SYW/BI — 01/23/2023

It’s about 9:00 Monday night here in the post-operative acute care orthopedic rehab center and I just had the best dump I’ve taken in eight days, which makes me a happy camper! So I thought, before I turn in for the night, I’d celebrate my accomplishment by taking a few minutes to respond to two of my favorite Monday prompts, Di’s Share Your World prompt and Dr Tanya’s Blogging Insights prompt.

Let’s start with Share Your World. Di asks:

1. Do you find it relatively easy to fall asleep at night?

Before my accident, I found it relatively easy to fall asleep, but not so easy to stay asleep due to having to get up and pee at least once during the night. Since my accident last Saturday, I’m so exhausted from pain and the physical and occupational therapy sessions I’m having four times a day, I fall asleep almost the instant I close my eyes.

2. Do you remember your dreams?

Maybe for 15 to 30 seconds after I wake up. But then my dreams, for the most part, just disappear from my memory. The only exceptions are recurring dreams that I’ve had and I can usually remember them because, well, they’re recurring.

Interestingly, I’ve had a lot of really weird dreams since being in the hospital, and I do remember at least the gist, if not the details, of some of those dreams.

3. If you can’t sleep, do you watch TV, read or listen to music in the hope you will nod off?

I either play solitaire on my iPhone or read blog posts on my iPhone until I can no longer keep my eyes open and am able to nod off.

4. Can you literally sleep anywhere (chair, sofa, bus, train, flight, etc.)?

If I’m really tired, I can, indeed, fall asleep pretty much anywhere. But a nice comfy bed is always my preference.

Now for Blogging Insights. Dr Tanya asks:

Do you write directly on a device? Are you old school, do you write on paper first?

When I first started blogging back in 2005, I’d draft my post using Microsoft Word on my laptop and then copy and paste it to my Blogger-hosted blog. But for the past six or seven years, I draft my post using either on my iPhone or using the WordPress app for iOS on my iPhone. Today, I almost exclusively use the iOS app.

Do you re-draft? If so, how many times?

Except when I’m responding to a Stream of Consciousness Saturday prompt, where the only editing you’re technically permitted to do is to correct typos and misspellings, I do a lot of redrafting. I proofread, edit, move things around, re-edit, re-proofread, and do it as many times as I think necessary before I’m happy enough with my post to hit Publish. I’d say, on average, I have ten to twenty redrafts for each post.

Time To Renegotiate

83357F88-17D7-4DCC-8081-222788C7907ESometime I wonder why I do this. By “this,” I mean blogging. It takes up a lot of time. Figuring out what to say in each post I write. And, as important, how to say it. Finding the perfect image to include with each post.

And there’s the reading part. Reading what other bloggers have posted. Deciding whether or not to like their posts and to comment on them. And, if so, to compose the actual comments.

And prompts. There are word prompts, photo prompts, prose prompts, poetry prompts, prompts about song lyrics, daily prompts, weekly prompts, and random prompts. Reading the prompts, looking at the rules, deciding which ones to participate in and which ones to pass up. It takes a lot of time.

I have a life outside of blogging, you know. I live in the real world populated by flesh and blood human beings (and dogs and cats). I can’t spend all of my time blogging.

My wife knows me well enough to know that I could, if left to my own devices — hey, that’s funny; get it? My own devices, like my iPhone or my laptop? — become totally consumed by blogging. I do tend to have an addictive personality.

That’s why, last May, when I told her I wanted to start a new blog, she had a lot of trepidation. She knew how easy it would be for me to lose my real world connection and to be almost wholly consumed by the blogosphere.

So we negotiated a deal. She would not object to my starting a new blog if I promised to not spend more than two hours a day on blogging activities.

I agreed to that deal, figuring that I’m awake for maybe 12 hours a day. During those 12 hours, I am eating meals for maybe two hours a day, walking the dog four times a day for a couple of hours in total, watching TV, using the bathroom, doing other internet related stuff, reading the items that show up on my iPhone’s newsfeed way too often, and playing solitaire on my iPhone.

With all that, I probably couldn’t devote more than two hours a day to blogging anyway. But now I wonder if two hours is enough. I wonder if it’s time to renegotiate.

“Honey, can we talk?”

Written for today’s one-word prompt, “wonder.”