On Tuesdays, I’ve been doing some tongue twisters. It’s fun, for a little while anyway. I was wondering if you guys have any preference in what I do on here. I know I have a couple of loyal readers who seem to read anything I post. Thank you!
But….I was wondering what readers want to see on here. More stories? More flash fiction? More personal stuff? More fun with words kind of stuff. What?
I’m more than open to ideas and suggestions. So I made a poll. I think it’s like only my second or third poll I’ve done on here and I’ve been here for almost five years now. WOW…..god that seems like a long time.
Anyway, I would appreciate it if all my readers take a second and fill out my poll. Come on….I’m not asking much….really.
Ah, it’s good to be back! It seems I took an unplanned mini-vacation from blogging. It’s been a couple of weeks since my last post. Seems a lot longer. Now I’m back in the saddle again. Did you miss me? No? Ah well, I missed you!
The reason for the time away from blogging was nothing serious. I was just super busy and a bit lazy. Seemed like the husband and I had something to do almost every day. The days we didn’t have appointments I spent doing nothing. Well, that’s not entirely true either. I read books, I cleaned house and I watched endless videos on YouTube. Yeah, being super lazy. No writing, not being creative, no brain cells spent.
The husband is done with chemo treatments. He is doing better. He had another colonoscopy Friday to make sure no more tumors have grown and to check on his colon operation. The only problem the doctor found was where they had patched his colon together after removing the tumor. They had to dilate that area as it had collapsed. Otherwise, he was healthy. Yay! It’s been a long year of operations and chemo treatments for him.
A person doesn’t realize how much pressure they are under until some of it is gone. I was so tired lately. Now, I’m doing better and ready to blog again. Maybe even work on my books! Look out world here I come…..again.
Some of my online friends were worried about me and I thank them for that. You know who you are. You guys are the best. You emailed me and asked how I was doing. That helps more than you know.
Last year was a pretty rough year. Between the husband’s cancer and chemo treatments to my mother dying. Yeah, rough. It’s getting better now. Good things are happening with more good things on the horizon. I just needed to catch my breath for a bit.
I will try my best to get back into my blogging schedule. Hope to see you around!
Last night my husband and I had a visit from his brother and his wife. Now I haven’t seen them for about 4 years. We used to see them quite a lot, but then something happened and the SIL (sister-in-law) got miffed and they stopped visiting and calling.
No big deal to me. Now that my husband is disabled and severely limited in what he can do, we’ve noticed an upswing is sibling visits. I guess they figure he might die any day, so they want to be able to say they saw him before he died.
It’s sad to me, that it took a health crisis for his siblings to come see him. Now I know, some of you will say the road goes both ways, and you would be right. It does. My husband was never one for visiting, especially when all his siblings lived out-of-town. The reasons we didn’t visit are varied, so I won’t bore you with that.
The main reason for this post is my SIL and I were talking and she asked me what I was doing with myself these days. I told her, taking care of the husband, and blogging.
Her reaction? “What’s that?”
Now how do you describe blogging to a non-blogger, or one who is only on the internet to play games on Facebook? I don’t know how any of you do it, but I gave her this description.
Blogging is like an online journal. It’s where you write stories, fiction or non-fiction. You write about whatever comes to mind. You write about what you want to write about. Or post photos, or a rant, or just write to write.
Her reaction? “Why?!!”
That gave me pause. Why indeed? Why do I blog? Why do any of us blog? To see our words out there and appreciated is one, I mean, who doesn’t enjoy others reading what they write and hitting that ‘like’ button. I know it still gives me a bit of a thrill, even after more than two years of blogging. I love it when you guys hit ‘like’, or even better leave a comment!
But, how do you get that across to a non-blogging, non-writer?
So many thoughts rushed through my mind. Thankfully, before I could try to explain, she went on to some other subject. That’s one nice thing about having a conversation between an introvert (myself) and an extrovert (SIL), pause a few seconds and she’s talking about something else.
