Finally! I’m back to blogging

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Many thanks to all of you who are reading this! As always, I am deeply grateful for your company on this blog. Thanks too, for your concerned emails, which inspired me to pull myself together and show up here today.

In answer to your worried questions, I’ve actually been fine these past three months. Of course, from my last post, you know that I had planned to take only a one-month break from blogging. But then, I fell into that dastardly condition known as blogger’s block…

The one month spilled over into two. Next thing I knew, two months quietly crept into three. I started wondering how I could ever condense what’s been going on into a compact blog post. Like writers who suffer from writer’s block, my blogger’s block took control as I over-thought things to the point of paralysis.

So. Here I am. For today, if you’ll indulge me, all I want to do is say hello and wish you a Happy Thanksgiving. Next week, I’ll swing back with a post about what happened to me. Hint on my theme: Love lost, love found.  ;)

But getting back to today’s point, this is a super-symbolic moment to reconnect. I first became a blogger during Thanksgiving 2008. Letting my fifth anniversary pass without a word would’ve been just plain wrong, especially when I really want to celebrate!

Blogging has been an incredible adventure, a tremendous experience. As a reminder to myself as to why I do it, below is an excerpt from one of my 2012 posts entitled, “5 reasons why you need to blog.” These reasons still hold true for me:

Why blog? Five reasons: 

Reason #1: Blogging helps me in reinventing my identity. I enjoy the process of getting to know my online self. 

Reason #2: A blog is the 21st century version of the old-fashioned resume.  My blog is a great marketing vehicle. Google my name and this website pops up. When I interview for gigs, looking Internet-savvy always gives me an edge.

Reason #3: My blog functions as a living room for conversations that help me grow. My readers take time to write heartfelt, thoughtful comments. When I’m job hunting, y’all make me look good. Prospective employers notice the company I keep.

Reason #4: Blogging is a dynamic outlet for developing my passions. Blogging has made me responsible for my own destiny in a pro-active way. Having a website allows me to showcase me on my own terms. Blogging also gave me something absorbing to do when I was out of work. 

Reason #5: Your blog can connect you with people, ideas and opportunities you would otherwise miss. This last reason is why I keep blogging. This blog — and you — have given me profound insight on my life. Sometimes, clarity comes from simply getting down the words and feelings that rattle around inside of me.  

Until I fell off the edge of the earth in August, I managed to blog very faithfully for five whole years. Along the way, there were breaks of a few weeks or a month. There were also stretches where I revved up from a weekly post to blogging two or three times a week.

Looking back, I’m very proud that I slogged through blogging for such a long time. As I sit here now, the body memory of that discipline runs through me. I can feel the blogging energy pumping in my blood and flowing into my finger tips. Oh, yes. I am back. Yes, baby, I am really back!

Okay. A minute to exhale. <Phew.>

Somehow, I will figure out a good post for next week. But in the meantime, I hope you’ll help me out by sharing how you’ve been. Please feel free to write as little or as much as you want in the comments below. It would be great to hear from you since the conversation with you is what makes blogging magical.

If you need a place to get started too, how about this — give us five words to describe how you’re feeling this Thanksgiving week. It can be a five word sentence or five descriptive words or both. I’ll start by offering both:

Love my blog, and you.

And for the five words that describe how I feel:

Skin. Wind. Tender. Wondrous. Surprises.

All right! We’re in business. Thanks for getting me through this post. In the next minute, I will experience the tremendous catharsis of hitting the “publish” button on my blog…

Happy Thanksgiving to you all! Whether you decide to stay home alone in contented solitude or gather with a crowd, I hope you have a wonderful week. xo


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    My five words would be: “Life is good…love too!”
    ‘Kinda crazy how my life often parallels yours; I’m looking forward to your update!

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  3. OMG! Thank YOU so much for posting. PHEW!
    I so missed reading your posts.
    You had me worried there.
    I am very excited to hear what you have been up to. This is going to be good. (Grabs popcorn and jujubes)

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    Amantha, I’m sorry for making you worry. Goodness knows you already have enough on your plate, between doing the mom thing and being a painter! Thank you for stopping by and stepping up the challenge for next week’s blog post!

