of wine! The things we can write…lol. Now wondering what your taskmistress has in mind. Hurrying over to your bog to check.

  48. Grumpa Joe says:

    I blog because the page is empty, and I can’t stand to see an empty page.
    Great post.

  49. laureland says:

    This made me laugh. I understand completely the Contract that all artists have to sign. I signed mine back in January 2011 (with a little ritual and everything), and my life has been extraordinarily busy since. But, there’s no complaining to be had. Art is the ultimate taskmaster and she’s ruthless – but so divine! Love your words, keep it up!

    • Kathy says:

      Good for you with the ritual, laureland! I did a ritual with my first blog, too. We danced around a Solstice fire. Love the divinity of our taskmaster–and your beautiful words, too.

  50. Cherrie says:

    So funny! I am about to start a dance blog. I wonder if there is time to get out of the contract

  51. Animockery says:

    I applaud you for being a daily blogger! Really I started a three post regime not too long ago and that is tough to do. Right now I am am blogging one or more times a day until my blog’s one year anniversary. I have set a goal to hit my 50th post on that day as well as start my online comic. This takes place on March 8th and that leaves me with 22 days to make 29 posts plus a comic.
    Well it has been nice I enjoyed reading your post and congratulations on the fresh press. Anyone happen to know how you get picked?

    • Kathy says:

      Well, I’m not QUITE a daily blogger. But it does happen like that often. One or more times a day? You should get an award! Good luck on making your March 8th deadline. How did I get picked? It’s so random, Animockery. You never know. Last time I got picked was about two years ago. Someone with WordPress clout just happens to read….and then it’s Your Lucky Day.

  52. reinaldobanh says:

    Reblogged this on reinaldobanh and commented:
    Counting them?

  53. proxycore says:

    Haha, so true and funny. I have only just started to blog but I think I will probably get addicted soon. Ah but I don’t think it’s a contract that I mind signing. As busy as my life may be right now, it can handle a bit more stress from meeting the demands of my (very few) subscribers.

    • Kathy says:

      I know what you mean. I really didn’t mind signing this contract. (And I just discovered there is a clause for re-writing the contract down at the very bottom in light print.) Keep on blogging! Your very few subscribers will increase, especially if you blog with love & passion.

  54. Alex K says:

    I agree so true! I feel terrible if I dont blog at least once a day! I usually try for twice, and it is a contract you dont want to opt out of, but you think you are boring at the same time. Sometimes I am still so surprised people read my blog! 🙂

    • Kathy says:

      You are lucky, Alex, to have regular readers who love your blog! Do you really try for twice a day? I am always thinking my readers will strangle me if I try twice a day. (Not that there aren’t days when I couldn’t write three blogs a day.) How’s that for a double negative?

  55. char says:

    You can sign this contract without even knowing about it. I did. My husband says the same thing to me–“You posted AGAIN. It’s TOO much.” But the dang contract is very binding and oppressive. It is a harsh task master that cracks the whip over us bloggers. A non-blogger just doesn’t understand.

    • Kathy says:

      Funny husbands! Funny non-blogging husbands. Let’s just them talk about ice fishing or whatever interests them. Perhaps some day they will understand!

  56. millodello says:

    I absolutely love not blogging everyday. I hope to always miss a day or two or more. I also love not reading someone else’s blog every day. I don’t just need a break from me. I also need it from those that I read regularily. I do my best to not read daily bloggers daily. If I miss a day or more I do not go back to catch up. This post stands well on its own.

    • Kathy says:

      I didn’t have to read your comment more than once. I didn’t not get confused. I didn’t laugh. (No wonder certain folks outlaw double negatives. After awhile you can’t wrap your mind around what’s trying to be–or not trying to be–said.) With this feeble note I’ll not not say thank you.

  57. ***The LensMaster says:

    I’m new to WordPress and it really is addicting. But the good part about blogging is that you get to force yourself to live a great life indoor or outdoor and have a better perspective in life so you can share something Aha! with your readers. I LOVE BLOGGING!!!!

