These are my thoughts about blogging:
1. I love the creative spark it brings me.
2. I don't like feeling pressure that I must publish a new post, but I actually have let that go a long time ago. I post when I feel like it, period.
3. I enjoy taking photos and creating stories.
4. I go back and forth with the amount of time I spend on my blog and it could all be lost (by an accidental deleting, getting hacked or Google goes out of business or something and closes Blogger down), but then realized, what's the difference between all the time I spent for years creating photo albums documenting our families life and they could all be lost in a fire, flood, stolen, etc.
5. I go back and forth about being public or not. Here are my thoughts about being public or private.
a. I realized that writing my posts has been just as fun for me whether anyone else sees them or not, but I like to be able to see it when I'm on a different computer like at work or at someone's house.
b. When it's public, my father, sisters, aunts and children are able to look at it when they want without messing with trying to log into it.
c. I enjoy the few friends/readers whom I have met through my blog who leave such nice comments.
d. I don't mind total strangers seeing my stuff, but I don't want local town folks seeing it or old high school friends from Facebook seeing it. I don't know why, but that's just how I am.
e. I have seen a few of my pictures from my blog on Pinterest that strangers have posted and it kinda creeps me out, but then realize it's not hurting me to have them out there.
f. I try to stay anonymous without saying our last name or telling the town we live in. I did this when I first started because my kids were all still in the home, now they are grown, but now I have a grandson and soon (hopefully!) more grandchildren. You will notice that I only post pictures of my grandson from the back or I blur out his face.
g. I have been blogging for 9 years and have never had any bad/scary situations with privacy, except one time I had a mean/scary comment but nothing came of it.
h. I am considering perhaps just having my blog open one day a week or just on weekends or something like, I guess as a way to control just in a small way how much of my stuff is out there. I'm still pondering it.
6. My blog is my personal photo album, journal and history. Sometimes when I'm down, I will start scrolling through random months or random topics and it helps me to be thankful for all God has given me. It's also helpful for me when I'm looking for a lost recipe, or trying to remember how I decorated something, planned a party or set a table in the past.
7. Comments or no comments, that is the question. I honestly barely have time to publish my blog posts so I feel that I don't have much time to return comments. I do enjoy getting comments and I do make an effort to return them, but it is hard. I used to have a chat-box, which was a simple solution, but then it started getting hacked by advertisers, so I removed it. For now I'll just leave my comment box on and return them as I am able.
8. I like to be encouraging and uplifting and according to the comments I receive, people say that's what my blog does. I want to glorify God through my blog and hopefully I am doing that.
So, if you are interested in reading the posts I have written while my blog was closed, just start hitting the "older posts" button on the bottom of my blog and keep going back until my entry at the end of November when I said I was quitting.
Oh, one more thing. I know my blog posts are long and that's how I like it, but I feel I must warn you, the post called "I struggled this Christmas season" (published in January of 2016) is extra long because I'm pouring out my heart. I am happy to report that I am doing much better than when I went through it. I also have another really long post about my childhood home (published August 2015). It's my blog, I can do what I want. haha. :)
It's nice to be back and I hope all of you are well!