Blogging Vacations

Andrew Sullivan is back from vacation and writes,

As for me, it is hard to describe the experience of the long-distance blogger who takes a short rest for a while. A few will know – Mickey, Glenn, and Josh come to mind. Your brain feels like an arm after it’s liberated from resting against a wall for a few minutes. You feel bouncy at first then heavier than ever. And just as you start to feel normal again … it’s back to Typepad we go.

It’s less the constant attempt to think, or to try to think, about everything while it’s still happening all the time, it’s the constant emotional and intellectual exposure to the world. More and more people experience this – Facebook, anyone? – but there’s an intensity to the high-traffic, high-volume, one-person blog (even with the indispensable Chris and Patrick) that takes its toll on the psyche. You lose the space to wander in your own thoughts in silence, without the constant humiliation of time and public error. You lose solitude. If you’re like me, that’s a big loss most of the time.

Having just returned from the longest hiatus since I started this blog in January 2003, I know the feeling.  Until that six day break, I probably hadn’t gone more than two and certainly more than three consecutive days without writing during that span.  I blogged on my honeymoon and on the day my daughter was born.

I am, however, somewhat amused that even during Sully’s well-deserved break, he wrote more posts (or, at least, there were more posts that weren’t signed by someone else) than most bloggers who weren’t on vacation.   Maybe Henley’s got a point.

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James Joyner is Professor and Department Head of Security Studies at Marine Corps University's Command and Staff College and a nonresident senior fellow at the Scowcroft Center for Strategy and Security at the Atlantic Council. He's a former Army officer and Desert Storm vet. Views expressed here are his own. Follow James on Twitter @DrJJoyner.