Two toucans talking about Bun Karyudo from the Bun Karyudo humor blog, this week about employment.

Cutting Back, Not Cutting Down

I won’t be writing much this week. This is partly to allow rest and recuperation for anybody who managed to struggle to the end of last week’s 19th-century Russian novel of a post about chewing gum. (This should in no way be taken as any kind of tacit admission that this previous post was too long, by the way. Far from it. Once I eventually have the time to add the contents page and index, any self-respecting reader should be able to get through the entire piece in as little as 2-3 days.)

 

The other reason why I’m already on the penultimate paragraph of today’s post is that it now looks virtually certain I’ll be changing jobs in the next few weeks. I’m going to need more time to concentrate on that. I guess this is only fair. Over the last two years, my blog has snatched great stretches of time from my daily life. Perhaps I shouldn’t be surprised that with employment and health issues, daily life has recently begun snatching much of this time back.

 

Now, I realize there may be some out there who find it difficult to believe I’d allow myself to cut back on my blogging for a while because of anything as insignificant as employment issues / starvation avoidance. To all such people, I say fear not! Not only will I continue posting something each week (even if only 3 paragraphs long), but throughout the entire period, I will also be fighting mightily on behalf of our planet’s RAIN FORESTS! This very worthy task I will be doing primarily by refraining from logging and slash-and-burn agriculture until I get settled in my new job. After that, all bets are off.

 

 

 

200 replies
  1. Tric Kearney
    Tric Kearney says:

    Congrats on your new job. I hope it goes well and health issues stay in the past.
    I’ve made a conscious decision to wean myself off blogging to free up time for writing and working/ family and screenfree time. I miss it still especially reading blogs. I can’t read as often as before.
    Btw I made it to the end of your gum post. Ulysses is my next challenge. (Joke I enjoyed it )

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    • BunKaryudo
      BunKaryudo says:

      Thanks, Vicki. Things worked out okay in terms of the family health issue, thank goodness. I think you may be right about taking a rest once in a while. I was feeling proud of myself for not having taken a break in nearly two years, but the other day, I was talking to a blogger who is about to take her first break in four years! I think she deserves some kind of blogging medal for that.

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      • Vicki
        Vicki says:

        I used to post 3 times each night (with either single images or a long series with lots of writing in between each photo). Now, I can go 10-14 days without posting on my 2 blogs. I am older and wiser and try to do other things outside of the computer. Blogging can be quite addictive, not good if you’re juggling family and work as well.

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  2. Susan Scott
    Susan Scott says:

    Hi Bun, good luck on your new job! Keep your eyes and ears open as no doubt you will, check those cracks in the pavement – (there’s a crack in everything, that’s how the light gets in) – and may all tighten and lighten up in terms of your health … And, GREAT re the rain forests!

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    • BunKaryudo
      BunKaryudo says:

      Thank you very much, Susan. I appreciate the good wishes. As for my contribution to saving the rain forest, it was the least I could do. (No, really. It was literally the least I could do.) 🙂

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  3. paywindow7
    paywindow7 says:

    I wish you and yours the best. I’ve enjoyed your writing and I hope you will be able to crank it back up soon. Oh uh, and be careful of those pigeons. Their range and accuracy is unbelievable.

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  4. Ann Coleman
    Ann Coleman says:

    Best of luck in your new job! (And I’m glad the family health issue is resolved). Take all the time you need, and know that we’ll be here when you get back. Blogging is great, but it does take huge amounts of time, and sometimes we just need a break from it. Please don’t make it permanent, though…I’d miss you and your posts far too much!! All the best to you and your family!

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    • BunKaryudo
      BunKaryudo says:

      Thank you very much, Ann. That’s very kind of you. I’ll still try to post something every week, but it’ll probably just be a couple of paragraphs for a while until I get established in my new job. 🙂

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  5. Diane Holcomb
    Diane Holcomb says:

    It’s a good idea to take a break from blogging now and then. It fills the well again, so to speak. But, sounds like you can’t let it go completely. A paragraph, even a line, is perfectly acceptable. It will be an interesting experiment in writing flash posts!

    Best of luck in the new job. How exciting!

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  6. Ally Bean
    Ally Bean says:

    I like the idea of three paragraph blog posts. It seems like it should be something we all do on a regular basis, allowing us to break out of our self-imposed need to chatter on endlessly. Or maybe I’m just talking for myself. You don’t chatter. Never. Forget I said that…

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  7. John W. Howell
    John W. Howell says:

    I for one love the short ones. gets to the point and can be read, laughed with, and discarded in minutes instead of (OMG) lots of minutes. This was funny and once you are settled, maybe you could go into politics as well as destroying the environment. (seems one qualifies one to do the other). Enjoyed it, Bun.

