I am still feeling overwhelmed. Surprise, surprise!
My approach to blogging (and the internet) has been much the same as my approach to life. I have launched myself into it with great enthusiasm, sampling everything so I can decide what suits.
Unfortunately the fall out of this is that I have only so much energy, and inevitably I have to cull. Oh the dreaded culling...! :-/
After over a year of blogging, I now can say that I find the friendships I've made to be some of the nicest people around. I really want to stay in touch!
But to do that I will have to spread myself so thin, I won't exist in the real world. Even though I have ridiculously restricted my blog roll!
I feel sometimes like I'm standing in front of a room full of people(gorgeous people), and they are all shouting at me their latest news. It feels as stimulating to my sensitive nervous system as actually interacting with them in person.
Unfortunately these same gorgeous people are the ones who leave beautiful comments on my blog!
So there is an unspoken agreement that I will leave comments for you and you will leave them for me. A conversation! Very civilised and a lot of fun.
However because of my recent health issues I find I only have energy to write blog posts, not comment on them. What to do? I don't want to be selfish and never comment on others, and I want comments on mine!
But I'm now taking the awful step of doing just that. The alternative is stopping altogether, which would grieve me more!
So I will be posting, and hoping some people still enjoy my offerings. But there will be no guarantees of reciprocation :-(
This is the sad reality of living with and managing a disability.
Feel free to drop me if you feel annoyed. I will still be trying to keep up with your news, and occasionally commenting, but can't promise the level I've managed up until now (which was pretty bad)!
I'm hoping that by taking this step I will have more energy to do art in the real world.
Of course I will be reassessing this down the track.
Another solution will be that I will leave little smilies to say I'm thinking of you. Please feel free to do the same to me! :-D
I am also abandoning Disqus although in some ways it has been great. There have been too many people have had issues with it, and if I can't manage the commenting anymore there is no point.
As far as the rest of the internet goes, I have Facebook to keep in touch with people I know in real life, Google for those who have followed me in photography groups, Instagram for cute quick photos, and Pinterest for inspiration. These have also been pared back to the minimum interaction, but I find them useful so keep them around.
Anyway, on the fashion front...I offer a photo (at the top) of my elephant pants, aren't they great?! And here is a lovely scarf I received as a surprise from a friend. Doesn't it make a great hat?!
'Til next time, keep on creating!