Don’t get me wrong, I like all my in-laws, they are for the most part good people. They have busy lives with kids and grandkids, jobs, etc. We had busy lives too, my husband worked shift work, so every week was different. Now that he is disabled and almost bedridden, the dynamics have changed. Between him and me and between him and his siblings. It happens.
The question of why do I blog still lingered in the back of my mind this morning as I drank my first cup of coffee. I’m still not sure if I could explain to my SIL the pleasure I get from doing it. From writing my blog posts, to visiting, commenting, liking and the interaction between me and my blogging friends.
The short answer I could have given her was, it gives me great satisfaction and pleasure. The long answer would be this rambling post that I just wrote. 🙂
Why do YOU blog? How would you have answered my SIL?
I found out a long time ago it is easier to do things myself than ask for help.
I do ask for help if it’s something I know I can’t do or fix. Like plumbing, or building something. I mean for some things you just need to ask for help, but you are usually not only asking for help you are paying for help. So is this the same as just asking? I don’t think so.
I am what I like to call ‘vertically challenged’. Okay, I’m short! So very early on I had to learn how to do some things a bit different from most. I always have a step stool on hand. I have things in my cupboards on the lower shelves, those that I use a lot.
In grocery stores I will ask for help for things on the top shelf. I usually look around for the good-looking guys, but in a pinch I will ask anyone who is taller than me (which is just about everyone it seems).
So I’m not above asking for help if I need it. After all, we all need help now and again. We can’t be too proud to ask or we would do without a lot of the times. But with most things I will try to do it myself first. I can be very patient when I need to be. I can also fix just about anything I need to.
As the saying goes, ‘duct tape is a girls best friend’.
So I would say yeah I’m a rock, with a whole lot of pebbles around.
I started my food blog when I found out I had a wheat intolerance. So I thought of starting a blog that featured gluten-free ingredients. I was amazed at how many good recipes are out there and naturally gluten-free. I wanted to share and I wanted to start a blog. So voila! My food blog was born.
That blog has pretty much stayed the course that I set. I try to add a bit of knowledge to the blog also, so I add tidbits of information on whatever ingredient I’m blogging about. It’s fun and informative and it’s good for you! What more could one ask for?
I started this blog a month or two after my food blog. I’ve always loved to write. I kept journals when I was younger. I love words and building worlds with those words. So I felt a big pull to start a blog just for writing fiction.
It scared the living poo out of me the first time I went to click that publish button. My thoughts were ‘I enjoy writing but what makes me think anyone will enjoy reading what I write?’ I took my courage in my hands and hit that publish button. I’m so glad I didn’t chicken out!
I look back to that very first post on this blog and think, wow, I really did ok. Not great writing, but people read it and came back for more! I was so proud of myself. I like to think I’ve grown more as a writer since that first post. I love writing, making up stories, flash fiction, word play. I just love it all.
So I think I’ve pretty much stuck to what I wanted my blogs to be in the beginning. I have grown as a writer, more brave, hopefully a better writer. I’ve also grown as a person. I’m more confident and I’ve met some pretty amazing people here in this blog world. I may never meet them in person, but I like to think I’ve made some good friends.
A few of you I have grown quite fond of and hope it’s mutual. So in one way my blogs have gone in a different way than when I started. I write for friends now, not just myself.
Thank you to all of you who read my blogs. You will never know how much I appreciate you!
What do they have in common? Me, I suppose. They are the posts that have something personal in it. Either a picture or a story.
At least that is what I get from it. I mean ‘Home page/Archives’ could be any of them. I’m hoping a lot of them are for my short stories, but I’m thinking it’s more for my Friday Fictioneers. Either way is ok, as it all is my writing.
Now with the photo challenge, ‘silhouette’, I can understand why that was popular. I got lucky out my patio door to capture Mother Nature at her best. The shot turned out stunningly beautiful. It had nothing to do with my so-called talent at the camera, it was all Mom Nature.
The last one still makes me laugh. It’s my most popular post on my food blog too. Here it’s called “Comedy of Errors”, on my food blog it’s called “How I got run out of the grocery story by a little old lady”. Long title but so funny. I can understand why this is so popular.