To blog or not to blog? When life gets in the way we freak out!

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I never realized how hard mentally the blogger lifestyle can be. Those of us who are active bloggers seem to be all attached to our electronic devices. Taking pictures. Writing notes for blog ideas. Responding to comments. Reading every new blog post we follow. Commenting on others. Freaking out if we skip a few days, or losing our minds if we don’t blog for a week. I think somewhere along the way we have forgotton there is an outside world to explore. Sometimes you just need a break. Life is not supposed to just be about spending it in front of a computer. Or attached to a cell phone. Not every extra minute or spare time should be spent blogging. That pesky thing we call “life” can get in the way sometimes with family matters, events, and so on. Not to mention a full time job that actually pays bills and enables us to do fun things like having a blog on the side. Plus, since my blog is not going to buy food and booze for me anytime soon the job is priority #1.

It was time to take a deep breath, take the plunge, and disconnect for a bit!

In case anyone noticed I took almost a week off from posting a feature on my blog. I’m also way behind on reading and commenting on the blogs I follow. I’ll need to sit down with a pot of coffee and bowl of bacon to play a bit of catch up and see what you all are saying out there. Too many good writers I follow so I’ll need to take my time. Also, I like to read blogs in the nude. It’s kind of relaxing to let it all air out while enjoying your writings on daily adventures, drama, humor, travel, hijinks, food, and such. Now just keep that image in mind when scribing your next blog post knowing how I will be reading it!

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As part of being an Elite member on Yelp I am also offered opportunities throughout the year to partake in many fun events they throw for us. One that came up this weekend was a three day party in Atlantic City. Held at both Caesars and Bally’s. Super cheap rooms, meal deals, parties, events, food, booze, friends, and fun all spread over the weekend. How could I pass that up? Yes, I did bring my computer with me with the full intention of keeping in touch, and perhaps blogging a bit. It pretty much stayed locked in the room safe the whole time. Plus, the massive hangovers I had each day prevented me from actually putting cohesive sentences together. No way was I writing or blogging. I could barely walk. It’s not easy when you wake up still drunk to do much of anything. Thank goodness for bloody mary’s as they do help smooth things out!

It was an amazing weekend of debauchery with the high point being a toga party on Saturday night. Caligula would have been so proud! As you can see I relished the part and dressed in my best Roman garb. By the time we got back home on Sunday night exhaustion from lack of sleep kicked in. I think my liver was left back in AC rolling around some back alley with a lady of the evening doing who knows what. I did open up my computer to do a bit of blogging but I had to give up and get some needed shut-eye. The dreaded Monday morning was around the corner and that alarm clock shows no mercy at 7:30 am!

All in all it was a worthwhile break. Shit happens in life, good and bad, and we all need to step away from the shackles of our electronic contraints now and then to actually deal with it. This weekend was way too much fun. Heck, it even gave me the idea for this blog. Plus, some goofy pics of me to boot. Just want to say thanks for following my scribble here and I will be dropping by your blogs soon. Naked as always.

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What is the meaning of it all?

Life. Philosophy. Bacon.

All hail Philius Maximus!

 

 

73 thoughts on “To blog or not to blog? When life gets in the way we freak out!”

  1. Welcome back! Sounds like a well-deserved break, my friend. And you’re right, now I will always be thinking of what you’re wearing when you’re commenting on my blog. Remember THAT when you’re posting.

  2. How about that header photo King Phil? Now I hope that like Vegas everything that happens in Atlantic City- stays in Atlantic City! LOL. I’ve been spending so much time getting caught up on my blog-that I was frantic there were still a couple Posts unread of yours- now you may not believe this- but I was thinking to myself- dang- how is that Phil so darn efficient?!!!

  3. Hi there Phil…

    Yes but just wondering … How often do you popst here ???. maybe you should do it once in ten days or in two weeks… Probably you are too prolific… You have losts of readers, maybe you should step back a little & have fun the way you want…

    As to the pics, thatยดs what I would call a “New American Way of Life”… You missed the burger cheese, though… !!! ๐Ÿ™‚

    No matter when… Please keep it up with the naked blogging…
    I truly enjoy your post… And wonยดt say no more !!!

    Cheers from BA Argentina to NY USA;

    Aquileana ๐Ÿ™‚

  4. That is Awesomus Maximus. Hope the deal included a vomitorium. When in Roman garb….
    You’re in luck I haven’t written anything worth taking your pants off for since Christmas. My blog is so 2013.
    That looks like a helluvalot of fun. Good on you!

  5. Hey Philius Maximus…(is it just me or does Philius look a bit like phallus?) Sounds like you had a blast in AC! Love the toga pics. Did you contact our blogging buddy, Austin of the Modern Philosopher blog for good toga shop recommendations?

    Glad you’re back. You were missed. Thanks for reassuring me that I’m not alone in the nekkid blogging lifestyle. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    1. Hey Kitt!

