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Blogging Goodbyes

This post may come as a shock to a few committed readers, but I have reached a decision that I am convinced will be freeing for my life:  I am shutting down my blog.

There have been signs for a while now:  my lack of interest, the urge to be doing rather than editorializing, the reduced number of posts, the many breaks.  Some of you may even have seen it coming.  I wasn’t sure myself that this was the route to take until yesterday afternoon, during a period of intense reflection.

For a while I thought that I wanted to share something with others through this medium.  I still want to share.  I still want to write.  In fact, I have several posts banked on my dashboard. But through a year+ of blogging, I have learned that I have little interest in doing the things I need to do to promote and develop this particular blog. While some day, I might find a niche that will enthuse me enough to motivate me to do the business of blogging or I might maintain a blog through a workplace; right now, when I’m really honest with myself, I want to be doing other things. Blogging has become an energy suck rather than something that adds to or revitalizes my life.  So I’m choosing to let it go.

I really want to write, to have conversations with friends, to read uplifting and creative works of others, to talk about books and parenting, and personal growth with the people in my life.  I can do all these things without the medium of a blog. Someday, if professional goals align with blogging again, I’ll have a better sense of where to start.

In the meantime, I’m going to relish every minute of homeschooling my preschooler.  I’m going to get out in nature on nice days and breathe.  I’m going to heed the needs of my body by finding time to exercise properly.  I’m going to put my creative and professional energy behind writing and submitting poetry.  That’s part of how I knew:  I would never, could never, axe the poetry.  But the blog…I feel almost a giddy sense of freedom from the release.  No more Facebook page and e-mail maintenance.  No more knowing I need to be on Twitter to build an audience, but really dreading engaging in one more social media outlet. No more wondering about views and how my words will be heard.

I’m sure there will be elements I’ll miss. Part of me will miss having my voice mingle with the others in the blogosphere.  I know those moments will pass and be replaced by gratitude for the time I will have to spend on other meaningful parts of my life.  I will miss some readers, and hope to keep connected to some of you via e-mail or your own blogs.  I will miss the easy mechanism for sharing events and pics with friends and family “back home” but I figure those who are really interested will make an effort, as will I, to stay connected via other methods.

Blogging has been a great learning experience for this part of my life.  It has helped me stay tuned into to my own voice, to value what I have to say, to step outside my comfort zone and risk sharing, to stay connected when I was floundering.  It has helped me define what is and what isn’t essential to my current life and to develop creative discipline which I now hope to apply to my poetry writing.  Wonderfully, it has led me to meet some great people with interesting and thoughtful things to say.  I know I’ll have some pangs as I push the publish button on this post.  What I anticipate though, is that on the other side of the post will be the sense of freedom to just be and to continue to live authentically and fully with no edits, no reservations.

Many thanks and best wishes to my readers; it’s been great to share this journey with you!

If you wish to keep in touch via e-mail; please contact me at therippleeffect2009@wordpress.com within the next month. 

I still would be up for any guest posting opportunities if any fellow bloggers miss hearing what I have to say 🙂

 

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Brief Blogging Break

Hello lovely readers:

I’m taking a brief break from my blog to spend some quality summer time with my family the next week or so.  But I will be back with new pictures and stories soon!  Have a wonderful 4th of July week and stay safe!


New Tagline and Other Blogging Business

After some consideration, a few thoughtful suggestions, and weeks of procrastination, I have finally settled on a new tagline for TheRippleEffect2009.

Thanks to those readers and bloggers (Ashley Jillian, Jesse S. Mitchell, and Jessica from Team Rasler) who submitted suggestions; I morphed the choices into the following:

A parent’s reflections on learning, living, and loving

TaDa!

On another thank-you related note, I wanted to especially thank my Aunt Mary and CanadianMommyTime for supporting me in my attempts to reach 10,000 views by one year of blogging.  Though I slightly passed my self-imposed deadline, I have surpassed 10,000 views, with my Father’s Day letter to my husband bringing in a record number (for me…anyway) of views.  Thanks to my loyal readers who keep reading, commenting, and sharing.  Thanks to my readers who offer different perspectives with grace and respect for others.  Blogging isn’t all about the numbers; it’s about the relationships and sharing that happens.  A growing readership just helps to involve more people in the conversations, which is always nice and welcome.  Anyway, thanks again, all!

Finally, Canadian MommyTime generously granted me the Versatile Blogger Award

which I humbly appreciate.  It has, however, taken me a few hectic weeks to respond in kind, so here is my better late than never response!  I want to thank CanadianMommyTime for this award; she has been a supportive fellow blogger and I always enjoy reading her thoughtful and gentle posts on motherhood and other topics.  Please do her writing the honor it deserves and check out her blog today.

The Rules for this award are as follows:

  1. Nominate 15 fellow bloggers who are relatively new to blogging (or whose blogs you enjoy most).
  2. Let them know that you have nominated them.
  3. Share 7 random facts about yourself.
  4. Thank the blogger(s) who nominated you.
  5. Add the Versatile Blogger Award picture to your blog post

(Please note to all Nominated Bloggers:  I know these awards are akin to blogging chain mail, but I think it’s nice to support each other when time and interest allows and I always feel flattered and supported when I receive one.  Please know I won’t be offended if you don’t complete the award requirements; we all have limits to our writing time and specific topics that we want to focus on in a given week.  I hope you get a few views and/or a reader or two from this post, is all!)


