Yes, you read correctly – this a post about why I took my laptop away with me on holiday (in this case a long weekend break to Woburn Center Parcs) rather than leave it at home. It feels a little counter-intuitive I’m sure since holidays are supposed to be a time for taking a break. But if you give me a second to explain then you’ll see that is exactly the reason why I chuck (/ carefully slip in a travel case and pack securely in a rucksack) my old faithful MacBook Air in my luggage when we head away.
As all and every blogger knows well, if you want other people to get to know your blog and read you stuff then you have to give back. So a significant proportion of ‘Blogging Time’ is actually spent reading posts written by other bloggers and commenting on them. I enjoy reading material from other bloggers; I learn from them, they inspire me to try new things, make me feel less alone and keep me motivated to write. Many of them also take the time to read what I write. So when I join a linky party (which I do regularly) I feel it’s common courtesy to make sure I get at least the minimum reads done – if not more – within a few days. On an average day, when you throw in the normal home and work commitments, it usually means that the one thing that gets neglected is my blog, or more specifically my writing.
I can’t force myself to write unless my head is in the right place. I’m sure most of you have experienced the feeling of ‘fuzzy brain’ where you sit down to type and nothing comes out. That’s me in the evening once the washing-up is done and I’ve done my linky comments. I can just about manage my monthly feature posts, but the ones that a bit more thoughtful just don’t come when I’m worn from the day. Instead I find thoughts starting to flow at inopportune moments like when I’m driving or getting ready for bed. That’s simply because at those moments, my brain is free from processing the lists of chores and tasks it has to deal with every day. But I don’t have my laptop to hand at those times…
So when we go away, I get to take an extended break from those chores: from the washing, from the cooking, from the continue tidying-up*. (*Within reason – I do still have a toddler!) I also take a break from linkys and promoting my blog. My brain and body relax. The thoughts and reflections on life come more naturally and, for once, I am usually not too tired to process them. So when naptime or early evening rolls around, I find myself eager to tap away at my keyboard and get them out of my head. On this recent holiday to Center Parcs I have spent both naptimes happily sat in the lodge as Sam and his parents go and partake in activities. I have listened to some tunes and just let the words flow. It’s been truly wonderful. So next time we go away, I suspect my shiny bit of tech will slip into my rucksack once again! I just need to figure out how to replicate the conditions at home now.