I've been a horrid blogger these last number of months. Up and down and all over the place. I've been at this for almost five years now and, for about 4.5 of those years I wrote 5-7 times/week. Faithfully. I loved it. Actually, I still love it.
But somehow this year, something's changed a little. I haven't even been keeping up with the current news of the Hayhow trial, which is something that's important to me (and, for those who don't know, a mistrial was declared last week, and it's unclear at this point whether or not the trial will go ahead anew or not...more in about a month on that subject, I think...very disappointing). I don't know if I'm on my way to fizzling out entirely or if I'm just a little tired of it at the moment, but I don't think about blogging as much these days. Lots of people still seem interested in reading it (300-750 independent readers/day); I still have things to say; but some of the verve has gone out of it for me. I miss the days when I got lots of comments on my posts and for sure comments keep me more interested in blogging, but the trend in the blogging world is for fewer comments so I'm not alone in noticing this.
I don't want to stop wanting to blog. I view blogging as a way of communicating with other people as well as a way of tracking things that are going on in my world: Inside of my head; in life as a parent to three great, crazy kids; as a homeschooler; as part of an adoptive family; through the various events and milestones that I want to mark; etc etc. When I publish my year's blog posts in a book at the end of every year, I love looking back through them and being reminded about what's happened over the past year; a few of these past few years I've posted so much that I had to publish my year-end book in two volumes! I might suck at life books and photo albums, but my kids will have this blog as a record of some of these childhood years...the good, the bad, and sometimes the ugly. My blog books are awesome memories to have and to be able to look back on...and I'm hoping my kids feel the same way some day.
Our transition to unschooling has affected my blogging as well. A little strange, perhaps, but true. Although the kids have eased easily and happily into this new version of schooling at home, it's been a harder transition journey for me. I've had to make some changes to myself and that's never an easy thing. But more on that another day.
For now, I'm happy just to be here today. I can't promise tomorrow, can't promise next month. But I'd like to hang out with you a while longer yet, if that's ok.