I'm still around, just worn out after a particularly LONG summer in which I pushed too hard in too many things. Rather lost my blogging mojo and may or may not recover it. Not that it matters, as with all technology, blogging has evolved and it's no longer what it was for me.
That's not a complaint really, it's just the way things are, the way progress moves. When I first started blogging, it was a wonderful outlet to the outside world while I was a stay-at-home Mom who did more staying at home than her personality would prefer. Through blogging I met some really awesome ladies, ladies I sometimes got to see in person while our kids were in school. Ladies with whom I sometimes plotted and planned "big ideas" as we were trying our wings to see what me might become within the context of our families rather than at their expense. See, back in the beginning it was about meeting people and sharing our everyday stories with each other. Bloggers were nerds. I was so in my element!
Now it's different. Blogs are different. I love a good DIY, cooking or garden blog. I even have a Garden blog I also neglect and a DIY blog for work. I keep that stuff separate from this blog for a reason- they are informational, not personal. I can't be a persona- I totally suck at it! Besides, I'm 40 now so all that stuff doesn't matter to me now like it did when I was still that young Mom with Littles.
I'm not complaining or finding fault with special-interest blogs. But I DO miss the cyber meetings of other Mom-nerds like me. Just regular people who were NOT competing in some sort of coolness contest. It wasn't about followers so much as comments that went two ways- give and take. The friendly EXCHANGE of information and advice between people who'd never otherwise gotten to know a bit about each other. You know, all the good stuff from BEFORE those online friendships became so monetarily motivated that the Nerd-Moms gave up (and fortunately moved over to Facebook where I can still keep up with them). The ideas, photography and writing of blogs has gotten better and better and better. The genuine honesty and "real=ness" less, and less, and less.
I know it's geeky to enjoy chatting with other women and sharing our experiences through blogging but it's precisely what gave it value to me and what I miss. I miss getting to know people and following their stories. REAL stories- not contrived stuff designed to generate revenue. Blogging BEFORE it became a popularity contest- because NONE of us were/ are popular nor had any delusion we ever could be. And guess what? Our stories STILL had value! I still find tremendous enjoyment in reading blogs and sometimes even in writing but now that we've grown into a Big City, I miss the small-town atmosphere. That's what made THIS blog and YOUR blogs valuable to me.
Friends, if you're still blogging, let me know. I miss hearing about your lives and kids and struggles. You know, the REAL stuff. The stuff that matters so much more than cute craft projects or another recipe I'll never get around to making. I like those things too, of course, but I miss real people. I miss you!