I’ve read some posts recently around the blogosphere asking, perhaps, rhetorically, “why the silence among blog readers?” “Why are readers commenting less on my blog?” “Why are my stats going down?”
As a blogger and blog reader of two years, I can say that these silences are normal, par for the course in the life cycle of blogging communities. Among bloggers who are also moms, it happens in the Spring and the Summer months because the change in seasons often leads, in healthy adults, to a condition called “get-offline-ism.” That’s what happened to me last year.
This year, I am not really suffering from “get-offline-ism. This year, my silence can be explained by a lot of other circumstantial things that are all happening at once in my life.
My number one reason is this little girl.
She’s teething, waking five times a night. FIVE TIMES A NIGHT! And though she sleeps early in the evening, around 7, she also wakes up early, around 6 AM.
My usual blogging routine is to read, write, comment at night, but with her teething, balding, and mastering new skills like the army crawl, I have been going to bed too early to do anything but read two chapters of a book, twitter-stalk, and check my email. And I refuse to wake up any earlier than she does, so there you have it.
Oh, and did I mention I have a toddler? Well, I have a toddler/artist.
She’s based on the East Coast and specializes in variety of mediums, namely finger paints and construction paper. Here’s some of her most recent works
that didn’t make it in the trash.
She’s got talent, right?
Oh, and she is now 95% potty trained (only uses a diaper at night) and very active and, might I add, still sleeping through the night in her own bed. Woo hooo!
Along with the two of them, I’ve been doing new things, too, things that have taken me offline.
I’ve been been reading…books, you know those things you actually hold and turn pages? Yeah. Those. And, I’m loving it. I just finished Girl Land by Caitlin Flanagan and now I’m on to A Beginner’s Goodbye by Anne Tyler.
I started Yoga Meltdown, too, so that takes up 30 minutes of my day, each day.
Also I’ve been Spring Cleaning. I cleaned out three closets last week and my pantry and took care of other very unglamorous, but very gratifying household tasks that made me feel like I did something worthy of a ribbon… the “Finally Got It Done” ribbon.
So life has been full recently, but, lovely and that’s why I’ve been mostly silent.
You believe me, right?
We’re also working on sharing over here. Less, “No, mine!” from my toddler and more offerings of apples and toys to her baby sister and others without violence or a tantrum.
*This is week 17 in my 52 photos challenge. Also, if you haven’t already, do enter my giveaway for a $50 Visa Gift Card! It’s legit and you really can win!