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  8. maryannniemczura
    maryannniemczura says:

    Ah yes, life gets in the way sometimes. It will all work out somehow of that I am certain. You will be back to your old humorous self in no time. Perhaps your new employment will allow you to remove the bag from time to time. Patiently waiting for the humor to return, I wish you all the best in what has to be very trying times.

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  9. Ellie P.
    Ellie P. says:

    And now you’ll have to spend yet MORE hours replying to all these comments – 46 now, and climbing!! 😀
    All the best to you, hope you love the new job!!
    BTW I never did thank you – I don’t think – for your extremely helpful lesson, way back, on How To Pronounce Bun Karyudo. So Thanks a ton! And may I mention a cute coincidence, namely that my boyfriend’s surname is Boone. Just sayin’. Have fun, don’t worry about us, pining away for your scribbles… Whenever you can, Bun! Take care!

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  10. YellowCable
    YellowCable says:

    Congratulations! I can understand the how one might feel for starting a new job. Very best to you with your new job!

    (I like “starvation avoidance”. I will have to keep that in mind).

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  11. Gabe Burkhardt
    Gabe Burkhardt says:

    Well fine. I’m a bit bummed that we’ll be getting less of you, that you’re turning into one of those “productive members of society,” and that I’m going to have to pick up your slack on our slash-and-burn forests.

    But before you go, when are you going to finish your last post?

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  12. Colane Conundrum
    Colane Conundrum says:

    I’m glad to hear that the family health situation is improving, Bun. And best wishes during your job transition. Sometimes we all need a do-over. I know I’ve gone through my share. Hoping you find an opportunity that’s ideally suited to you!

    And no worries — we’ll gladly take three paragraphs over none. 🙂 Best wishes.

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  13. sportsattitudes
    sportsattitudes says:

    I’ve walked away from the blogosphere more times than I can count but it keeps pulling me back. Unemployment helps. Congrats on the new job and now that you have yours I figure it is my turn. Wish for continued progress on the family health matter also and I look forward to your next post on gum…or whatever you find out there (rain forest or otherwise).

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    • BunKaryudo
      BunKaryudo says:

      Thank you very much. I know what you mean about blogging. It takes a lot of time and effort, but I’d certainly miss it if I gave it up completely. I’m not surprised you kept coming back to it.

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  14. da AL
    da AL says:

    dear Bun – sending you my best thoughts for mind, body, spirit, & work. many congrats & good luck! looking forward to your future posts, any time, any length 🙂

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  15. Binky
    Binky says:

    Well congratulations on your new job, Bun! I’m sure you deserve it. Winky even made you a chocolate cake to celebrate. It was delicious. Try not to forget us little folks on your rise to stardom.

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  16. SD Gates
    SD Gates says:

    I hope everything goes well with your new job and all the other things pulling you every which way. I backed off from blogging too, not because I don’t have anything to say, but just because I didn’t think anyone would want to hear me go on incessantly about my burgeoning laundry basket. I thought I would have more time to do other things besides working, but it turns out that other people in my life saw I had time to spare and felt the need to fill it up with other things. AAARGH!!!

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  17. wooknight
    wooknight says:

    Wish you all the best for new opportunities . Stay away from overworking . Hopefully blogging will not be a casualty to overwork if it becomes unavoidable, I suggest plenty of other things to cut down including eating food , spending time with loved ones etc . All of those are highly over-rated .

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  18. leggypeggy
    leggypeggy says:

    My blog has been neglected for the last 10 days because I’ve been cleaning out kitchen cupboards as well as the junk room (company coming). A new job is a much better reason. Congratulations, assuming that it’s a better job. 🙂

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  19. Kim Gorman
    Kim Gorman says:

    I hope your transition to the new job goes well, Bun. Even if it’s something you chose, it’s still stressful making a major change like that. And I’ll have you know I read the entirety of your last post and I loved it. Your blog is a breath of fresh air in a busy, stressful world.

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    • BunKaryudo
      BunKaryudo says:

      Thank you very much, Kim. I’m very glad you enjoy the posts. Incidentally, the move to my new (slightly higher-paying) job was largely my decision. I barely noticed the barrel of my bank managers shotgun in the small of my back. 🙂

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  20. Marje @ Kyrosmagica
    Marje @ Kyrosmagica says:

    Good luck in in your new job Bun, and hope your health issues improve. I’m also job hunting as my temporary job to cover maternity leave
    terminates in the next few weeks. My CV looks like a bus timetable… lol…always starting new jobs, meeting new people, trying out new possibilities.

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  21. mistybooks
    mistybooks says:

    Good luck with that, Bun
    I’ve just gone back part time as well – now I’ve had my heart re-plumbed, which is why my fledgling blogging career has had the brakes momentarily slammed on. Once I’m used to having my nose squashed against the windscreen of life again I shall resume the torrent of banal scribbling I have become so used to!