      Had such a good time. What’s life if you can’t make a fool out of yourself and have some fun with it?

      Naked blogging should be a sport! ๐Ÿ™‚

  6. Wondering why you don’t have a Like button on your site? Not a criticism, but sometimes I read a post & don’t really have a comment, but I’d like to let you know I stopped by. On other blogs I read, I just click the Like button to let the writer know I was there.

    1. Hey Lynda!

      Not sure as I do have all the other buttons, and a Facebook like button. Glad you stopped by anyway. I always appreciate my readers! ๐Ÿ™‚

  7. You are hilarious! And yes, I have missed you. So get back on over to my blog. Looks like you had a blast in AC. Lord knows we all need a break from blogging. And bedsides, a toga looks good on you!

    1. Hey Tracy!

      Hey, we all need a few days away from blogging now and then!

      Thanks for linking me in your blog post! Very cool!

      I think I’ll wear a toga more often. ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. I know what you mean. Very truly. You blog about fun stuff around NYC so often it’s proof you are not only taking the time to blog, but you’re actually living it, too. Man, you must be tired.

    Take some time, restock, let some great ideas brew in your head… and freaking live.

    We’ll all be here when you get back ๐Ÿ™‚ I just hope my readership is that kind, because I have really needed a break.

    Enjoy your rest, Philius. I think you earned it.

    1. Hey Jean!

      Nothing wrong with taking a break and living life. The blogs and readers will be here. It’s a supportive group!

      Also, my liver needed the extra workout! ๐Ÿ™‚

  9. Phil, I can relate to your post so much. Us dedicated bloggers can be consumed by time for what starts out as a hobby for us then becomes a second life.

    It must be that we love it so much which is why we are so dedicated to it. There is no doubt that you are dedicated as I’ve watched your blog grow so much in over a year. Full credit for your dedication.

    Last weekend I met some fellow bloggers for the first time. They are the guys behind Etramping. I’ve been following them as long as you and I really love what they do. I know these guys work incredibly hard, I see them everywhere in my niche of blogs. On meeting them it was already as if we’d known each other for years. I was also able to ask in reality how much time they dedicate to their blogs. It was as I expected, a hell of a lot of any spare time they have. My article about meeting them goes live later today on my site.

    Good for you for taking some time out. We all need to refresh once in a while for a new spurt of energy and enthusiasm.

    I love the pictures of you in the Roman gear ๐Ÿ™‚

    1. Hey Guy!

      Blogging takes a lot more time than we all think! We need to recharge at times.

      Yeah, I kind of like wearing a toga. Maybe I’ll wear it to work on Fridays!

  10. These pics…good lord, I want to put that jogging pic on FB just for the manscape all my romance writing friends could enjoy.

    Did your girlfriend hit big on THIS trip to Atlantic City??

    1. Hey Jenny!

      I had a feeling that jogging pic would get the ladies all in a flutter!

      No big wins this trip as there were so many events to do that Yelp set us up with that we hardly gambled. Plus, we drank a lot!

      I drove home with the toga on too! ๐Ÿ™‚

  11. A few days away from blogging at look what happens. You are running around AC in a toga like a college kid! I think it’s clear that blogging has most likely kept you out of the slammer. Glad you unleashed your inner Roman and had such a good time!

    Philius Maximus is now the “Regular Guy” of AC.

  12. Oh how fun! I’m glad you were able to take a well-deserved break! And yes, with a full-time job, and my large (crazy) family, I have been known to stop blogging for several days (or weeks) at a time. But, I always get pulled back into it.

    1. Hey KB!

      Ah, debauchery is the spice of life! ๐Ÿ˜‰

      It was a great time. We all need to take a breather once in a while. Blogging is fun but takes time!

  13. I agree! Sometimes we need a break and a little re-calibration with people whose entire bodies you can see (not just their profile pic face). Although my breaks aren’t quite as, um, life-baring as yours seem to be . . .

    1. Hey Julie!

      It’s always a little fun to let it all hang out and party a bit! ๐Ÿ™‚

      Taking time off also lets us come back with blogging ideas!

  14. My disconnect has stretched to almost a full month…yikes. But I do finally have a couple of posts in the works. Looks like you had a great weekend and that makes the break all the more worth. We all need a break now and then…whether it is weekend or a month…lol. I always feel badly as well, but we really shouldn’t feel like we need to answer to anybody…like you said, living life is WAY more important. Have a great week!

    1. Hey Julie!

      No biggie as you will come back strong with the blogging. I am like you as I feel bad if I don’t blog more often. Yet, we do need to get away from the computer and live life! ๐Ÿ™‚

  15. Great post, as always. I never really gave thought to what my readers wear when catching up on my blog. This certainly gives me something new to think aboutโ€ฆand yes, I will be giggling as I do!

