I have to admit a little disillusionment with blogging. The quality and quantity of blogs I read have dropped off, and I can only find Facebook and Twitter to blame. I still refuse to use, or read Twitter, but Facebook is kind of taking over online social interaction. In truth, its closer to what I originally envisioned when I wrote my first website engine than what WordPress and the like have become, but I do despair at the “soundbite-like” nature of the content on Facebook.
That’s not why my blog has been updated so infrequently lately, though. I’ll do my best to maintain both types of online communication (unlike some other bloggers out there – you know who you are!) Rather, my biggest constraint has been time. For the past month, I’ve been travelling fairly continuously between home and the West coast.
Don’t mistake this for complaining. I genuinely enjoy traveling, and going new and different places. I’m currently on my 3rd trip to California, this time to Los Angeles, and I’m excited to be going there for my first time.
A typical week has me traveling Sunday or Monday, at a partner or company event for 2-3 days, then home by the end of the week. I have a business day or two to try and keep up with paperwork, and the weekend to spend with my family, or on a few relationships we feel are important right now.
Of our whole family, Ben has probably had the hardest time with this change. He’s extra whiny and needy lately, and cries for Daddy when he gets disciplined (which is a lot more frequent these days.) And although I enjoy the adventures, it would be nice if they weren’t quite so lonely. Right now my boss is meeting me at my destination, to help me ramp up, but otherwise its rather isolated – like being alone in a crowded room.
Of course, his company won’t last long, as I’m finally starting to feel like I understand my new job. Fortunately, the travel isn’t likely to be as frequent once this ramp-up is done. And I do hope to take Nicole along on one of my trips in the near future – preferably to somewhere sunny.
And then, of course, there’s a totally different kind of travel adventure coming up. We’re very early in the planning stages right now, but this summer we aim to return to Asia for a two week whirlwind visit of as much of the continent as we can pull off. And that trip won’t be nearly so lonely. I can hardly wait…