Probably unwise, going offline: the working parent's dilemma

I am really excited to talk more about all sorts of things... internal Web collaboration strategies, new Web 2.0/Old Skool projects on the horizon, and the ever-changing work of the non-profit techie. It looks like my org might have another year of funding (fingers still crossed, but we might have made it!). I think, very possibly, there's a year of really engaging work ahead of us, and I hope we will be learning a lot. I plan to share what we learn here. At the moment, I am juggling my nonprofit techie work with a cute but obstinate toddler, and a terminally ill parent. One of the most incredible bloggers out there, whose blog (along with NTEN and Beth Katner) I consider essential daily reading, is Chris Brogan. His blogging tips, as well as his knowledge of and insight into social media, is unparalleled. I know he'd say one of the worst mistakes I can make as a new blogger is to not blog regularly enough; to take a break this early is surely unwise. It's important, he says--and I agree--for your readers to be able to rely upon you for regularly-scheduled content. It's one of the most important ways to cultivate a voice as a blogger and build a relationship with your readers.

But I have things to say and much I want to learn from readers in a blog-based conversation. I don't want to let the fact that I am a working parent with sick family to stop me from blogging. There's a difference between lack of commitment to blogging and life making it difficult for me to post as much as I'd like. Right now, the reality is that I do have to go offline more than some of my colleagues. I am not going to be able to post daily.  I hope that people will consider subscribing via RSS to this blog, or following me on Twitter. I hope that you will find the content and comments here valuable even if I am not as prolific as some. For the next ten days, I am taking a much-needed break. I am going offline to go to Maine to be with my family. Late next week, I will be back with another post. In the meantime, do other working parents feel this way? Like you want to participate in the social media conversations more, but your life demands that you spend more time offline? Do you feel like you're missing out on Twittering your way through webinars and contributing to wikis as much as you'd like? How do you feel about these limitations, and how do they affect your work? Does a lack of free time online keep you from blogging?