    • Kathy says:

      Oh another fan of blogging! I can feel the passion & excitement in your voice. Just think of all the fun things we can share with others. Glad you found the rest of us! 🙂

  58. Sunshine says:

    Simply funny because it’s all so true! 🙂 Thanks for a great read.

  59. You gave me much to think about and I love the witty-ness that goes along with it. I love grammar mishaps! I backed out of my contract but the Conduit is begging me to sign up another deal…we’ll see…this has definitely inspired me. Well written!

    • Kathy says:

      I don’t know what advice to give you, Feather Story. Anyone with a name like “Feather Story” is probably hot booty for the Blogging Conduit. And anyone who loves grammar mishaps…well, you obviously need to sign another contract. Thank you!

  60. omwaombara says:

    Hi Kathy another great blog from you. I have been declared a blog addict by my family and so I have to sneak late into the night after everyone is asleep to blog inside my bed.. I resonated well with your blog. Keep the passion burning till we meet again at the great bloggers’ party.

    • Kathy says:

      Ha ha omwaombaram, sneaking blogging from bed! I haven’t tried that one…only cuz I get too excited after blogging and then would not be able to sleep. As it is, had to turn off the computer last night at 8:30 in order to get any sleep. Dreamed about Freshly Pressed all the live-long night. (Are you referring to the Great Blogging Party in the Sky?) tee hee…

  61. Talitha says:

    Reblogged this on My Favorite Spaces.

  62. Hilair! Hello my name is Stephanie and I too, am a blog addict. I see I am in good company…there are a slew of us at your nice little meeting you have here. Pass the juice and cookies my way. Thanks.

    • Kathy says:

      Tee hee. We have to meet at posts like this one and introduce ourselves because, well, if we didn’t, we’d be blogging yet again! (Although don’t you think commenting can be like writing mini blogs by themselves?) Another cookie?

  63. forestfae says:

    I used to be a prolific blogger, but sadly over time I had to face the reality that moving countries and still blogging on my old platform back home (South Africa) just wont work. After having now lived for quite a while in the UK, I have lost touch with daily life over there, even silly little things like ‘slang’. So.. I have opened up a new WP blog, but as English is my second language I am just so nervous that I might be ribbed by total strangers about grammatical errors 😦

    Like you I used to just churn out the posts with hardly any effort.

    • Kathy says:

      Oh my dear~never worry about those English grammatical errors! Why, we native speakers (except for the very rigid among us) are so riddled with grammatical errors that we pride ourselves on them. You will fit in nicely. On the other hand, I would be so nervous blogging in a foreign language, such as Spanish, that I WOULD NOT TRY IT. The waiter in Nicaragua two weeks had to calmly and quietly explain the difference between “juice” and “games”. It was pretty funny.

      • forestfae says:

        Juice and games indeed..hehehe. Dont worry about that at all, I have often made horrendous mistakes language wise. For instance.. about two years ago I was driving home with somebodey who gave me a lift, and I saw this odd sign on the outskirts of town, it said ‘NO FLY TIPPING!OFFENDERS WILL BE FINED ETC’..

        So I said out loud, ‘ flipping heck! I never knew there was flashers hiding behind every bush and ytree in the UK? how utterly shocking!’

        So the man driving said very dryly’, erm.. fly tipping means people that illegally dump old furniture and stuff, not perverts ‘tipping theire flys’ at unsuspecting pedestrians’.

        I was *blush*.

  64. Carey Povey says:

    Haha, best ever. Absolutely made my day 🙂 wonderful

  65. god i love this post .

  66. Good writing. I mean I wish that Confucious, great guy that he is, would tell some of these bloggers to stop blogging and take up sailing or shopping or something, anything but blogging…. But that’s just me.

    • Kathy says:

      But Gail, a True & Passionate Blogger will take up sailling or shopping–and then write about it. We can’t help ourselves. We want to share our wonderful, beautiful, boring, painful, crazy days…

  67. Amory Stour says:

    That’s classic. Very astutely written!

