I wake at 5 am and congratulate myself. That's a decent time for waking up to write (until I remember that I didn't go to bed until after midnight). And this from a gal who's rarely awake until 11 pm. Whatever possessed me to stay up so late? I had worked most of the day on a project and stayed away from my computer. So, I picked up my computer to leave a few comments and was sucked into the vortex.
I know the post I'm planning to write and I make a promise to myself that I'll finish it by six. I have seven minutes left, so what the heck have I been doing? And why am I writing an entirely different post than the one I planned to write?
If you've known me on these pages for awhile, then you know that I love to meander and I'm easily distracted. When I settled myself in my favorite chair for writing, I remembered two friends' blogs that I needed to visit - Leigh Anne's and Margaret's. And when I read Leigh Ann's post, I knew that it belonged on my padlet of "Slices and Slicers I Love" (possible inspiration for future posts or prompts for our monthly family history writing group).
And then I remember that there are words I want to save from Fran's post. I was pretty sure it was in a link from her Always post. But I scan the post and can't find it. So I google the word abide on her blog and up it pops. I add her abide post to the padlet and stop to write down the words I love in my writing notebook. I have another padlet "Words that Delight" and think about copying and pasting it there. But instead, I decide to write it in my notebook and that's when I spy my own abcedarian (inspired by Fran again) that I've started with the words that pop into my head as possible future slices - awe, babies, cookies, dawn...
But I digress, while I was posting Fran's link to Slices and Slicers I Love, I remember why it's Slices and Slicers I Love. You see, there's a whole community of my slicing friends who leave comments, but when I click on their names, there's no link to their blogs. So I started putting them on the Slices I Love padlet so I can find them quickly. But I had totally forgotten that (sometimes I wonder about my memory). So on Monday I started an excel sheet for the purpose of recording people's blogs that I can't find by clicking on their names (Leigh Ann, Margaret, Elizabeth, Joanne to name just a few).
And I'm also including new slicers I encounter on this excel sheet. I see that they are quickly getting lost on the page, so I decide to highlight the links to their blogs in yellow. Which leads me to the plea that I pose every year to TWT: Please, please, pretty please provide participants with the names of bloggers and links to their blogs. (I'm sure it must be a privacy issue.)
And then I realize that I've violated my promise to post by 6, so I stop meandering, hit post, and promise to share the post I planned to write on another day. (I tend to write a "Come meander with me and see my distractable mind" post yearly so it's good to get it out of the way early in March.)