Yes, I still live! And shocking (to my mind), I have received a few inquiries ... where are you, are you returning to blog land?
One of my blog friends, Paula, posted an interesting piece on March 5th called Where did they go? She lamented about folks who stopped posting to their blog for 8 or 10 months, some as long as a year ... some never to return. She missed the sharing of life experiences and wondered why they stopped. That post sparked my thinking on those of us to disappear from blogging - for a time or forever.
I guess it all comes down to why a person blogs in the first place. I think we blog writers fall into 2 camps of people:
- those who write for themselves (they don't need an audience, they just need to get ideas out somewhere and the blog is a good place to plant them.)
- those who write for others (they write to educate, to sell, to explore ideas others, to generate conversation, to share a talent or hobby.)
Some bloggers might say they slop over into both categories, but I fall entirely in the first category. I write for me. The need to write comes and goes as life changes. I believe the first category is where most "drop outs" can be found because the "need" to blog wanes. Life changes.
For myself, it all started as a way to cope with my intense caregiving experience. Eight years is a long time to step out of your normal life and give that energy to someone else. My blog was a coping tool. It was at times a life saver.
After mom died, that coping mechanism seems less needed. Moving on and sorting out how my life was now as well as adjusting to my own aging issues seemed uninteresting to write about. Hence the periodic absences.
Well, I am back again. For how long I do not know.
But I will tell you ... it hasn't been boring here in my corner of blog land.
More on that to follow!