or: How to Lose Your Readers in Less than 90 Days.
I've been gone awhile--and thanks for noticing! I've gotten a few "where'd you go?" messages in my inbox and they've warmed my heart.
There's a long explanation, but the short version is this: my Real LifeTM got in the way of my on-line life.
No, I'm not sick, pregnant, divorcing, moving, mad at someone, hiding, or even depressed. I've just been busy.
I'd apologize, but it would be a lame one, because I'm not especially sorry.
It started back in October. As I posted in my last post, I participated in Lain's LOAD Challenge--which I actually managed to complete, thank you very much! 31 days and 40 Scrapbooking Layouts and it was fantastic. I'm sure she'll do it again in a few months time and definitely encourage all the scrappers out there to sign up. If you're interested in seeing my pages, they're on my flickr account but only enabled to friends and family because I didn't want to have to blur my journalling for the Internets (not YOU guys of course, just the creeps and trolls). I'd love to have new flickr friends (even if I've been over there about as much as I've been blogging lately) so add me as a contact!
Any-who, with making time every day to scrapbook, something had to give, and blogging it was. Not on purpose, just a "I don't have time today, I'll do it tomorrow" until it was a dozen tomorrows. Poor blog! Mix in volunteering at the school (I <3 Kindergarten!!!), Girl Guides, Thanksgiving, our trip to the Hunter Brother's farm, the Princess's birthday, Hallowe'en preparations, and the attempt to photograph it all...well, October seemed to get busier and busier as the month progressed.
But I did not forget you, my beloved bloggy peeps! In fact, near the end of October I TRIED to blog...but my browser was behaving badly. The post I composed didn't want to accept photos and then it crashed and was lost. I cursed it and complained to Hubby, but I wasn't online enough to figure out what was going on. My uploader from LR to flickr was working for LOAD and that was my main online concern at the time. Once LOAD ended though, I stopped scrapbooking (you can get a little burned out you know!) and started trying to catch up with my online endeavors. TRYING.
The Internet, it was broken. Or not completely broken, but seriously ill for sure.
Ok, maybe not for YOU, but for me it definitely was. It seemed I only had so many clicks before a crash. I could log into facebook but it often went wonky, refusing to load applications or photos, giving me the first page of my news feed and not letting me look at older posts. Reader wouldn't let me see any photos. I could log in to my favourite forum (SNC), but I couldn't load photos and after two or three posts it would crash...and then it wouldn't let me post anything ever. Typepad wouldn't even let me log in. Flickr? Forget it (though my uploader tool was still working--go figure!). By the second week in November my online life had come to a screeching halt. I could sometimes get on facebook to update my status and that was it. I tried switching from firefox to explorer and back again, but ran into the same trouble with both.
It felt like part of me was broken.
You'd better believe I made lots of noise to poor Hubby, my resident fixer of all things computer, but HE wasn't having any problems. HIS sites were working fine. It finally occurred to me that all the trouble started when he upgraded our virus protection software. The firewall was too hard for me to scale! (or something) I asked him to tone down the security a bit and he refused. Did I mention that he wasn't having trouble any problems with HIS sites? He finally sat me down and made me show him my websites and what was happening, and then he fiddled and fuddled and deleted a couple of toolbars and bippidy-bobbity-boo, ALL FIXED!!! Miracle man! Yay!
(I still wonder why MY sites wouldn't work and his would though. What's up with that? Why did my stuff set off security alarms and his didn't? Because, yes, the security was involved! I think the computer gremlins have it out for me.)
So now November is more than half over and my computer is finally working again. Except that NOVEMBER IS MORE THAN HALF OVER. Christmas is barrelling towards us, Cantata practices and Christmas fireside practices are in full swing, shopping and decorating and planning need to be done, photos need editing, the Olympic torch is coming to town, and the Kindergarteners (who may be the cutest class of Kindergarteners to ever live anywhere, EVER) are presenting their enrichment projects at the end of the month and need help.
Guess what Internets? I have dreamt of being a class helper for YEARS and I'm not passing up this chance! I spent most of November in and out of the school and one memorable week at school every single day. It was exhilarating. It was exhausting. It was heaven. I loved it. I even enjoyed the internet hiatus.
So now it's December and life hasn't slowed down a bit, but I am missing you guys. I'm missing the connection and the sharing. I'm trying to catch up a bit on my favourite blogs and feel the need to reciprocate.
I'm asking you to take me back, Internet!
I can't promise I won't wander off now and then, but let's face it: we had started spending too much time together anyway. We're going to have to work on a more balanced relationship. It's Christmas and my Real Life peeps need me too.
And forgive me if I'm a little rusty at first. I guess we'll find out if there's a muscle memory for blogging.