I got to work this morning and realized that I haven't posted all week. I did my normal Sunday-before-bedtime piece, and then nothing. I didn't pay attention to what was happening this week. I didn't even read the comments to the last post until this morning. The AL has been far from my mind. I just ranted about a trend I saw as a sign of the end times and then went about my life. Only this morning did I read the comments. I still see microcontent as a sign of the end times, but so be it. The times have to end sometime.
One might very well ask why was the AL so unresponsive to the flux and jive of the library world. Fortunately or unfortunately, the AL has a personal life, and sometimes that personal life interferes with this blog. Most of the AL blogging takes place after work hours, which based on the statistics is not when most AL reading takes place. The thing is, after work hours other things sometimes happen, especially in nice weather. For example, one could blog, or one could go to the park. One could blog, or one could go out with a good friend. These things happen. I was reading in a blog this week (I think Meredith's, but I'm too lazy to check) that many popular library bloggers are very passionate about their work. I'm passionate about many things. Books. Music. Cocktails. But not the AL. So after I did my nighty-nite post on Sunday, I took a break.
To be honest, I've been spending my free time doing more than writing the AL. For example, I have a friend. We're just good friends, you understand. And yet, when I think of my good friend, I find it hard to get annoyed with librarianship or anything else. Librarianship is just a leitmotif in the pageant of experience, or so I once read on a fortune cookie. It's difficult to muster up even fake annoyance when I'm distracted by the good stuff in life. Smile and the world smiles with you; cry and your mascara smears.
During the week I also noticed that I didn't mind not posting. Perhaps I'm getting tired of the AL. She's so demanding, after all. I always find this happens when I take a break, even an unintentional one. The longer I go without posting, the easier it gets not to post. At least I don't have blog addiction. If there's one thing writing the AL has taught me, it's how to quickly write 500 words on just about anything. The downside is I'm getting to the point where I just crank out the posts without giving them much thought, and I think the blog suffers for it. Most of the time I can't even remember what I wrote about two posts ago.
Maybe I'll be able to find something annoying to post about next week. Until then, have a great weekend. I know I will.