  68. The blog is good bro please update if any good things….really i loved this…..

  69. Reblogged this on MyDestiny2011 and commented:
    The facts that we have full control of the Blogging World, that’s the most important thing. Love your posts

  70. cravencreativity says:

    I LOVED this post and could really relate to it! When I first started blogging (only at the beginning of January about a month and 1/2 ago) I was pushing myself hard to post every single day but I always had this little voice in the back of my head wondering how long it would take for me to run out of ideas going at that rate. I now post (just about) every other day and the days I don’t post I am normally working on projects to post about for the next day. I am an artist who has recently gone to creating with yarn because of the chronic pain I live with (it’s easier on my body) AND I blog about what I create, so I am well versed in the fighting with the conduit and I think I must have signed some sort of creativity contract as a baby,curses!!LOL 🙂 You write about this so eloquently and your writing is so funny and clever and I look forward to reading more of your posts! Congrats too, on being freshly pressed 🙂

    • Kathy says:

      Isn’t it interesting that our minds try to convince ourselves that we’re limited? I do not believe in believing the Mind! Look at you…you’re filled with creativity and projects, even though you have chronic pain. I admire YOU! Keep on creating and blogging. Thank you so very very very much.

  71. loustar02 says:

    Brilliant post – so funny. And so weirdly true…

  72. Reblogged this on Secondhand Surfer Blog and commented:
    This is a great blog! I laughed because I related. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.

  73. Huffygirl says:

    Wonderful for someone who thought she didn’t have anything to write about 🙂 Congratulations on getting Freshly Pressed again!

    • Kathy says:

      Huffygirl, hello! OK, I know that we know each other–we have some bloggin’ friends in common–why we’ve probably even posted comments on each other’s blogs. But for some reason my mind is Fried. I simply cannot remember. Please forgive, and accept a small Tulip. lol!

  74. great blog! the chickadee brightened my day for sure. 🙂

  75. Todd Charske says:

    Dude you are interesting! The bird should blog also right?

    – Todd Charske

  76. 1000 posts??!! Wow…I have a hard time writing 10 in 6 months.

    Inspiring post and congrats on being Freshly Pressed! 🙂

    • Kathy says:

      (It’s probably been more than 1,000, PCC. Shhhh. You must not love, love, love to write. Or maybe you haven’t found your passion that you want to write about every day, whether people listen or not?) On the other hand, 10 posts in six months is nothing to sneeze about. A lot of people have signed a contract like that. Enjoy!

  77. Tom Baker says:

    Having lost the desire to blog a while ago I find this very refreshing and a sudden urge to better my grammar! Thanks. Congratulations on being Freshly Pressed.

    • Kathy says:

      Tom, glad to inspire! (Both grammatically and blog-wise.) It’s always interesting why we blog and why we lose our desire to blog. What lies behind our motives. Thank you for pausing here.

  78. There are some things that we do every day which aren’t so difficult — eating, sleeping, bathroom time — come to mind. Other things like doing dishes and laundry and feeding the dog take more thought and will power.

    Writing, I do every day, but not on the same blog or platform, and actually, not on Sundays, which I reserve for napping with the kitty and knitting some impossible lace creation. As you say, some days, you just need a break. Go find a kitty and take a nap with it.

    • Kathy says:

      I have always wanted to reserve a day for non-blogging, Middleagedplague! I think Saturday should be that day. However, 54.3% of the time, the Conduit suggests otherwise. The creative ideas don’t dry up because it’s a Sacred Weekend Day, darn it. As for taking a break…yep. I am a big walker-in-the-woods and meditator. Lots of silent break time. It’s good for our souls.

  79. Piper's Run says:

    This was great! lol thanks!

  80. fnfkathy says:

    Hillarious! I haven’t reached a year yet and only manage a few a month if that…but oh what passion is felt by me and my readers when I do…Thank you for abiding by your contract and making us smile…so funny

    • Kathy says:

      I am glad you and your readers are alight with passion when you decide to blog! And I am glad you smiled. I smiled, too, when the Conduit started its passionate expression here.

  81. You are right! Though we feel compelled to blog,sometimes something inside us just screams, “Not to-effing-day dammit! I want a day off! I wanna go to the river, I wanna go out of town (and not take my desktop computer with me) for a few days. I want to not feel like I am letting my loyal followers down!” I am a somewhat first time blogger here on wordpress, (I have begun others but have not followed through with them.) Thus I do not yet have a loyal following but be that as it may, I am trying to teach myself good blogging habits, perchance my blog becomes popular and I have a loyal following to be loyal back to.