  16. If you’re going to take time off, that’s the way to do it. Love knowing you read with a pot of coffee and a bowl of bacon. The other fact? Really didn’t need to know . . .

    1. Hey Karen!

      Coffee, bacon, and naked blogging. Don’t we all blog that way?

      Just think about what I didn’t wear when replying to your comment right now!
      ๐Ÿ™‚

  17. If you don’t mind, Sir Philius King of Bacon, I’m going to imagine you reading my posts in your toga. In your toga. In your toga.

    Carry on.

  18. Blogging is a full time job and I don’t think people appreciate how much time it takes and how much dedication. You do an excellent job of it so don’t give up.
    Now about this weekend of debauchery……..

    1. Hey Lanthie!

      Now that my weekend of debauchery is done it is back to the grind. Blogging does take a lot of time! I love it, naked, or otherwise! ๐Ÿ™‚

  19. That Caesar costume really suits you. Can’t you wear that instead, when reading my blog:):)
    Keeping up will all comments, new posts etc. can be really stressful and sometimes counterproductive, when it comes to blogging, at least that’s how it is for me. I have also taken several minor blog breaks during December and spent the time going out, enjoying life instead (though I didn’t get the chance to wear a Caesar’s costume)

    1. Hey Mitzie!

      You should wear a toga when blogging. It’s fun and comfy!

      We all need a break now and then. Mine are just a bit on the goofy side! ๐Ÿ™‚

  20. It’s funny how reading people’s blogs for awhile you begin to associate them with certain things (sort of SEO for the brain) …and then when you think of them, then you think of whatever that thing is. So, the things that I think of for you? NYC, bacon, and now, naked blog reader.
    Awesome.

  21. Um – okay-y-y-y-y – I’m so glad you had a fab time in Atlantic City. Before I read your post, I thought you had just photoshopped that header photo. And you are so right, Phil, we all have to disconnect at times and take some time off. But โ€ฆ Phil โ€ฆ and KITT CRESCENDO โ€ฆ how can I read anything on your blogs from this point on without knowing you are starkers??? I’m going to have to process this โ€ฆ yes I am …

    1. Hey Patricia!

      Nope, these photos are really me. Yes, I do like to have a good time!

      We all need breaks to re-energize for sure. Also, yes I am commenting back while naked. So is Kitt. We all are! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  22. Eerie how our worlds keep meeting up. I worked at Caesars in AC for 23 years on the casino floor. I’ve actually stood in that very chariot in which you’re standing in that picture. And naked bacon eating?? I’m all over it.

    Oh, and I ran the Tough Mudder in Oct. 2013 and August 2012. It’s Tough.

    1. Hey Teri!

      Did you stand in the chariot naked? Or in a toga like me? It was so much fun!

      I’m hitting the gym and running hard for Tough Mudder these next two months. Can’t wait!

  23. I would love to take a week off—two, actually, but I’d get too freaked out, I’m sure. I panic when I can’t come up with something every week as it is! HOWEVERโ€ฆI just might give it up a little for a toga partyโ€ฆ.and for bacon. Always bacon.

    1. Hey Menopausal!

      I was freaking out after five days but it was needed. I have so much to write now.

      Naked bacon toga party! Just do it! ๐Ÿ™‚

  24. After blogging a bunch of material, I just stopped. Blog kept getting hits. Not too many, but months and months later, a steady stream from search engines. And Amazon clicks and a few sales a month. Google decides, it seems. But YOU on the other hand, need to keep blogging. Love your stuff.

  25. Like many people, I started my blog as a hobby. Little did I realise how it would take over my life. My blog is never going to pay my mortgage or keep me in the manner to which I’ve become accustomed, but that’s not the point. I do it and keep doing it because I like it. There are times when I don’t like it, so I take a break. That’s the great thing about blogging as a hobby – the only person you have to please at the end of the day is you!

    1. Hey Jo!

      Thanks so much for dropping by my blog and commenting!

      I also started this as a hobby and now it’s a labor of love. I can’t see not doing it, even though I also am not doing it for any revenue. I do it for fun as you do. It’s been great meeting so many people out there, and enjoy reading other logs and opinions.

      Yet, as you said, there is nothing wrong taking a break now and then.

  26. Now that’s what I call living. I’m not too sure about the cute man in his birthday suit and the thought of you discarding your jim-jams doesn’t bear thinking about Filbio, although I’m sure I would have plenty to write about LOL!

    Sure. We all need to let our hair down every now and then and just switch off and get to the business of having a life. How else can we blog if we have nothing to blog about?!

    1. Hey Victoria!

      So right! Taking time to experience life gives us ideas to write about.

      Plus, when else would I have the chance to dress as Caesar and wear a toga?

  27. Oh man Phil…did you ever give me a chuckle. I’m so glad you had a good time. I agree – everyone deserves a break. And, feel free to stop by my blog anytime. Toga totally optional. LOL

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