Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Hitting the Pause Button


When someone makes mention of a pause button, my mind instantly thinks of a VCR. I think it was because my first introduction to the pause button when I was a kid. I was fascinated with the fact that I could press a button on the VCR and it would stop ... er, pause ... the tape I was watching instantly. The same holds true for baseball cards. As a kid, I thought it was so cool that I could open a pack of cards and see one of my favorite players on the Reds, or even one of the top players of the game, starting back at me.

Time went on and my fascination with the pause button faded as did my fascination with baseball cards. It wasn't until about five years ago that I got back into collecting and just over two years ago when I started this blog. 

Isn't it funny how time flies?

Now, I mentioned this back in my two year anniversary post and I'll mention it again here for those who missed it. In about six weeks, we'll be welcoming a new baby boy into the family. I mentioned in my anniversary post that I wasn't sure if I would be going on a hiatus or not. Over the last week or so, I finally decided what I'm going to do.

I'm going to dust off that old VCR and hit the pause button.

Instead of going on a full-fledged, cold turkey, blogging hiatus now that the new baby is due here in just about 5-6 weeks, I've decided to cut my posting down dramatically. I'll still check in from time to time, like if I get something in the mail from a fellow blogger, but mostly over the next couple of months, I'm planning on cutting way back on my posting. So much, in fact, that this may just be the only one of a handful of posts you see from me in November. Not to worry, I'll still be around on Twitter and I'll be reading and commenting on posts of fellow bloggers.

Once things settle down with the new baby and probably after the holidays finish up, I'll re-evaluate and see about hitting the play button on the blog again and keep on rolling. 

Hitting the pause button like this will allow me to do a few things:

1. I'll be able to focus more on helping my wife with the new baby.
2. I'll be able to come up with fresh new ideas for writing posts
3. I'll be able (hopefully) to get my collection organized in a timely manner. More on this in a future post as it's a complete mess right now.
4. I'll be able to pick up right from where I left off.

After all, isn't that the beauty of the pause button?

12 comments:

  1. Sounds like a good, well thought out plan (speaking as someone who is on a pause right now!).

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  2. Good luck and congrats on new baby!

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  3. Babies are awesome. Enjoy every minute.

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  4. Congrats my friend on the upcoming addition to your family. Enjoy all the time and try to work in a few hours a sleep every now and again...

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  5. Congratulations! The cool thing about blogging is that you can do whatever you want, whenever you want, so if it's one post a day or one a year, it's all good.

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  6. Congratulations on the soon to be new edition to the family

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  7. Best wishes to you and your wife on the upcoming little one!

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  8. Best wishes with the upcoming baby, we'll be here when you "un-pause"!

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  9. One of the many great things about blogging is that there are no deadlines. Hit the pause button as you wish -- we'll all still be here. My best to you and your wife on the new addition to the family!

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  10. I wish I could press the pause button in my classroom every now and then when I have an obnoxious student. Congratulations to you and your wife!

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  11. Congrats on the pending new addition my friend!

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  12. Pause is much better than "Stop". Congrats on the new baby!
    That's gonna make a whole lotta other things pause, and a few to stop in your regular life, but new and wonderful things will begin to "Play" as well :)

    BTW: I FINALLY posted about some cards you sent to me a while back. I'm writing it now and I'll publish in about 20 minutes.

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