    Remember however that you do this because you want to, because you feel like you have a frame of mind or unique perspective that you feel people would enjoy having open access to. No one is making you, except that nasty little voice that lives in your head, berating and bullying you into sharing your thoughts again and again.

    One wasn’t enough though so now I have two, one I am inspired to write to constantly, the other is one I had abandoned but upon returning to write the second the first inspired, conspired, then bullied me into continuing her too.

    • Kathy says:

      Ohmygoodness, when we hear that voice screaming inside us we MUST go to the river, to town, to the deep woods. We must. However, once we return–once our spirits are soothed and eased–if the blogging voice continues, THEN is the time to blog like there is no tomorrow! It is always hard when we’re considering our readership all the time. It’s hard because half of our readers like this; the other half likes that. Some want us to blog daily; others want to kill us when we write daily. We must write for our heart. Just as you said: blog because we have a unique perspective which must be heard. Whenever our thoughts berate us, let’s find a way to humor them, engage them, and do what the deepest heart desires. Thank you and Happy Blogging!

  82. Yes. 782 posts since August 2009. And I just added Sundays. We feel your angst.

    Arooooo! Stuart

  83. “We get into trouble when we argue with our hearts.” Words to live by. Thank you.

  84. Caroline says:

    I stumbled upon your very popular blog today, and I would like to say that you seem to be very good to your readers. I love that you reply to most of their comments. It shows that you actually care what they say. I think we’re almost scared to acknowledge some of the people who comment – like we’ll lost some of our brilliance if we do. Anyway, I love your writing style, but my favorite part is right in the beginning:

    “Readers would stop by your blog and nod with amazement, “What a wise blogger! We should subscribe to her Wise Blog. Her pearly words of wisdom will tremendously enrich our days, when she chooses to publish.””

    I totally want that 😉

    • Kathy says:

      Caroline, I truly love my readers. Without them~~well, this blog wouldn’t exist. I always feel like the commenters are right here in the living room. It would be very rude not to talk with them and get to know them better. May we both some day have very, very wise blogs. Thank you for your thoughtful comment here.

  85. Avalynn27 says:

    What amazing pictures! Come see my blog and check out mine! 🙂

  86. clayer says:

    HAHA!!! I love this and it sooo speaks to me. I am posting daily as part of a 365 project and I’m a perfectionist with each one. THATS in addition to my job as a writer and newspaper editor.

    Would love for you to follow me in my journey, sharing the amazing inspiration and stories of people I have been blessed to cross paths with. There is a reason I am doing this, and the more I do it that reason become more clear!

    • Kathy says:

      I admire people who work full time AND still blog, let alone every single day! You guys are awesome. Hoping to drop by your blog soon…looks like I have hundreds of blogs with which to reciprocate. Keep up the marvelous blogging and sharing!

  87. Mark says:

    And here’s me struggling to do my one post a week! I really have something to aspire to now.

  88. Great pictures!! Thanks for posting! 🙂

  89. safura123 says:

    Been there. Blast that almighty conduit,

  90. Longworth72 says:

    Yep, spot on – It’s a commitment for sure. I don’t get a post a day done – Mostly I average between 10 and 20 a month (The battle between quantity and quality is constantly in flux). If I didn’t have to work I could get twice that out and I’d probably still not be satisfied. Occasionally I sacrifice sleeping and eating and I carry notebooks, an iPhone and sometimes an iPad around with me, for that ‘moment’. I’ve even tried dictation during the morning commute.

    For all that, I love it – it truly is a passion. The only criticism I have of your post therefore is that it has kicked off the need in me to go and write a post of my own. It’s partly for my 5 subscribers but it’s mostly just for me.

    Rock on.

    • Kathy says:

      10 and 20 a month sounds like a good number. I know about that quality/quantity dilemma, too. But I get so excited to share that the quality is just going to have to be what it is. If we didn’t have to work…just imagine! P.S. I laud that your passion is to yourself and not to your 5 subscribers. Your blogging heart is in a good place!

