It’s November in Ohio. The trees have all lost their leaves. The sun is hiding more and more. The air is getting a bit of a bite. Soon there will be snow and the ground will go white. The change from the refreshing coolness and colorful beauty of the fall is tangible and causes a bit of fear. Will this be a tough winter? Are we ready for the change?
Like all good midwesterners, we take a deep breath and forge ahead. You can’t get around it, to get to spring you have to go through winter. There are lots of good things about winter though, warm fires, hot chocolate, ice skating, Christmas, snow days, snowmen. There is something about the change of seasons that lets you know time is moving forward. The world doesn’t stand still, even though you feel like it is sometimes.
A change of season means that you’re moving on. This is a new season of my life. The last four years have been long and challenging. It felt more like the winter of my discontent than anything. Yet, there were lots of good things that happened. I have come to love Ohio. I have amazing friends here. I have a church I love. I am about to step into a new season here.
As of January 2013 I will be going back to grad school, again. This time to finally do what I’ve been wanting to do since I was 16 years old, be a marriage and family therapist. The time is right. I’m excited, nervous, anxious and scared. Change is hard but exhilarating. I have no idea how I’m going to make it all work, but I’m ok with that. I know that God can figure out a way. Look at that, I have some faith and trust. See life does move forward and you are growing even when you can’t see it. Even when you don’t feel like you are.
I am also hoping that this new season means I’m going to be blogging more. I’ve missed it. I stopped in large part because I didn’t know what to say anymore. But I’m finding my voice again. This time its stronger. I believe in myself. I know what I’m able to do. I actually found some confidence. So nice. God is so good.
Change is also coming to this blog and I’m going to be rearranging things on the blog. So for those RSS fans sorry but old posts are going to be showing up in your feed, sorry in advance. I tried to disable the feed for a sec, but I can’t figure out how. So bear with me.
Thanks for being part of my journey.
I really thought this blog was dead.
I honestly had nothing left to say. So I took a hiatus.
A lot happened in the last year and at the same time I felt like I was standing still. I left Ohio. I moved back to California. I loved. I cried. I learned. I made mistakes. And yet, I didn’t write a single word. I’ve been on a sabbatical of sorts. I like that that idea. I just needed a break to recharge, reinvent, reinvest.
Now, I miss it. I miss processing my life through writing. So, the blog is coming back over the next few weeks. It comes at a time when I’m moving back across the country to Ohio, again. Yes. Back. No drama. No fan fare.
So we’ll see what this becomes, this time. The name is probably going to change. Not sure to what yet. If you have any ideas, let me know.
Lately I’ve been wondering what to do with my blog.
I don’t write much anymore. I find that I am editing myself more and more. I also realized that as I search for a job I don’t need six years of relationship, work, family and personal history searchable on google.
This blog has served many purposes. It was an outlet while I was in grad school. It connected me to friends and family. It helped me meet new people. It was also a great way to think through various issues in my life. I am grateful for it.
However, it feels time to blow it up and start over. I don’t know what it will become. I don’t know what I want to say. I need to find a new voice.
I’m ready for something new. What that is yet, I don’t know.
I will always keep something here, even if its just my photos.
So, stay tuned to see what I come up with.
I cleaned out my bloglines today.
I realized, by accident, that many of my friends have abandoned their blogs. Some of the links are removed completely, vanished in the night and others simply stopped updating them months even years ago. Since bloglines only informs me when there are new posts I was completely unaware of their demise.
I have an RSS feeds to about 75 different sites divided by topic – baking, photography, theology, friends and marketing. Once I realized how many friends abandoned their blogs I decided to check up on all my other links. Many of those have reduced content updates as well. Hmmm…. is the hype true, is blogging dead?
Wired magazine called time of death in 2008. It says it is that blogging was killed by Twitter and Facebook, that common blog writers can’t compete with teams of professional content creators that pump out 20 posts a day.
The LA Times book section just tweeted that the Poetry Foundation was discontinuing its blog in favor of Twitter and Facebook. That just seems like an oxymoron. A Poetry Foundation that is eliminating a way for readers to interact with the work? What is this world coming to.
The face of blogging has certainly changed since in the six years that I’ve been writing one. Wow. I didn’t realize it had been that long. I started this blog at a dead-end job that left me feeling unsatisfied, unchallenged and bored. Rather than wreck havoc I started writing. I was inspired to blog by my friend Jer, who no longer has a personal blog, it’s all business. His was one of the broken links I removed from my bloglines cue.
Back in the old days, of the early 2000s, blogs were a place where the common person could throw their thoughts, ideas and experiences out there for the whole world to consume, comment and enjoy. Some got book and movie deals, others got paid advertisers and now make a living at it, but the majority of bloggers were just people with a unique take on life and blogging gave them a platform to say it. I have met some great people from this blog. Ah simpler times. LOL.
I don’t think blogging is dead. I think like most things the novelty has just worn off. It’s not new anymore. Maybe people realized that just didn’t have that much to say. Blogging has instead become become very niche oriented. You have to know who you are and what you want to say. Ree Drummond, the Pioneer Woman, a foodie from NY that moved to wilds of Oklahoma for her own Marlboro man, has parlayed her love of cooking and baking into a book series, blog, and web site. She harkens to all home cooks. Her personality and passion help her compete with Food Network, allrecipies and other popular sites in the very crowded cooking space. I love her.
Pasta Queen competes in the fitness arena. She took to blogging when she decided she needed to lose the extra hundred pounds she carried. It translated into a book and successful web site, but she still does freelance web sites to pay the bills. She’s invited to lots of corporate sponsored events, given free products to try and has lots of contests on her blog where she reviews said events and products. But her story is personal as she also deals with chronic headache pain. Again very specific focus, very specific personality that makes her site work. You identify with her as a person.
I also love to read my former co-workers blog. She and her husband just moved to the UAE for work. I love hearing about their adventures, adjustments and experiences. It is a great way to catch up with her and be involved in their lives from thousands of miles away.
My blog? Well, I just ramble and will eventually come up with something to say. LOL.
Blogs are a great medium for true, authentic stories, thoughts, ideas and interactions. So while there are faster, shinier things on the forefront blogging will always have its place. There are still stories to be told. And who doesn’t love a great story. You just have to wade through a lot more corporate ads masquerading as story to get to the gems.
Since I am the resident procrastinator and person who has the most time on the job to surf the web, contemplate life and offer general musings I thought I’d create a blog.
This will give me a chance to stay in touch and use the anonymity of the computer to say things I otherwise might not. I have no idea what I’m going to find to talk about, although I’m imagining the following topics will come up more than once: my nephews and how great they are, the fact that I hate my job, sense of purpose, and movies.
This is by no means an exhaustive list, just a small taste of what is to come.