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Friday, January 6, 2017

The Future

Once upon a time, I blogged because I enjoyed writing and I enjoyed sharing what I was up to. I posted a lot of very personal things, most of which I took down years ago. It didn't matter to me that people were reading these personal things because I only had about 15 readers, and I knew that because I watched my blog stats like a hawk. I knew all of my readers personally.

Then, along came Facebook and personal things that I wanted to share went on there, and that's where they still reside. My Facebook friends list, however, is much larger than my blog readership ever was. Honestly, I'm older now and I've learned to stop oversharing. I'm happy that Facebook didn't exist when I was in my early 20s.

So, later, I wrote about running and about travel and scuba diving and started phasing out the personal stuff. This was my favorite time of my blog, I was making a little money off of it (let's define "a little" - like under $20 per year), and while I was never going to be able to quit my day job, I enjoyed writing and posting and interacting with other bloggers and commenters.

BUT -- in 2013, I had a baby, and I made a decision to be careful about how his information was shared online. I felt like I wanted HIM to be able to make a decision about his online identity. So, I had less to write about.

Let's be honest here though - having a baby takes a ton of time. For the first year and a half, I really couldn't focus on anything but him and my job, and my biggest priority was trying to get some sleep. Sleep is still a big priority, but now when I want to do the stuff that I do "for me" (like running), it really takes away from the other things that I need to get done. I take care of my son, I work, I take care of my house, I run a little and workout some and try to stay in shape, I hang with my husband. Once I'm done with all of that, I don't have a lot of energy or time for writing.

However, I've missed blogging and writing and I want to get back to it. I don't know what I'm going to write about, but I want to see if I can start doing a post or two here or there every now and again.

In the meantime, I would like to do a redesign of the blog and get rid of a lot of my old content that I'd be embarrassed for people to read (I deleted my old "private blog" a while ago because I don't want even my original 15 readers to see it anymore). Hopefully, there will be some changes here and maybe some posts, and maybe 5 or 6 of the original 15 are still around? :)

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