  5. Very happy to hear you are back to blogging! I have really missed your posts!! I can totally relate to your blogger’s block – for me it’s the artist’s block of what should I paint and why should I paint etc. and who cares and nobody likes what I do – it’s quite the spiral! Very difficult to pull yourself out of too! The best way is to ‘just do it’ and I’m so happy you are! Looking forward to your next post!!!
    My five words for right now are: content, happy, excited, hopeful and energized (these words describe both my life at the moment and my anticipation of your blog re-boot!).
    Have a Great Day!

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    Heather, thanks for sharing your positive words! And let’s not even go near the painting block. I relate to that too. In fact, haven’t picked up a paint brush in a very, very, long time. It’s on my plate, which means it’s great to hear from you about your artist angst. Just go for it, girl. Paint like no one’s looking. You’re doing it simply because you want to. Do it for you.

  7. So glad you’re back! You wrote a great lead here. Can’t wait to hear the rest. Your 5 words are interesting – sounds kind of hot, but for wind (winded?) I’ve been painting blocked for about the same time as your absence, so I’m taking this as a call to arms. Thanks Betty!

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    Oh, Jean…another painter with painter’s block — this is definitely a sign! Well, let’s all get ourselves together on the passion front.

    We know what it feels like to put brush to blank space and have it take us to another dimension. We know the canvasses are calling us.

    Now what are we going to do about it? Should we make a commitment of sort? I think I could commit to painting at least once before the end of the year….that’s asking a lot of me but I think it’s doable…

    Meantime, gotta run now to NYC to teach a class. Catch up with you all later! xo

  9. Betty –

    It’s good to hear from uou again. Although I don’t comment often, I do read, and you always make me think. My five words would be: busy, boy, husband, dog, mom! As that is who/what my life revolves around, these days! I have a young son (9-almost-10), a husband, a sweet dog, a full-time office job and a mom who is older and whose life and activities absorb more and more of my attention and thought. So the order of those five words changes from minute to minute, but it is always those five same words. I can’t wait to hear your update. I have missed you terribly!

  10. I am happy to see you are back! While I think the month to disconnect is a wonderful idea, I did miss reading your posts and wondered about the extended absence. Your blog posts always get me thinking and feeling inspired. I recently launched a new professional blog but was distracted from posting as I work on a collection of short stories. It takes great effort to keep the dialogue going with the public while you have fictional characters talking in your head.
    My five words: happy, excited, stressed, bear-like, meditative. ;-)

  11. What a pleasure to have you back in circulation! One more thing to be thankful for. Only 5 words?!? That’s a challenge when one has so much to be thankful for. How about 5 sentences?
    1. Marriage equality is at last law in NJ and 2 weeks after New Year’s my wonderful husband of 18 years, Mike, and I will be making ourselves legal at long last.
    2. Our wonderful and amazing sons who will be with us on the very special day, give us their blessing and who will provide the sunshine and laughter as they always do.
    3. Our home- full of peace, comfort, good food and an insane amount of books.
    4. My students – they continue to amaze me and teach me.
    5. We all are in good health
    Such a lot to be thankful for! I hope you, Betty, and the others who have made your blog part of their lives, will all have a wonderful Thanksgiving.

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    Well. It’s been a long day of work and I am finally sitting back down here to see who dropped by….

    LuAnn, I appreciate hearing from you. Helps me to know that I’ve been missed. I dread being irrelevant, ignored, or even worse — forgettable, haha! You are a busy woman. Totally relate to the mom issue, been there myself. She is fortune that you love her. That is the umbrella word for your comment: love.

    My man, Toby! You did NOT have to limit yourself to five of anything. Always free to say whatever you want. Love your five sentences. Congrats on the wedding bells and your success in creating a warm and cozy family life. It’s what so many of us crave. Happy Thanksgiving to you too!

  13. Cortisone shot wore off, owie!
    Carpal tunnel syndrome, painting anyway :)

    Couldn’t let armdeath beat me, just had to learn to paint differently to accommodate the day job injury. I’m getting more versatile with my left hand, and my teenage daughter has become much more helpful since I was on strict weight restrictions for a while, so there IS a bright side ;)

    Glad you’re back, I was definitely missing your blogs!

  14. What LuAnn said: you do make us think! I love your straightforward honesty about things that are interesting & important. Count me in among your grateful followers :)

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    Adriana, my apologies — just seeing your comment now! Congrats on your new professional website. And thanks too, for the encouragement. Knowing that I serve a purpose as a blogger really motivates me to keep going. I relate to “bear-like” too. So many good words from everyone. :)

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