  91. Yikes! I have an addictive personality and now I cannot get that contract out of my head. Lol No, I have not put it into writng, but I feel as if I have signed it in my head and now every morning when I wake up, I will remember and find my way to my computer and write all that is whirling through my mind. Who knows? This could be a very good thing for me! =)

    • Kathy says:

      I think it’s a VERY good thing for you. (Let’s call it passion–not addiction. I am averse to the word addiction these days, unless it interferes too much with our lives. Passion. Sounds better, doesn’t it? lol.) Journal writers have been doing this for centuries. We’ve just got a new avenue with instant feedback to share our whirlings.

  92. Paula's Paradise says:

    That chickadee is quite a Muse! Congrats on a fab post and blog and thanks for all the a-muse-ing smiles and inspiration. Tra-la.

  93. R. K. MacPherson says:

    I got a few good laughs out of that. My mental process sounds eerily similar. Cheers!

  94. Sony Fugaban says:

    It’s been a while since I laughed my head off. Reading your article is like watching my favorite comedy movie — with a lot of sense! By the way, I want to sign that PASSION CONTRACT right now … Gimme that! 😉 YES, to blogging and all that …

  95. This blog post is pure genius! I love your style of writing, it makes me proud to be an English Literature graduate 🙂 Keep on blogging to your hearts’ content.

  96. l0ve0utl0ud says:

    This made me laugh out loud! Really well written and entertaining!

  97. karlapr says:

    The blogging thing can be a bit compulsive (though I do not blog daily). Your photos of the chickadees are wonderful!

    • Kathy says:

      Yep, blogging can be a bit compulsive just like writing books and painting and drawing and dancing and collecting trains. But let’s go passionately for it! (As long as it doesn’t start interfering with our friends, family, work and daily chores.) I am glad you liked the little chickadee. Isn’t it sweet?

  98. jannath11 says:

    I came across your site on Freshly pressed and oh my goodness, I’m dying laughing here. I love it! Your style of writing – hysterical. May your blogging continue without running out of ideas and may the blogging gods (and the Conduit) continue to smile upon you 😀

    • Kathy says:

      I have sent a memo of your comment to the blogging gods. They said they will consider it. I also added a memo for you. “May Jannath be overfilled with blogging ideas, too.” It looked like they grinned. 🙂

  99. Danny Price says:

    I just wrote my very first blog, It’s not too fancy but at least I manged to get it published
    Practice practice practice.
    Once I get the hang of blogging it may be hard to shut me up.

    • Kathy says:

      A blogging newby! Congratulations, congratulations! You are on the Great Blogging Road. Practice, practice…and blog from your heart. Don’t worry about readership. (OK, try not to worry about readership.) You often start out really slow and work your way gradually up.

  100. laurabennet says:

    Entertaining and delightfully true! If you write a book, you will still be a slave to that Creative Writing taskmaster, but no one will be the wiser about missing daily blogs. That’s how I get around it 🙂 Thanks for the enjoyable reading and a great laugh!

    • Kathy says:

      Laura, now that’s an idea! I sometimes wonder if I am too addicted—errr, passionate–about instant feedback to actually write a book. Did write one for NaNoWriMo a couple years ago, but then had to heart’s energy to edit. Glad you enjoyed this and laughed! I laughed, too. Am still smiling. Thank you.

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  102. Salma says:

    LOL, humorous post! I feel lucky I’ve never signed such a contract! I cant write more than 1 post a month! Creativity takes time and words, I cant just write everyday!

    • Kathy says:

      Salma, I’ll bet the Blogging Conduit appreciates its monthly creators as much as it’s almost-daily ones. Variety adds spice to life, don’t we know it! Thank you.

  103. Kerry Dwyer says:

    Your post is great. Good to see that you have been freshly pressed or this would never have come to my attention. I just read most of the above comments and it looks as though everything that needs to be said has been.

    • Kathy says:

      The Commenting Conduit sometimes adds comments that we could never even imagine, Kerry. I am glad you stopped to add your two cents. Thank you so much!

