Monday, October 27, 2008

Gone fishing til Nov. 5

I've been trying not to admit to myself that I am burnt out on something I greatly enjoy: Blogging.

For the last month, I have found it hard to write the quality content that I hope you expect when you visit What Tami Said. Maybe you've noticed that I've gone from being a prolific poster to barely getting a couple articles up each week. It's true that I have a lot of stuff going on at home and work, and those things are stealing my focus. But I also don't know what else to say about this presidential election, which has come to represent the majority of my writing over the last six months. It seems that I have weighed every political angle, examined every bit of overt or covert racism and sexism, and dissected all the latest polls. I have campaign fatigue something awful and I will be infinitely grateful to have this thing overwith.

Sunday I found myself in a panic searching for something...anything...to post about. I've got wicked writer's block and the obligation I feel to post every day isn't helping. So, I am taking a break until next Wednesday, when I know I will have plenty to say (in my elation or between sobs). I want to take this week away to recharge, get inspired and think about the evolution of What Tami Said. If you have any ideas, I'd sure like to hear them.

I plan to come back next week better than I have been lately, with fresh topics, better writing and more must-read posts.

See you next week. Don't forget about me.

P.S. You want proof that my brain is fried? I forgot to tell ya'll that I got a post accepted on The Huffington Post! (Highlighted sentence is a link to the article) This is my first-ever real published piece and I couldn't be any more proud of myself. If you are registered at HuffPo, please post a comment. Many thanks to Jill Miller Zimon over at Writes Like She Talks for being a wonderful mentor and encouraging me to submit something to the site.

8 comments:

Claudia said...

Hi Tami,

Congrats on the Huffington Post essay!!! I live in S. Carolina, but I couldn't agree more with your argument about the way in which
"...even in the minds of some good people who mean well, America is synonymous with baseball, apple pie, Chevrolets, and whiteness." Perhaps this historic election will signal the beginning of the end of this kind of thinking - for everyone. I'm a black woman and Obama's success (and Michelle's) has encouraged me to rethink my own national identity too.

I also want to share some words of encouragement (and empathy) about your writer's block and campaign fatigue. Good for you for taking time to rest and recover from this election madness! Stay strong! I have no doubt that you'll return more engaged and more prolific than ever. We all need to recharge every once in a while.

On my blog, I actually kept track of a week that I spent free of presidential politics. (Forgive my shameless self-promotion! http://www.thebottomofheaven.com) My break forced me to rediscover my interests in reading for pleasure, new music, spending time with my daughter, enjoying the silence. And now I'm finding it a bit easier to turn off MSNBC when I start to get caught up in the latest gaffe.

Sorry for the long comment! I enjoy your site and I look forward to your return.

Jill said...

Tami - that is so awesome - I am going over there right now! You kick it honey!!! Pls. let me know if there's anything else I can do. So happy. :)

Stephanie said...

Take your time and relax. I'll be here when you get back. You deserve it.

Also congrats on HuffPo piece I going to read it right now!

:jodie said...

just wanted to say thank you and encourage you to take all the time and space you need. may the restorative forces be with you.

KimcheeBrown said...

Way to go Tami! Can you include a link to the piece?

You've done a great job.

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MacDaddy said...

Congrats on the Huff Post. I'm signed in there. I'll got there and comment.

And enjoy your break. We'll keep you as a favorite on our sidebars and we'll know when you come back.

Lady C said...

Tami, your article at HuffPo is spot on.

I was born and raised in South Carolina, though I've been in the Midwest most of my adult life.

It is hard to believe that every time I read something about the hardworking, middle class voter, I know the piece isn't talking about me.

I will be 59 years old in two days, and I've been working since I was 19 years old. So, why don't I count?

Mes Deux Cents said...

I know the feeling! Lol Enjoy your break. :)

And I'll check you out on Huffington.

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