As of o-dark thirty, the family and I are off on our bi-annual (That means every two years right? Because semi-annual is twice a year? That has always confused me.) Tour de Relatives. This Olympic worthy sport includes a 3,000 mile round trip through six states with three wee children and a pregnant lady. Basically we’ll be touring the wide variety of basements available between Minnesota and Nevada. Not to dis Lance and the boys but our Tour definitely trumps their Tour for scale of difficulty. It’s the only time in my life when I want to make the person who invented the McPlayland an official saint. (Random trip trivia: Did you know that the state of Nebraska has NOT ONE McPlayland? We will show what we think of this by climbing on every state monument we pass by.)
All of which is to say I will not be blogging for awhile. Yeah I could have lined up guest posts or busted my butt writing two weeks of posts in advance or even blogged from the road like so many of you intrepid blog-buddies do but that all felt like work. And just to clear up any misconceptions you may have: I do not get paid to blog. Not that I went into this with the intention of making any money (true story: I started this blog just so I wouldn’t have to yell the latest research study I read down 6 treadmills) and so I’m not complaining. But I am taking a break.
As many of the basements we will be sleeping in are so primitive as not to have WiFi or Internet access, my on-line time will be spotty. I won’t be visiting all of your wonderful blogs. I won’t be “up” on the latest breaking fitness research (read: which celebrity is pimping which diet by standing in a bikini on the cover of some mag). I will be slow on comment moderation and e-mail. Has anyone ever died of Internet withdrawal? I might.
Or I might come to a blogger epiphany about what exactly to do with this blog when my baby is born. I have 3 months left for those of you counting as eagerly as I am and two things are weighing heavily on my mind:
1) I love doing this blog. Love it. (Number 1 reason why I love blogging: YOU. I have met some of the greatest people through this gig and have learned so much from every single one of you.)
2) This blog is a ton of work. What started out as a small endeavor has grown to something much bigger than I ever anticipated. While I’m thrilled to have so many readers – I squee with joy every time I check my site stats (feed crack, yo) – and your kind e-mails are truly the highlight of my day, the work of moderating, dealing with advertising, products, guest-posting and all of that other behind-the-scenes stuff is getting overwhelming. (Want to hear another blogger’s take on this? Check out the much-respected MizFit’s post today.)
You know what else is a lot of work? A new baby.
A quandry, as you can see. I will of course pick the baby over the blog which leaves me with trying to figure out what to do here.
There are great things afoot here at the GFE – lots of giveaways to do, celebs to skewer and insights to overshare – but the main thing is MY BOOK. I know!! I have a Great Fitness Experiment Book! It’s written (and not from my blog – new stuff!). I have a publisher. I have a tentative release of “late 2009.” I’ll let you know the rest of the details when I know them.
So what does it all mean for this? I’m not sure yet. I’m hoping all the exhaust I’ll be inhaling getting to that fresh mountain air will trigger some Great Fitness Ideas. In the meantime, I’m all ears if any of you have suggestions!
Enjoy the blog silence.
Love from the ether,