Friday, March 8, 2019

For now...

Hello, friends. It's been a while since I've blogged and I just wanted to let you know that I'm doing fine. We're all fine here, just starting our spring break from school and finally slowing down a little bit after a hectic couple of months. I'm looking forward to doing very little over the coming week!

I know my blogging has become sporadic lately, especially since the start of this year. To be very honest, I'm feeling burned out with blogging right now and I'm not sure what I want to do. Life has changed somewhat in the past couple of years, as my kids get older and we get busier with everything they want to do. I miss the days when I was home more, focusing on homemaking and crafting. I'm still home a lot, but my home time is more taken up with school stuff than it used to be, so I'm not doing as much of the blissful home-loving I used to do. That was also more fun to blog about than my current life, which feels like it's mostly lived in my car. But that's the way it is when kids get older, I think; gone are the days when they were happy to stay home day after day. Now they need rides and have all sorts of activities going on, and I'm okay with that. They're growing up to be interesting, independent people, which makes me really proud.

So I may need to think about changing my blog a bit if I'm going to continue. I would like to, but I'm not sure which direction to go. I think working on my writing might be a good idea, just because I enjoy writing and I think that I occasionally have something to say.

One thing that I will be changing is my focus on recipes. I'm sorry. Our household has recently undergone a major change in the way we eat, to support the Bear in a health diagnosis he received in late 2017. I'm no longer cooking the way I used to. I have shared a few things here that I have made in my new cooking style and have experienced an unfortunate response - messages from people who do not approve or agree with what I'm doing and who feel they know better. Maybe they do; I've never pretended to be a culinary or dietary expert. But we have done our research and are acting on solid medical advice. I'll just say this: it's difficult enough to experience a medical diagnosis, and to change everything I knew and loved about cooking, without feeling like I have to justify our choices. So recipes may become a rarer thing on my blog. I don't like having to make that decision, but I don't want to explain myself anymore either.

I've also been having a lot of technical problems with my blog these past few months. Since the autumn, I've been unable to link to previous posts on my own blog - every time I create a link, it just goes to the post I've put the link in. That's very frustrating and I'm getting a bit tired of it. I'm also having trouble uploading photos, which already felt like a time-consuming process when it worked; many times lately, they just get lost in the process and I have to go back and do it all over again. And then there's commenting: several people have reported that they can no longer leave comments on my blog posts (and bless them, they still make an effort to email me anyway, these lovely people). I didn't feel overly concerned (maybe it was just a weird glitch that would go away) until it started happening to me too, about a month ago. I don't know what would cause this issue, but I'm very sorry that it happens to people who want to comment here. I've combed through the Help forum and seen a few suggestions, but nothing has worked for me so far. All of this to say that I may need to think about moving my blog to some other platform, which is exciting (new look! new features!) but very daunting at the same time (what if I lose the entire thing?) It's a lot to think about.

So this probably isn't goodbye, but I feel I need to recoup my blogging energy (mojo, if you will). I need to think about whether my focus should shift a bit, now that I'm raising older kids whose lives are changing (one of whom seems less interested in having his life shared here lately, which is totally fair and something I need to respect), and with my technical issues, I just kind of dread trying to get a post up. I've enjoy blogging here very much and I'm so thankful for all of you who have been kind, supportive and friendly for all these six-plus (!) years since I first sat down and typed up a few blurbs about myself (I'd link you to my first little post, but alas...) I hope all of you are well and enjoying the first little touches of spring (or autumn!) where you are. Take care, my friends.
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