Stand Up for Blogging!

Maybe not how you think.

In my case it’s a matter of ergonomics.

My entire working life I spent in an office, in a chair, with a desk and a computer. Well, actually, I’m old enough to say the computer came later. But I digress.

During the last few years that I worked for the City I had a nice spot on the 43rd floor of a high-rise with good views of Seattle’s waterfront where I could watch the ferries come and go.

Fun stuff.

During that same period I also had two desks in my office (well cubicle really) – a normal sit-down variety where I spent most of my time and another stand-up desk in front of the window.

Pampered? Not really. I hadn’t asked for another desk specifically – a coworker did. But when she got tired of it, I took the stand-up desk off her hands, and found it useful for giving my back a break.

Fast forward to now.

Can you guess where I’m headed with this?

Not to complain or anything but yeah, there’s some lower back pain, because as much walking and gardening and outside stuff as I do, I still have a hobby the puts me back at a desk with a computer.

So I did a bit of research online on what could be purchased. But not wanting to invest without knowing I’d really use it, and also knowing the wondrous skill of my dear hubby, I asked him to make me a stand-up desk, a platform of sorts to sit on top of my regular desk.

Bingo! The last few posts I’ve published on my blog, I did standing up, with views not of the Seattle waterfront, but of my own front yard. Just thought you’d want to know. šŸ˜‰ And when I want to sit for a while I remove the platform. Nice, huh?

And because I can’t do a post without a couple of photos, here’s a sandpiper from the beaches of Central California, also standing.

More of the California coast including Big Sur to come.

~ Susanne

32 Comments on “Stand Up for Blogging!

  1. I love the solution you found so that you didn’t have to first invest a lot of money to see if it helps. My daughter came up with a similar solution. Another friend paid for the adjustable desk and is very happy with it.

    • This will certainly do for now. If I find I’m standing more often than not, I still may look into a more sophisticated desk, especially since my main desk is pretty old. But I’m not sure if I’d be able to find something with all the functionality I currently have with the desk, drawers, shelves, and adjustability I’d like.

  2. You are not the only one with lower back pain, ouch! Standing up is a great idea, your hubby is very crafty.

  3. Hemingway always stood when he wrote on the typewriter. Not sure of why particularly, maybe he was ahead of the times. Albeit, it is good for your back to stand at least part of the time while doing desk work.

    • Really? Interesting! I’d never heard that about Hemingway! Sitting too much is not good so I’m going to give standing a try at least sometimes!

  4. I’ve had to adjust my writing position due to neck pain! I guess it’s comes with the territory. Never knew Hemingway stood while writing. Fascinating! Love the pics, xxoo, C

  5. Not sure I could blog standing up. I do have a very ‘ergonomic’ chair, one with a mesh back. I can sit for long periods at the computer without feeling uncomfortable. But then I do walk up to 5-6 miles each day with Ollie, so that must help.
    Best wishes, Pete.

    • Thanks, Pete. No doubt that 5 or 6 miles a day helps! šŸ™‚ I’ve tried to find the perfect chair but without success. I think because I sat so many years behind a desk, doing the same thing at home has become problematic for me. For now, I’m enjoying standing at the computer but we’ll see how long it lasts. I could also try my laptop in a comfy chair occasionally. I just need to break it up.

  6. I always wanted one of those standing desks. The evil one bought one for herself but told everyone else that if they wanted one they had to get a doctor’s note that it was necessary…

    • Sorry the evil one wasn’t kind to you! You’d think employers would be more understanding, since sitting at a desk all day can be hazardous to your health!

  7. I encountered the same problem and bought one of the adjustable desks. It works in that it enables me to stand up at the computer but I find I get backache if I stand for more than 30 minutes so I’m just using it occasionally, on days when I’m at the computer more, to break it up a bit. I’ve also used it for Zoom chats with friends šŸ™‚

    • It’s hard to find the perfect balance, isn’t it? I’ll probably look into an adjustable desk eventually, but this setup is working ok for me now.

  8. Good luck with the standing desk. I tend to do my writing etc. while sitting on the couch with my feet up. Probably not the best idea in the world. Ironically, the thing I find most likely to put my back out is standing and bending forward at a slight angle. A standing desk might be the death of me!
    By the way, the bill and markings suggest your very nice bird photos are some kind of curlew, possibly a whimbrel, rather than a sandpiper.

    • So far the standing desk is working better than sitting at the desk. But I’ll continue to explore other options including my laptop in an easy chair! Issue there is my pictures are on my desktop’s hard drive. I’ve not yet gone with the cloud for photo storage.

      And thanks for identifying the bird! Wasn’t really sure what it was! šŸ˜Š

  9. I had a standup desk similar to yours the last few years I worked. I do think it helped my back. It would not be practical where I have my computer at home, and Iā€™m not at the computer all that long at a stretch anymore. Love your pics of the standup sandpiper!

    • Thanks for your comment. I probably spend too much time at the computer but for now standing is better than sitting. And another blogger suggested the bird is a type of curlew not a sandpiper and I think he’s right. šŸ™‚

  10. Well, now you’ve guilted me into using MY stand-up desk more often, Susanne! Before we moved here I bought a stand-up desk from Office Depot that moves up and down. I can sit at it with the monitor elevated then it can all be brought up for standing (hydraulic system). Whoever thought of these was a genius! Your hubby did a beautiful job on yours! Cheers to standing while blogging!

    • Oh wow, that sounds great! Is it pretty easy to operate? Since I returned from vacation a couple weeks ago, I find I’m standing at my desk most of the time and it’s working great. It’s a little cumbersome to switch back to sitting though, so I still might explore an adjustable desk. I’ll go take a look at what Office Depot offers! šŸ™‚

  11. Susanne, I got an adjustable desk for work after seeing a co-worker doing well with one. I did find I only extended it skyward and stood up about a third of the time. I just needed to be “closer to the action” most of the time. Felt more engaged sitting down. Prior to that, I also got a piece of furniture to prop up my monitor so it was at a better eyeline.

    • Thanks for your comment. šŸ™‚ For now, the additional platform on my desk is working, but it would definitely be more convenient to have an adjustable desk. I’ll eventually look into getting one.

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