04 September 2013

win the day


You guys, this blog has hit the skids. Let's take a look at how the demise of this blog came about:

  • I started it four years ago as 1) a writing exercise and 2) a place to share my crafty things and recipes.
  • Documenting and sharing crafty things and recipes got hard, and had the potential to get expensive.
  • I promised myself I wouldn't spend any money on the blog unless I was making money from the blog.
  • I considered placing ads. But I never click on blog ads, so why would I expect you to?
  • I found there were gazillions of other blogs out there just like mine.
  • I am not a competitive person.
  • I found I liked taking pictures of things for the blog.
  • I bought a fancy camera.
  • I became focused on learning my fancy camera, and really enjoyed it.
  • I started and completed a daily photography project in 2012; a “366” because it was a leap year.
  • Comments declined, big time.
  • I lost readers because I changed format. Totally understandable. 
  • It didn't really bother me that people stopped reading/commenting, because I was determined to finish my project. But then I did finish, and I didn't know what to do next.
  • In the fall of 2012, I had both kids in school.
  • With both kids in school, my involvement in the school increased significantly.
  • My time became less disposable, more valuable. 
  • In 2013, this blog all but dropped off my list of priorities.

So here we are. Or here I am. I know some family members and friends still check in, but there probably aren't many others. And I miss this space. I miss composing random thoughts and letting them free onto the internet. I think about sharing my new shampoo with you because I'm so excited to have finally found something that doesn't irritate my scalp, but isn't that silly if no one is listening? If a tree falls in the forest and no one is there to hear it. . . you know?

So here's what I'm thinking. This blog needs a new chapter, that's kind of like the first chapter. Writing exercises, sharing random thoughts, making it all about TODAY and what's going on around here TODAY. Posts will likely be infrequent, but I'm not ready to give up on this little blog. So add me to a reader or check on Facebook for new posts, if you want. If not, that's ok, too. I'll just keep sending my random thoughts out to the internet to see if anyone catches them. At the end of the day, that's enough for me.

Until next time, my friend. May today treat you well. I'm off to reconcile some statements and work on a Blurb book until it's time to pick up the kids.

11 comments:

Maureen said...

Well I caught this one and I catch each one you post to FB, so keep it up. We are listening/watching/reading..you get it.

Anonymous said...

I enjoy your blog... have tried the recipes and forwarded your thoughts to others... I will continue... no matter how random... good work!

michelle said...

i enjoy your blog, and will continue to enjoy it whenever you feel like posting :)

Cathy said...

Oh, dear bloggy buddy of mine! You are awesome. I know that you know I'm reading and enjoying all you're putting out there, even shampoo!

Grandpa Bill said...

You'll never lose us, you know...sometimes we feel like lurkers or stalkers, but you're our kid, darn it! Nothing you or your kids or your sibs do fails to capture our interest and to bring joy to our lives.

We are everlastingly grateful for the mysterious combination of genetics, skill, and dumb luck that made our kids such great friends to have and such wonderful people to share with the world. You all make us proud, every day.

I think you'll be gratified by your loyal readers--we think of them as the friends you used to bring home from school. Especially Cathy, who seems so like you, and Sophie, who talks funny. We'll be here, waiting.

Anonymous said...

I still don't kow how I found your blog but I've been catching your posts for about 2 years now I think. I'll still be following as long as you lead! :)
All the best,
Bridget

Marisa said...

Thank you all for your support! It means so much to me.

nana/ma said...

I could just "ditto" Dad's comment, but my 2cents is... I feel so much closer to your day to day life and that of WS.-which I've grown to love. So add my comment to the others. I'll read whenever you post-en Anglais ou en Francais! Merci mon petite chou!

Anonymous said...

Risa,

This has been a great blog. I've enjoyed checking on it throughout the years. It has always been positive and has never failed to put a smile on my face. It is one of my daily joys is looking for a new post. I'll keep checking day after day. Have a great day and Go Beavs!

Pam

Sophie said...

(j'avais laissé un message qui n'a pas dû passer) moi, j'aime venir sur ton blog, un petit coin d'Amérique qui me fait voyager loin de chez moi, une autre vie simple ;) et de très belles images ♥

Deb said...

I love seeing your blog posts and photos too! Glad to hear you still miss the space and want to keep posting. Do what you love and love what you do!

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