Not Giving Up On You

I’ve recently found out that a couple of my fellow bloggers have shut down their blogs. While I’m sure they have their reasons, I can’t say I’m ready to close up shop on The Life of JWo yet.

I know I’ve been slacking in the blogging department this year, but I like having the option to write about things that happen in my life. Plus I’m looking at this as a way to remember some of the things Tammy and I did as we get old(er).

There never seems to be a shortage of material, just a shortage of time to put everything down like I’d like. I guess I could blame my ADHD or Twitter’s 140 characters, but it really is just about time.

There have been times that I’ve churned out a post in 15-20 minutes and then there are times I’ve written posts during my lunch break, like I’m doing now. But there are also times when I’ve spent 3-4 hours writing, analyzing and selecting pictures for a post.

Most of my writing is done when I get home from work, and after dinner, where there are countless distractions – from the TV to Savannah wanting to play or go outside. I feel torn between writing and watching a show we like on TV or playing with Savannah.

What I usually see when I start typing.

What I usually see when I start typing.

Not watching TV is easy, but ignoring Savannah isn’t. Not because I can’t, but because I feel guilty not spending time with her. She sleeps all day and is so excited to see me when I get home that we sometimes run laps down the hallway.

She usually passes out again while we eat dinner.

She usually stares at me like this during dinner.

She usually stares at me like this during dinner.

This doesn’t count as playing with me.

Savannah: This doesn’t count as playing with me.

After we clean up everything is usually when I sit down with my laptop to cruise the interwebs and/or write. That’s when she gets her second wind, which is usually just as I’m getting started.

Sometimes I snap at her for wanting my attention at the worst possible time. But then I feel guilty and end up putting my laptop aside and get in the floor to play with her.

Most of the time it’s only for a few minutes (that’s why we got a bulldog), but it’s usually long enough for me to lose my train of thought and keep me from writing.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m not blaming my lack of production on Savannah, I’m just explaining some of the reasons behind why I’ve been slacking.

See how happy she is...

See how happy she is…

I don’t know what I’d do without Savannah and just the thought of her not being around anymore makes me sad. The fact that bulldogs have a shorter than normal life expectancy (average 6-10 years) makes me want to enjoy every minute we have left with her. So when she wants to play I make an effort to play with her. It’s hard to believe she’ll be 7 years old this year.

That being said, I’m not giving up on The Life of JWo, or Savannah for that matter. There’s far too much living left in both for me to give up on either now.

I just ask that you don’t give up on me either.

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7 Responses to Not Giving Up On You

  1. Your dog looks better in a trucker hat than Ashton Kutcher does. Enjoy Savannah while you can because once she’s gone you won’t look back and say, “I’m glad I spent all that time ignoring her and blogging!” We’ll still be here.

  2. Anonymous says:

    No way will I be giving up on you, man….things have been busy with me too, and I haven’t been able to read all of the blogs that you have managed to post, and I don’t even have an adorable pooch to play with. Like Jen and Tonic says above, we’ll still be here. 🙂

  3. Anonymous says:

    No way I’m giving up on you, JWo….in truth, I’ve been so busy lately that I haven’t had time to read all of the blogs you’ve posted. And I don’t even have an adorable pooch to play with! Like Jen and Tonic states above, we’ll still be here. 🙂

  4. mollytopia says:

    I totally get it. I’m as inconsistent as they come. But I love it the blog world, and I love your blog. Keep on partying with Savannah – we’ll be right here : )

  5. Annie says:

    It was at my two year mark when I started to struggle with finding time to write on the blog. But I hung in there. This is now my three year mark and I renewed my domain again. I figure I’ll write when I can, and won’t sweat it when I can’t. It’s been really hard to keep up with reading all the great blogs I’ve come to know, though.
    Keep writing when you can! Now if only you could get that lazy dog of yours to do some typing… 😉

  6. muddledmom says:

    I think the blogging world just has a short life span in general. Once you’ve hit a year, it’s hard to come up with new stuff. I think people just kind of filter out. Going into my third year though and I don’t think I’m giving up yet either, though I’m feeling like a need for change. We’ll see. I do find it hard to keep up with writing my own stuff and reading everyone else’s though. Now that we have a dog, I know just what you mean. Up and down the hallway every night. 🙂

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