I signed up for another blogging exercise as I’m feeling a little dried up in content. So today’s assignment is to introduce myself (for strangers of course) and then interestingly address what I hope to accomplish with this blog. I must admit I’m wondering about that myself these days. Here are some questions they posed:
- Why are you blogging publicly, rather than keeping a personal journal? Originally (and still) it was a method to stay in touch with hometown friends. After moving from my hometown of Pittsburgh (area) PA, I decided to keep a blog to keep any friends and family that wanted to know what I was up to up-to-date. It was a major move for me both geographically and personally leaving an area where I had lived for 55ish years and leaving all friends and family, including my own two grown sons, to live with a man who I had recently met (after a year) and live with him and his children. Putting my info on a blog was a non-invasive way to write my updates and write them only once saving myself from repeating myself. I still have people who ask what I’ve been up to, to which I want to say “read the blog.” Sometimes when I do say that they inform me that they “don’t do blogs..” Hmmm I say. I say hmmmm a lot on this blog, for many different reasons. Interestingly I have often thought of my ramblings as a personal journal and have admitted that I miss my own ramblings when I’ve taken a break. I want to know what I’m doing as much as the next person and putting it on the blog is a way for me to look at myself as well.
- What topics do you ..write about? – Florida living, step parenting (pseudo), new experiences in relationships, new experiences in unemployment, amusing anecdotes
- Who would you love to connect with via your blog? Anyone looking for a diversion and finds my ramblings entertaining.
- If you blog successfully throughout the next year, what would you hope to have accomplished? One thing I’ve noticed throughout my first year here in Florida when people ask what I do I mention that I blog. I also mention that it is something that I do for me. Without a job, without my family and friends, I need to have outlets that are totally me. Blogging is a way for me to stay connected with myself. I imagine that I’m emailing any close friend, the way I’ve been doing for years, and I feel like it keeps me grounded. Especially when I know that there are friends still reading it. It also makes me feel like I haven’t been forgotten. But mostly I enjoy the fact that people find it entertaining. What I hope to accomplish is a sense of fulfillment whether it comes from entertaining myself or others.
The problem that I’m having is trying to keep the content fresh or just interesting even to myself. Some of the topics I initially blogged about have taken a back seat and are now just normal every day life. Although, admittedly I can go on ad nauseam about many things (unemployment, heat, dog hair, body width.)
For today’s update, we are having some serious flooding. It just won’t stop raining. The roads are flooding. It started coming down really hard last night around 2:00 a.m. and kept coming down until about an hour ago. We have gotten 5-7 inches of rain in that time and they are predicting to get 2 more inches by noon. It has slowed down enough for me to get the dog out to pee. He doesn’t like to get his feet wet. I’m super worried about the pool but Phil assures me it’ll be okay. Don’t you sometimes hope they are wrong so you can be validated that you were right to be worried? Although I do hope he’s right. He usually is. That’s probably the worst thing about being in a relationship; not doing things for myself. When I was alone I just did what I needed to do when I needed to do it. In a relationship, without my own income, I have to rely on someone else for many things. I hate it. But I’m assuming this is a growing experience and attempting to embrace it. And admittedly I have let a lot of the responsibility go. I mean really I should have learned by now how to work the drain on the pool. I’ve been enjoying letting someone else share the responsibilities of life. There are pluses to this coupling thing that I don’t hate. I’m glad I had the experience of installing my own toilet, but from now on I’m playing “blonde” when it comes to that stuff.
That’s probably enough diversion for today. However, I’ll leave you with this, contestants on the Price are Right are crazy!! One girl practically passed out because she won a camera. Go figure.
PS – the pool man showed up! He’s draining the pool. LOVE the pool man.