April 16, 2005

My other option is to start drinking Folgers....

I've wondered about this before: is weekend blogging a futile pursuit? On the one hand, traffic is at a low on the weekend; on the other hand, blog readers in search of something "fresh" will be more likely to stop by. Of course, that really only matters if you are blogging for others rather than yourself. If you don't much care if anyone else reads what you write, the weekend is as good a time as any to expound on your pet peeves (I hate trackback spam!!) or ramble on about what you're planning on having for lunch (salad with chicken and avocado slices).

Of course, for me, Saturday and Sunday are just two more work days. That's a killer to my social life since most of my friends and family have "normal" jobs and have a hard time getting together on a Tuesday evening or Thursday afternoon. And you can just forget holidays, even if they fall on my usual days off, because if the rest of the world is at leisure, then I'm at work.

All along as I've studied for my master's I've never had any plans to change jobs, despite the negative effect on my social life, because most of the time I enjoy what I do. However, now that my student loans (over $20k) will become due for repayment, the fact that I haven't had a raise since January 2004 is beginning to bother me more and more. And it's not like I suddenly got health insurance or vacation time or even sick days in lieu of a raise, because that would be an acceptable explanation.

Granted, business has fallen off in the last year--but I can honestly say without a twinge of conscience that it's not my fault. A competitor opened up last year--a competitor with thirteen screens, rather than three. That's definitely cutting into our business. Customers are getting fed up with our uncomfortable seats and machinery that breaks down all the time, and who could blame them? But why does the owner blame me? I'm not the one who buys used equipment that should have been tossed on a trash heap a decade ago and then bitches that repair costs are killing him. I think if the other dollar house were as old and decrepit as ours we'd have a level playing field--only they completely gutted and refurbished the place before they opened so they are nicer than a couple of the first-runs, and they still only charge a dollar. How can we compete*?

That was a rhetorical question. Anyway, I might start looking for a new job. Those loan payments are really going to cut into my book budget....

*(No, Harv--I don't think the owner would go for topless concessions clerks...)

Posted by Susie at April 16, 2005 09:54 AM

Weekends are lately the only time I have the energy to whip out a post or two, yet I know in my heart of hearts that no one is out there reading on the weekends.
I cheat.
I draftpost and toss them out later. Like those frozen casseroles moms keep in the freezer just in case someone dies and you have to contribute to the wake.
Yes, my blog is a vast banquet table of warmed-over mac and cheese. With a corpse or two hanging about.
And I know whatcha mean about the $$ situation, and my sympathies. It's a suckorama to owe.

Posted by: LeeAnn at April 16, 2005 10:52 AM

I'm getting WAY too predictable, aren't I? ;-)

Anyway, although traffic DOES dip on weekends, it spikes on Monday, and your regular readers will read down until they found something they've read before, so weekend posts don't actually get missed.

Posted by: Harvey at April 16, 2005 11:55 AM

I stop by every Sunday, so I figure I'm doing my part for your traffic! PP, that is, not the theatre.

Posted by: RichieD at April 17, 2005 05:59 PM

I concur with Harvey. For those blogs that I read frequently but not daily, I'll start at the top and work down until I hit a post I remember reading.

A 13-screen competitor that recently (re-)opened? Hmm, I wonder which one you're talking about...

Posted by: Chris of Dangerous Logic at April 18, 2005 10:41 AM