By Heather O.
Actually, mostly I’ve been thinking about what I have to get done before my meeting in an hour, so of course, since I only have an hour to be productive, I’ve turned to blogging. Because sometimes, old habits die hard.
And blogging is an old habit. I’ve been blogging for well over 6 years. Holy crap, that sounds crazy. And, um, a little pathetic. I guess. I don’t know. As any regular reader of MMW has noticed (if we still have regular readers) is that we are slowing down a lot around here. The Wiz and I have discussed this a little bit, and we’ve come up with a few things. We’re tired. We’re busy. We’re burned out. Etc, etc, etc.
But one of the main reasons is that our kids are older. And having older kids means that we are out of the house more often, running them 6 different places, or dropping them off at school and having some down time for ourselves. When I started this blog, J was 3, my husband was working 80+ hours a week at a law firm, I was in the middle of my miscarriage drama, and we had just moved. I was isolated, lonely, and miserable.
And when we had Little Sister, I wasn’t lonely or miserable, but there is still a lot of isolation that comes with having a newborn. You’re tired, and even the best baby still has to be fed around the clock. It’s harder to engage with the living world when your boobs are exploding and you’re running on 2 hours of sleep. At that point, it’s much easier to engage with a world online. Plus, LOTS of bloggable things happen during the first 3 years of life, and little people can’t read over your shoulder and say, “Hey, don’t you DARE call me a freak on your blog!”
So as my kids get older, there are still bloggable moments, but they are lost between trips to the pool and the dentist and the doctor and playdates and Scout camp and preschool and piano lessons. And also, J is 9, and has some serious opinions about what I can and can not write on this blog. After all, some of his FRIENDS blog now, too, and what if they read the dorky things his mother writes? The HORROR.
We’ve talked about shutting MMW down for good, a number of times. All of us here have personal blogs. True, the wiz’s blog is all about diabetes, and my PKD blog is all about PKD (and there is some literal naval gazing going on over there), but I’m sure if we didn’t have this outlet for all non-disease related events, we’d come up with something else to talk about over there.
But for some reason, we keep MMW limping along. I’m not sure why we do it, and I’m not sure where we’ll go with it. We’ve never made a freakin’ dime off of this blog (which just shows how stupid we really are), so it’s not like any of us depend on it for financial reasons. But here we are, 6 years later, still talking about ourselves. Who knew we would prove to be so interesting. Or narcissistic, depending on your point of view.
So if we do have any regular readers, well, thanks for sticking with us. We’ll probably hang out here for a while yet, but I think the nature of our posts will be different than they have been in the past. Our families are growing up. I guess that means that the blog should too.
Now I have to go get my daughter some milk. Because she’s having Oreos and milk for lunch while I blog. Like I said, some habits die hard.
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