  104. randel says:

    Using double negatives is okay by my book. The English language does not have a good way of showing gradation. I think German does a better job in that. For instance, you have all seen the phrasing (it is not uncommon). It is not common; it is somewhere in between. When used that way, double negatives are okay. The English language is a living word, not a dead set of rules.

    • Kathy says:

      Thank you for your double negative support, randel! Interesting thinking about the ways other languages handle this dilemma. I like what you say about the English language being alive, living! Fun way to think about it.

  105. Rai says:

    Blogging CONTRACT?
    What is this sorcery?


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  108. ....RaeDi says:

    You are too funny! Mrs Henry, my English teacher scared the you know what out of me! Including anything she did teach me!

    • Kathy says:

      Mrs. Henry and Miss Mahaffy probably knew each other. I remember once when Miss Mahaffy yelled at ME. (And I was a good quiet student back then.) It broke my heart. No wonder I use double negatives. She did come to my grandpa’s funeral a few years back. She was the sweetest old lady you’ll ever meet. Go figure.

  109. Danielle says:

    What a great post! But I can’t say that I can relate… only feel a bit of envy. I wish the blogging Gods would call upon me to serve as a daily-posting prophet. But it seems they must not be interested in such an arrangement, because I can only muster the focus to write sporadically and sparingly! I guess the grass is always greener (and on your side, it is apparently filled with grazing chicks!)

  110. Good grief woman – I don’t know how you find enough hours in the day (and night by the sound of it) to write posts about great subjects, that actually make sense and are well written – AND keep up to ALL THESE COMMENTS!!! You don’t have to respond to this one – honest!!! 🙂 (I’m still trying to get a grip on ‘blogging etiquette’ – do I have to thank everyone who follows? Reply to every comment (for which they are thankfully thin on the ground…) ?)

    I find it hard enough to finally settle on a subject to write a post about, and then try get it out of my head onto virtual paper in some semblance of reasonable English complete with LOUSY sentence structure, mixed metaphors and thin imagery LOL)

    Well done!!! 🙂

    • Kathy says:

      I am the fastest typer on the planet, that’s how! (LOL, a big exaggeration, but I do type fast.) My kids think it’s totally ridiculous that I respond to most comments individually–not every post–but I can’t get over thinking that the commenter is sitting in my living room and we’re drinking tea and it would be rude not to honor the time they took to offer a bit of their own precious self. I could go on and on discussing your comment, but have to get to work soon!

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  112. rtd14 says:

    I wish I had time to blog every day. I post a blog twice a week, and I think about it in advance. Of course that is the writer in me. Great motivation and great post!

    • Kathy says:

      Good for you, rtd14–sounds like a good schedule for you. If I think about my post in advance I spend way too much time thinking about it. (OK, every once in a while a little idea hatches in advance. But I refuse to think too much about it because I just would get too obsessive and my life would be taken over by blogging. **As if it’s not already**)

  113. WordsFallFromMyEyes says:

    Well, I don’t blog every day because I just don’t have time – I’m raising my son, but when I can, I love to 🙂

    • Kathy says:

      There are times in our busy lives when posting every day would be an impossibility. Blessings on raising your son~~enjoy your time with him! (I’ll bet you blog about him sometimes, too.)

  114. gaycarboys says:

    I write daily. Sometimes several times. It’s therapy after all!

  115. sideah says:

    I love blogging. My dilemma now it to make a viable income of it and convince my non-computer literate boyfriend that it indeed, it can be done!

  116. jkenjin says:

    Thank you for your post! Keep up the good job and have a great aloha week!! ^_^

  117. 1000 blogs? Well done! I had a ‘do I continue to bother blogging?’ crisis the other day. This post makes me think I should just shut up, now.

    • Kathy says:

      Gosh, don’t you hate it, Casey, when we have one of those blogging crisis? I’ve had dozens over the years. They just seem to come with the blogging territory. Keep up your good posting!

