Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Blog post or date night . . . blog post or date night . .


I told Lindsay a couple of days ago that I wanted to reduce my weekly posts here on the blog. She was like,
"It's about time, you jerk. Time to take me on a DATE." 
I started blogging on my birthday back in April, and started posting three times per week shortly thereafter. I'm pretty proud of keeping that schedule for nearly half a year. And I'm pretty sure that Lindsay thought I was going to give up on the whole thing after about a month. So, BOOYAH! It's possible I kept up the schedule just to win the imaginary argument I'd been having with her in my head.


Really, I've had a blast coming up with stuff each week. It's fun to look forward to making a comic, and I'm always thinking of the next parenting moment I can write about. Even if I still haven't managed to get my father-in-law to crack a smile at any of my comics. I find myself looking forward to the day that Addison is old enough to read the stuff I write here. I feel pretty good about the continued experience.

Still, I am going to ease up a bit, especially now that I'm the undisputed primary caregiver (I had to beat Lindsay in a best-of-five, no-holds-barred cage-fight for the distinction). I've been posting on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, and sometimes it's been a challenge to get something completed. I'm not sure whether anyone actually knew that I had a consistent posting schedule (really, was anyone aware of this?), so a change in posting schedule might not make for much of an announcement. But here's the deal:
I'll now be putting up a post each Wednesday, smack in the middle of the week. The goal is to spend more couple time together each evening, maybe watch a show together or go out to eat, instead of me being like, "But I have a poorly-drawn comic I have to work on. Raincheck?" 
I may end up deciding I can give two days per week a try, but for the moment I'm gonna stick with the one and see how it goes. After five years, maybe we'll finally finish the last season of Northern Exposure.

Of course, I've still got a Facebook page. It doesn't really take that much of my time to throw something on the wall there for posterity, so that's going to keep going strong. In case you haven't visited the page, here are a few conversations with Addison that I've recorded there:




Apparently we shout at each other a lot. But it's a good energy, like when a coach screams encouragement at his star quarterback. Or when chief Brody in Jaws yells at all the kids on the beach to get away from the water. Sometimes a whisper just isn't going to cut it.

Anyway, see you next Wednesday! Or earlier, if you're on Facebook. (Don't feel bad, it happens to the best of us.)


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    1. I'm not DYING, Julie. We'll always have Wednesdays.

      Also, I'm pretty sure that after a couple of dates my wife will realize I'm really just kind of dull and uninteresting, and tell me "you know what? Feel free to go back to your bloggy stuff. I'll just go out with friends."

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    2. Sorry to see fewer posts from Neal but, I just added ilikebeerandbabies to my never-ending blogroll. I like the name of her site.
      It's true though, about your wife, you'll be back to three-a-weeks soon. I am curious though, are the comics or the stories more time-consuming for you?

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    3. As far as the time-to-produce, it's often the writing/editing that takes the most time, though there are a number of comics that took me a LONG time to refine, however unlikely that may seem. I have a bit of an editing problem.

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  2. That f/b material is awesome. I just HAD to add yet another "like" to my list. Ugh. But yay!

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    1. That's the appropriate response for most things I can think of: "Ugh. But yay!"

      I only ever want ambivalent readers.

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  3. 1. I don't believe I have ever called you a jerk.
    2. Just so you know, we are NOT going to be watching nightly TV around here -- I have a job, remember?

    I hope your fans don't look at me as some sort of Yoko Ono after this post...

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    1. Right, right. I forgot you wanted me to massage your shoulders all night while YOU work on the computer. For money.

      Also, I distinctly remember you shouting "Leave me alone, you jerk!" the first time I tried to wake you up in the morning maybe seven years ago. It's reverberated in my head ever since that day. Reverberated is a funny word.

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    2. John went on to have a somewhat satisfying career after Yoko split them up. Also, she just compared you to John Lennon, my wife compares me to John Goodman...

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    3. I like John Goodman pretty well too. I'll be either one, so long as I don't ever have to brave Paparazzi.

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  4. Just for the record I was aware of the regular post schedule. I will now have a reason to be excited for Wednesdays, other than that whole middle of the work week thing. And in response to Linsday, nope don't see you as a Yoko at all. Just a loving wife and mom who's trying to get a dinner out once in awhile and some shoulders without tension :)

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    1. Well, I'm glad SOMEONE appreciated the consistency. Though I'll never fault my wife for wanting a shoulder massage. With all the crashes she's been through, she deserves them.

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  5. You can only go on for so long posting that often. I did it for a while. You have great stuff here, and I wish I could read it all, but at once a week I won't be missing nearly as many posts!

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    1. Thanks, James. One of the things I've been thinking about with having a little extra time is trying some other projects I've had on my mind. Maybe I'll unveil some of them here.

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  6. I humbly suggest that your apologetic tone here is not necessary. Taking a break will inspire some great new posts. I suggest you take advantage of a break: in my own quest as an observational writer I sometimes need to remind myself that writing about life requires living life more.

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    1. Yeah, I identify with the idea that bloggers don't need to "apologize" for much of anything, unless they've actually done something wrong. A change in posting schedule is probably not something that needs to be atoned for.

      So, I intended for the post to be more explanatory than apologetic, but I see where you're coming from. And I totally agree with the principle that "writing about life" sometimes "requires living life more."

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  7. Might I mention the words "FREE BABYSITTING AVAILABLE." Take advantage while you have the chance! :) Love you and your posts...also your wife and daughter!

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    1. Sharon, you're the best mother-in-law I've ever had. Totally taking you up on the offer.

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