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Monday, March 29, 2010

Bloggy Block...

Howdy, my bloggy loves! I feel as though I've been gone forever! Thanks to everyone who's emailed to check up/in... I'm fine... alive and well (well, still kicking, anyway). Life has just gotten in the way of blogging, which seems to be happening more now than ever, since I started little writing adventure. I've also been experiencing a bit of a block, though I have been writing (prompted by my classes, only one of which is still going on)... but much of it has been stuff I'm just not ready to share yet. I figured out recently that there's something else affecting my blogging frequency...

You know I fell into the Facebook trap a while ago, right? I've really enjoyed it (much more than I expected I would) and I've gotten in touch with loads of old friends and met a few people I didn't know prior (it's a lot like blogging in that way). I posted a link to my blog on my FB page, though, and as a result, I started to notice a lot more traffic from Pigsknuckle passing through Blogland than I've ever seen before. There used to be, maybe, two people from here who read my stuff... now there are more. Several more. And it's sort of weird to know that people who know me (or knew me once), and have these very preconceived notions of who I am, are now able to see me in this way... in this very personal way. It's not a bad thing, certainly, but I think it's caused me to sort of 'seize' when it comes to posting. I don't want to censor myself but I find myself, for the first time, really, wondering what people will think of my words and attitudes and feelings and snark. Does that makes sense? I think it's so easy to be open here in Blogland, especially with people who don't know you in person (or when the people who do know you in person and read your blog know you SO well, like my friends Mel and Todd, for example... no one knows me better, so nothing I write here is a big surprise to them).

I'm working on moving past it, though, and coming up with some posts. And I will make it around to everyone else over the next few days. I've missed you guys! XOXO

18 comments:

Amy McMean said...

i was thinking about you the other day when i was at weight watchers. Hows that going for you? I've lost 13 lbs. gained a few and lost them again.

She said...

Missed you. Try Wild MInd by Natalie Goldberg. She helps me with blocks. I've written some weird stuff as a result of her prompts.

My blog died a slow and painful death! There wasn't even a funeral! But I'm writing a lot these days. Just keeping it for me.

As for facebook, I took a two week break, and it really helped me do things like dishes! Heh! :-)

Anything Fits a Naked Man said...

I know what you mean about facebook friends finding your blog. Mine posts on facebook as well, and it definitely brings on some very vulnerable feeling!!

Rachel Cotterill said...

You could add all your bloggy friends on Facebook, then at least we'll know you're still alive ;)

Any more progress to report from your list...?

slommler said...

I hear ya!! Facebook can take over but I have kept it at arm's length. I just didn't want to add another thing that I would have to keep up with. I just check in every once in awhile. Glad to see your post
Hugs
SueAnn

Debbie(single;complicated) said...

what an INTERESTING post!!!!!! I get this! its funny because FEW of my actual followers are people I know but as you said, through FB people I know read my posts! In Sunday school yesterday a friend I know a little,(who was visiting from out of town) brought up to the group my blog! and how if she misses it her mom will say "you have to read Debbie's blog". My best friend was taken a back as it happens alot that people bring up my blog. She said "its crazy how many people read it". and yet I SO get what you are saying..its good!! but a little almost weird! like people you know but don't know, know so much about you...!! so loved this post!!!! as always!!

injaynesworld said...

The only person you should ever write for (unless you're being paid) is yourself. If what you write is true to who you are, then you never have to worry about what others think. Write for yourself.

~jill said...

i can totally relate....i found out that family members are reading my blog and it's much harder to blog now.

J Cosmo Newbery said...

I'll leave a light in the window...

nowimagrownup said...

I feel ya. That's one reason I quit blogging way back when...too many people that knew me in real life were reading and it made me uncomfortable. I don't know why...I usually pride myself in my "I don't care what you think about me" attitude...but for some reason, I did. Hope you get it all sorted out. I've missed reading your thoughts :)

Greenfingers said...

Hiya Diane!
Yep, I know what you're saying when you write about people who actually know you, and who read you're blog!
Very strange this as if you let it, it will eventually start to make you censor you're own work! I think you have to let people know that any rant or down-day written about, is just a moment in you're day scattered on a page? We all have them, just most people don't bother writing it down!
It's a very fine line...

Mel said...

I don't know you. I don't know what you're talking about. :P********

Anonymous said...

Hi, Chief Child Teaser (that was my favorite description since it seems to be rule of law in my family), I finally made it to your blog. Love it!

I won't be able to make it to writing group tonight since I promised a friend to make it to a maudy thurs service, complete with the footwashing :o) I will miss you all and see you all next week. Tonya

5 Kids With Disabilities said...

I was never really into Facebook until recently. Then I learned I could "find" friends. It has been a blast checking out friends from high school, so long ago! (Plus I am linked with my kids so I can check up on what they're doing!)
Lindsey Petersen

blognut said...

I hear ya' about the blog block thing. I have a similar issue that I'll explain elsewhere. :)

Blarney said...

Hugs & Kisses~!

Sometimes Sophia said...

It must be an epidemic. I've come down with it, too. Trying to move forward with other writing seems to come at a blog-sucking price. Priorities... plain and simple. Still love you... even your silence.

namaste said...

HIYA old friend!