Sunday, May 8, 2011



Hello?  Is there anybody out there?  My little corner of the web is pretty quiet these days.  I’ve promised myself that I’m not going to apologize for my lack of posts anymore.  I see so many blogs that start with ‘I’m so sorry…’ (I’ve done it more than a few times too!)  because they haven’t blogged daily, or even weekly. We are all busy, and have a more important life going on away from the computer for any of us to worry about keeping up with the more prolific bloggers. I mean no disrespect to these women, in fact I am in awe of them. I am amazed that they are able to post so often, AND make it interesting!  That can be very intimidating to some of us. Because of my illness I am at home the majority of the time,  making it difficult to find things to write about.  So, one of the reasons I’ve been absent is that posting was starting to feel like a chore.  I was having such a difficult time finding things to write about, that I would just give up. I wanted my posts to be interesting and entertaining, something that would entice my readers to come back again.  I had no idea how hard that was. Because I was trying so hard to please everyone else, my posts seem stilted and forced, (at least I think so!) and BORING!  Blogging is like the ultimate high school experience. But instead of wanting the ‘coolest’ pair of jeans, we strive to have the nicest looking blog.  And don’t get me wrong,  I only ever encountered the friendliest of people here in blogland, but like in high school, there are the ‘cool ‘ bloggers, and the ‘not-so cool’ bloggers.  Without being self deprecating, I would say that I am one of the not-so ‘cool’ bloggers. I rarely do tutorials, my posts are few far between, and as I already mentioned, I don’t have a lot to talk about.   A few weeks ago that would have really bothered me. Like most bloggers, when I started this blog I hoped to be as popular as some of the other ‘cool’ bloggers. (you know who they are!)  But over the past weeks I have realized that being popular on the web doesn’t define who I am as a person. It doesn’t matter how popular my blog is, or how my people comment on my projects.  What matters is family and good friends. I know I am important to them, and that they are interested in me and what I do.  But, I do have to be honest here. Being recognized in blogland is an ego boost, and it really makes my day when I get comments. So, I’ve decided to look at blogging a different way. It is meant to be fun. Not a chore. So I plan to write future posts as if I’m writing a letter to a good friend. And if I’m never as popular or ‘cool’ as those other bloggers, I’m fine with that.  I’ll be having fun while I do it.


I’ll leave you with a picture of one of the dozen roses my youngest son Colin gave me for Mother’s Day.

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Please don’t think I am putting any other bloggers down. The work they put into their family lives and their blogs is astounding. They deserve all the recognition  and admiration they get.


  1. I hear ya, both literally and figuratively! I have poop tons of tutorials and I used to do long, complicated projects so I could share them on the blog. But I realised that was making it all seem like work, and that wasn't why I started blogging! So now I offer a bit of free stuff that's easy for me to do, and I feel loads better.
    Blogging for yourself is a great way to keep from getting burnout. If you have kids, they might be really pleased to be able to read your thoughts from long ago. One lady prints her posts and puts them in a book which she makes herself. I haven't done that yet but I love the idea!
    Don't worry too much Anne! Have a great week!

  2. I think you are one of the coolest bloggers ever! I would hate to have to open up a can and let Ramanda come out! Things are looking up! It's summer! Love you!

  3. Hi Anne, I just wanted to thank you for sharing your on little shoes Masterpiece Monday, and let you know that I featured you on "My Top Ten Fav Picks" this week at Boogieboard Cottage. Have a nice weekend, Mary :O)