I was very moved by a recent comment I received on my blog.
I was asked whether “all was well” since I had been silent for more than a month in the blogosphere.
Life Happens, To All Of Us
There are many reasons we may hit the pause button or stop blogging for a period of time.
- We may need to be quiet to divert our time and energy to pressing concerns.
- We may have health complications.
- We may need to replenish our body and our spirit.
- We may not need a specific reason. Just time for a break.
- In my personal life? An unexpected family crisis. Then Christmas came along.
After all, blogging should be a fun part of our lives. Not a self-imposed chore with a strict timeline.
Yet, I respect how many bloggers set different writing goals and parameters.
The First Post I Read in 2020
I read Shelley’s recent candid post Quaint Revival on why and how she continues to blog. She brought up the concept of clicks as “fly-by clicker types” and other categories of superficial followers. Not a new topic in the blogosphere.
Shelley’s wisdom helped me reflect on the blogging friends I have made and the reasons I blog.
Are they Real People who treat me like a Real Person? Do they actually read my stories? Do they read my comments on their site?
My Aha Moment
Just like in Real Life, I prefer to hang out with Real People who genuinely share and care. Blogging friends who truly make a difference.
You impact the Real World in more ways than you may realize.
Five Ways The Blogging World Entered My Real World This Past Month
1. Thank you, Donna and Richard, for a fun lunch date. Retirement Reflections We are long past the introductory Blind Date (Link) stage when we met last Spring. It feels as if we have been friends for a very long time. It was also a real treat to meet your son and his girlfriend visiting from overseas. We look forward to many more future get-togethers.
2. Thank you, Annika, Annika Perry for writing a beautiful children’s book. I received “Oskar’s Quest” just in time for my granddaughter, Abby’s fourth birthday. A beautifully illustrated book sharing a message of courage, kindness and friendship. Abby loves to follow along and she is already reading (memorized) part of the book, especially the sound effects.
3. I met Joanne Tracey on her blog andanyways.com Joanne’s book, “Happy Ever After” was a finalist in the 2019 Romance Writers of Australia Romantic Book of the Year (Ruby) Awards. I can see why Joanne won this honour. “Happy Ever After” is an engaging and compelling story about the nuances and challenges of relationships, marriage and happiness. Suspense, too. I am almost finished reading this book and I still have no idea how the story will end.
4. Thank you, Yvette, priorhouse blog for your inspiration on my title for this post. I have always remembered a sentence on your blog that resonated with me. “Don’t you love it when blog world meets the real world?”
5. Thank you, Suzanne, Picture Retirement for commenting on my “radio silence” and “hoping all was well.” You entered my Real World and you touched my heart.
I Appreciate The Blogging Community and The Friends I Have Made
- I learn something new from every post I read.
- I have the opportunity to vicariously experience parts of our planet through your adventures.
- I see the world through your lens.
- I am informed and I am entertained.
- I learn lessons when you share your vulnerabilities.
- I appreciate when you share your wisdom.