Sunday, November 20, 2016

How to KILL your blog.

"Well, not feeding it seems to work."

Men occasionally stumble upon the truth,
but most of them pick themselves up and hurry off
as if nothing happened.
                    Sir Winston Leonard Spencer Churchill


It is early Saturday morning, and I sit on a chair in the middle of a crowd with pen and paper in hand. I look up to watch My Hero sport a big smile. We may or may not, need the tool he just bought at the auction barn, but that smile makes me smile and brings me back to a normal I have not participated in for a while.

Out of thirty days, I have only spent about ten days on the farm. This means I really have nothing to write about the farm. I do have some pretty pictures from the morning when I left for my last adventure. The foggy morn has some significance, I think. My life has been in a kind of foggy haze as of late. Oh yes, surrounded by things I cannot necessarily see but know are out there.


Life has many adventures to follow, and as I age the urge to explore them grows stronger. To have a granddaughter, who lives in the city far away contributes greatly to my deserting duties on the farm, and my blog. I would never have thought this a few years ago but as only a grandparent can understand, they grow up so fast and I cannot miss this.


To travel to the city has now become part of my normal, just as much as the chores I used to do on the farm. I have not traded one for the other. I just have to juggle things and try to get all of it into a sustainable order, that I can live with. Like any other change in life, there are always going to be decisions and transitions but eventually, I trust they will all work out, the way they are supposed to.

There was also that impromptu trip to Vancouver. All I can say about that is that my new motto would have to be that “Opportunity knocked, and I answered.” I had a ball, and I do not regret any time away from the farm or my granddaughter. Happiness is something that only we can bring to our own lives. Those who sit and wait for others to make them happy may be sorely disappointed. You have had the power all along. A realization we all come to at one time or another, hopefully before it is too late. We all need to stop blaming others for our unhappiness.


Trips to the city of Toronto and beyond, along with the city of Vancouver has many scribblers of mine full of handwritten stories. If I ever plant my feet back on the farm for more than a few days or plant my butt in front of the computer in my kitchen for a few days, I will get them out there. There will be no pressure on myself or guilt for not being on time. Feeding my blog and not neglecting it are a part of a life that I really want to maintain. Life is indeed a busy place and I may have to skip a few feedings now and then.  Oh, but I am sure you have all noticed this.

I, at this very moment, find myself drifting between life as a blogger and a writer and the person that has been lost in a fog. One, who is trying to hold on to pieces of what she has had to leave behind, and one who has this great need to grab hold to what lies in front.


So, this means that farm stories, city stories, travel stories and most importantly life stories will always be captured in those scribblers. After all, that is who I am. I am a writer. My hope is that I will continue to feed them into my blog because I love my blog, and my blog family and I never want this to die from neglect.


If you are reading this I must have found the time to park my butt in front of the computer in my kitchen, to share this story. Oh yes, it may be a very interesting transition. I hope you can stick around to see what comes about.

“Sold,” the auctioneer shouts once again. I look up, and yes there is that smile again. I love that.


Later

36 comments:

  1. Sounds like you are having a happy busy life.....we wouldn't have it any other way.

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  2. Love those foggy shots. We never really know what's "out there" do we? Glad you're having some adventures. My own blog break is giving me peace though sometimes I pop in with a blog friend (like now) to say hi. But, I'm content to mostly be off the computer. I just took pumpkin bread out of the oven (it's a veggie, right?) - the whole house smells delightful. Some of our family arrive tomorrow for our Thanksgiving holiday. I'm planning some fun with the grands. They do grow up so fast! Hugs to you from CO. Keep writing the stories.

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  3. A new chapter in the book of life is always fodder for many more stories!
    Hope y'all aren't getting TOO snowed in!

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  4. I so agree life does have a way of sending you in different directions. I am one of those who hasn't fed my blog in a long while until yesterday. Love your stories and maybe we will see each other around here from time to time...... Happy Thanksgiving

    Saun in Ohio

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  5. Life gets so busy and there are more important things to do and take care of, including family and grand babies. Hang in there and enjoy these moments that are the new norm. The fog photos are beautiful! Blessings, Pam

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  6. Your blog is deep rooted, and was given the very best start. It, and your readers, are happy to wait.
    Enjoy your life, and revel in the happiness as it comes.

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  7. Now is the time for those adventures - even if it means juggling other things. Enjoy your grandbaby as much as you are able - these are times you'll never get back.

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  8. Buttons, your life has just gotten more interesting and complex. When those stories do make it into the blog, whether it's sooner or later, they'll be that much richer. My take on life is to always always go with the opportunities. And yes, we are all responsible for our own happiness.

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  9. My motto is...travel all I can, when I can, where I can...getting ready to head out on a new adventure as well.

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  10. You haven't killed your blog! Here we are. :)

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  11. Life must be lived! Blogs are here as are the bloggers who comment. We will all be here when you get back to it.

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  12. Life is for living and that one must do and if one can write about it then even better . Lovely post and photos . Mum always told us kids life is what you make it and only you can live it for yourself , wise women . Thanks for sharing ,have a good week and happy trails .

