"She has spent most of the day reading and is feeling rather out of touch with reality, as if her own life has become insubstantial in the face of the fiction she's been absorbed in."
After You'd Gone - Maggie O'Farrell
Sunday, October 6, 2013
Hey, I Think It's My Blogiversary
Not that I deserve a blogiversary. I'm pretty sure blogiversaries are for people who actually blog, and it would be generous to say that I've blogged, uh, sparingly this year. That said, today marks six years worth of blogging for me, and considering I'm still surprised that I made it past the first year, it seems a shame to let it go by without any fanfare at all. Not that the first year was bad or anything, I just have commitment issues when it comes to saying I'll do something next week, much less, you know, three years from now.
This year has been kind of sad year for me, blogging wise. I've seen my own interest in blogging wane quite a bit in favor of travel, television, and spending more time with friend and family (er, not necessarily in that order). In fact, there are days that I don't even turn my computer on, much less concern myself with a blog post. My job sucks up a lot of my energy, and after a full day spent with a computer, the thought of looking at the computer yet more is less than alluring. Blogging has changed a lot, and so many bloggers are stretched so thin over about a zillion types of social media that the community is very different than the one I enjoyed so much as a "young" blogger. That and so many of the people whose blogs I've been reading forever seem to be actively throwing in the towel or just slowly fading away from the blogs I've loved for a long time. I've been reluctant to change with the times, and I am nostalgic for the old ways, if you will, but I'm still hanging in there (despite the fact that this is a more or less melancholy blogiversary "celebration"). And, as ever, I thank all of you who are still hanging in with me!
I'm as enthusiastic about reading as ever. I've set a fairly good reading pace (for me, the turtle reader) this year. Plus, I'm on a great reading streak, and I really need to share some reviews of those titles with you. I mean, Brewster by Mark Slouka? So heart-breakingly fantastic. Rules of Civility by Amor Towles? The narrator - best ever. 1930s New York - pitch perfect. I'm getting into books I loved so much that they're hard to talk about with any coherence.
Recently, I took my commitment-phobe self over to Twitter to see if I should participate in next Saturday's Dewey's Readathon, and was strongly informed that I (obviously) should participate on both the reading and cheerleading fronts. I'm a big people pleaser, so obviously I've since signed up for both. I'm looking forward to re-connecting with some old friends and discovering some new (to me) blogging faces, and, obviously, getting in some good reading. I hope to see your face at the Readathon. It'll be that much more fun!
So, what's new with you? Will you be Readathoning? And if you're getting to be an oldie blogger like me, how has blogging changed for you? (I'm very inquisitive today. ;-))
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I'm readathoning!! Happy bloggiversary to you :) Don't worry about how much or little you get to blog! That's the attitude I've taken. We blog when we can. But like you, I'm just shocked I've stuck to something this long :p My blog has just become such an extension of me though that even if I don't post on it except for a few times a month I can't see it going anywhere. And it's always a pleasure to see a post here on your blog :)ReplyDelete
Yay, I'm glad you're readathonning, Chris! I'll have to stop by and cheer you on. =DDelete
I agree, having blogged for this long, my blog is way too wrapped up in who I am to just pull the plug. Plus, I'm the sort of person that if I ever did officially throw in the towel, the next day I would be all like "I miss blogging! I'm ready to blog now! What have I done?" LOL! So, I'll probably be shambling on in this manor in perpetuity, but at least I'll be in good company!
Happy blogiversary!! I get what you're saying - I miss a lot of my old blogging friends too. I've got so much going on, though, that it gets harder and harder to keep up with my blog.ReplyDelete
It's definitely hard to keep up with life and with blog, though I have to say, you seem to be doing a much better job than I as far as blogging goes - and commenting, too, of course!Delete
I kept nodding my head as I read your post. After 5+ years, I feel much the same as you Megan. I'm rethinking my blog with 2014 approaching.ReplyDelete
Congrats for hanging in 6 years.
You better not be re-thinking your way into blogging retirement or anything rash like that. I'd miss you too much! Perhaps you'd like to join up with my new club, "Slacker Bloggers Anonymous - Blogging in a bewilderingly sporadic fashion since 2013 (or so)!" ;-)Delete
Happy anniversary, Megan! I think many of us are going through the blogging doldrums. It's happening to me more and more. I swore to myself when I got pregnant my blog would not change, but it has. I blog a lot less and I blog about a lot more personal stuff. It can be hard to find the motivation and time to blog. I am constantly putting other priorities first.ReplyDelete
No readathon for me. I want to. I really really do. But. I'm not getting the kind of cooperation I would need on the home front. Ho hum. It's okay. I've decided I am going to read every free moment I can that day in the spirit of the event.
Happy 6 years! I don't care how often you update it, Leafing Through Life is still one of my favorite blogs. I'm glad you're not one of the "oldies" who's throwing in the towel. Just blog when you feel like it -- don't let it stress you out!ReplyDelete