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?