  118. mattymillard says:

    Haha nice post! I’m glad I don’t have time to blog everyday as I know I would be completely addicted, and as my blog is for publishing my book on, it wouldn’t be clever if I ran out of time for writing my book! Carry on doing it though, it’s entertaining! 🙂 Matty

    • Kathy says:

      That wouldn’t be clever at all, Matty. How fun that you’re using your blog for publishing your book! Enjoy your blogging to your heart’s desire…and I am happy that you stopped by here and shared.

  119. I would print this out and put this on my wall… but my Creative Conduit is eco-friendly. (Plus, my laptop isn’t connected to my printer yet. :D”) But this is a great portrayal of that sometimes-nagging, sometimes-loving, always-there creative drive inside us all. I’m going to keep this near me for the rest of my creative career. May you always be inspired to write. 🙂

    (And I’m not not using grammar to its greatest potential. :p)

  120. Hi Kathy,
    I don’t know whether to laugh or cry reading this. 🙂 😦
    I signed up for this whole blogging thing recently, with no plan, just a whim. How hard can it be, I thought to myself? I’ll just write some stuff. And then a bit more stuff about other things.
    I had only been writing a week or so, and instead of getting up at stupid am to post something I went for a swim in the ocean and a coffee. At the coffee shop I ran into a friend who said, “Hey! Where’s your blog post this morning? I’ve gone on line twice and it’s not there yet.”
    I had no idea, I swear. Daily posting – what was I thinking?
    I guess I have some sort of an idea now. Thanks. I think.
    Kudos to you and your Creative Conduit. Yours is the kind of madness I aspire too!
    ♥ Nicole

    • Kathy says:

      Tee hee, Nicole! You have a fan club already. And of course we have to entertain our fan club… You are lucky that you have personal friends who read your blog. A lot of us have to make do with virtual friends, as our “real” physical friends–sob!–don’t visit our blogs. Thank you for aspiring to my kind of madness. I think. lol!

  121. Gilinha says:

    I loved so much your post that if you don’t mind I’m going to put my Passion Contract in a special page in my blog. Keep blogging!

  122. Thanks for digging into the mind of a blogger. I have not read a post like this one till today. I enjoyed it.

  123. jane tims says:

    Hi. Nice post about the passion of blogging. I thought noone had as many photos of chickadees as me…. they are charming. Jane

  124. Reblogged this on Ink-stained Daydreams and commented:
    A fantastic post, which as most of you know 100% supports by inability to blog every week, let alone every day!

  125. And now I’m even more inclined to accept this challenge and put myself out there – no more procrastination!

  126. Hunting says:

    I think the discipline of bloggering every day is good. I use my iPad to take photographs of my garden. At the beginning of the project, I thought I’d run out of material fast. It’s winter! How many pictures can you take of snow? In fact, the daily posts sharpened my perception, and how there is almost too much to see. So spring and summer should be interesting…

    • Kathy says:

      It is a good discipline, indeed, Hunting. I like what you say about how the daily posts sharpen perception. That is so very true. Thank you for that reminder.

  127. naterino says:

    It is a shame that I have not signed the contract yet. My heart tells me that I should post more, but my brain says otherwise. How do you find the inspiration to write everyday? I always find myself wanting to write, but never have anything to write about. Or, when I do have a good idea, I’m too busy with work, and by the time I get around to it, I forget the idea. Do you keep a notebook handy for quick notes? Anyway, great blog, I will definitely follow. 🙂

    • Kathy says:

      The wars our silly hearts & brains get into! I have NO IDEA where my inspiration comes from. Every single thing that happens in life–ordinary things, really–like entering a sweepstakes to win a trip to Marrakech, Morocco, becomes fodder for another blog. The trick is you have to blog about it in a fun & creative way. You have to be so excited and enamored by everyday reality that the ordinary becomes extraordinary. To do that, you have to consult the heart a tiny bit more than the brain. Glad you are following, although I didn’t yet see your name as a follower. Bet you’re waiting for my response today, and then you will follow!

      • naterino says:

        I am following now. 🙂 Thanks for the advice. I’ve been looking to change my format a little bit. My posts have become whine fests. Plus, I’ve been trying to stimulate my creativity lately and I feel like this would be a great way to start. Anywho, wish me luck! Maybe stop by my site after a few days and see how I’m doing?

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