Mad Meandering Me is one week old today – so far, so good. Not exactly setting the world on fire but I’m comfortably settling in to my new space, and after a couple of tweaks have pretty much got things the way I like them…
In a way I find it difficult having spent four months building up one blog, only to give up and start all over again somewhere else, but for me I just felt I needed a clean break, with the lure of a blank page and a fresh approach easily outweighing the need to play the numbers game. I might still write on quietcalliope from time to time when a particular post feels more of a ‘fit’ there than here, but I’ll see how it goes.
My blogging learning curve, thankfully, is now more of a gentle slope than a steep incline, and I’m really enjoying the challenge. It’s providing a creative outlet that works well for me, stopping me from brooding so much over the past and helping me focus more on the kind of life I want to create for the future. Like many people who have suffered from depression I’m bad at (or is it far too good at?) ruminating over things long gone, going over and over and over and over and driving myself to hell and back with it all, so for me blogging brings a welcome reprieve from such frustrating and ultimately futile behaviour.
Right now I’m trying to become more actively involved with other people’s blogs – I’m an avid, but passive, blog reader, so not necessarily a prolific liker or commenter. I keep reminding myself how much I appreciate others interacting with my blog, and try to remember to show my support in the same way, becoming both more visible and more verbal as I go along. I need to join in properly with other things too, not just flirt coyly around the edges – there are plenty of blogging challenges out there to fuel my fire, if only I take part. I like photography, and I like writing, so why not give it a try, go with the flow, and see where it takes me?
I don’t think I’ll ever be a power blogger, sadly I just don’t have the level of commitment required, but it would be nice to feel that I have enough blogs I follow and followers of my own out there to be making a real connection. So for all of you who follow Mad Meandering Me, I’m sending you a big virtual hug – except for Opinionated Man, who apparently doesn’t do hugs – just to say thank you all for your ongoing support and for providing me with the continued inspiration to keep posting… 🙂