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  22. Bespoke Traveler
    Bespoke Traveler says:

    Is this new job a result of your chewing gum post? Good luck with the daily grind and looking forward to hearing your opening speech (right after Daniel Craig thoughtfully talks about his retirement) at the press conference .

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  23. Peter Klopp
    Peter Klopp says:

    A now job, a new beginning! Of course, I will be a bit disappointed when you are cutting back with your blogging. I just arrived at the point that I was able with my age-weakened mind to fully enjoy your lengthy contributions. Now I have to be content with a three-paragraph story (beginning, middle and end). But listen, Bun, your new job is more important right now. All of your readers understand your situation. Don’t worry about cutting back.We all wish all the best and look forward to being entertained again by your hilarious tales in the future.

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    • BunKaryudo
      BunKaryudo says:

      Thank you very much, Peter. I’ll be sorry to have to cut back for a while, but it has to be done. I’m fairly certain my blogging responsibilities will be fairly far down my new boss’s list of priorities. 😀

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  24. ArtReach
    ArtReach says:

    Aww! Gonna miss you! However, full disclosure – I often scanned through your post until I got to the good parts. Of course that meant reading most of it! I guess I need a break too. Enjoy the new job!

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    • BunKaryudo
      BunKaryudo says:

      That’s no problem! There’s so much stuff out there on WordPress, it’s physically impossible for anybody to read thoroughly through all the posts of the people they follow. I think that’s just the reality of blogging. Besides, I knew I was pushing it a bit by having such long posts to begin with. They were around 1,200 words most weeks. That’s a lot for anybody to get through without nodding off! 😀

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  25. yvettecarol
    yvettecarol says:

    Very wise, indeed. A friend responded when I said I was taking a hiatus, that perhaps I could simply post less often. I thought that was a good idea, and so is yours, to carry on yet write less. One way or another, we’ve all got to make it work the way that fits with us best. Like you, I tend towards the longer posts, so maybe I should take a leaf out of your (new) book? At any rate, good luck with the job switch 🙂

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    • BunKaryudo
      BunKaryudo says:

      Thank you very much, Yvette. It can certainly be difficult to fit blogging into our lives at times. I know you’re also very busy with your other writing activities and with looking after two active boys too. My sons are just that bit older, so they’ve reached the stage of being pretty self-sufficient most of the time. (Hey, perhaps they could take over my blog on weeks when I’m busy!) 🙂

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  26. In My Cluttered Attic
    In My Cluttered Attic says:

    But comrade Bun, after Tolstoy like novel on gum, many eager to read your next novel on Russian vodka? This is huge setback not seen since Sputnik failed to send back signals from HBO. Of course, HBO was not transmitting back then—but this is insignificant problem for anyone from mother Russia—Dostoyevsky would have done it! I fear once Kremlin hears of your desire for new job you will be sent to Russian front, currently being readied for the Ukraine to inhabit—once the invasion is complete, of course. Perhaps you could make time for teensy-weensy 12,000 page novel on Bolshoi ballet, hey? Until then, nostorovia.

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  27. Patty
    Patty says:

    A new challenge and adventure (changing jobs), congratz ! And looking forward to read more about your fight for our rain forests. Good luck and don’t forget to have fun 😉
    XxX

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  28. Sharon Bonin-Pratt
    Sharon Bonin-Pratt says:

    Bun, I wish you well with your new position. I’ve been following your concerns for the previous job, knowing that you’ve been worried about whether or not it would last. May your new employers recognize your genius and give you opportunity to share your genius. As for your blog – I’ll be here when you post, sometimes a bit late, but I’ll get here eventually. Your posts are too good to miss.

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    • BunKaryudo
      BunKaryudo says:

      Thank you very much, Sharon. My new job is a bit of a departure for me, so I’m not sure how well I’ll take to it. Nevertheless, it’s a very great relief to no longer have the fear of redundancy having over me. All I have to worry about now is being fired for incompetence.

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      • joliesattic
        joliesattic says:

        Yes, he’s not posted in quite some time. Since he is the father to my daughter, I have a direct line to him and he says he’s been busy with school and grading papers. (I guess he gave them too much homework) I told him we all missed his postings. It’s been a very busy year for him. He’s not given up on it, just having to put it on hold for awhile. He is sorely missed by all.

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        • BunKaryudo
          BunKaryudo says:

          I didn’t know about your connection with Badfish, Jolie. I drop by his post when I can, but I’ve been pretty busy myself recently, and so hadn’t noticed he’d been quiet for a while. I’m glad he’ll be coming back at some point, though. His posts are always excellent.

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  29. Skipah
    Skipah says:

    I deeply apologize for not visiting this site in awhile. That being said you are a true justice warrior fighting for the rain forests while undergoing personal life changing decisions. That take character and integrity! Hope the new job hunt is going good!

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