Annnnnnnnd…We’re Back!

About a month ago, I read an article. The main idea keeps popping back into my mind: NO ONE CARES.

  • No one cares what you had for lunch. Stop posting the pic of your latest sandwich.
  • No one cares about your life. Stop tweeting things like, “I’m so down,” and “Ugh. Really?”
  • No one cares what you have to say. Stop blogging.

The general premise of the article was on target. Most of us really don’t care what someone else recently ate. (Let’s start a trend of photographing “what I ate two days ago,” to counterbalance the onslaught of “before” pictures. Who’s with me? What…no takers? Really?! You people are no fun.) The “fishing for sympathy” messages truly do irk me. Sometimes they’re legitimate expressions of need. In general, though, some people can’t take life without drama, real or imagined. I prefer mine imagined. On TV only. Complaining about your hangnail equals an instant unfollow.

For the last 60 days, I’ve taken a bit of a hiatus from blogging—and from writing in general. “Comedy of errors” doesn’t begin to describe our summer. The computer fiasco ended right about the time I read that article and I began questioning whether to continue the blog. Is the lost sleep worth it? (I try to blog after the kids are in bed…nothing kills a creative moment like hearing, “Mama! Should the toilet water be spilling onto the floor? I tried to use the plunger, but now it’s stuck…”)

Then, we had several more leaks in our house (yes, that makes seven). The previous owner did most of his own work and used faulty connections for the pipes. It’s been a game of “find the pipe connector before it finds us.” We also do most of our own work but—not to sound haughty—we do it right. Our son’s ceiling is now completely replaced, thanks to two separate leaks. Kitchen, laundry, bathroom…all in various stages of progress. Hubby replaces pipes and hangs the sheet rock. I do the mud (plaster) and paint. And we do a darn good job. Which also means that most nights I fall into bed, exhausted, no mental energy left for blogging.

Right after—as in, 30 actual minutes after—we finished re-piping our bathroom, the boy came out of the spare bedroom where he was sleeping until said ceiling was finished. “I think there’s a fire under the house!” I ran into Spare Oom (yes, we’re Lewis fans) and listened. Not fire. Water. Please, no.

A connector on our hot water heater was shooting a light spray onto the vent ducts under the house. At 11 pm.

Hubby crawled under the house, pointed to the pipe, then touched it. The pipe FELL OFF. Hot water splashed everywhere. We shut off the hot water, and went to bed, defeated. Right after cold showers.

We called a plumber to fix the water heater and give us a quote to re-pipe under the house. About a week later, I noticed a definite drop in water temperature. The plumber was coming out to re-pipe, so we mentioned it to him. When Hubby opened the door to the crawl space, they found three inches of steaming water under the house. Another connector had burst and hot water had been pouring out for days.

That’s just a snapshot of our summer.

But back to my original thought. Should we blog? Do people care?

Blogging is different. Very few bloggers have nothing interesting to say. When browsing random blogs, I find all sorts of amazing information, enriching perspectives and honest thoughts. Five. In over a year of blogging (and reading), that’s the approximate number of blogs not worth the time I spent reading. Even if the blogger’s ideas conflicted with my own or the content struck me as inappropriate, the ability to connect with someone else’s mind and see through their eyes created an amazing experience.

For me, blogging is therapy. I hope you Read, Follow, Love, but if not, that’s okay. I’m happier when writing. Hubby looked over at me a few days ago. “So. When are you going to start blogging again?” He had that look in his eye. No, not THAT look. The other look. The one that says, “you’re getting twitchy and irritable and I want you to stop.” He’s happier when I’m writing. The kids are happier.

So, writer of the terrible, horrible, no-good, very-discouraging article, you actually proved the opposite of your point. People do listen. People do read. Words matter. And from now on, I’ll write what I please, because even if no one else reads it, I need to write it. Consider yourself unfollowed.

Also, please find attached a picture of my dinner from three days ago.

About Casey

Adoption = my life. I'll give it to you straight. Success, failure, truth.

Posted on August 28, 2015, in Blogging101, Water, Writing101 and tagged , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 44 Comments.

  1. Welcome back!! I missed reading your blog this summer and even went back to re-read some of your past posts. Say that three times really fast…past posts, past posts….never mind.

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  2. Oh, welcome back! I’ve been thinking of you 🙂

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    • Thanks so much! 🙂

      Do me a favor and drop me a link to one of your latest and greatest on the post I just put up. I’m hoping it will be a good networking opportunity for bloggers. I’ll definitely read it, and hopefully others will as well.

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  3. Seems like you had a stressful summer. Take care of you.

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  4. First of all, I have been wondering about you, a LOT! I was wondering about the kids too 🙂 once a mother, always interested in kids, mine and others’.
    Challenging summer you had, but it made me laugh. I have missed your inimitable style.
    I too took a short break from blogging. Thought a lot about what and why I was writing, whether it made a difference anywhere. A few days of thinking, thinking got me the answer. It is therapy, it keeps me sane. So, I am back to writing and this community 🙂
    Good having u back!

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  5. It’s so wonderful to hear your voice again! Thank you for writing. 🙂

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    • I’m not getting the notification showing I answered you, so I’m sorry if this is a second reply.
      Thank YOU for reading! 🙂
      Do me a favor and drop me a link to one of your latest and greatest on the post I just put up. I’m hoping it will be a good networking opportunity for bloggers. I’ll definitely read it, and hopefully others will as well.

