Monday, November 9, 2009

Madness Monday

It seems like it wasn't that long ago that I was actually fretting over which one of my Georgia ancestral lines to concentrate on. Since then, I've seem to hit a lull both in both my research and my blogging but at the moment, none of the ancestors are calling out to me.

I don't know if it's the rapidly approaching holdiay season, another year quickly coming to a close which in turn is making me realize I've not attained many of my goals for this year, or simply that I'm burned out after rekindling the genealogical fires and thus pushing myself extermely hard to finally break through my two biggest brick walls by years end.

I thought it was just me that was suffering through this genealogical and blogging paralysis. And I was also beginning to wonder and question how much I had truly begun to mature as a family historian / reasearcher / genealogist. But then I read Genea-friend Sandra Taliaferro's, Blogger's Block.

Sandra's post for me was a reminder that this is not a sprint but a marathon. It was also a reminder that I need balance both in my research and in life. Unfortunately or fortunately, I can let a hobby, activity, or interest consume me to the exclusion of everything else in my life. As a result, this year after renewing my research efforts, it feels like I've lived, breathed, and consumed genealgoy 24/7.

So, perhaps with the holidays approaching, maybe I should make and take a little time for myself and not worry about research or blogging so that I can start out 2010 renewed and refreshed. Does this mean, there will be nothing going on between now and 01/01/2010? Of course not, but I will try to focus on a few other hobbies and interests like decorating my house for the holidays, preparing Thanksgiving dinner, getting together with fellow jazz enthusiast, sewing, and last but not least, socializing with friends and family.

Until Next Time!


  1. I thought it was just me! I too am feeling a bit burned out. After my recent retirement I was trying to do it all at once, I became overwhelmed and wasn't thinking straight! You have worked hard and I think a break for the Holiday's and spending time with family and friends is well earned! I plan on doing the same! Enjoy!

  2. Mavis,

    You are not alone. I am also guilty of becoming obsessed with one thing and letting it totally take over. This is especially true when it come to genealogy and my research. I agree, we need balance in our lives to help us avoid the burnout periods. I'll try and take a break during the Holiday's too.


  3. Mavis, Ditto all of what you all said. I'm supposed to be on hiatus until maybe the end of February...
    Anyway, thank you for becoming one of my Geneafriends.
    Last I noticed you have research in Jackson County GA. What are your surnames there? I'll keep a lookout.


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