Saturday, 12 April 2014

Reflections on being away from the blog

There were days when the thought of staying away from the blog gave me a slight panic attack. I was like a new parent who would not want the baby out of the sight but like everything else, one outgrows the 'new parent' phase. Yes, the child's antics and movement is interesting nevertheless it does cause a certain monotony. Well, now I leave my blog unattended never even stopping to just view the blog, old posts and statistics which I did so religiously in the past. Thoughts spring up, incidents beg to be posted, opinions wait to be shared but the non-availability of a computer stops the instant gush of wanting to post. Sometimes, the topics grow stale and anachronic with the passage of time. I have thus changed my flow and rhythms. I am no longer a hard-core blogger who posts once in two days or once a week. I post when time, computer, thoughts are in tandem and that seldom happens. All said and done, I would like to keep writing. It has begun to look like my baby days in blogging when I used to post when I really wanted to, of course thoughts-time-computer in tandem!

If you have been here for some time, you will relate to my thoughts.

Thanks for stopping by, dear reader.

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    1. Hey, Mike. Lovely to have you stop by. Thanks for coming here. We all go through a 'phase.'

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    1. Hi-five Dok. I like the way you treat your blog!

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  3. i understand - going thru a similar phase myself.

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    1. Good luck to us and our thoughts, yummy mumma.

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  4. Awhhhh Deborah...I understand completely. I believe we have all undergone a transformation over the last 3-4 years where blogging is concerned. I myself, have moved away from the Celiac site and am now writing a Christian site. I share Bible studies which is usually a constant, but it requires much time and therefore, I cannot always get the posts published as quickly as I would like. Other content revolves around world news (prophetically related) which is relatively easy because I am going through 'repost'. As far as 'Thoughts and Questions', I write when I feel moved to cover a particular topic.
    I believe that as we move in time, our focus also changes. Our lives change, and things that were once important to us no longer remains in a place of priority in our life. I can remember feeling the 'panic' to get something published, and stressing over comments and statistics. With the new site, I no longer feel this pressure. I very seldom get comments, but I am able to see that the site is visited frequently. The audience is much different than before as well. Those who visit this site are Christians, or those who are seeking the truth about Jesus Christ. All in all, it has been a wonderful change in my life and I think back to 3 years ago and wonder how I ever kept up. It seemed that it was an every day, all day, task.
    Deborah, that is the best part of writing, I guess. That we can leave for awhile, write when we can, and know that there is still someone out there that will read our thoughts. Bless you, and may you continue to write in your comfort zone :)

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    1. Dear Mary, what a joy to have you stop by and I hear you as well. I was following your Celiac blog and your Christian one as well. You're right when you say that our focus changes, for me it is more of a circumstance change. Time and computer are not always on my side and hence I am tied up and unable to post. For some time, that was working me up but now I have come to accept the fact that everything is in a state of flux. Coming to accept that fact itself took a really long time for me, Mary.

      Thanks for the well thought out comment. Lovely to have you stop be here after a long time. Cherish your blessings and wishes.

      Big hugs, dear Mary.

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  5. True Susan. I felt the same way some time back. I felt blogging was taking up a lot of time and it hardly left me time for my books and other activities. So I decided I'll relax my blogging schedule and it actually feels nice!

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    1. Het Ash, how happy to see you here. As time passes, we realise that our priorities and schedules change and hence we also tend to move on. Glad to know that there are many who think like me. Cheers.

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  6. Hi, Susan. I can really relate to your post. Over the 4 years I have been blogging I have found the need to create new blogs to match my different interests, and to let them go when they no longer call to me. I will write no matter what but there's a special satisfaction sharing thoughts on a blog and getting direct feedback. As long as it's authentic and not forced, it works for me and the reader. I've always enjoyed your posts and look forward to seeing how your blogging journey evolves.

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    1. I liked your attitude of writing, no matter what. That's the way, I reckon. Authenticity and loyal words are the ones which stand the test of time. Thanks for coming by dear Adriene. It's good to see you stop by after a long time. Happy Easter in advance. Much love.

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  7. Dear Susan,
    You are still one of the very few blogs I check when I enter bloglife. I, too, have abandoned my blog, but not my writing and I feel awful about it. It is in that blog where I finally gathered enough pieces to publish a book. Life gets busy, yes and the job that once allowed me the couple of hours day to read is now a demanding hamster wheel. Although my writing has not stopped, reading you all has been put on the back seat of my busy life.

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    1. Myriam, I'm not even thaat busy that I can't write. Like you, I also lament the fact and feel awful. No pressure and guilt but a feeling of not treating my space well. I'm glad that you could read this one and cooment. Much love. I must thank for being by my side all these years.

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  8. There shouldn't be pressure to post! This blog is supposed to be how you express yourself!

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    1. The days of pressure have long gone, Rosh but I have a teeny-weeny feeling of neglecting my carefully nurtured garden.

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  9. I used to post 2-3 times a week. The craving to publish a post as and when we think of it/write it was there. Now I have fixed a weekly schedule. Maybe with age, we mature! There was a time when I stopped blogging - for 9 months. I hope I will not have to do that again.

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