Nominations

Glitnir 76: My talented husband blogs about everything from fatherhood to technology to politics.  And on Thursdays, he writes about being thankful.

Quasi Agitato:  This artistic mother, Christine, writes about motherhood and her professional passion for music and acting.  She has a lovely voice; go check it out!

Team Rasler:  The down-to-earth Jessica shares her take on parenting, books, personal growth, and teaching.  So many of her posts resonate for me.

IGameMom:  What a great idea to review apps for kids!  I don’t have a smart phone, but I still check out her reviews to know what learning tools are available.

Modern Rage: Jesse writes so creatively and almost mystically; for those of you interested in poetry and literature, I would recommend checking out his work!

Thin Spiral Notebook:  Tara is so talented.  She takes amazing photographs, writes fabulous Haiku, crafts interesting fictional pieces and shares her honest experiences as a parent.  She has a real gift with words and I’ve enjoyed reading her work since I began blogging.

motherwho:  This gentle mommy is a breath of fresh air; check out her posts!

Beauty That Moves:  I feel like I’ve stepped into a soothing B&B when I read Beauty That Moves.  From healthy eating, to creating a calm home environment, to gorgeous photographic snaps of her home life, Heather has such a gentle tone that makes readers feel right at home.

A Detailed House:  What a creative talent; I think this DIY gal can make just about anything.  Her design projects are always awesome!

400 Days ’til 40:  I just love this blogger’s awesome, positive perspective as she shares daily life lessons as she approaches 40 years old.  I identify with so many of her posts and thoughts; it’s kind of uncanny.

Science of Mom:  This mom examines parenting questions through a scientific, research oriented lens and always shares in an objective, respectful fashion, even when the issues discussed are hot topics.  I enjoy such a refreshing approach.

Let Life In Practices:  Kristin Cuthrell’s writing is a great read for anyone interested in self-improvement and personal growth.  She provides helpful resources for additional reading on various psychological topics.

On The Go Momma:  I just love Kate Fineske’s work.  She’s real and honest and empathic.  And she’s kind and professional; such a good balance to have as a blogger!

The Sky Inside You is a poetry blog that I have newly discovered; I just like Marco’s style!  And what an expansive and inspirational blog name; LOVE it!

Cast Light is a blog that shares positive quotes and short inspirational reflections; kind of like a meditation for the day.

Seven Random Facts About Me

  1.  I once proofread a college phone book cover to cover.  The highlight of that job (besides the nice people I worked with) was selecting the cover picture.
  2. I love the thrill of riding in small aircraft and would study for my pilot’s license if I ever had the disposable income.
  3. I was once able to translate Morse Code at 5 words per minute.  Now I don’t remember any of it.
  4. I was a Girl Scout all the way through high school except for 6th grade.
  5. I hate snakes and only recently can see them in cages, on TV, or in print without FREAKING out.
  6. I got engaged in St. David’s, Wales under a rainbow; anniversary post forthcoming in August.
  7. I had my first poem published when I was 15.  It took about another decade + a few years for the next one to be published!

StayCation

Hi all; been spending a lovely weekend with my husband and little gal, V, so I’m a bit behind with blogging.  We haven’t had a vacation alone together since V was born and we’ve been taking time the last few weekends to do that sort of thing.  And this Thursday (my writing night) I plan to go see Dark Shadows.  So it may be a bit before my next post but I’ll be back eventually; I have lots of post ideas simmering…


Belated Blogoversary and Thank You

This blogoversary post was meant to be posted on May 8th, the day I first posted at TheRippleEffect2009.  But you know, life, along with some health issues this week, got in the way a titch.  That’s ok, because belated is better late than never for a blogoversary!

Thank you from me to you for reading and sharing!

When I began blogging a year ago, I was unsure where the writing adventure would take me.  My husband, M, had recently begun his blog Glitnir76 and as he shared with me his beginning blogging efforts, I noted that with a blog I could do many of the things I had hoped to do with my Facebook page when I formed it in 2008. (No one ever accused me of being on the cutting edge of technology…). I hoped to find a place to share my writing, parenting thoughts and experiences, poetry, book reviews, crafts and children’s activities.  I hoped to build a readership from current friends and family members and also some new readers who wanted to share and connect over the post topics.  I was a new mom in a new town, looking for connection via social media and a home for all the new parenting experiences and feelings that I was sure other parents had also encountered or felt.

142 (now 143) posts later, with a Facebook page, a small but loyal group of readers, and a year of blogging completed, I am glad I stuck with it.  Blogging has given me a way to share my daughter with my out of town loved ones, to have conversations about parenting with old friends (even when we are playing endless games of phone tag around our children’s schedules we are able to connect and share via my blog), to meet some smart, creative, and interesting fellow bloggers, and to experience the support of an online community.

