Well, I am obviously having a difficult time keeping all the balls in the air. I am hoping that this is a sign of too much stress in life (hence the semi-sabbatical this semester) and not a sign of aging. I have too many hobbies and interests that I want to maintain to have to slow down now.
However, as I look at the date of my last post - January 29 - it appears that blogging is finding its way to the bottom of the priority list, and I find myself questioning why. I love the support, encouragement, and friendship that I receive from this online community; I enjoy writing, especially for a select audience; I still enjoy reading, although that has fallen by the wayside as well. So if I receive so much pleasure from blogging, why do I seem to avoid it?
Without boring you with all the details, I think inattention to this blog is due, in part, to my attention to other journaling endeavors. I try to write each morning at 750words.com and this seems to fulfill that daily need; the 365 Project encourages me to post daily pictures, with a short caption, on my Flickr photo stream, and I try to continue to improve my academic writing by working on my Paris Vacation photo essay book.
I have decided to maintain My Cozy Book Nook and use it when I wish to post more in-depth essays or book reviews or teaching commentary, and to create another daily blog for my 365 Project entitled: 2012 Photo-a-Day. It is very simple and designed to make posting easy. I simply copy and paste what I have posted on Flickr into the blogger template. My hope is to utilize the Blog2Print website at the end of the year and create a softcover book of this photo adventure.
So I am definitely not giving up this blog, nor this community, nor my love of reading and writing. I just might be a little absent over the next few months. If you have any interest in following my daily photo progress, feel free to visit my new blog - otherwise I will be in touch here from time to time. And I will most definitely be following your posts.