Around this time of year I go on vacation to try and see a moose. While my blog is never far from my heart, this moose watching (er, attempted moose watching) brings me far from any place to enter blog posts or interact with my blog in any way. So while I will no doubt write extensively about my moose tracking while I am on vacation, you have no way to read any of it until I can turn it all into blog posts after I come back.
I have four options in this situation.
1. I can shut down my blog for a week or two.
This option is unrealistic as the shock would destroy the Internet. My feelings are mixed about the Internet, but I am emotionally unable to deal with the responsibility for killing the Internet. Sure the Internet looks ferocious and monstrous now, but when I imagine its furry little limp body in my hands... no.
2. I could get my friend Grape to guest blog.
Last year he did three guest blog posts for my moose hunting time. He writes well! The posts were fun! And I got mentioned in them! This year I sent out feelers thinking he'd probably been waiting all year to get a crack at this again.
I don't think he'd been waiting all year to get a crack at this again.
3. I can run repeats.
While this would work for my more casual readers it would leave my most devoted readers out in the cold as they have already memorized all my past posts a la Fahrenheit 451.
4. In the days leading up to my vacation trip I can sleeplessly and feverishly try and write nine or ten extra blog posts to release like clockwork here during the time I am off on my moosing expeditions.
This one is probably the most problematic solution of them all. Overextended, the quality of my writing may suffer. I will run out of ideas. I may become snappish and slightly unenlightened. The muses will kick me down the stairs. Battered and exhausted, strung out and delusional I will start hallucinating moose.
Number four it is then.