Almost 2000 postings into this blog over the last 9+ years and right now one of the foundations that has allowed me to pursue this interesting activity is about to end for a while. That is, my lunch hours. I didn’t plan on blogging. I always thought that I would have time better spent doing other things. Things I had to do, like housework. or things I would rather do nothing else than, like making the CDs I want to make. But when commenting on my friend Ron’s music blog during lunch time at my desk, having eaten, I realized that this was my perfect hour to do anything I wanted. I was at my desk, not at home. I could browse the internet or read a book, but after leaving comments 2-3x the size of some of Ron’s posts, I realized that I was already blogging during my lunch hour. Why nor make it official? So in the summer of 2010, I did. And we’re still here.
The sanctity of my lunch hour is often compromised. If I have to re-arrange my work schedule for any reason, often it will be sacrificed to meet my 40 hours a week. I have to make trips to mail any music that sells in my discogs store, and that cuts my time sharply. Then I’m often just too busy to take a lunch hour at all. There’s vacation and travel. If I have the time, I try to re-run an older posting but don’t always do that. And there’s days when I’m snowed in at home and can’t come to work. You get the picture. That’s why out of 52 weeks a year to blog, five days a week [which would be 260 posts] we manage to get around 200 a year here at PPM. We’re only human.
But as of tomorrow, I’m on Stay Home status in my county. I won’t be coming to work for two weeks. I will be trying to work from home during that time, but will it be an hour taken for lunch every day? Probably not. It’s pretty much up in the air right now. Being at home changes everything. I will have many other things I could be doing. Besides, my work is such that I rarely take a lunch hour at the same time every day, owing to pressing needs by my co-workers and the demanding owner of the company. So what I’m trying to say is that I may not be blogging very much in the immediate future. I may schedule old posts that never got sufficient love in the earlier years of PPM. We’ll see. I hate to make any promises since things are so disrupted right now. It’s not like I’ve been a beacon of stable posting in the last two weeks in any case. I was furiously trying to get ready for the UK trip that ultimately didn’t happen and now my daily schedule is getting a major disruption. At the very least I hope to run some redux posts.
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