Second thoughts and self-doubt
This is an open letter of sorts to my regular readers. My cadre of followers is small but loyal (as well as patient and forgiving), and I appreciate the support and encouragement each of you offers as we share our respective online journeys.
Blogging, to me, sometimes feels like a long, slow roller coaster ride. The highs—when the ideas, and the creations, images, and words that bring them to life, come easily—are exhilarating. But those highs are inevitably followed by lows. The hollows of the ride—when the world is upside down, twisted, and altogether not right—are…(pick your own adjective).
I’ve been more absent than present lately, involved with both personal and work projects that diverted my attention from blogging. While away, I’ve questioned whether I should continue blogging and, if so, what it is, exactly, that I want to focus on. I enjoy the process and discipline of writing, of organizing the words and paragraphs in a post so they convey my thoughts and ideas. I also appreciate the flexibility of blogging—a person’s blog can be structured (or not), it can focus on a single theme (or not), the blogger can post according to a schedule (or not), etc. And now I’m laughing at myself because in every case, I strongly prefer the first alternative but, in practice, I’m usually the latter.
What I am finally realizing is, as much as I would like my blog to be photo-centric, the reality is I don’t have the time, energy, or imagination necessary to sustain that at this time. I will still post images from time to time, but I’m not going to let the lack of a photo keep me from blogging. My recent fascination with genealogy reminds me of my blog’s title and tagline, “Tidbits and Treasures: celebrating both the ordinary and extraordinary of happenings of everyday life,” so I hope to do more family- and heritage-related posts. Finally, I am going to continue the investigation of words, phrases, and euphemisms that I started when I participated in Jenny Matlock’s Alphabe-Thursday meme but, rather than adhering to a “letter of the week” theme, I will post on whatever happens to appeal to me at the time.
I so enjoy my fellow bloggers—most are inspirational, some share a bit of wry humor, others are informational—but each one is important to me for the unique perspective they offer. I realize that the topics I’m choosing to write about may not always appeal to my readers. I also realize how time consuming it can be to visit and comment on blogs—so, while I hope you will continue to read my blog, I will understand if you choose not to comment on posts that doesn’t interest you.