Thursday, August 25, 2011

The Winds of Change - To Mine Own Self Being True :)

Hehe that reminds me of that Scorpions song.  Remember?


Well, some of you will... probably not the new first grade teacher just hired for a maternity leave across the hall from me - yeah, that guy, who is so fresh and ready to teach and so BORN IN 1987. Lol... I turned 36 this summer and I'm not feeling old, but I am definitely noticing that the rest of the world is getting younger.

So... hi. :)  It feels a little awkward coming back after a 4 month absence, and I have to say first that I am really really surprised very grateful that my Bloggy Miyagis (followers) have not left me in droves.  Ok, so a bunch of you probably didn't notice and it was probably just too much work for some of you to stop following me or maybe you just didn't know how but regardless THANK YOU for sticking around, it totally makes me smile.


So since I started blogging a few years ago, I realized that I both write and blog in definite cycles - when the last marking period of school gets super busy, I seem to go on hiatus, and then stay there through the summer while I am home with my girls.  It's not exactly ideal for cultivating a "following", though I'm not really the type to ask anyone to drink the Kool-Aid anyway.  (I'm a loner, Dottie.  A rebel.) 

What I have found with this writing blog is that I've tried to be a productive and helpful part of the writing community, and as much as I want to be that, there are times when it begins to feel burdensome, like a bigger responsibility than I can take on with work and family, especially since I am still a novice writer.  I also have a family blog where I try to update (mainly the nanas) the extended family on the kids' doings.  I used to also have a teaching blog where I shared stories, but I stopped that in '08 because although I never used anything identifying about myself or the kids, and tried to keep the stories funny and not vent-y, I always had a nagging worry that I could be putting my teaching job in jeopardy.  What it boils down to is TOO MUCH BLOG, NOT ENOUGH TIME.  Or energy. :)


So the change comes here - Le Dange will no longer be just a writing blog, it will become part family blog, part mommy blog, part teacher blog, part writing blog, part whateverisonmymind blog... sort of everything that is me.  I don't know why I was putting crazy expectations on myself to wow anyone with constant thoughtful posts on writing, because truthfully, as much as I love it, writing encompasses a small fraction of my day.... and many days not even that.  Am I giving up?  No way... I have a brand new story idea TODAY as a matter of fact, and fall is usually when I get back in the writing swing along with school and everything else routine.

So anyway... if you have stuck with me this far, thanks for sticking. :)  I'll be back more regularly, posting who knows what, and you know what?  I kinda like it that way.  Hope you come back.

12 comments:

Michelle Gregory said...

if we're not true to ourselves then we can't be true to anyone else. glad you're finding balance.

Laura Marcella said...

Welcome back, Lindsey! I like your blog's new look. Was it like this 4 months ago? I can't remember, but I really like it!

I'm looking forward to your blog's new direction! It's always fun to shake things up a bit. :)

Dan said...

Nice Pee Wee's Big Adventure reference.

Sarah Pearson said...

I'm more than happy to read whatever you want to write about :)

Old Kitty said...

Welcome BAAAAAACK!! I say you do whatever you want with your blog! It's yours to evolve into whatever - so long as you are happy with it, that's what matters!

Take care
x

Jemi Fraser said...

Glad to see you again! My life is kinda the same way - it works in cycles. Sounds like I'm going to love your new approach! Hope you and the girls had a fabulous summer - real life should ALWAYS get in the way of the other stuff! :)

B.E. Sanderson said...

Welcome back! I think your idea for change is a good one. It's hard to come up with good posts about writing every single day. Blog about whatever you like. I'll still stop in from time to time. =o)

Sarah Ahiers (Falen) said...

i actualy prefer blogs that are more personal and not just about writing. I mean, the writing is what attracted me in the first place, but the other stuff is what keeps me coming back

Kristin Rae said...

I agree with Sarah above. I also started my blog for writing networking, but I make sure to include personal stories and struggles and joys. Those are usually the posts that get the most interest anyway :)

Welcome back, and HUZZAH for the PeeWee's Big Adventure reference. Also, congrats on the new story idea!!

erica and christy said...

YAY, Lindsey's back! I also turned 36 this summer - sometimes when I'm in public with just my 5-year-old, I like to pretend people think I'm only 30. ;)

This beginning-of-the-school-year time is CRAZY! Glad for the long weekend and that it's cooling off. Good luck with your new adventures!
erica

Rebecca T. said...

Yeah! I've missed you! (obviously I haven't been around to other places very much, but you know... )

And yeah for changes and doing what you want to do and for new writing ideas!

GNC Barbie waves creepily in hello. She is adorning my NaNo inspiration/plot board and giving me the stink eye right now for commenting on your blog instead of writing, but I have gotten very good at ignoring her :)

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