Positive Living Circle
A quick walk down memory lane
I have been blogging consistently since April 2012. I started off with a blog on Blogger and moved to WordPress in August 2012. Rather than simply upload my previously blogged posts to WordPress, I decided to start anew, republishing some posts in different order and publishing new material. My first ever blog post on WordPress was a two-part story I wrote on writer Kiril Kundurazieff.
Since April 2012, I have proudly blogged each month, keeping a fairly consistent schedule of blogging three times a week. I even planned for my future writing projects by capturing them as writing goals. Reality set in, though, and within the last two months, I have found myself slowing down both my blogging and social media efforts considerably.
Today, my blogging appears mostly only on one site, Write Nonfiction in November, where I provide creative writing prompts to nonfiction writers three times per week. Everything else, including the Creative Idea Gal blog has been on somewhat of a hiatus. There are many reasons for the hiatus, of course, but the short answer is: I’m tired!
Life happens. Enjoy it!
Life has set in with full force. We have been struggling for months on end without gainful employment, been working hard raising two beautiful girls, and trying to maintain a clean, sane home environment that is minimally cluttered. No small feat when there are two young girls running around playfully and swiftly toppling over fresh laundry that has been folded. How do you get mad at two cute sisters who are just being kids? You don’t. You smile through it, pick up the mess, and eventually throw yourself on the sofa in exhaustion.
That has been my case. I’ve been beaten down by exhaustion. That leads me to the point of this blog post. What exactly does it mean to blog? How often should you blog? What should you blog about? All very good questions that deserve serious thought. My short answer to those questions is to do the opposite of memorializing life online. I have seen far too many instances of peoples’ blogging and social media efforts amounting to copious amounts of detail of simple life moments that would have been better if relished offline.
In other words, as much as I love hearing about your child’s birthday party or your cat being mesmerized by a book, I don’t necessarily need to read about every square inch of your life. If my lack of consistent blogging coupled with an extreme case of being overtired has taught me anything, it is that life takes precedence over social media and writing, in general.
Living life means turning off the computer and television and having heart-to-heart conversations and good times with your loved ones. Not checking your smartphone every five minutes to see if someone responded to your moronic Facebook post about being gleefully excited for remembering why you went to the basement or why you are depressed to have to raid your refrigerator after supper. No one cares, folks!
As much as I love the whole social media vibe and the fun of uploading 55 pictures of your culinary experiment to your blog, I’m finding more and more how utterly necessary it is to memorialize your life in writing, blogging, or pictures. Yes, some of it is interesting, but keep some moments private for the place where it really counts – your heart. No one gives a darn about your kid making goofy faces, but you do. Your child should rightfully be captured in full panoramic glory within the frame of your eyes.
Savor each moment with your child, your spouse, or your pet. Live life to the fullest – offline. And only after you do that, come back to the Internet every so often and blog about it during a break. I know I will.