There are days and weeks when I question whether I want to sustain my blog.  I’m more connected in my real life community now, and have had some non-blog related writing projects compete with blogging for attention.  Previously, I’ve blogged about the challenges of balancing writing, and specifically blogging, which involves so many different facets than writing, with family.  For me, ultimately, the choices that make me feel happiest are the choices to be with the people in my life first with writing a second and blogging trailing along behind.  So though I know I could build a bigger following through Twitter and additional social media outlets, through following more and more blogs (I follow more than I can currently read), and by posting more frequently, I’ve settled into a space of ease with my blog.  Ultimately, it gives me a space to share what and when I choose and keeps my creative and intellectual energies in practice.  I enjoy the new people I’ve met along the way and look forward to future sharing.

I am excited to continue some efforts I have begun.  Reviewing children’s and adult literature and non-fiction titles, talking about green, less toxic parenting and housekeeping choices, sharing toddler friendly activities, as well as some occasional easy, healthy food posts are all part of the ways in which I hope to bring our home into yours via TheRippleEffect2009.  Current parenting issues and topics always make for interesting discussion, so I plan to keep a hand in when relevant and appealing topics arise. And always, I will be sharing about my daughter, V, and finding my way as a parent as I grow along with her.

I’d like to take this occasion to thank some of the special readers and bloggers who are currently fueling my creative energy and my spirit.  I hope you will take the time to check out some of these wonderful sites and writers!  Thanks to my husband for inspiring me with the format below!

First, I have to begin by thanking my husband, M, over at Glitnir76.  He writes and thinks about a myriad of interesting topics ranging from our daughter to politics, to social issues and the environment and always with a straightforward, logical, and intelligent perspective (and I’m not just saying so because I’m married to him!)  He has been my biggest supporter as a writer and mother and I don’t know what I’d do without him!  Love you!

Team Rasler:  Jessica at Team Rasler is my long lost intellectual twin.  We share many common interests and takes on various parenting experiences and I always look forward to reading her clear, thoughtful, educated posts.

Quasi Agitato:  Christine lives in a polar opposite world from my current rural hometown, but I find her poignant and honest posts about motherhood simply wonderful.  I also enjoy reading about her creative endeavors as an actress.

Canadian Mommy Time is a breath of fresh air; a gentle, positive, parenting focused site that inspires.

Dash of Domestic:  JamieAnne has been a loyal reader from the beginning and it brightens my day when she likes a post of mine.  Her recipes and domestic endeavors are always a fun and often a mouth watering read!

On the Go Momma:  Kate Fineske, who also writes a blog for the National Association of Mothers Centers always has a reflective and thoughtful parenting post to share and a fresh, honest perspective.  I find so many of her posts resonate with where I’m at.

Things I Can’t Say:  Shell supports a whole great community of bloggers through her continued efforts to connect them through her Pour Your Heart Out memes.  I have shared many a post on Wednesdays, and so appreciate the venue and support she gives to everyone she encounters online.  For such a committed and caring mom to invest so much time in other bloggers, well, it’s really something!

SuperHero Princess:  How thrilled was I to have Hillary Manaster from SuperHero Princess as a follower!  Her amazing efforts on her blog and through the Sanford Harmony Program are inspiring and I appreciate the balanced and thoughtful perspective she uses to address feminist issues.

Science of Mom:  I’ve recently started reading this amazing blog, which takes a scientific approach to discussing popular parenting issues.  With a background in Psychology, I appreciate the effort it takes to inform your opinion with research and facts and I applaud Alice for the objective way she investigates various parenting topics.  I also find that she is talking about many of the issues that I’m thinking about.

400 Days ’til 40:  I’ve recently found out that the author of this blog and I have many things in common in terms of our career and interest path.  And I find her posts to be inspiring and kind and positive.  I read every post she writes.  They are that good!

Let Life In Practices:  I enjoy reading Kristin’s posts as they focus on common sense well-being and promote positive mental health and relationships.  Her perspectives reflect many of the philosophies I subscribe to, and I appreciate her efforts to help others through her online presence.

MWF Seeking BFF is a favorite site of mine.  My interest in social psychology and specifically social support through friendships makes this site continually fascinating to me.  I can’t wait to read the next post!

Beauty that Moves is another site I have to mention; Heather’s words and images are so lovely it makes you want to curl up on your front porch and just breathe.  To create a sense of place and a feeling of being refreshed with a blog; that’s remarkable!

Thanks to IGameMom, Modern Rage A Detailed House, CatRambles, and all of the rest of the wonderful, supportive, and kind readers and fellow bloggers who humble me by reading my rude words.  I look forward to building more blogging friendships in the upcoming year and continue to be sustained by the positive, creative energy that these writers and readers bring to my life through the power of words.

And thanks to my family and friends who take time away from their busy days to read and comment on my posts.  Your love and support of me, wherever I am, and whatever I do…I am so grateful for it.  Words are just not enough!

Finally, thanks to my little gal, V, who inspires me, challenges me, giggles with me, and fills every moment of my life with meaning.  I hope you can look back on my writing someday, perhaps when you have your own little one, and find continued connection to me through my words.  They are my gift to you.  Love always from your Mommy.


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