Well, the Habitat for Humanity ReStore event is over.
I can cross that off the list.
While it was fun and very, very challenging, it was too big a job for one person (and her helpful husband) to handle. After all---a full room makeover in 3 weeks? Working after a full day of teaching school and giving up all day on Saturdays?
WTF was I thinking, anyway?
It did give me a chance to step away from the mess (for me, anyway), that is blogging...you know, to really take a long, hard look at it.
And I made a few discoveries:
1. That most of my recent traffic comes out of Russia and Kazakhstan, looking for pictures of teenage girls. (To explain, I wrote a little post about dealing with middle school cliques, and now it is my most popular post, which is bull$hit, frankly. The Russians are skewing my numbers--part of their insidious post-Cold War plot.)
2. That my friends knew why I wasn't blogging and commented, and that others...well, they just quit reading. And my followers decreased fairly significantly. (I will soon be into the negative numbers. Can you have negative followers?)
3. That the whole reason I began blogging--which was to force myself to write--has been lost in the transition to the DIY world, where folks aren't necessarily reading for content, but looking for ideas. I respect the DIY arena--after all, I've been DIYing since 1974 (which is before a lot of these women were BORN, fercryin' outloud), but if I changed direction and began blogging about books or battling a disease or something, I'm not sure they would be interested. So who are my readers? (You know--the ones who will comment. Because the Russians don't.)
4. Ultimately, the break was good. But there's a little part of me that wonders what would happen if I stayed away...