Slap me with a wet noodle. I've been such a naughty blogger! Six days without a post? Terrible, horrible, bad.
Truth is, I have legitimately been consumed with business-related "stuff" -- tons of writing, teaching, performing. All wonderful and stimulating, but I do feel guilty for not popping in to at least say hello to some of my favorite web personalities!
(I haven't even read the horror series that Jason has at Clarity of Night. That's a crime in at least 27 states, I believe. I really should get my tush over there pronto!)
In any case, my absence has made me think more and more about being a good blogger... and how much that's like being a good friend.
See, I'd like to lie to you and say, "I'm the best friend in the whole world." But the truth rests 14.2 million miles away.
Like most people, I get too involved in my own routine to "mix it up" by calling friends, scheduling adult "play dates", or even sending a "hey-no-time-to-talk-but-love-you" email.
It saddens me, but still I persist in this never-ending cycle of weeks without much friend-related communication followed by a sudden burst of information exchange. Then the long days of silence return.
I've heard that others have experienced this phenomenon, especially when they start having children, but that doesn't make me feel much better about the whole thing.
I know that some friends accept this strange way of staying in touch in stops and starts - Susan, Sarah, Joanne. They forgive me for being human. But to be perfectly honest, I've lost other gal pals because of my inability to make them a priority more often.
So what does this mean?
I'm not sure.
But I have the feeling that my new year's resolution is going to have to be related somehow to this subject because it's troubling me and has been for a while.
How do you make sure that you don't lose contact with friends? I'd sincerely be interested in hearing.