Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Gratitude

Bloggers don't say "thank you" often enough to our readers.  So:

Thank you, dear readers, for staying with me for this month of constant straying from my normal blogging schedule.  I appreciate each and every one of you!

About a month ago I blogged my goals for June on my blog for the 2014 FLX/WordCount Blogathon.  How have I done?


On May 23 (only a month ago!) I blogged:
"Sometime in June, my spouse's guardianship application to become his brother's guardian will be heard in court.  During that time I will be spending even more time with both an aging my mother in law and the brother in law with autism.

Blogging, and looking into turning some of the posts into a book one day, could be a good first step to consolidate some of my thoughts."
 Last week, the hearing was held. I did spend part of the week with my mother in law (mid 80's), both down where she lives and up here near Binghamton, NY, with a couple of other family members who live locally.  It was an educational week.  What it made me realize is that I really don't want to blog that much about my care giving journey, at least not on this blog.

Why not? Because I am a private person at heart and my family also deserves the protection of that privacy - I feel I've blogged enough about some of our challenges for a while. The Internet is not a private place, as some of us sometimes forget. That doesn't mean I never want to mention my mother in law or "B" in my blog again, or write a book on the topic of my involvement in the life with a relative who has autism one day, but I have concluded it shouldn't be an everyday topic. And, I don't have the time and energy for a second blog - at least right now.

In that May 23 post I also blogged:

"I was hoping to use a 2014 WordCount Blogathon to kickstart this book.  The very first WordCount Blogathon I participated in (2011) made my blog what it is today - through it I found the Ultimate Blog Challenge and the rest is history.  I've also been blogging daily since late April of 2011 and I need a different challenge than just blogging daily.

So, my decision is made.  I am going to test the waters and devote a lot (not all) of my June blog to autism.  Maybe not to a book, but to something that may become a book"

So, in that sense, this exploration has been a success - I know more about where I'm going, or at least, where I'm not going.

I tried it.  That's the important thing.  If I've given information, or encouragement, to any reader, I've succeeded.  So I do not consider this learning as a failure.

I'll just find another way to accomplish what I want.

If you do want me to continue to blog occasionally (occasionally being the key word here) about "B", please feel free to leave a comment.  I may consider doing it if there is enough interest.  Otherwise, it is back to my normal blog programming, with one last theme day for the Blogathon next Monday, starting tomorrow.

So still once again, thank you.  I am grateful that you stopped by.

8 comments:

  1. I think it's a wonderful idea to devote your blog time to autism in order to write a book! Many people have used blog posts and turned them into a Kindle masterpiece. I vow you should try to do the same thing and I will support you in your efforts!

    I also welcome the occasional family blog post. :) Nothing is better than getting to know each other a little more!

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    1. Thank you for your support I'm still feeling my way through this project, and your encouragement put a smile on my face.

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  2. Great information! Research proved that giving thank you to costumer/consumer builds relationship.

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    1. You are right that people want to feel valued And, too many times, we don't tell the people we value that they are valued. How sad.

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  3. How lovely that you made the effort to thank your readers. We should all remember that our effort is useless without them.
    As to 'B', I'm always interested in how another person copes with a problem--being a writer and all. I don't necessarily want to know his details, but rather your reactions.

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    1. Ah, my reactions! Sometimes they would be more than a PG-13 blog would permit!

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  4. Aww!
    Yes, it's really important to value our readers. I always thank mine on Facebook& Twitter!
    -Lovely idea! :)

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    1. Thank you for your readership, Sophie! We bloggers forget to say "Thank you" too many times - at least, I do.

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