Tuesday, May 31, 2011

A New Direction

I have published only one or two blog posts in the last month or so. And in that time, I have enjoyed doing - other things!

I've been doing a lot of reading, for one thing. There have been times during my blogging journey over the last 3 years (has it really been that long??) when I have read very little. I spent much of my spare time in blogging or other online pursuits. Over the past 6 months or so, however, I have developed a more disciplined - no, disciplined isn't the right word - but certainly a more active reading habit.

Something else has happened, too. I've discovered the joy and satisfaction that is to be found in savouring the small things in life. In the garden, in the house, in watching my siblings grow. I wake up every morning excited by the possibilities the day might bring - doing this or that in the garden, trying a new recipe, reading a new book to my little sisters.

Blogging is often a very time-consuming activity for me. It usually takes me several hours to put together one of my longer posts. The fact that I can be easily distracted and diverted when I'm gathering material online for my posts doesn't help! (Perhaps I should try writing posts with notepad and pen, so that I am less likely to be distracted by all the distractions the internet offers. It could be a more time-efficient way for me to blog.)

All this to say: I enjoy blogging - ESPECIALLY having the opportunity to "meet" so many kindred spirits from all over the world - but at the same time. . . I've got books to read and life to live!

I am not giving up blogging altogether. Hopefully I will be able to find a balance, wherein I will have time for blogging AND reading and other things. (Mummy suggested that I might aim to publish one post per week, which could be a realistic goal.) In the meantime, I can't guarantee that there will be many new posts on here. Or if there are, they might be of a different nature to what you're used to. . .

In the early days of this blog, I shared more tidbits from real life - recipes, humorous or memorable incidents from my life. . . that sort of thing. I think there will be still be the occasional book or movie review in future, but there might be more pieces from everyday life as well. I hope this is okay. People change, and blogs change! As my interests change, it's reasonable to expect that my blog will evolve with them. I never set out with the intention that this blog should be a period drama blog, or a book blog, or any genre of blog. It's always been bit of a hodge-podge of different things.

I repeat, I definitely won't be giving up blogging altogether. My reason for starting this blog was to use it as a way to develop my English skills. I might have finished [home]school, but I haven't finished learning or developing. It's good for me to write. It challenges me, and it provides an outlet for thoughts and ideas that I may want to share.

Summing up:

-I apologise for the lack of recent posts.

-I apologise for the possible lack of posts in the present/future.

-I wanted to give you a word of warning in case my blog heads in a slightly different direction in the future.

Well. God bless you all!


Deanne said...

Glad to hear you are going to continue blogging, looking forward to seeing the new direction you take!

The Editrix said...

Thanks, Deanne. :-)

Charleybrown said...

I commend your efforts! I can appreciate when you say that blogging or other internet distractions can be time consuming! I'm attempting to change gears as well and hearing of your new direction inspires me to examine my priorities also!

The Editrix said...

Charleybrown, good for you! I hope you keep blogging (I love your blog!) but I also hope you can find a balance that works for you. :-)

beast'sbelle said...

Good to hear from you again. :) I also understand how time-consuming blogging can be. I have 3 different blogs, and sometimes keeping each one updated gets super stressful, especially as I am a stay-at-home mom and have to take care of my kiddos, too. :) I'm trying to figure out a realistic balance, myself.

Can't wait to see where you go with your blog. Have a great summer! :)

The Editrix said...

Thank you. :-) Yes, I have several blogs too, and it's as much as I can do to try and keep this one updated, LOL.

Rachel said...

Hi Elise I've enjoyed Ribbons of Light for almost a year now and have just started my own blogspot blog. I have a question for you as a more experienced blogger: my post titles are not coming out a consistent color! Sometimes they are gray and sometimes red, always turn red when you scroll over them with the mouse... I just want the regular color of all the post titles to stay the same every time! Can you help? Thanks!

The Editrix said...

Hi Rachel! Sorry, I have no idea what the problem might be. :-/ Hope you've been able to sort it out!