This is my last blog post!

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This is NOT my last blog post! Forget reading it; you’ll only get confused. SORRY about that.

Back when I used to have fun blogging, that’s the kind of catchy blog post titles I wrote. I miss that fun. Once before, I questioned why I’d begun watching only drama on TV. I don’t know why I keep getting so serious that I forget to have fun.

The “old-timers” here might remember weekend blog parties where the silliest of silliness ensued. Maybe that was because we were all still dreaming of being published. We hadn’t yet been sobered by reality—or I hadn’t, at least. Sometimes reality sucks, and the only thing that keeps you going is the dream of what could be.

I feel younger, more alive, when I have a dream. So … I need a new one. Or maybe a return to an old dream. In a way, I guess this will be my last post. My last without a dream. My last without an awareness of the joy that can bring to life.

Talk to me: What’s a dream that brings you joy?

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ETA: Apparently my post is being misread. Sorry for the confusion. I am NOT taking a break from blogging. The blog title was a tease. And I only said this was my last post IN ONE SENSE.

21 thoughts on “This is my last blog post!

  1. Here’s a thing – for a while I thought my blog was a job that I had to do, somehow feeding a public I had no evidence existed. I got this notion from blog writers I followed who put up weekly somethings, monthly something elses, and even repeats to hold my attention while they went away for a few days, on the assumption that I would fall between the cracks if they didn’t. I admire their dedication, and I’m not being ironic or dismissive about that – the people who take that activity as a duty and commit to it are people to be reckoned with. But I figured out after a while that I was not one of them. I blog when I want to blog, I communicate when I am moved to do so, I don’t aim to educate or inform except incidentally, and I value every glance at whatever I have put up there. My drive is elsewhere and I am SO having a good time. I hope you are too 🙂

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    1. Well, Suzanne, for people who interact with REAL people daily, I can see why blogging is non-essential. I, on the other hand, need to blog to keep from sitting silently all alone in my cave. Invisibility is frightening. 😯

      And I’m glad to hear you’re having fun. I’m about to.

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      1. Linda, I’m retired so the only people I see are people I make the effort to see. I understand the invisibility – it scares me too because I have been very public – but I am building a local world and some of it from my online world and I know not everyone has that opportunity. I am also maintaining my virtual world but not entirely via blogs. I guess I am lucky to have those outlets, but I know I would use whatever I had to minimise isolation because that’s me. You are a public person by virtue of your novels, and so there are people you can talk to. Is it possible, do you think, to just converse without feeling obliged to also deliver?

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        1. What on earth do I “deliver” via my blog, Suzanne?! 😀 I usually blather like an idiot here. Or else I moan and groan. I won’t give up the blather, but I hope to do less moaning and groaning henceforth. I guess I used to feel an obligation to post something of substance when lots of people commented, but that doesn’t happen nowadays. In fact, most days I figure I’m just talking to myself anyway. Which I guess reveals what a bummer of a conversationalist I am.

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          1. You usually present something for discussion, you ask questions, start debates, it’s writerly. Mine is rarely any of those things so any interaction or attention is pretty much a bonus. You offer something, I just bleuuugh something out there whether people like it or not!

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          2. It amounts to the same, Suzanne. I don’t think about much except writing, so that’s what I talk about. And since I don’t get many comments nowadays, does it matter if I ask questions or try to start debates?

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          3. I think so, although it’s maybe more galling if you don’t get many responses. If you don’t ask, you don’t give anyone a reason to engage but if you would still appreciate engagement, maybe that’s a bit like telling a neighbour they can phone any time and then leaving the answerphone on?

            Anyway, I’ve just seen your amendment – what are you like! 🙂

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  2. When blogging becomes a chore I simply pull back. There are times I feel like doing it and other times I question why. Overall, it is the fulfilling experience that keeps me going on; and realizing other bloggers share the same misgivings helps keep things in perspective. Enjoy summer and come back when you feel like it, we (maybe) will still be here.

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    1. I’m sorry for the confusion, Marcia. I’ve edited my post to make it clearer. I am NOT taking a break from blogging. My intention was to say that this was my last post written without humor and hope. Unfortunately, that fell flat, flat, flat. 🙂

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  3. You are not really giving up blogging, are you?
    I think I have my dreams all coming true these days, mostly based in freedom to do as I please. And I keep doing things. I don’t have a reservation for a Dude Ranch visit yet, so I should make that.
    I wish you good health and happiness. There is nothing else worth having.

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  4. Linda, I just subscribed to your blog, so I was surprised to see your message today. I have my ups and downs with blogging and it interfers with my writing. Although I enjoy finding those special gems that are healing for kids. This summer I will cut back and focus more on writing more manuscripts. So, I understand where you are coming from. And, am sorry I didn’t get to know you better. Sometimes the “dark” is where we find inspiration and insight. I wish you the very best. – Pat

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    1. Pat, I hope you didn’t unsubscribe. I apologize for all the confusion I caused by trying to be “clever.” My post reads clearly to me, but I guess that’s only because it came from my wonky brain. 😕

      I hope you get a ton of writing done this summer and are inspired to write many lovely blog posts as well. And if you’re still here, I hope you’ll get something from my posts as well. 🙂

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  5. I did actually read this when it came through my reader, and I was confused for a minute, then I thought, no she’s being clever here. I waited for comments to show up, and voila! I was right! Sorry I’m just commenting now. I’m glad you have a dream backing you up now. It’s important for me to have a shiny goal, otherwise I just keep falling flat and depressed. Yeah, I haven’t been like that lately at ALL. *cough*

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    1. I think I need to work on my “clever” huh, Michelle? Yes, my dream is the rope pulling me out of quicksand—either I hold tight or I go under. Don’t lose sight of your shiny goal, sweet friend. 🙂

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