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  13. Yes Grandchildren can change the direction of your life, especially when they live far away. Keep writing those stories. I wrote my memoirs by writing a blog first and then put them altogether for a book. Love your foggy photos but I would love to see them bigger without having to click on them. Your blog will never die for me even if you take a break. My posts are getting less often as real life intervenes.

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  14. Your photographs are terrific! I especially love those foggy ones. No need to worry, as blogging does not require a rigid schedule. When you have time and write all those stories, we will be here to read them. Roll with what makes you happy.

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  15. I think that blogging when you're good and ready is the way to go. You have something that you are passionate about and that's the time to write. You seem like you have many things saved up to post about.

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  16. Glad you are having a good time with your travels!

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  17. Glad you are having a good time.

    I, too, have thought about my desire to blog...it's weakening.

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  18. I'm also feeling like I have nothing to say, or else it would be more of the same. I have ideas for changes but can't get going-real life keeps interrupting....

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  19. It's nice that you are finding ways to juggle both lives, farm and city. I'm sure in years to come your grand daughter and you will have wonderful memories to share.

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  20. Such fun are grandchildren and not to be missed when you have the opportunity to visit - good on you.
    Hugs M xox

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  21. New adventures are the best. Keep moving forward and jot us a story whenever you can.

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  22. I think when opportunity knocks you have to take it... I've done it a few times when I was younger and never regretted it... being a writer as you are, write about what you want when you can.

    I was away from my blog for over 6 weeks and I truly missed it and my blog family. With depression I didn't want to bring people down... thankfully I'm feeling more uplifted daily for sharing xox

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  23. Miss B,
    You are an inspiration. I love the thoughts you shared in this post.

    You are right, we all go through changes in our life and this causes a shift in priorities. I'd say Gma is a fun change and I'm glad you have the flexibility to go to the city. I can say it's been fun watching my parents become Grammy and Gpa to my nephew.

    I have noticed a change in blog-land. Many have decreased the number of posts they publish (me included) or have stopped blogging. I find myself ready to walk away from the blog too. It's those people who come up to me and say "I love your pictures and enjoy reading what you are up to " that make me keep plugging away. I like sharing my photography too!

    Stay warm, my friend, it's turned to winter.

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  24. I feel like I just got a "letter" from you, catching me up on your "goings on." I'd say to blog when you have something to say and have time to say it. Enjoy your granddaughter and the transitions of life. I loved seeing your photos - both from the farm and from the city.

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  25. B,

    My thought, live life to it's fullest while you can.....go travel. Blogger friends will be around to read your blog.

    Hugs,
    Sandy

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  26. without adventures, there is nothing to write about!! pen and pad in hand, buying a tool, making your hero smile = priceless!!!

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  27. I particularly liked the messages in Nov. 20th post. I need to constantly remind myself not to leave my happiness in the hands of others, so thanks for the reinforcement. It is so easy to let the years go by and not create happiness for yourself.

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  28. "I, at this very moment, find myself drifting between life as a blogger and a writer and the person that has been lost in a fog. One, who is trying to hold on to pieces of what she has had to leave behind, and one who has this great need to grab hold to what lies in front." You ARE a writer, Grace. Your blog is just one of the places where you write. I know I have defined myself at times as a writer and a blogger, but have come to realize that stating it that way is somewhat redundant. It's nice to have you writing again, and I hope the fog has lifted, at least for now. Thanks for sharing your thoughts, Buttons. Smiles and hugs!

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  29. I find myself blogging pretty much every day, sometimes multiple times on the same day ! The problem is that the blog doesn't end up on my computer -> onto my blog, but stays in my head. Too many other priorities get in the way of the mechanics of getting the thoughts there (including all those unprocessed raw images ...).

    Great philosophical look at what you want to do vs what you end up doing and the constant battle between them.

    Thanks B.

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  30. Do whatever you feel good about, it is up to you! Grands are so important, too bad your don't live closer to you! :)

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  31. I can certainly relate, and have cut way back on my blogging as a result.

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  32. You will always have us, Buttons. Just stay in touch from time to time, and let us share in a little bit of your adventures. xoxox

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  33. Shoot! I just had a comment started and I hit a button and lost it. Anyway, I was saying I understand transitions in life as I have been going through them as well. Lately, I have either been very happy or have a lump in my throat, and it's all about life stuff, moving forward, growing older, changes, or the lack of changes! I decided that this year for Christmas I was going to make my own happy! And I am! I'm making plans to make ME happy! Blog when you can. I love this post. It hit home.

    Cindy Bee

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  34. LOL, your first line made me LOL... feed the blog! I am a newbie to your blog, looking forward to following! <3 - http://www.domesticgeekgirl.com

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  35. I do recall the moment my first grandchild became my second world- and it has never stopped being so. Embrace life...it is so very short- and occasionally park your self down somewhere and tell us your stories. I love to visit, and am glad you were not fixing to say goodbye. Don't think I could handle any more today.

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  36. Change is always changing . . .
    Profound . . . probably not.
    I say, write when you can, enjoy your travels . . .
    Granddaughter visits certainly a must . . .

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