Wednesday, January 07, 2015
Don't Let Me Be Misunderstood
Tonight's post is basically more rambling, and it's hard to pick a photo to go along with that topic, but I thought this one was as good as any. It was taken not too long ago along one section of my driveway. Anyway, back to my rambling....After Jack read one of my recent posts he immediately picked up on the bit where I said the last 2 years had been hell for me. He noted that we had only been married for the past 2 years and I sorta cringed when he brought that to my attention. Of course, he was just teasing me (I hope) and realized I meant my physical health, not my personal life, but it kinda bothered me after he mentioned it. And if there is anything I have learned in life, and in 8 years of blogging, it is that many people will often assume the worst about you or something you said, never taking the time to ask what you really meant. I've lost a number of readers over the years that way. People get miffed about something they took the wrong way and never offer you a chance to clarify. Of course, that's going to happen and mostly there is nothing you can do about it but I did want to take the opportunity to clarify that statement. Jack has been a lifesaver for me the past 2 years and it was certainly only my physical ailments that I was referring to. I could go into more of an explanation but at times it just seems like whining to me; complaining about my pains, that is. Ya'll have heard it anyway. And I am getting better so that's what I want to focus on.
So as I mentioned, I am coming up on 8 years of blogging. That's a helluva long time to write about day to day life. It's kinda funny because I always liked the idea of keeping a diary....but I could never actually do it. I guess this is the only method I've ever stuck to and a blog is a really good way to record life's events and your thoughts at the time. It's sad to me that blogging is not the community that it once was. I guess I was fortunate that it was more popular, (or at least I had more entertaining things to write about), when I was single. It was sort of like having a friend to dish to at all hours and you might even get replies at all hours. Sad though that people seem to have let Facebook and other outlets steal their already short attention spans. Of course, I've also seen a lot of the older bloggers pass away during the last 8 years. I think many of them added to the community feel of blogging and with many of them gone (at least in the circle of bloggers I know) things seem kinda sparse and forgotten. I have never really fit in, in any group or stage of my life, but at one point I was sort of a part of a friendly circle of like-minded people and it's always sad to see that go. But that's life, you know. People change, or think that you change, or just get swept away in some other tide. It's also very interesting to see who sticks with you. As in "real" life, it's often not who you thought it would be! But sometimes it is and that's nice. But for those of you who enjoy reading here, don't worry, I'm not leaving. I've just been in a reflective mood the past month or so I guess and thought I'd ramble a bit.
But speaking of such things, there were a couple of questions for you guys out there. You may not be able to answer any of them but I thought I'd try. First, are any of you familiar with the blog Tossing Pebbles By The Stream? and it's author, Philip? He used to stop by here regularly but disappeared about the time I got married, as did a number of people (haha!), and a couple of us have heard that Philip has cancer. We were just trying to see if any communicates with Philip or knows anything about his situation? I personally would love to be able to send him a card or such. I always appreciated his comments here.
Another person who has dropped off that I am concerned about is Caroline over at Gingersnaps or And A Hive Of Silvery Bees. She used to comment fairly regularly but has just seemingly dropped off the face of the blogging world anyway. I have left comments on her blog but they go unanswered. Does anyone talk to her?
So, I'll be back with some new stuff soon. As I said, no year in review but I do have a number of goals for this new year and maybe if I write them down it will help motivate me!