It’s been a while since I have actually had a genealogy post on this blog. It doesn’t mean that I have given up my research, I am actually very involved in doing research right now! I think it is just finally reaching the point to where I am beginning to realize that there is a balance that needs to be maintained. I’m still working on it but I am starting to get a better grasp of things.
When I first started my blog, seven years ago, I stated that it was to be a compliment to my web site. In the seven years since then my web site has taken a back seat, even to the point of being completely erased at one point this year. My first month or so of blogging was basically anything I thought might be interesting to my readers. I posted humor, news, research updates, memes and whatever else I felt like. As time went by I began to slow down and focus a little more. I began to share some of my research findings. Then I discovered blog carnivals. I loved, loved, loved the Carnival of Genealogy. I tried to have something for every event and even began to try to write for other carnivals, such as Shades Of The Departed. Soon, that fell by the wayside and I was back to just posting some general research stuff. Then I fell into the blogging prompts stage, you know – Tombstone Tuesday, Wordless Wednesday, etc… – and let the research posts and others fall into irrelevance. Soon, those fell by the wayside and I found little time to post. When I did post it was usually an apology post and expressed some desire of how I wanted my blog to change! Then came almost a year of nothing! Earlier this year I went through another phase – starting up with renewed zeal, admitting loss to my previous posts and the complete deletion of my prior posts, followed by an apology and the re-posting of all those posts. Now, life is very busy and time to post is hard to find.
So, where do I find the balance?
Well, there is no plan right now. Let me re-state that, I have no definite plan. I have thoughts about it. The first and most important thought is that I have to realize that I can not post to my blog everyday or even every week! If you listen to blogging experts they will tell you that this is not the way to go. I find that experts can’t tell me how I need to run my own, personal blog. After all, it is like a journal that I am sharing. There are no set rules. It is something I do and design as I go along. Not one person can tell me how I should do it! Every person has their own style – some have news and software reviews, some specialize in doing Hangouts on Google+, some post every day, some post once a month or once every 3 months – and I am willing to let my style be whatever it needs to be.
So, starting today there will be no more attempts at conforming! I don’t need to be like anyone else. I need to be me. There will be times when I have time and information and will post seven times in a week. There will be other times when i may go as long as a month, or 2 or 3, before I post anything. It doesn’t mean I have abandoned my blog. It means that life, that thing that we should allow ourselves to have, has taken precedence and I have not had time to research or I haven’t had any breakthroughs to share.
So, after all these words, I want to thank everyone who has patience with me. There will be posts soon! They may just be sharing info about my daughter’s basic training or they may be about my other daughter who is preparing to go into the Army. It might be about an anniversary or birthday. It may be a sad moment, when I post an obituary of a loved one who has passed. There will be posts! Sometimes, the waiting is the hardest part but it is usually well worth it!
Thanks for allowing me to speak my mind. Oh wait, that’s right, it is my blog and that is what I am allowed to do here!
Have a great day everyone,