By Heather O.
So I got an email from a reader who I offended. I haven’t gotten one of those in a quite a while, actually, so it was a bit of a shock. I offended her not because of anything I said on the blog (surprisingly—I’m sure I’ve said enough over the years to offend legions), but because I chose not to respond to some of her emails she sent me.
Here’s the thing. I get a lot of emails, especially addressed to this blog, and most of them are garbage or spam or people soliciting or people wanting to advertise or people offering me jobs or whatever else. Half the time, I glance at the emails and then forget about them. Clearly, with this reader, I glanced at her emails, then forgot about them. Sorry, I’m not very good at email, I’m not very good at organizational stuff, and I’m REALLY good at forgetting. So it’s about me, not you.
Also, um, I’m kinda busy. So this blog, while important to me, is less important than it may appear. I have other things going on my life, things that I don’t always share publically, things that weigh on my time and my mind and my soul and also things that aren’t really that interesting. I mean, do you WANT to know how much time I spent working on the silent auction for my daughter’s preschool, or my recent trip to New York, or how I feel about my calling, or the different activities my children are involved in and the children I am watching for my neighbor? Do you WANT to know about the workouts I’ve been doing to prepare for the half marathon I’m running on Saturday, and the cross-training I’ve been doing and the miles I’ve been putting in and the setbacks my running partners have had with injuries and sickness? Are you interested in the fact that I just locked myself in the bathroom to finish this post because my daughter and the child I am watching will not leave me alone for longer than 5 minutes and 30 seconds today (and that’s a specific number because I TIMED how long it would take for them to hunt me down when I tried to escape. I swear, they’re like little hungry cannibals, ready to eat me alive.)?
My point is, there are things in my life that aren’t on this blog. I save those things for facebook .
So if I have offended you, I sincerely apologize. It was unintentionally done, and it is more a reflection about what is going on in my life than how I feel about you if I don’t respond to you in a way you would like. And if I sound “harsh”, as was pointed out in another post, maybe it’s because I’m having a lousy day, and that gets reflected in my tone, and hey, again, it might not be about you.
Also, I would like to thank all of you who read this blog, and contribute with your comments and concerns. Without you, it wouldn’t be nearly as fun. I mean, I’d probably still blog, because I’m crazy like that, but I wouldn’t enjoy it nearly as much, and would probably be crazier than I already am. So thanks for sticking around, even when it gets a little nuts around here.
That is all.
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