Sunday, December 13, 2009

Reflection



As I was reviewing some of my old stuff (is 7 months ago considered old?) I noticed a shift in how I write and what I share.  This blog started as a place to write down how I felt when I lost a wonderful friend due to stupidity and mis-communication.  After I had worked through that, I switched gears and started to share the oh, so boring daily life recount (sort of like a journal).  And on to today, where I became caught up in the blog carnivals and mindless posts (you know the ones were I just write blurbs about pretty much nothing at all)  As I was reading some of the newer stuff, I wondered why anyone would read them!

I had shared with a few of my readers that I was contemplating shutting down the blog completely. Many of the responses I received was take a break MJ and see if that’s what you really want. Honestly, leaving here is not what I want - I have gained several people that I really treasure in my life. (yes that includes you HeatherLynn) BUT, I do want to get back to being myself.


I will admit, somehow I got caught up in the lets see how many followers I have/gain. Truthfully, I liked it better when I had under 10 followers!!! I don’t know if it was the closeness I felt with them or knowing that they didn’t follow me just in hopes of me following them. (gasp, it does happen!!) Once I started gaining followers and awards I had “Blog Freeze.” I warned you all I was afraid it would happen, and well my prediction came true (well in my silly mind it did) Therefore, I did away with the follow widget. Who cares how many followers I have or whom they are?? If someone really wants to follow me, there is a way that Blogger has built into their Nav Bar at the top.

Also, I am super busy right now - just because I don’t comment doesn’t mean I don’t like you. I know life is busy for everyone right now with the Holidays and then those of us that work also have that. I do not expect comments either, so don’t feel as though you HAVE to leave one. (I want to know since when has the number of comments left reflected how well people like you [sort of like how many followers]???) YES, comments are nice, but once again, I UNDERSTAND if you can’t or don’t leave one!


I am actually trying to handwrite my posts before submitting them also. I have found that I relay my thoughts in a more concise manner if I do. (well it seems like it to me at least :o)  Because of this, there may be fewer posts [I better not hear any cheering!!] Of course, it could also lead to more because I have several pages started with ideas I would like to write on!

I hope everyone is having a wonderful weekend!


XO
MJ

5 comments:

5thsister said...

Oh friend...you gotta do what feels right for you. Take care!

kys said...

Sounds like a good plan. And I would never get offended if you didn't comment on my posts as much. I hope you had a good weekend.

HeatherLynn said...

Hey YOU!

Well, good for you to come to some sort of resolution about where you stand with things concerning your blog.

I've always wrote for me...as my therapy..AND as a way to keep in touch with my friends and family who aren't a part of my daily life, it's a way for them to keep in touch when it's convenient for them...it's a way for them to know what's going on with me, in my head, any ole time they feel the need to.

I post pictures of my family...I share silly ideas i had, or stories of my youth...whatever I feel like, cuz it's my blog, and it's my thoughts...if people come, great, if they don't, also fine.

It's not like this is ever going to be anything other than what I started out to do, and that's to write, because it's in my being to do that. I don't write for the masses, I write for me. and if it brings me people like you...then all the better!

~hl~

Holly said...

Hey lady - this is your place, your outlet...you get to do what you want (or whatever Blogger will let you do). I do not get offended when there are not comments from someone...especially these days...it is a busy time of the year. I have been a bad blogger and miss everyone..so trying to play catch up now!

LAURA said...

I completely get this! I left the followers thingy up because I like to follow blogs so I get the updates and I thought that maybe others would like that convenience. But I have a lot of followers that I am certain do not read my blogs... they just want me to come check out theirs and follow them. It's like it's high school all over again and we are in a big popularity contest! Ugh.

I write for myself... and my family. They don't live near and I love that mom and dad read my blog and enjoy seeing the pics of the kids and following our life. I have also made some good friends through blogging. Other than that though... I'm always surprised that people read my blog. But I don't think I will ever be able to stop blogging... been going for probably about five years now I think. Yikes! It would be a hard habit to break.

Yay to you for being yourself!