I recently went to an all-day Saturday workshop about the 2020 Census. When the portion about engaging Senior Citizens came up, I was struck by the list of things that have changed over the last ten years: cell phones, wireless anything, talking TVs, celebrities’ faces. While it hasn’t been ten years since I blogged, a whole bunch has changed since August 2017.
August 2017 was the last time I published any content in this space. It wasn’t my finest piece; it wasn’t indicative of me as a writer. It was weak. I had forgotten what I started blogging for: because I was bored and I liked writing. Instead, I was trying to keep up with the bloggers I had begun with. Bloggers who were being rewarded for their true voice, while I was just chasing some free stuff. Bloggers who fit the Mommy Blogger label as my children drifted into adulthood and refused to star on these pages. Bloggers who were passionate about their platforms while I struggled to find another way to describe a mediocre product as fantastic.
So, I stopped. I had planned to do the whole goodbye readers thing, but I pushed it off a day, a week, and then WordPress brought this space back to mind with an annual renewal notice two days ago. Time flies. Not wanting to lose my years of writing I planned to just go in, download my stuff, and keep on being happy. Truthfully, I am not happier. I miss the days of watching TV and writing about it here. I miss dissecting nonsense written in a way only I know how to navigate. I miss the ladies and guys I met attending blogging functions. Most of all I missed the writing.
Like anything (my mediocre Spanish skills come to mind) if you don’t practice daily, you won’t get any better. Real talk, my writing has not gotten any better in the last two years. I can craft a tweet like no one’s business, I can win a meme war. But I lost the ability to craft a strong opening, robust middle, and powerful but satisfying ending.
I also missed the connections I had made while blogging. I will fondly remember my times in Houston and New York as I honed my blogging skills through BlogHer and She Media. I loved the times I got wine drunk with Philly area bloggers while I was attending a blogging function. I missed cheering on my fellow bloggers as they grew stronger on their blogs. I missed the connections and the ways *I* grew as I allowed the knowledge of other bloggers to work with me and mold me into a better person.
So, I’m back.
But man, blogging has changed. When I first logged in, I realized I had forgotten just about EVERYTHING it was to craft a blog post. Hell, I don’t even have a picture to add to this post, so my SEO is already screwed up. Bit by bit I pecked around, taking note of things I need to update (The Boy is a freshman in college now!) and slowly remembering the things that I need to do to write, edit, and publish.
I’m back, baby!
Now to figure out what bloggers do nowadays or, I can forget that and just write.