No More Words

The Washington National Cathedral, site of tonight's PastForward plenary and reception.
The Washington National Cathedral, site of tonight’s PastForward plenary and reception.  (I did not take this tonight, but it’s my favorite photo I’ve taken there.)

It’s only the fourth day of NaBloPoMo, and I’m dragging. Dragging like whoa. Why? Because I decided to start a blogging challenge mere days before the start of the annual conference at work. PastForward is a ton of fun, but it’s also a lot of work for everyone involved, and it’s just plain exhausting.

Now, I am not even close to being among the busiest people, or one with the longest hours among the folks involved in putting this on (our conference staff works around the clock and are flat-out amazing), but it wears me out nevertheless. The days are long, and involve a lot of running around and talking and being generally high-energy and fun — and two out of three of those thing are taxing for introverts like me.

And in the world of really good problems to have — especially when you’ve spent years working to build a social media program — the social presence for the conference has gotten so big that there are four of us working on it, and we read, wrote, liked, retweeted, replied to, and storified hundreds and hundreds of tweets today. This has left me simply feeling out of words tonight, like even finding a complete sentence is more than I can manage.

Not even joking: These 216 words have taken about an hour because my brain just keeps stopping. So, this is going to have to be good enough for today. And I’ll make a prediction that tomorrow and Friday just might be worse. But it’s the trying that matters… right?

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3 thoughts on “No More Words

  1. dakani32 November 5, 2015 / 8:26 am

    Maybe the tweeting rewires the brain so your brain can now only think in 144 word/character chunks???? No pressure from your loyal fan base! Have a great conference!

  2. maryann November 6, 2015 / 4:18 pm

    You’re a fellow introvert? Who knew!!

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