Busyness Dept.

Not much time for blogging — bunch of real-life things got in the way, and I ended up not doing book edits for a couple of days in a row. For me this constitutes a major failing of mettle, so I'm trying to get back in the saddle. But I did want to note something.

An easy downside to not having as much time as you'd like is that you don't get to do all the things you most want to do. Books go unread, closets uncleaned, roofs unswept of fallen pine needles (well, maybe not where I'm living, but you get the idea).

But there are some upsides, and one of them is you learn how to prize and make the best of the time you do have. You get better at knowing what's a waste of your time, and what's actually important. I feel a lot less obliged to comment on things that are either none of my business, or out of my range of expertise, or — most of all — things I only tell myself I should be making hay out of, because they're in my general wheelhouse.

Some of this is also me chafing against the tools I use to do my blogging (something I'm trying to fix in the long run for keeps). Lousy tools discourage you from doing things that ought to be a pleasure, and now that I have less time than ever, I need the tools to work elegantly and seamlessly. They don't, so I have to fix that somehow, and all the existing solutions don't really cut it.

On the whole, though, it's about triage and priorities. Arguing with other people on the 'net over stuff that's in theory Very Important but is really only about polishing one's ego in the eyes of others — that isn't what matters. I spend a lot less time doing that now than I ever did, and I know I'm also a lot less unhappy for it.

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