Sunday, December 14, 2008

A new leaf

If any of you have ever kept up a correspondance with me--any form of relationship which does not involve me seeing you and offering you food--you know that I tend to write in spurts. When I have the time, I check my e-mail every hour, write back immediately when written to, and do my best to find pithy things to say or funny things to link you to to illustrate my points. When time is not so plentiful, however, my inbox fills up with friendly letters that I want to respond to, but which I put off until I have more time to kill.

As far as I can tell, this pattern is pretty normal behavior. I read everyone's blog who reads and comments on this blog (if there are more of you who read this, let me know so that I can keep up with your blog too. I didn't realize that most of you even had blogs until you posted and I could see your profile) and I notice that my reader fills up much slower when schools have finals or midterms coming up.

My problem has always been that I have a hard time writing short e-mails or posting something here without devoting a lot of my time and chi to it. When I forget to write one of you for six months or more, I feel like it would be inappropriate to re-establish contact with a "hey [insert neglected friend's name here], how's life? I'm doing well. Talk to you later." Instead of writing something polite, yet managable, however, I feel like I need to write something epic to make up for my jerkiness in not having written in so long. Inevitably, said epic e-mail rarely gets finished; it sits in my draft folder until the details and wittiness have withered away and I delete it in shame. The longer this cycle goes on, the more awkward it becomes for me to re-establish contact with you. I usually just wait for you to write me and tell me that you've gotten married and had 2 children since I last talked to you. Somehow this seems less awkward to me than writing an e-mail that I can finish in one sitting.

So, in an attempt to combat this neurosis, and in celebration that my first quarter at Northwestern has come to a close, I decided to finish a post, just to prove to myself that I can. I have significant starts on posts on half a dozen subjects I've been thinking about for the last month but most of them will probably never materialize into a form that I would post it here.

So for those of you who still read this (I know that my mother has dropped out), I really appreciate that you still want to keep in touch with me and read what I write. If you're reading this to see how I've been doing since the last time I wrote you an e-mail allow me to apologize--there's a long message waiting for you in my draft folder somewhere, I promise.

5 comments:

Katherine said...

I began composing a long and witty comment, decided it was too much work for now, and considered leaving this window open and pondering said comment until tomorrow. Then the irony dawned on me.

direfloyd said...

I have your blog connected to my Outlook email at work so I always get your blog posts! =)

Petra said...

I'm pretty sure I dropped the ball on our correspondence, as there's an email from you in my inbox from, oh, September. I'll get to that...sometime.

(Meaning, I completely get what you're saying, because I do the exact same thing.)

Dave said...

Daine, I'm a big fan of the blog.

Although I'm not a great phone conversationalist and am bad at keeping up with people through email (I usually just get briefed from Am), I definitely look forward to your posts. I can almost compare it to the excitement I feel at the release of a new Twilight book... but seriously folks...

I have to say that many times you have articulated my ideas before I've even figured out what they are.

You have good points and are an interesting writer. I could see a possible NPR affiliation in your future. Maybe you could call it "Blogging with Surgeon Stevens" or "Doctor Daine and His Ranty Rants." Or maybe it deserves more brainstorming...

Keep 'em coming.

Mom said...

Well, I guess I haven't completely dropped out. I've been reading your older posts today. I've also been wishing I could write like you and or Michael, but alas, I haven't the wit or brains to be anything but simple (hopefully like the Gospel).