Remember Me?

No need to adjust your screen, and your eyes aren’t tricking you — this really is a new blog post. As my almost two months of absence can attest, I’ve been struggling with the blog lately. The entire thought process surrounding this is long, fairly dull, and might lead to concerns for my overall mental stability. (“You spend time thinking about that, really?”)

But, lest you think I am pretending in order to excuse a too-long absence, here are just some of the questions I’ve been pondering: Who is the blog for? (Me? Readers? Both?) What is the blog about, other than me? Does it have a theme, a purpose? Does it need one? Are Facebook and/or Twitter working better for me to keep in touch with people? Should I be using the blog differently now that I’m using FB & Twitter more? Would I want to do more with the blog if it had a less-stupid name? And, of course, once I get those questions answered, there’s the usual, mundane stuff about finding the time to write and all that. (And all I can say about that is it’s amazing what a mere 30-minute change in work hours can do to complicate things.)

But anyway, I’m happy to report that the time I spent on my blog hiatus certainly wasn’t dull. I’m never going to manage to recap it in any comprehensive way, but here’s a quick overview. Since last you heard from me, I:

  • had house guests, twice (Marlene & Chris in October, Shannon & Wendy in November);
  • went to Nashville for the National Preservation Conference and, among other things, ate more barbecue than would probably be considered appropriate;
  • took a trip to Mexico (Akumal, on the Riviera Maya), had a blast, and discovered that tequila doesn’t kill the H1N1 virus;
  • had the swine flu and an ear infection — at the same time;
  • got to see nearly my entire family (Mom, the Minnesota cousins, the Pennsylvania cousins, my uncle, and — of course — Brian, Jen, and the boys) for an early Thanksgiving/family hockey night extravaganza;
  • did a bunch of planning for my trip to Egypt and made a website for the friend whose wedding I’ll be attending there;
  • went to several Caps games, a Redskins game, and a couple of concerts (Andrew Bird & Bruce Springsteen), and — this is the biggie —
  • got a new nephew – at least for now, one who I’m excited to be meeting for the first time this upcoming weekend.

I don’ t know if this post marks my return to regular blogging or just a drive-by visit to the blogosphere, but given that it’s a new month, I thought I’d kick it off with a post.  We’ll see where it goes from here. And by all means, if you have any opinions about the questions I raised or advice on getting my blogging mojo back, by all means, have at it in the comments.

7 thoughts on “Remember Me?

  1. Roon December 1, 2009 / 2:57 pm

    I have been wrestling with all the same issues regarding my own blog (except the part about the stupid name — I like the name of mine:-)).

  2. common loon December 1, 2009 / 3:25 pm

    Still like the name, though I get why you don’t. I’m OK keeping up with Twitter, although since I don’t (yet) FB or tweet, is it OK to get the “archaic” email or two from here? Responses are not required. The only “no-blog” drawback from my perspective, is the absence of the occasional family “zinger” competition or lively “discussion.” OK, to be honest, that just leaves out your aunt’s side of the family, as the rest of you are quite high-tech (reference to iphones). Even if you never again return to the blogosphere, please put together a slide show of your upcoming travels (and send a link) so that we can enjoy your adventures (& complete it prior to MLK?)!

    Like the wedding website, and CRINGED at the footage of your guy’s hit.

  3. Eileen December 1, 2009 / 4:44 pm

    I clearly haven’t been doing my part of co blogging either of the last six weeks but I have a good excuse, I think. I will say that I keep meaning to blog and just haven’t gotten that far. There is also a lot I’d like to say about the process we are engaged in. I’m just not sure I can/should or that doing so is in our best interest.

    So. I’m not sure that any of this matters or helps one whit. I do miss the blog. And our friends/family that read and comment.

  4. Susan December 1, 2009 / 7:15 pm

    Yeah, like the blog. Don’t need a daily dose, if that’s too much. I’m good with weekly. The whole FB/tweet thing doesn’t work for me (though I’ve learned my own cell #…and now am thinking about learning J’s), following on FB is just not going to happen..and I DO miss everyone 🙂 To answer I think the blog WAS for you…but now it’s for us 🙂 I do read your tweets down the side…

  5. Sionna December 2, 2009 / 11:23 am

    Um, Eileen, I think you get a pass here. 😉

    I am also amused that Sarah didn’t bother to link to my blog since I haven’t posted since…hmmm, I don’t even know when!

    I’d just the blog for posting on things that get your attention or things you wouldn’t necessarily go on about on Facebook.

    Using the blog to update your life is kind of redundant at this point but I like to hear your opinions on current issues or things like that.

  6. Mom December 2, 2009 / 3:04 pm

    I agree with all the above — actually only caught up to the blog a few mins ago as I’d become accustomed to not checking for posts. I go straight to the tweets. Although I do not FB or tweet — think there should be some places you kids can ‘go’ without Mom. I really do enjoy all the interaction from time to time though. I’m with Sue tho as daily is just too much for any writer 🙂

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