Last spring, after coming up with the idea of creating The Thoughtful Caregiver on the web, I decided I’d do new writings and photographs every Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. It’s been an interesting and enjoyable experience carrying out those plans. I’m glad I started this venture and I intend to keep it going.
Three learnings, however, are encouraging me to re-evaluate this self-imposed schedule as the new year begins.
First, planning, researching, and executing these writings along with the accompanying photography has come to require more of my time than I initially anticipated. Each entry takes several hours. “Three entries” multiplied by “several hours” equals “a healthy chunk of one’s week.”
Second, I’ve been a little surprised how many weeks of the year, when you get right down to it, have Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays in them. Quite a few, I’ve noticed. It makes for a steady stream of deadlines.
Third, while I’m grateful that there are those of you who find meaning in reading The Thoughtful Caregiver regularly, I’m also aware that readership is fairly limited, even after hundreds of personal contacts and many thousands of mailings. There are times when the result of one’s work needs to be evaluated against the amount of labor involved.
For these reasons, I’ve decided that I’ll go from three to two writings a week. Mondays and Thursdays will be the days.
I’ll continue to do my best to make Thoughtful a meaningful unfolding of ideas and images. Please let me know if you have any suggestions for how this work might develop in the future. Your feedback is very valuable to me.

2 Responses to “Decision”

  1. Susan Says:

    I can’t blame you, I was wondering how you do it. Thanks for your beautiful posts. I am a live in caregiver and this really helps me.

  2. Deb Larson Says:

    I thank you for your efforts- you have been an encourgement to me. I am a nurse in a nursing facility and am also a caregiver for my mom. I have printed out exerpts of your writings and posted them on the staff bulletin board to encourage them. Also, have used your thoughts and perspective in working with family members. Thank you again

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