They always seem to sneak up on me. Today I've been blogging here on Typepad for 4 years. Typepad itself just celebrated it's fifth year. I've been thinking a lot lately about my blogging. I sort of resolved (NOT a resolution - I don't do those) this year to get back into blogging more regularly. I fell out for a while for lots of reasons, but the fact is, and I've mentioned it before, I missed it. Writing isn't exactly a gift with me, so I have to work at it a little more than some, and I'm not particularly disciplined at it, but I felt the loss of connection to my knitblog friends so I thought I would just try and do it regularly on weekdays, with weekends off. That was pretty optimistic. I didn't even make it a full week.
It could have been the fact that I was trying to write at night, after getting up at 5:30AM, working all day, coming home and cooking dinner, getting the kiddo to bed and tending to the many little things that pile up on a mother's plate every day, and honestly, I wasn't in the best "place" to be creating witty, clever chatter or even relaying what the heck I had done with my day. Not my most creative time of day. I was about th chuck the whole idea and berate myself for abject failure when I came across this article on Slow Blogging that I saw on someone's tweets that I follow on Twitter. It made a lot of sense to me and I think what happened to me has happened to lots of people.
Over the last four years that I've been blogging, lots of things have evolved online, new tools and applications have been introduced and since I tend to be an early adopter of much that is Social Media, I began using some of these tools and I think perhaps a lot of what I used to do solely on my blog, I am now doing on Twitter, Facebook, Flickr and Delicious - sometimes I even poke my head in Plurk and LinkedIn, oh and the Queen Mother of them all...Ravelry! Each one is great for some of the small focused activities that I had previously done just through the blog. So, the Slow Blogging concept is pretty appealing to me now that I step back and consider the sanity of it.
I guess I want you all to know that I am still here, but sometimes its easier to say what I gotta say in a photo or 140 characters at a pop. I am not going to abandon the blog, I am just going to be realistic. I can't do everything, much to my consternation, so I do what I can. Join me anytime on any of these other sites, or here on the blog when I can put it all together enough to write a coherent paragraph. My account links follow.
Thanks for sticking around with me.