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  6. It’s funny, I was just thinking of you a couple of days ago, and how it’s been a while since you’ve popped up on my Reader.

    Sorry to hear it’s been such a wild summer for you, but at least you can look back on it as a comedy. 😀

    I’ve been thinking a lot about the purpose of blogging and how much I’m actually connecting with people when I write, so this post came at quite an apt moment.

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    • I’m not getting the notification showing I answered you, so I’m sorry if this is a second reply.
      So glad the post was helpful! It actually helped me to write it…as I said, therapy. Sometimes my brain really DOES have the answer in there somewhere! 🙂 (Other times, it’s just nonsense…)
      Do me a favor and drop me a link to one of your latest and greatest on the post I just put up. I’m hoping it will be a good networking opportunity for bloggers. I’ll definitely read it, and hopefully others will as well.

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  7. So glad that you are back and sorry that you are dealing with some inept home plumbing. If you ever have any doubts about if what you write is appealing to us, then look at how many folks here than miss your writing. Cant wait for more and I hope that it doesn’t involve cold showers and plugged toilets.

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    • For some reason I can’t see whether I replied to you, so if this is a duplicate, sorry!
      Thanks so much for the encouragement–I truly appreciate it! Drop a link to one of your pieces on the networking post I just wrote, ok? 🙂 I’ll read it, and hopefully you’ll get some others.

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  8. Omg that is quite the story. I apologize for a chuckle here and there it is just that you write in such a way that makes one chuckle while feeling great sympathy too. Glad you are baaaaack

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  9. Welcome back! Hope you had a great summer! Can’t wait to read about it.

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  10. OH YOU MADE MY DAY!! Welcome BACK!! I kept hoping that everything was alright and you were just taking a break! I wasn’t around much over the summer either due to LIFE throwing a curveball, BUT you are so right writing is wonderful therapy! Sorry about your plumbing fiasco issues. Hoping things stay fixed for awhile now! And I am eating a tuna cheese melt for lunch if you would like to know 🙂 Keep blogging! Makes you smile and makes others smile! Win Win situation 🙂

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  11. This is a wonderful post. I am glad you chose to come back.
    Good job! 😀

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  12. hey casey— i took some time off this summer as well. but didn’t have the horror water problems you have. Water, fire, it all falls down. I feel your pain. Good to see you are back. beth

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    • Thank you! Sorry for the delay; somehow I missed your comment.

      Not sure if I asked you on another post already; please share a link to one of your posts in the comments of my latest post! It’s a networking post. I’ll definitely read it and hopefully others will, too. 🙂

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  13. Yay!!!! THIS (having you back in the blogging world) has made my day.

    My week has been a lot like your summer. (Some days are like that, even in South Africa.) I had everything that could break or blow up or catch fire do so.

    Anyway, life goes on. The important things remain, the rest gets blown away like chaff.
    (I need to hold on to the important things and let go of the chaff!)

    So super duper glad to see you here, to read you again, to know you are alright! (Well, I know who holds you, so I knew deep down you were alright, but you know . . .)

    And attached see a picture of the dessert I had last night. 🙂

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    • HA! That last line made me laugh out loud. Sorry it’s been a rough week for you, too! I look forward to settling back into the reading and writing routine In all the leaks and minor inconveniences, I thought of you and other friends throughout Africa who routinely deal with power and water delays or outages. I am connected with a lady who runs am orphanage and she messaged me that her kids are walking 4 miles with jerry cans for water. Gives new perspective, right?

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      • Indeed. We’re on rationing, but at least still have water 4 hours a day. ❤️

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        • Actually, this is why I love blogging and also Compassion International. Knowing more about the world (and realizing how good we have it in the US) keeps me humble and helps me be thankful when I have what everyone puts on FB as #firstworldproblems …I think they mean it as a joke, but it’s totally true. I think everyone should be required to live in a developing country or a less-developed country than their own for at least a month as part of the “learning to be a human” process. 🙂

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        • *a link to one of your posts.

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  14. This is the honest truth – I checked just yesterday to see how long it was since you last posted. Sorry you’ve had such a rough summer.
    I think you’re right – there’s a lot of useless rubbish on social media. I don’t want t read fb posts of other people’s holidays or if someone has a new iphone and I definitely don’t want to hear if someone’s been to the loo that day or eaten a massive curry. Good luck to you – now keep it to yourself.
    But .. Blogging is different. Most people start a blog for a specific reason – I started to promote my writing for instance, and most people do have something interesting to say. Not all, of course. Some blogs are just therapy and if that helps that person, who am I to say they shouldn’t so it. I’ve come across the odd very poor blog, but most have some merit and many are fantastic – too many to follow, in fact.
    So, let’s hear it for the bloggers and a very warm welcome back Casey. I hope you and your family are very well x

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    • Thanks so much!!!! 🙂 Very happy to be wiring again. It’s funny; I kept putting it off because I was tired, but I feel so much better after just one post. I look forward to reading more of your LynnLovely writing!! 😉

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      • Maybe it did you good to have a break – recharge your batteries and come back refreshed. I miss writing after imposed times away. Summer has been lovely, but it will be great to get back in to a good writing routine again. Look forward to your posts too.

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  15. Welcome Back. I’ve been thinking bout you.
    M

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