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I miss blogging. It’s been too long since I’ve really sat down and written a real post. Part of why I haven’t been blogging much is that I’ve fallen out of the habit. Another part is probably due to the fact that I write a lot at work. While that’s certainly a different type of writing, it’s served to suppress my desire to write elsewhere.
But I do want to write. I have some ideas swirling around that I need to think through, and writing is the best way for me to do so.
So I will write again.
Photo by J. Paxon Reyes
Some time ago I decided that I’m not going to apologize for not blogging. I don’t like reading those types of posts, and they aren’t conducive for discussion, so this post is NOT an apology.
However, please allow me to offer a bit of an explanation.
I love to blog. I want to make blogging a priority…and it is one of my priorities. But it’s certainly not top of that list!
Over the past couple of weeks, I feel I’ve done a better job getting my job back in order. But as I’ve been spending more time working out, preparing my own food, cleaning the apartment, and investing in the lives of others, I have less time for other things I might want to do.
I’m okay with that. I’m not giving up the blog. In fact, I anticipate having more time to spend here as work calms down and I get used to my new routines. But when I post here, I want it to be substantive, and for that, it takes time.
Blogging is worth that time, when I have it to give.
I almost titled this post “Spring Cleaning,” but I thought if I did, no one would read it.
I’ve had my most recent blog design for over 2 years…it was time for a change. I hope you like it like I do. If you see anything funky, let me know!
I’ve not really done a lot of work promoting The Journal, but I was blessed with the opportunity to do an interview with one of my long-time Twitter friends. Go over to her blog to check it out!
My I-know-I'm-being-laid-off-so-I'm-at-least-going-to-look-good outfit
Today I’m being featured over on SITS! I was featured 3 years ago, back when I was still blogging at Tale of a Kansas Girl.
Not that I’m not still a Kansas girl at heart. But I have lived in North Carolina for the past 6 years and am losing my girliness, as I’m turning 29 in two weeks (for the first and only time).
This year has held a lot of surprises and changes for me. I moved into an apartment of my own this summer and then Halloween was the last day on the job that I’ve had since I’ve lived here.
The next coming months are bound to bring more changes as I find a new job and gain a niece for the first time (due December 26th!). Also due December 26th is my self-published novel. If you enjoy young adult or futuristic books, I hope you’ll like The Journal. I’ll be revealing the cover on Monday and more details over the next few weeks.
That not enough about me? Here are a few posts that give more:
30 Before 30 – My list of 30 things to do before I turn 30 next year (3 down, 27 to go)!
With Prince Charming or Not – I’m unintentionally single, though it does have some perks
Children, Pneumonia, and Tornadoes, oh My! - The story of the longest week and a half of my life
I Choose to Hope – I’m battling to have the right attitude about my unemployment, and how I’m actually thankful that it’s made me recognize that I may have been too comfortable
Okay, if it weren’t for NaBloPoMo, I probably wouldn’t post today. I’ve had a busy week and not as much time on the Internet.
Today is a cooler day than the past few. I’m pretty sure this is the first fall ever I was thankful for. I’ll admit the shortening days has been rough (I love my sun!), but getting to enjoy what we get more helps (I used to have an interior office, but my apartment is quite sunny).
The good thing about it getting cooler is that I want to crochet more. Since I’ve finished my niece’s blanket, I’ve started working on a couple more. Since my hands are occupied, it allows me to listen to an audio book, so I’ve been “reading” a lot.
Okay, that’s all I have for this barely-a-post. Hope you’re enjoying your fall weather, too!
For the first few years that I blogged, I participated in National Blog Posting Month (NaBloPoMo). The only reason why I didn’t last year was that I was participating in the harder, but more rewarding, NaNoWriMo (National Novel Writing Month).
But I’ve not been blogging this year like I have in the past, especially not in the last couple of weeks.
So why would I commit to blog every day in November?
Because, really, what else will I do in the month of November? Today my unemployment officially begins. Whether I like the idea or not, chances are not good that I’d start a new job before the end of the month. While I’d love to at least have one lined up by December 1st, my secondary goal of having a job by January is much more realistic, and still optimistic.
So, I’m going to blog my unemployment. Don’t worry, I don’t plan on going pessimistic on you. I doubt I’ll talk about the economy, or even much about my job search. I’d rather focus on what I believe God is doing through this time.
Fellow bloggers, are you doing NaBloPoMo this year?
The last couple of weeks I’ve barely found time to blog. And when I’ve found time, I’ve struggled with what to say.
It’s not really writer’s block: I’ve journaled more this month than I’ve journaled in a couple of years. It’s just that the thoughts that are running through my head aren’t bloggable.
I want to share. I’ve certainly been talking it out with friends.
But right now, I can’t really share what’s going on in my life and heart on the blog. One day soon, my friends.
In the meantime, I hope to pick up blogging with things that I can talk about.
Thanks for being patient!
I haven’t really talked about it in a while, but I’m still working on getting my novel ready to go. Part of that, is putting myself out there as an author.
I still have a hard time considering myself an author.
Anyway, to start myself along that journey, I’ve created a Facebook page for my authory self. If you’re of a mind to, will you “like” me? You can see my page, here, or do a search for “Ronnica Z. Rothe, author.”
Ha, that sounds so official.
It’s been a while since I’ve solicited questions. Due to my own re-prioritizing, not as many people read this blog as in the past. Still, I want to know what you, my faithful reader, want me to write about.
So do you have a question for me? A topic you want me to address? A bone to pick?
Feel free to make your comment anonymous if that’s more comfortable for you. I’ll do my best to address all questions.