[It's 4:30am. If this post rambles and makes no sense, blame the hour.]
Okay, confession time. Back in the day (by which I mean, last winter or so), I used to post pretty often. Heck, last December, I posted every single day (including SHOES every single day!).
No, that's not the confession.
Here's the confession: Part of the reason I started posting less frequently was to up my comments-per-post.
But wait! It's not as shallow as you think!
It wasn't the comments themselves that I needed, it was what they represented. See, more comments generally mean more people read that post. Sure, to a certain extent it's also dependent on whether it's a post that really invites conversation or a throwaway post, but there is definitely a correlation with the number of readers. Some of you out there reading are busy people, and you don't have time to read me every day. I know and understand that, but it does leave me with a bit of a conundrum.
If you can't read every day, but I post every day, you're going to miss posts. Okay, I'll grant that it's possible you're reading on the weekend and catching up on a week's worth of posts every Saturday, but the only person I know for sure who does that is my mom (hi, Mom!). Mostly, I think some of you check in every few days (or once a week, or once a month - whatever), read the most recent post, and comment if you have something to say.
So I started making my posts once every two, three, or four days in the hopes that fewer posts would be skipped over by my busy readers. (Of course, this is a tough concept for me to grasp, since I read blogs multiple times per day, but I get that other people have actual lives.) I mean, don't get me wrong - it took a lot of pressure off me also, because I could slack more on posts without worrying about it. But it was hard sometimes when I wanted to post something and I realized that I'd posted only 22 hours earlier, and so far I only knew of six people for sure who had read it.
NaBloPoMo changes all that, of course, because I'm willingly signing on to post every single day. I know that a lot of November posts won't have all that many comments. And I accept that. And now, having accepted that, I've decided to post whenever I feel like it - which may turn out to be multiple times per day. I know, you're shocked - can you handle that much Lara?
So why am I posting at 4:30 in the morning? Because I'm awake, uninspired to work on my novel, and uninterested in anything currently on TV. I know - now you're wondering why I'm awake at 4:30 in the morning. See, the thing is that I'm actually nocturnal by nature.
Yes, my secret is out. I, Lara David, am nocturnal.
When my time is free and unscheduled-
Oh, shoot, I didn't tell you that, did I? My last day of work was Wednesday. I'm officially free of Boss Lady's tyranny. Of course, as a parting shot she made me slip away quietly without so much as a good-bye to any of the kids or parents. Presumably she wants to make up her own reasons for my leaving to make herself sound better. I'm sad to leave the kids, of course, but I can't say I'm not thrilled to be away from Boss Lady.
Okay, back to my point. When my time is unscheduled - as it is these days - I slip to my natural hours. Comfortably, I'll go to bed sometime between 3:00 and 6:00 in the morning, and wake up between 1:00 and 4:00 in the afternoon. I realize this probably seems crazy to a lot of you, but I don't care. My most productive hours of the day are between 10:00pm and 2:00am, so at least I'm not just drooling like an idiot. And if sometimes my "productivity" looks suspiciously like playing computer games, well, so be it.
So it's 4:30 in the morning, and the cats and I are watching The Brady Bunch.
What's new with you?